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ShortsTV forays into OTT space with Airtel Xstream

ShortsTV is now available at a nominal subscription of Rs 99

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KOLKATA: ShortsTV has partnered with Airtel to launch its first video-on-demand service on Airtel Xstream that can be enjoyed on both the mobile app as well as television screens. ShortsTV is now available at a nominal subscription of Rs 99 per month and Rs 499 for a year.

ShortsTV through Airtel Xstream offers an expansive catalogue of quality short films that includes shorts which were nominated for and won at The Academy Awards, Cannes, BAFTA, and high-quality CGI animation from international independent and local Indian filmmakers. Equipped with a specially curated library of over 4,000+ titles from across the globe spanning genres such as comedies, musicals, documentaries, thrillers, dramas, and animation, the service is here to allure all the short film fans and offer a seamless binge-watching experience. The catalogue includes short films across English, foreign, and local Indian languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.

ShortsTV chief executive Carter Pilcher said, “TV and mobile phones are both integral to the Indian viewing experience—a perfect combination for ShortsTV and our ground-breaking short movie entertainment. ShortsTV is present in over 60 million TV households in India already, and our partnership with Airtel Xstream will bring us to Airtel’s 340 million subscribers. From Oscar nominated movies to travel documentaries to exciting new films from India’s hottest new directors – ShortsTV is amazing entertainment.”

“Short films are slowly making their presence felt among mainstream cinema, thus adding momentum to the growth of shorts on the Indian movie map. At ShortsTV, we always believed in providing a global platform for filmmakers to showcase their work since the audience's affinity towards the short format is growing. Understanding the rise in content consumption on the small screen, our partnership with Airtel Xstream will not only help us extend our reach into the Indian heartland but also provide an opportunity for Indian filmmakers to expand in India and beyond,” ShortsTV Asia president Tarun Sawhney said.

ShortsTV’s catalogue of short films features critically acclaimed stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Emilia Clarke, Jude Law, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Naseeruddin Shah, Radhika Apte, and others. Some of the unique shorts available on the platform include internationally popular Oscar winner Skin, BAFTA nominee The Voorman Problem, Cannes Jury prize winner Swimsuit 46.

The top short films from best of India and Latin America like Natkhat starring Vidya Balan, Shameless starring Sayani Gupta, Safar starring Shweta Tripathi, Soundproof starring Soha Ali Khan, Trapped starring Abhishek Banerjee, The Lillies Seller will be showcased as part of Worldwide Film Festival from 24 to 27 February. In addition to an enviable selection of short films, the service also features various segments on local film festival coverage, film school vignettes, ‘making-of’ features, interviews with directors, actors, and other leaders in the industry.

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