Netflix has signed its third carrier billing deal in India with Hathway Broadband. The first two were with Vodafone and Airtel. Hathway users who already have a subscription to the streaming service will get a new set top box with Netflix built in, with a shortcut button on the remote to launch the Netflix app. Hathway was one of the broadband providers who first started installing Netflix caches in its network.
Customers will still have to pay for Netflix separately, but can now do so along with their broadband bill. Aside from carrier billing, Netflix India only accepts Visa and MasterCard — as American Express cards were stopped being accepted sometime last year.
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Netflix has just released two big-ticket TV series and a couple of original films that it acquired from Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP. It has over fourteen original series on its upcoming slate from India, including a prequel to the Baahubali series. The company also inked a deal with DICE Media for two low-cost web serieses.
Last month, the company refused to censor a dialogue where former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is called a ‘wimp’ in Sacred Games. That was in response to a PIL filed in the Delhi High Court by a Congress-affiliated lawyer who wanted the dialogue — and other scenes allegedly defamatory to the party — removed.