After tying up with Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers earlier this year, Singapore telecom operator Singtel has launched its video streaming service HOOQ in India, reports ET Tech. The beta version of the Indian service will be launched today, followed by a formal roll out next month. The service will follow releases in Thailand and Philippines. The company claims that HOOQ will have a catalogue of over 10,000 movies and TV series, including titles from Sony and Warner Brothers like the Harry Potter series, Spider Man, Friends and Gossip Girl. The platform will also offer regional content from India, China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. The ET report mentions that the catalog will also include Indian film and TV content from studios like Rajshri, Reliance, Shemaroo, Balaji and Whacked Out Studios. Bandwidth indicator, offline play Users will be able to stream content for Rs 199 per month and also download it (although what all is downloadable is not clear yet). Apparently, HOOQ will also feature a content recommendation engine. Users will also be offered adaptive streaming, bandwidth indicator and offline play. Service on 5 devices The service will provide on-demand premium content for a fee. At Rs 199, users will get unlimited access to content across 5 devices where 2 devices can be used simultaneously. The service, the report adds, was built keeping low bandwidth and speeds in mind for uninterrupted service. HOOQ will concentrate on metros initially and expand to Tier I and Tier II towns going forward. Singtel had…
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