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VIDNET 2017: MINING THE BURGEONING OTT/VOD SECTOR

MUMBAI: Leaders of India’s OTT, live streaming and video on demand ecosystem will be congregating at the Hotel Westin in Mumbai’s Goregaon suburb to participate in the second edition of indiantelevision.com’s industry confab VIDNET 2017- Content on the Go.

Heads of Hotstar, DittoTV, Voot, SonyLiv, YuppTV and Viu, BARC’s planned digital measurement offering and the entertainment and media partnership heads of YouTube India and Facebook India will be highlighting the progress that their platforms have made and the way forward for video on demand and streaming services which are in their relative infancy but have seen tremendous traction over the past year or so..

“2016-17 has been a year of an explosion in video consumption for the plethora of VOD and streaming service providers who have popped up in India,” says Indiantelevision.com group founder, CEO & editor-in-chief Anil Wanvari. “This is thanks to dropping bandwidth prices, the Reliance Jio effect of free data. Humungous investments are being poured into original content by Netflix, and Amazon, even as others are either investing in movies, sports, or kids content. This at a time when they are grappling with the business model: go pay or free or a mix of both. Our estimate is that around Rs 1,500-1,700 crore has already been invested by the various players. Thus, VIDNET 2017 is happening at an apt time. It will help foster discussions, relationships, deals between the various players and possibly allow for new ideas to flow in. A stellar lineup of speakers makes VIDNET, the industry’s leading VOD thought gathering.”

VIDNET 2017 is slated to feature panel discussions on whether OTT/VOD/digital video is a sound investment proposition, its attractiveness to advertisers, the need for deeper distribution for the platforms, and who should be commissioned to produce the content, Bollywood biggies or smaller independents.

Among the speakers who will be sharing their views at VIDNET include:

Arre co-founder & CEO Ajay Chacko,

Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan,

Still and Still Media collective founder

Amritpal Singh Bindra,

Indiantelevision.com group founder, CEO & editor in chief Anil Wanvari,

Pocket Aces founder Anirudh Pandita,

Z5 Business EVP & head of digital India Archana Anand,

Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami,

VideoTap founder & CEO Dilip Venkatraman,

Viacom18 digital ventures Voot COO Gaurav Gandhi,

VideoconD2h COO Himanshu Patil,

Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd director Jai Maroo,

BARC India digital business head Jamie Kenney,

Aisa TV Forum and Market Reed Exhibitions executive producer & editorial director Lunita S V Mendoza,

Asia TV Forum & Market - Reed Exhibitions business development manager Meen Yi Phua,

Media Partners Asia vice president Mihir Shah,

Viacom18 Digital Ventures content head Monika Shergill,

Cheetah Mobile India director of brand solutions Neel Sapre,

Principal Provocateur Advisory Paritosh Joshi,

Monozygotic co-founder & chief creative officer Raghu Ram,

WATConsult founder & CEO Rajiv Dingra,

Prime Focus technologies founder & CEO Ramki Sankaranarayanan,

Balaji Telefilms group CEO Sameer Nair,

Akamai Technologies country sales manager, media Sandeep Reddy,

Youtube entertainment partnership head Satya Raghavan,

Facebook India media partnership head Saurabh Doshi,

Swastik Productions, One Life studios founder & creative director Siddharth Kumar Tewary,

Viu India marketing head Shantanu Gangane,

Producer Siddharth Jain,

Den Networks Ltd CEO S N Sharma,

Amagi Media labs co - founder Srinivasan KA,

Sourabh Pant,

Perform group director content sales India Subhayu Roy,

RBNL CEO TaruN Katial,

Yupp TV founder & CEO Uday Reddy,

SonyLIV EVP & digital head Uday Sodhi,

Viu country head India Vishal Kumar Maheshwari,

Emerald Media executive director & investment head Vivek Raicha

Castle Media Pvt Ltd executive director Vynsley Fernandes.

An initiative by Indiantelevision.com, Vident 2017 is powered by Viu. The summit partners for the event are Hotstar and Voot. Prime Focus Technologies, Sony Liv and Perform group is associate partners. Akamai is OTT partner. Animationxpress.com, Tellychakkar.com and Radioandmusic.com are online partners. The event is executed by ITV 2.0 productions.

VIDNET 2017 will also be honoring key pioneers and movers and shakers of the industry with a plaque for their contribution to rapidly emerging digital video ecosystem.

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