Sony Pictures Network India’s (SPN) online streaming platform SonyLIV has partnered with film institute Whistling Woods, to stream the short films created by its students on its online platform. The partnership is also associated to film production house Mukta Arts—the promoters of Whistling Woods. The shortfilms are created by the students are produced by Connect1, a digital venture owned by Mukta Arts.
It’s worth noting that in December 2015 streaming service nexGTv partnered with film director Imtiaz Ali to launch a digital platform called SPOTLight where filmmakers and content creators can post their original short videos across genres.
Similarly in the US, Amazon launched a new video service called ‘Amazon Video Direct’ (AVD) that would allow its users to post videos and earn royalties from them in US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.
In December last year, YouTube launched YouTube Space Mumbai (announced in August 2015), at Whistling Woods International, where Indian content creators could learn about video production and collaborate with other creators free of cost.
Web exclusive content and sports streaming: In October last year, Sony LIV launched its second web exclusive show called Shutter, after having launched its first web exclusive show called #LoveBytes in August 2015.
Last month, Sony Pictures acquired exclusive television and digital rights for live streaming the 2016 Copa América Centenario, and ever edition of Euro on SonyLiv. In December last year, the company also said it would broadcast Pro Wrestling League on 3 of its TV channels, as well as stream it on Sony LIV.
Paid subscriptions: In December, SonyLIV launched paid subscriptions in the Hindi movies category. The service currently claims to have listed around 400-500 movies and will be available over the web and Android & iOS apps. The company told MediaNama that the premium subscription applies only to movies. The rest of the content is available freely for everyone, and is ad supported. Premium members will also be shown ads when accessing content other than movies.
Other developments in online streaming
-Online streaming company Netflix tied up with Phantom Films to create an original series based on author Vikram Chandra’s book Sacred Games.
–Last month, Vuclip, which launched its video on demand service Viu in India in March, launched the platform in Indonesia.
– Media and news startup ScoopWhoop partnered with political news and analysis website Newslaundry to launch a web series called Chase on YouTube.
– In April, ErosNow forayed into Malaysia through partnerships with two local telco; Maxis Berhad and U Mobile.
– Reliance Entertainment was planning to re-launch its streaming service Bigflix.
– NexGTv, a subscription-based Over The Top video content provider launched its services across 140 countries.
– In March, Viacom18 Digital Ventures’ online video streaming platform VOOT went live.
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