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Quibi aimed to go beyond Netflix, but it was for a pre-pandemic life

Quibi designed its content in no longer than 10-min episodes for an audience that was on the move. But as Covid pandemic hit, suddenly no one was going anywhere.
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

Mobile data users in India can’t stream HD content during lockdown, broadband not affected

Streaming platforms and other digital content providers have taken the decision in order to reduce pressure on telecom networks until 14 April.
Attendees sign up for the Disney+ streaming service during the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California | Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

Disney+ app outpaces rival streaming platforms in its first 2 months

Since its release in November, Disney+ app was downloaded 41 million times and generated almost $100 million in user spending — 4 times more than HBO Now app earned in the same time.
Attendees sign up for the Disney+ streaming service during the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California | Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

Disney+ could bring peace to the disruptive landscape of streaming services

As Disney+ gains clout thanks to its child-friendly model, its competitors will be forced to clean up their acts and put in place more safeguards.
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during the unveiling of Apple TV+, a streaming platform for video and news | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Apple launches its new streaming platform, adding to the madness

Apple, Disney, and AT&T are spending millions on their new streaming platforms and flooding an already saturated space with more content.
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Walmart to take on Amazon in India with Flipkart’s free video streaming service

Flipkart, owned by Walmart, plans to roll out a video streaming service for its loyalty program members by September.
Little Things episode runs on Netflix

Netflix is backing these 3 ex-bankers to shake up Bollywood

Mumbai-based Pocket Aces has raised $14.7 million to bankroll content aimed at pushing Indian shows beyond hackneyed Bollywood formulas.
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Netflix, Amazon crowd out latecomers in the video streaming industry

With US market near saturation, growth even for giants like Netflix is likely to come from overseas.

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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.
A worker wearing a protective mask operates a tape cutting machine at a factory in Haryana on 20 April | Bloomberg Photo

How Indian factories are trying to overcome labour shortages as economy reopens

Some companies are promising free travel tickets, housing & food to draw workers to urban areas, others are hiring new faces from nearby locations.

Defence

Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Army postpones mandatory annual, periodic medical tests of soldiers as Covid cases rise

Army conducts annual & periodic medical exams to assess fitness of all soldiers. Decision to postpone tests expected to ease burden on military hospitals.
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.