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Attendees sign up for the Disney+ streaming service during the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California | Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

Locked down India to get one more streaming service as Disney launches this week

The new streaming platform is crucial for Disney to advance its position in India, where its Hotstar is already a leader thanks to the popularity of cricket.
Online video streaming services like Netflix will not provide HD content for mobile data users under India's Covid-19 lockdown (representational image) | Photo: Bloomberg

Hotstar, Netflix urged to stop ads, HD content as coronavirus lockdown overloads internet

Telecom industry tells 11 streaming platforms it is experiencing pressure and wants them to use data as minimally and efficiently as possible.
Netflix

Netflix differs with Hotstar & SonyLIV as self-regulation body divides streaming industry  

Video-streaming platforms such as Netflix have refused to be part of a new self-regulatory body as fears grow that stalemate may prompt govt to step in and fill the void. 
Comedian John Oliver's latest episode of 'Last Week Tonight' | Twitter

‘I am beyond shame’ — John Oliver roasts Arnab & Disney’s Hotstar that blocked Modi episode

In the latest episode of his show 'Last Week Tonight', Oliver responded to Goswami calling him 'ignoramus of exceedingly global proportions'.
Screengrab from John Oliver's Last Week Tonight show on Modi | HBO | YoutTube

Hotstar blocked John Oliver show even before Modi govt could ask. It’s a dangerous new trend

All the world’s an outrage. So, even before anything happened or Modi government protested, Hotstar pre-emptively removed Last Week Tonight episode on the PM.
Comedian John Oliver's latest episode of 'Last Week Tonight' | Youtube screengrab

Hotstar blocks John Oliver show critical of Narendra Modi

When India subscribers logged on to Hotstar, the platform run by Disney, to watch the latest episode of ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,’ they could only find older episodes.
disneyplus

Disney+ to make its India debut through merger with Hotstar on 29 March

Move will give stiff competition to India's already-crowded OTT market, where Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Zee 5, ALTBalaji, Voot and Sony LIV are popular.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.
Director Nicholas Kharkongor (extreme left) with Imtiaz Ali (third from left) and Sobhita Dhulipala (fourth from left) along with others at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival

Why Imtiaz Ali is sure Netflix and Amazon Prime Video won’t kill cinema

At the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival in Guwahati, ThePrint speaks to director Imtiaz Ali and actor Sobhita Dhulipala.
Netflix

Netflix’s next big market – India – is already crowded with cheaper rivals

Winning India is critical for Netflix but it has to compete with a bunch of ambitious local players with cut-rate programming packages.

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Representational image | Pixabay

Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.