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Self regulation code by Netflix, Disney+Hotstar & Amazon Prime runs into troubles with govt

15 OCCPs came together last month to sign a Universal Self-Regulation Code. The code revolved around the 'ombudsman model' and setting up a grievance redressal mechanism.

‘Prime’ member is ‘pradhan mantri sadasya’? Amazon mistranslates Hindi words & it’s hilarious

Amazon rectified mistakes after Twitter user points out mistranslations. Non-Prime members were translated as 'gair pradhan mantri sadasya' on the app.

Apple debuts subscription bundles, its twist on Amazon Prime

The bundles start at $14.95 a month for a tier including Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ & 50 GB of iCloud storage. The lower tier will have a $19.95 version for families.
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Netflix and Amazon are scoring big wins in the battle for Bollywood

Netflix says it has added six new Indian films that would otherwise have gone to cinemas, while Hotstar has at least seven such movies on tap.

Mira Nair to adapt New York Times story ‘The Jungle Prince of Delhi’ into Amazon series

The 2020 Pulitzer finalist 'The Jungle Prince of Delhi' was an in-depth story on a family living in a decrepit palace in Delhi, claiming to be the royal family of Awadh.
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Is there enough on Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon to see us through coronavirus isolation?

With PM Modi’s ‘Janata Curfew’ nudge, malls and theatres closing, online streaming platforms have become entertainment of choice in times of social distancing.
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Shashi Tharoor to turn comedian in new Amazon Original show

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is among five celebrity participants who will feature in a stand-up comedy show One Mic Stand on Amazon Prime.
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Can Netflix India counter the challenge from cheaper Amazon Prime, Hotstar, ALTBalaji?

Netflix has reported a miss in subscriber growth in the third quarter and also projects fewer new customers in the fourth quarter than last year.
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., gestures while speaking about Apple TV+ during an event. | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Apple enters Indian TV market with Rs 99-a-month streaming service

The recently launched Apple TV+ is looking to undercut Amazon and Netflix by providing the service for free for a year on purchase of an Apple device.
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Netflix, Amazon Prime series are not against cinema. They have just repackaged it

In a world where visual media is being increasingly viewed on phones and laptops rather than in actual cinemas or on TV sets, perhaps the terms “cinema” and “television” no longer even make sense.

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If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.