OTT platforms introduce ‘free window’ for audience during lockdown

While all its shows are behind a paywall, it does offer a few episodes for free. Netflix in its April newsletter has announced the release of much-awaited Coffee & Kareem, Money Heist: The Phenomenon, The Big Show Show, Fauda: Season 3, The House of Flowers : Season 3, After Life: Season 2 and standup special Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill. There’s also a bouquet of regional content available for the audience. The nation wants to know, kisne ki yeh bhool? While the audience would definitely be spoilt for choice, the quality of viewing of these shows might be slightly affected. Recently the digital industry unanimously agreed to temporarily default HD and ultra-HD streaming to SD content or offer only SD content, at bitrates no higher than 480p on cellular networks. | A five-minute test for COVID-19 has been readied, India may get it too | How India is building up defence during lockdown | Why only a fraction of those with coronavirus suffer acutely | How do healthcare workers protect themselves from getting infected? This would include the Amazon Original kids and family shows and select third party family movies and TV series. Iss crazy family ki story ko dekhiye on #WhosYourDaddy, streaming 2 April on #ALTBalaji. @iamharshbeniwal
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ALTBalaji, on the other hand, has already released adult-show XXX and Who’s Your Daddy is in the pipeline. Presenting, Dilli ke (in)famous – Prem, Soggy & Tidda! Premium shows Ishq Aaj Kal, Karle Tu Bhi Mohabbat, Baarish and Kehne Ko Humsafar Hai along with international shows like Witch At Court, Relationship Status – It’s complicated, Bread Love and Dreams and Queen of Mystery (2 seasons) will now be available for free. In April, the platform will release Raikar Case (Kunal Karan Kapoor, Parul Gulati, Atul Kulkarni) and Illegal (Piyush Mishra, Kubbra Sait, Neha Sharma, Akshay Oberoi). Here’s a quick Coronavirus guide from Express Explained to keep you updated: What can cause a COVID-19 patient to relapse after recovery? These voluntary measures were taken to control the unprecedented surge in mobile internet consumption with most people being at home. A source in Hotstar shared that most of its content from Star Plus and Star Bharat are available for consumers for free after its telecast on TV. Select picks like Koffee with Karan, MasterChef India, Mangal Gyaan, I Don’t Watch TV are also available without any subscription fees. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Coronavirus Most telecom services are also offering double data to its consumers to keep them occupied. While movies on the platform are usually part of VIP or Premium packs, for now films like Housefull 4, Chhichhore, Mission Mangal, Baaghi 2, Super 30, Badhaai Ho, Pink and MS Dhoni are available for free. Amazon Prime Video recently announced that it has made a selection of kids and family content available for free. Karle Tu Bhi Mohabbat stars Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar in lead roles. The platform has also announced that its original shows – Babbar Ka Tabbar, Bhootpurva, Lockdown and films like Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, Suriya S3, Paltan, Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Great Grand Masti and Yamla Pagla Deewana Phirse will be available without any subscription charge. Here’s why | Can alternative medicine work against the coronavirus? With the nation in lockdown, people are hooked on to their television and mobile screens. Some of the titles included in the free pack are Mystery City, Lost Oz, The Stinky Dirty Show, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Peppa Pig, Mr Bean and The Adventures of Tenali Rama among more. As decided by the entertainment industry bodies, shoots of films, TV and web series have been put on hold. While AVOD (advertisement video-on-demand) customers could already consume the first episodes of most ZEE5 originals for free, the platform has now decided to offer some titles free of cost during the lockdown. Kaun hai Tidda ka Daddy Cool? Most GECs have decided to re-run either its past serials or have a web series go on air as they have exhausted the episode bank. | COVID-19 lockdown has cleaned up the air, but this may not be good news. | What does it take to set up isolation wards? Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Numerous OTT platforms, which already have a plethora of content, have also decided to push the envelope, and offer some freebies for its audience. Written by Sana Farzeen
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Published: April 1, 2020 10:34:50 am

Most GECs have decided to re-run either its past serials or have a web series go on air as they have exhausted the episode bank. Voot Select, which launched in March at a price of Rs 999 per year, has now introduced an exclusive offer of Rs 499 per year. While other platforms have not announced any change in their subscription charges or an additional ‘free pack’, there’s a huge lineup of shows available for the consumer. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram.