iWorld

Homing in on broadband TV

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/20/Untitled-1_39.jpg?itok=BLlk_jIx

The San Jose based Homeland Networks is gearing up for the broadband era in India and across the Asian continent. The venture promoted by ex-Intelite and broadband expert Ron Victor has unleashed three sites www.tvofindia.com, www.radioofindia.com and www.pressofindia.com. The company believes in "interactivity by ethnicity and geography".

Tvofindia.com is a project for the broadband world and already has a bit of broadband programming which can be viewed as streaming video. UTV has signed on as a content provider and has picked up a 10 per cent stake, apart from providing infrastructure. Ron is in talks with several media companies for providing interactive content and he wants tvofindia to be a platform for interactive programmes in all genres. The site claims to generate 1,000 viewers a day.

Says Ron, "We'd like to work with every single media company in India to provide exciting interactive content to the viewers. Our ambition is to make the whole world into a single studio. We want our viewers to get an incredible experience which cannot be felt on regular television or radio, and interactivity will be a key component."

Homeland Networks has already struck a deal with a media company for content. Talks are on with a couple of television channels.

The company is also looking at archived programming from different media companies and providing them with a medium to showcase them.

Currently tvofindia.com focusses on the NRI community due to the availability of broadband abroad. But Ron Victor is confident of it gathering pace in India within a year and half to three years and would then focus on the resident Indian community.

The revenue model of the company is sponsorships and advertising apart from e-commerce which will take some time. Pay-per-view and video-on-demand will also generate revenues. The global viewership will be backed by local advertising and e-commerce and will additionally have global branding opportunities for advertisers. The difference between traditional Internet advertising and advertising on Homeland sites would be the feedback and the possibility of monitoring the actual effectiveness of the ads, reveals Victor.

The company is backed Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia who has picked up a 5% stake in the company, KB Chandrashekhar of Exodus fame having 5% stake, Ronnie Screwvala of UTV who holds 10% stake. The company is in talks with a couple of Venture Capitalists for the second round of funding.

Victor plans to focus on the China market after the India and to replicate his India model for Internetters there.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/18/giga.jpg?itok=vDdl3q-Z
Reliance Jio adds 27.9 mn subs in Q3; GigaFiber marks entry in 1400 cities

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani’s juggernaut Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) reported 50.7 percent growth in gross revenue for the quarter ended 31 December 2018 (Q3 2019, quarter or period under review) as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter. The company’s operating result was 25.4 percent higher...

iWorld Broadband
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/18/netflix.jpg?itok=JpcXoHp5
Netflix adds 8.8 million paid subs in Q4; stock falls as spending weighs on profits

Netflix in its Q4 earnings beat Wall Street expectation in terms of international subscriber growth but the same in its domestic market remains tepid. For the quarter, the online video platform reported 1.5 million domestic subscriber addition and 7.3 million new subscribers internationally.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/17/soni.jpg?itok=tAQGl6BW
Netflix releases the trailer for Soni

Netflix today launched the trailer for the critically acclaimed film Soni, will launch on the service in 190 countries on January 18, 2019.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/16/netflix.jpg?itok=2ONeyqP2
Netflix raises US prices for the first time since 2017

Is Netflix feeling the heat of well-funded competitors? The king of OTT platforms is increasing its US prices for the first time since 2017.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/16/amazon.jpg?itok=iGBubUbg
Amazon Prime Music introduces innovative Hands Free Feature to enjoy music using voice on its mobile app

Amazon Prime Music further deepens its focus on innovative voice features with the introduction of Hands Free feature that enables listeners an effortless, lean-back music listening experience on their Amazon Prime Music mobile app.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/15/zee5_0.jpg?itok=fW0EZPct
ZEE5 maintains momentum with 56.3 mn MAU in third quarter

Media conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) on Tuesday published its third quarter financial results with its OTT ZEE5 demonstrating continued growth.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/15/amazon.jpg?itok=U2dl6g2r
Amazon Prime Video drops the full title track of upcoming Prime Original Series Four More Shots Please!

There’s a new anthem for friendship and female bonding in town and Four More Shots Please! is the clarion call! Amazon Prime Video, today dropped the entire title track of Four More Shots Please! Releasing shortly after the no-holds-barred trailer, this title track reinforces the theme of the show...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/15/zee5.jpg?itok=GhFSBX4Y
ZEE5 bridges boundaries to #ShareTheLove with Pakistan, Bangladesh

Three months after its soft launch across 190+ countries, digital entertainment platform ZEE5 is now zooming in on specific priority markets.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/14/star.jpg?itok=LxpWFf1D
Star India's ambitious foray into content with Hotstar Specials

Star India, the nation’s storyteller and its most innovative content company across TV, Films & Sports, is ready with its next big leap in content on the back of its OTT, Hotstar.

iWorld Over The Top Services

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories