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Netflix signs Spielberg. Rest of streaming industry can now play ‘Jaws’ music

Beyond the symbolism, though, the result of the partnership may be meaningful for Netflix users and investors concerned about the at-times subpar quality of its library.
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg speaks during an Apple Inc. event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California | Bloomberg

‘Story matters, not screen size’ – Netflix signs multi-year deal for films from Steven Spielberg

Los Angeles: Steven Spielberg, the father of the modern movie blockbuster, signed a multi-year deal to provide films for Netflix Inc., promising a stream of new pictures for the online video leader. The multi-film agreement with Amblin Partners builds on an existing relationship, the parties said Monday in a statement. They’ve already teamed up on last year’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and the Leonard Bernstein biopic “Maestro,” which is in preproduction. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Netflix is the dominant paid streaming service, but it’s seeking more hits that can attract subscribers and help it stand out in a crowded market -- especially as media giants such as Walt Disney Co., AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal debut more of their biggest films online. In Amblin, Netflix gets access to a legendary filmmaker and a studio whose recent hits include the Oscar-winning “Green Book” and “1917.” The 74-year-old...
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Why young Indians deserve a new Mahabharat film

A fan-made trailer of a Mahabharat movie garnered over 20 million views on YouTube. It’s time India’s filmmakers take on the challenge – a 21st century ‘karm-yudh’.
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Your Netflix habit has a carbon footprint, but not a big one

Researchers found an hour of streaming emits the equivalent to 55 grams of carbon dioxide. About half the emissions come from the device itself, with older technology harming the most.
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It’s Pride Month and on Netflix, Hotstar, LGBTQ stories are growing. Here’s a checkout list

From Pose to Queer Eye to Ajeeb Daastaans — here's how LGBTQ community can Feel Good in Pride Month 2021.
Representational image of a television streaming player menu screen featuring OTT platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime Video | Photo: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

Modi govt seeks details from Netflix, Amazon, news sites under new digital media rules

I&B ministry issues notice with 3 separate forms — for print/TV outlets with digital arms, digital-only news portals, and OTT platforms. Info has to be filed in 15 days.
Official poster for Netflix film 'Ahaan' that released on 15 May | Photo: Mariam Mamaji | Poster design: Warriors Ttouch

Netflix’s Ahaan takes on perceptions of Down Syndrome & OCD with humour, lightheartedness

The film by director Nikhil Pherwani revolves around two characters, one with Down Syndrome, the other battling OCD, and their unlikely friendship.

Netflix stares at worst Q1 in 8 years after pandemic boom shudders to near-halt

The streaming service added far fewer new customers than Wall Street expected in the first three months of 2021, even missing its own forecast by millions of subscribers.
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) office in New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

J&J products to Bombay Begums, ‘toothless’ NCPCR is no longer just another govt commission

NCPCR's action against Netflix's 'Bombay Begums' triggers old criticism that body works at behest of Centre. Its chairman Priyank Kanoongo says protecting child rights the only agenda.

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Adichie’s attack on ‘woke language’ is on point. But Right-wing cancel culture is real threat

Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie's three-part essay is what millennials get to hear from Gen Z and boomers suffering with over generalisation of the new generation.
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What are UPA-era oil bonds Modi govt says are preventing it from reducing fuel prices

ThePrint explains what these oil bonds are, why governments issue them and how they impact a country's finances.

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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.