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Are online streaming channels eating into our reading habits?

With streaming platforms like Netflix and Hotstar offering a variety of content, millennials are taking to them for more than just entertainment. Some even say that their reading habit has taken a hit now. ThePrint asks: Are online streaming channels eating into our reading habits? Netflix, Hotstar have ensured we carry a vast pool of audio-visual content in our pockets Ekta Handa Web Editor I agree that online streaming channels are eating into our reading time. Everyone has access to the internet today and it is easier to watch a video/series online than read a book, which probably requires more concentration. We see many people watching movies or shows on their phones while on the Metro or in buses, where it is difficult and cumbersome to read a book. Yes, one can always read a book on one’s phone, but not many people like it and not everyone can afford e-readers like Kindle. What’s more, the...
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Hotstar drops a Koffee with Karan episode: Should online platforms censor content?

Hotstar removed the controversial Koffee with Karan episode with cricketers Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul last week after public outcry about their comments. Netflix India has also supposedly agreed to self-regulate, as has Amazon Prime.  ThePrint asks: Hotstar drops a Koffee with Karan episode: Should online platforms censor content? Hotstar should’ve let Koffee with Karan episode remain and let people see what idolised cricketers actually say Kritika Sharma Special Correspondent When Hotstar unceremoniously dropped the Koffee with Karan episode with cricketers K.L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya, many people, like me had not even watched the episode and were unaware about the buzz that surrounded the episode, till news reports about their comments started pouring in. A media platform that is only available online should not be censoring content like this, it kills the whole purpose of online viewing. With platforms like Hotstar, Prime and Netflix, viewers can choose exactly what they want to watch, switch from one platform to another, one series to another...
Hardik Pandya, Karan Johar and KL Rahul on 'Koffee with Karan' | @hardikpandya93 / Instagram

Hotstar quietly removes Hardik Pandya Koffee with Karan episode, raises censorship concerns

Live-streaming platform Hotstar has not given a reason for removing the Hardik Pandya episode, but all promotional pictures have been taken down New Delhi: The controversial episode of Koffee with Karan featuring cricketers Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul has been taken off Hotstar, the live-streaming platform that airs the show. On an episode that aired Sunday night, Pandya and Rahul made remarks about women which were seen as “sexist and misogynistic”. The comments triggered social media outrage, and prompted Pandya to release a statement apologising for his behaviour, saying he got “carried away by the nature of the show”. Hotstar has not issued a statement giving the reason for taking the episode off the air, but it has removed promotional pictures related to it from platforms such as Instagram. Also read: ‘If Hardik Pandya was a woman, she would be hailed as a sexual revolutionary’ The controversy On the show, the two players spoke about the women...
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With online channels like Hotstar, is women’s cricket finally getting its due in India?

India may have lost the ICC Women's World T20 semi-finals against England, but the ‘Women in Blue’ are gaining popularity and viewership thanks to online live streaming channels like Hotstar.
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The meeting at which Netflix is said to have agreed to self-regulate in India

Netflix is said to have committed to look at global best practices and come up with a solution to self-regulate after meeting Modi govt officials.
Amit Agarwal

In movie-mad India, it is Jeff Bezos vs Rupert Murdoch vs Netflix

As smartphone adoption surges, Indians are watching digital video content for an average of over 8 hours each week, which is more than TV.

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An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A bailout for Jet Airways will fill Indian skies with zombie airlines

Air India is the original zombie, infected by a govt bailout. If Jet is bailed out, then the next firm will need one too & the infection will spread.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

No room for jihadi outfits and culture in Pakistan, says PM Imran Khan

With global pressures mounting on Pakistan to combat terror, PM Khan said his country was committed to eradicating culture of jihadism & terrorism.
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?