Technology

Bollywood goes mobile with Barcelona launch















MUMBAI: The world?s largest film industry joined forces with the global mobile communications world today in spectacular fashion - as Bollywood premiered its first feature films for mobile viewers at the 3GSM World Congress (February 12-15) in Barcelona.


The Congress marks the start of the adaptation of thousands of vibrant Bollywood productions for the mobile screen - a development that could have a huge impact on the global mobile entertainment market, already worth some $US23 billion.


The Bollywood Mobile Initiative is driven by Roamware, the global leader in roaming and mobile connectivity solutions; Hungama Mobile, the world?s largest aggregator, developer and publisher of Indian entertainment and Bollywood content; Sanjay Gupta, a leading Bollywood director; and the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for mobile operators.

 

Roamware?s Media Call technology is providing the capability to integrate the cinematic content into the everyday mobile experience for film fans.


"Media Call redefines mobile communications from voice to visual media, enabling the sharing and promotion of film clips to accelerate the growth of the mobile movie market," said Bobby Srinivasan, CEO of Roamware.


Two Bollywood short films "Zahir" & "Matriomony" were premiered in Barcelona today. These films are a part of the feature film ‘Dus Kahaniyaan‘ (10 Stories) produced by Sanjay Gupta of White Feather Films, starring more than 20 leading Bollywood stars including Dia Mirza, Suneil Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Neha Mandira Bedi, Aftab Shivdasani and many others. Sanjay Gupta is one of Bollywood‘s leading filmmakers who has produced and directed many hugely popular movies such as Kaante, Musafir and Zinda.


The films demonstrate the viral potential for Bollywood movies on the ?fourth screen? ?the mobile device. Set pieces with action and dialogue scenes interspersed with song and dance make the vibrant, fast moving movies a compelling entertainment experience for the mobile viewer.

 

"Bollywood today is the world?s largest movie industry, producing more than a thousand movies a year with an audience of more than two billion viewers across 127 countries. Formatting that content for the mobile audience and ensuring simplicity of delivery and accessibility provides staggering reach and revenue possibilities," said Bobby Srinivasan, CEO and Chairman, Roamware.


"The GSMA is delighted to welcome the stars and directors from the Bollywood world to the world?s largest mobile event," said Bill Gajda, Chief Marketing Officer of the GSMA. "We are excited by the tremendous potential for Bollywood entertainment on mobile phones, and delighted to support the efforts of Roamware and Hungama Mobile in their commitment to bringing a rich array of Indian film entertainment to the fourth screen for a global audience of millions."



"India is the fastest growing market in the mobile world, and the world?s fourth largest market. It has the potential to be the largest market globally by 2010. It is the most logical market from which to launch the mobile movie industry and present a brand new avenue of cinematic entertainment for mobile users everywhere. The potential is truly amazing. Hungama Mobile has already launched a Bollywood channel directly on operator decks around the world in nearly 30 countries, with over 70 operators. This channel contains music, imagery, video and games from Bollywood. Showcasing Bollywood movies on mobile is a natural extension both as a tremendous new marketing opportunity as also revenue for all the stakeholders," said Neeraj Roy, Managing Director & CEO, Hungama Mobile.



Hungama Mobile?s content assets and a two year foray in taking Bollywood to the mobile world, coupled with Roamware?s global reach, holds huge promise for the mobile market. The dramatic evolution of communications technology, from download speeds and battery life to compact form factors, screen sizes and resolution, as well as memory enhancements, means mobile devices are now capable of delivering a compelling, high quality and uniquely personal viewing experience.



Bollywood is one of the fastest growing entertainment industry segments and has an appeal not only for the 150 million mobile phone users in India but for markets across all continents. Indian cinema is now dubbed in over 35 languages and accounts for as much as 16.5% of theatrical business in markets such as UK. Indian films have made it into the top 10 charts in markets such as USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. More than 3.6 billion admission tickets are sold each year, across the world and now Hungama Mobile and Roamware will take this to some 2.5 billion mobile screens.

 

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/16/divesh.jpg?itok=zBE4YL3k
Livestreaming App SWOO sees momentum in India; Launches Trivia Format in India

SWOO, a leading global livestreaming platform established in Middle East, today announced the launch of its SWOO TRIVIA SHOW ? a celebrity hosted live video streaming game show for Indians. SWOO is a user friendly, engaging and feature-rich live broadcasting app available across Android/ iOS/ Web...

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/14/TiVo-800.jpg?itok=YeoN1Hcd
TiVo exits STB business

MUMBAI: TiVo is exiting the manufacturing, sales and distribution of set-top boxes to a yet-undisclosed third party, the company has said.

Technology Hardware Set-top Boxes
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/09/iot.jpg?itok=8nXgmc_U
IET India IoT Panel joins hands with exhibitions india group for the 3rd edition of IoT india congress

IoT India Congress is India?s Platform of Platforms for the Internet of Things conceptualized by IET India IoT Panel, a think tank constituted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) India. The 3rd edition of IoT India Congress will be hosted in collaboration with India?s leading...

Technology Software Firmware
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/05/08/lexi.jpg?itok=uPD543QG
Tata Elxsi's Automation suite adopted by pan-European Media and Telecommunications Company

Tata Elxsi, a global design and technology services company, announced the licensing of its integrated test automation and monitoring suite ?FalconEye? to a pan-European media and telecommunications company for OTT automation and improving streaming performance.

Technology Software Firmware
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/13/nabshow.jpg?itok=S9rP2yss
Verimatrix recognized for contributions to latin american Pay-TV market with PRODU award win at NAB Show

LAS VEGAS: Verimatrix, a specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for network-connected devices and services, has received the PRODU Award for Best Pay-TV Technology Contribution on behalf of its MultiRights? OTT solution. MultiRights helps service providers effectively navigate the modern OTT...

Technology Software Firmware
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/09/magai.jpg?itok=233hZ8S7
Amagi debuts machine-learning powered content-preparation suite

Amagi, a cloud-based technology provider for media processing, has launched Tornado, a machine learning-based content preparation service that enables TV networks and content owners to scale their operations and accelerate broadcast workflows.

Technology Hardware Components
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/03/08/tivo.jpg?itok=1e68Zg0C
Sharp and TiVo extend interactive program guide deal to power content Discovery across entertainment devices

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO), a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that Sharp Corporation will further utilize TiVo?s G-Guide HTML across Sharp 4K smart TVs and Ultra HD Blu-ray recorders in Japan, TiVo?s G-Guide xD app and remote schedule...

Technology Hardware Components
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/25/priyanka.jpg?itok=s2F-oxzy
HARMAN announces Priyanka Chopra as global brand ambassador

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that actress, singer, producer and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra has been named a global brand ambassador for the...

Technology Hardware Components
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/24/etere_0.jpg?itok=PCzLNCEq
Etere HSM expands interoperability with Grass Valley

Etere HSM features an integration with Grass Valley that improves interoperability, streamlines connectivity, enables faster content processing and includes deep archive capabilities. Etere introduces a new integration layer between Etere Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) and Grass Valley...

Technology Hardware Components

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories