Digital Media

HBO Max will stream anime titles from Crunchyroll
2:00 pm PDT 08/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

With the growing popularity of anime culture, the streaming giant, Netflix is trying to create a dominant place in the anime arena. But, WarnerMedia is leveraging its dedicated anime streaming service Crunchyroll to bring subscribers over to HBO Max. HBO Max subscribers will be able to stream 17 different anime series currently available on Crunchyroll, including Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-(Director’s Cut), and Keep Your Hands off Eizouken. Crunchyroll will curate new anime content for HBO … Read More

SonyLIV chooses Intertrust’s cloud-based service to protect content streaming and downloads
4:00 pm PDT 07/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

OTT platform SonyLIV has inked a deal with Intertrust, choosing the latter’s cloud-based multi-DRM service, ExpressPlay DRM, in India, to protect content streaming and downloads both online and offline playback on all devices. The collaboration covers all channels and entertainment programming on the SonyLIV platform, including OTT live and on-demand streaming of TV, premium shows, movies, and sports events. Owned by Sony Pictures Networks, SonyLIV is one of the oldest and top five OTT players in India. It has a … Read More

Amazon Prime Video launches ‘HANNA’ season two teaser trailer 
2:00 pm PDT 07/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon Prime Video has released the teaser trailer for the second season of HANNA, a high-concept thriller. An-eight episode series will premiere globally on Prime Video on 3 July, 2020. HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young woman, as she evades the relentless pursuit of a sinister government agency and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. Following her discovery at the end of season one, Hanna discovers that she is not the only young woman with … Read More

Disney+ amassed 54.5 mn subscribers as of 4 May; India launch contributes to the numbers
7:00 pm PDT 06/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The Walt Disney Company has been adversely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and witnessed a major dip in the profit as a consequence of the worldwide lockdown.  Disney executive chairman and chairman of the board Bob Iger said in the Q2 earnings call, “Like so many other companies and industries, the pandemic has hit us hard. As someone who has been around for a while and led this Company through some really tough days over the last 15 years, … Read More

Delhi HC dismisses stay on streaming of Netflix’s ‘Hasmukh’
2:00 pm PDT 06/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The Delhi High Court has dissolved a plea seeking an ad-interim order restraining the streaming of the episodes of the Netflix web series Hasmukh. The charge against the series was filed by lawyer Ashutosh Dubey, who demanded that its fourth episode contained derogatory remarks against the lawyer community. Hasmukh stars Vir Das in the titular role and is a dark comedy thriller revolving around the fictional character, an aspiring comedian who possesses a unique compulsion to kill people just before his … Read More

Netflix India ropes in ZEE Studios head Abhishek Vyas for Indian originals team
12:00 pm PDT 06/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

To strengthen its original films business in the country, Netflix India has appointed Zee Studios head producer Abhishek Vyas to its Indian originals team. According to industry sources, Vyas has joined the streaming giant today, 6 May. In his new role, Vyas will directly report to Netflix India original film director Aashish Singh and closely work with directors, producers, writers and external creative team for new acquisitions and content development of projects. At ZEE Studios, he was responsible for creative … Read More

Strong gains for movies and original series on OTT services continue amid lockdown: BARC
8:00 pm PDT 05/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

In the sixth edition of BARC-Nielsen’s report on ‘Crisis Consumption on TV and Smartphones’ from 18 to 24 April, OTT sector and homegrown streaming services continue to see a rise in content consumption.  Video streaming on smartphones increased by 27 per cent in metros among premium audiences during the period. The extension of the lockdown has seen very strong growth across all segments of OTTs. Movies and Original series continue their magnificent growth on OTT platforms at +42 per cent … Read More

Netflix greenlights ‘Extraction 2’; brings back Joe Russo to pen the script
6:00 pm PDT 05/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has greenlit a sequel for its power-packed original feature film Extraction.  The Netflix original movie starring Chris Hemsworth in a leading role, is written by Joe Russo, director of Avengers: Endgame and as per a recent report, Netflix has already inked a deal with Russo to pen the script for the sequel.  Based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Fernando León González, and Eric Skillman, Extraction attracted humongous audience attention and became one … Read More

Amazon Prime Video launches the trailer of Indian original series ‘Paatal Lok’
11:00 am PDT 05/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon Prime Video has released the trailer of its awaited third Indian original series of 2020, Pataal Lok last night at 11:34 pm. Earlier yesterday, Anushka Sharma took to Instagram to introduce viewers to the doors of Paatal Lok claiming that it would open sharp at 11:34 pm for a quick preview, as when the number is turned upside down reads like ‘hell’. Produced by Sharma’s Clean Slate Filmz, the crime-drama revolves around Inspector Hathi Ram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat), an … Read More

Dwayne Johnson starrer ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 10 May
5:00 pm PDT 04/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Good news for Jumanji fans in India! Amazon Prime Video is all set to stream Jumanji: The Next Level, starring Dwayne Johnson in the country on 10 May, 2020. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the film is set three years after the adventurous ride in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, where viewers’ favourite thrill-seeking group of teenagers, along with an old friend and two unwitting additions, are trapped in Jumanji. Besides Johnson, the film comprises a stellar star cast, including Jack … Read More

Netflix organises virtual Q&A session for Indian editing community with Emmy Award-winning editor Stuart Bass 
12:00 pm PDT 04/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

With increased focus in India and Indian content, global streaming giant Netflix lately held a virtual Q&A session for the editing community in India with Emmy Award-winning editor Stuart Bass on 30 April. The streaming service also hosted a first-of-a-kind workshop on post-production in Mumbai last October. Bass, who has iconic shows like The Wonder Years, Arrested Development, The Office, and Pushing Daisies to his credit, along with his long-time assistant editor Preston Rapp, shared his inputs with over 100 … Read More

ALTBalaji garners 34 million-plus cumulative subscriptions till 31 March 2020
1:00 pm PDT 30/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

In the three years of its journey, ALTBalaji has established a niche for itself in the Originals space by providing binge-watching content to its consumers inculcating a habit. Showcasing good growth year-on-year, the homegrown OTT platform has raked in 20 million subscribers in the year ending on 31 march 2019 and went on to garner 34 million-plus cumulative subscriptions till 31 March 2020.  With viewers now having more time at disposal as they practice social distancing from their homes, ALTBalaji … Read More