Watch out for this new wave of directorial talent, all set to redefine cinema

Meet five directors who are tweaking conventional story-telling for good With the emergence of OTT platforms, Indian audiences have been relishing borderless entertainment that explores lesser-explored genres in regional and foreign languages. And now a new generation of directors promises to stretch cinematic storytelling in brave new directions in the near future. We pick some […]

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Jayasurya-starrer Sunny is a drag

By Christopher Antony  Malayalam films have made a mark on OTT platforms during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with films on subjects mirroring these unprecedented times. Biju Menon-starrer Aarkkariyaam was one such film. The latest in that category is Sunny, with the pandemic as the background. The movie, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, is a […]

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The rise and rise of indie content creators as streaming wars heat up

We have seen the rise of the OTT industry, the decline of mainstream media outlets, and the growth of OTT titans such as Netflix and Disney+. When appraising this industry at large, it is easy to localise our focus onto micro-level competition between individual platforms, or even the industry’s rise against the traditional movie and […]

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Rising stars of stand-up comedy to watch out for!

Mumbai: Amazon Prime Video has announced Stand Up Shorts, featuring five rising stars of stand-up comedy who are making the right noise with their acts in the Indian comedy scene. Aadar Malik A trained actor with over ten years of experience in Indian theatre, Aadar lives to perform for audiences across the world. He is […]

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How Synamedia helps OTT providers boost engagement, drive revenues and combat piracy

OTT platforms in India will have to generate additional revenue streams in a way that doesn’t turn off viewers in the face of intense competition, says Deepak Bhatia, General Manager & Head of Sales, India, Synamedia. In an interview with ottwatcher.com, he speaks about the bright future for the OTT sector in India, and the […]

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ZEE5 Global launches global OTT Content Festival for independent filmmakers

Mumbai: OTT platform ZEE5 Global has announced the launch of a Global OTT Content Festival. This first-of-its-kind initiative across global OTT platforms will give independent filmmakers, students of cinema, and young content creators a global platform to showcase their talent and find audiences in 190+ countries. Through the Content Festival, ZEE5 Global is inviting entries […]

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The significance of cloud in the OTT streaming industry

By Dr Rajeev Papneja OTT streaming or a platform that simply delivers media content directly over the internet has revamped the media content consumption landscape. There was a huge rise observed in the number of active global monthly OTT video subscribers in 2019. However, due to the pandemic-enforced lockdown, OTT video consumption numbers have risen […]

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For Yoodlee Films, regional pastures appear to be greener than usual

Mumbai: It is ironical that Indian cinema despite all its diversity has been equated only with Hindi cinema, while the masterful works of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Jahnu Barua,  Ritwik Ghatak, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Govindan Aravindam and so many more have been clubbed under the blanket term, ‘regional cinema.’   Ironically, be it Satyajit Ray’s Pather […]

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OTTs’ role in democratizing the film industry is huge, says music composer Sangeeta Pant

Lyricist-music composer Sangeeta Pant dwells at length on her passion for music, her journey to become a composer, her take on the lack of confidence on the part of women composers of today, etc. Composing is her “ultimate passion.” She says that it is really heartening to see how OTT platforms have broadened the horizons of […]

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