MUSIC STREAMING SERVICES
Video streaming services like Netflix, Hotstar suspend HD streaming on cellular networks
The digital services also decided to lower the bitrates to 480p, which will put less stress on telecom networks as India goes under 21-day lockdown and people are confined to their homes. This has caused an unprecedented surge in mobile internet consumption.
21-day lockdown: Streaming platforms suspend HD, ultra-HD services until April 14
All companies from the digital industry have decided upon t...
Streaming in the time of Covid-19: YouTube follows Netflix, limits quality to SD for beating bandwidth stress
YouTube changes come into effec...
Corona hits Disney+, streaming service launch delayed in India
The official rollout of the service was slated to happen on March 29.
Discovery launches curated video streaming service in India
The app is first of its kind service from Discovery globally, where ‘Discovery Plus’ will have aggregated and curated content across 40+ genres.
Music Industry hit hard by Coronavirus; smaller labels face existential threat
The Indian Music Industry (IMI) said that its members have started to suffer on account of drastically reduced cashflows as film releases have been stalled and public performances revenues have dried due to cancelled music events and F&B outlets being shut.
Isolation time, fun time: Amazon Prime Video, ZEE5 make some content free for users; BookMyShow's 'Live From HQ' to feature live gigs
Prime Video has also switched to SD streaming till April 14.
Amazon Prime Video to cut streaming bitrates to mitigate network congestion amid higher consumption
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) has written to the government urging issuance of instructions to streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and others to initiate measures that will ease pressure on network infrastructure, which is needed for "critical" functions at this juncture.
COAI urges subscribers to use data networks responsibly to free up infra for critical services
COAI's appeal to public comes at a time when data usage has surged nearly 30 per cent over the last few days in the wake of lockdowns, work-from-home and social distancing measures adopted to contain the spread of coronavirus. Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown for 21 days in an unprecedented move to halt the spread of the pandemic.
'The Gambler', Grammy award winner & country music icon Kenny Rogers passes away at 81
The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard sold tens of millions of records.
Sounds of bells, conches fill the air as grateful country appreciates essential service providers; PM say long battle ahead
The air reverberated with a medley of sounds on Sunday evening as people across the country rang bells, blew conches and clapped to express appreciation for medical and other staff who are on the frontline of the battle against the Coronavirus.
Bells and claps on Janata Curfew: Bachchans, DeepVeer, Akshay express gratitude to essential service providers amid COVID-19 outbreak
Te film industry supported PM Modi's call for a Janata Curfew on Sunday.
Sound of melody: Over 1 trillion songs were played in 2019; music streaming services made CDs, vinyl records obsolete
One trillion songs played in 2019 equate to around 3,500 songs per person.
Gaana tops audio streaming charts with 30% share
Gaana was ahead of competitors including JioSaavn (24%), Wynk and Spotify (15% each), and Google Play Music (10%), in the music streaming space last month, according to the first OTT Audience Measurement Insights report.
Phone companies diversify into accessories, services space to boost topline, margin
Chinese phone makers Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme have launched their financial services apps called Mi Credit, Oppo Kash and Realme Paysa to offer small ticket loans to SMEs, credit score analysis and insurance cover.
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