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Hotstar pushes the pedal on original content with ‘Tanhaiyan’

MUMBAI: Hotstar, Star India’s video-on-demand (VoD) service, is pushing the pedal on original content as it seeks to grow its audience base and younger demographic reach. The OTT platform is set to roll out its first fiction web series, titled ‘Tanhaiyan’. More are expected to follow, setting the tone for original content on Hotstar. Hotstar’s new move will further energise competition in a segment that is attracting new talent and investments from other OTT players. ‘Tanhaiyan’ will have a total of 10 episodes with a runtime of 20 minutes per episode. Produced by Unit 7 Network on behalf of 4 Lions Films, the romantic web series stars Surbhi Jyoti and Barun Sobti. Unit 7 Network is focused on creating original content for the web, and ‘Tanhaiyan’ is the first offering from their stable. The show is produced by Gul Khan and Karishma Jain and directed by Gorky M. Barun Sobti plays Haider Ali Khan while Surbhi Jyoti plays the role of Mira Kapoor. In the show, Haider and Mira meet at a wedding and sparks begin to fly but unknown to them, life has other plans. Set against the backdrop of a wedding, the show promises passion, romance, heartbreak and a musical score. ‘Tanhaiyan’ is Hotstar’s first major original fiction web series. The first original series of the VoD platform was a talk show hosted by RJ Malishka ‘M Bole Toh’. The VoD platform followed that up with a news comedy series ‘On Air with AIB’, which had 20 episodes including 10 in English and 10 in Hindi. The show was released on Hotstar first, followed by weekend airings on Star World and Star Plus. Star India, Hotstar’s parent company, had also brought back its popular TV fiction show ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ as a Hotstar Original after a gap of three years. It had also moved its three-month-old fiction show ‘Phir Bhi Na Mane… Badtameez Dil’ exclusively to Hotstar. Hotstar currently offers over 50,000 hours of TV content and movies across eight languages. It also offers live coverage of major sporting events. Hotstar is believed to be the fastest-downloaded app in India with 70 million downloads. The VoD service saw a humongous growth in consumption between July and August, with streamed content increasing to 2.5 billion minutes in August from 750 minutes in July. It also offers a premium service priced at Rs 199 per month, which includes HBO Original Series, English Premier League, Indian TV shows and new film premieres.

Internet company UCWeb launches UC News, aimed at India

Leading mobile internet company UCWeb Inc.has launched UC News App and an upgraded UC Browser. The UC News is an app launched by the company meant exclusively for India. Part of Alibaba Mobile Business Group, UC Web nnounced its strategy for 2016 in which UC News is powered by big data technology and is a one-stop source of trending and curated news content covering all popular categories that Indian users can consume on the go. It also announced that UC Browser India’s monthly active user base has reached 80 million and continues to grow rapidly. UC Browser is now revamped as a content aggregator and, according to StatCounter, the most used mobile browser in India with over 58% market share as of May 2016. UC Browser’s usage data shows 73% of its 80 million MAU are tagged as “News Feeds Consumers”. On an average, each UC Browser’s Indian user consumes 6 pieces of news/feeds per day. Kenny Ye, who is General Manager of UCWeb in the Alibaba Mobile Business Group said, “Digital content consumption is on the rise and the challenge is how we can customize, curate and present diverse content to users. Content providers face difficulties in distributing content of different formats, while consumers are swamped by an information overload. Our answer to these challenges is to position ourselves as a content aggregator. The newly launched UC News and upgraded UC Browser for India are two contemporary products embedded with the aim of content aggregation.” The revamped UC Browser also features UC Cricket, an in-app, all–in-one cricket content hub. UC News offers a platform that brings together both traditional and new media content creators in a single place, and introduces them to millions of Indian users who already enjoy a faster browsing experience on UC Bowser. UC News is an easy to use app, and features a unique and highly user-friendly interface. It is a one-stop source of trending and curated news content covering all the popular categories of news with 20+ featured channels including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, health, humour, etc. UC News tracks and matches the trending keywords on Facebook and Twitter, and decides on the trending topics before recommending them to the user. UC News also allows users to customize content subscription, as they can choose any kind of content they wish to consume. To help make valuable opinions heard, UC News is planning to partner with self-publishers and key opinion leaders in the future for original content. [url=""]Indian Television Dot Com | Internet company UCWeb launches UC News, aimed at India[/url]

After WhatsApp, Viber to encrypt user conversations

Following the footsteps of larger rival WhatsApp, instant messaging app Viber will encrypt user messages to protect texts and calls on its platform from "interception". "Our team at Viber has been working hard to give you more control over your private conversations. Today we are taking another step in this direction by making your private communication even safer through end-to-end encryption, hidden chats and message deletion," Viber COO Michael Shmilov said in a blogpost. He added that the company has been working on this for a long time and users can "confidently use Viber without fear of their messages being intercepted - whether it is in a one-to-one or group message, on a call, on desktop, mobile or tablet". Earlier this month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp had announced end-to-end encryption to protect conversations of its over one billion users from hackers and "regimes". The development came close on the heels of a legal battle between Apple and FBI over the US agency's demand that the iPhone maker help unlock its mobile phones. Many Silicon Valley players had supported Apple citing that user data privacy needs to be respected. According to Viber website, it has more than 600 million unique users in 193 countries. In April last year, the company had announced crossing the 40 million-user mark in India. Japan's Rakuten bought privately-held Viber from Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco for USD 900 million in February 2014. Viber's competitors include apps like LINE, Hike and WhatsApp. "We're rolling this out globally over the next two weeks, and you'll see a grey padlock to confirm you are secured. Additionally, we've ensured each user has an individual cryptography key associated with his or her device, allowing you to benefit from an added layer of security," Shmilov said. Users can manually authenticate contacts to select they are "trusted" that changes the lock colour to green. "If you ever see a red lock it means there is a problem with the authentication key. The breach may simply mean that a user has changed his or her primary phone. However, it can also indicate a man-in-the-middle-attack. To solve a possible breach state, the participant needs to be re-trusted," he said. Besides, Viber has also launched hidden chats that will allow users to hide specific chats from the main screen so no-one but the user knows they exist. [url][/url]

Isro will launch sixth navigation satellite on today

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will today launch country's sixth navigation satellite, IRNSS-1F, on trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C32 in the orbit from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The 54-hour countdown for the launch, which is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m., began on Tuesday at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. IRNSS-1F is the sixth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space system, which comprises of seven satellites.

ARABSAT-6B (BADR-7) /GSAT-15 will be launched on 11 November 2015

[align=center][color=#002060][size=x-large][font=Arial][size=large]ARIANESPACE FLIGHT VA227 - ARABSAT-6B (BADR-7) /GSAT-15[/size][/font][/size][/color][/align] [align=justify][size=small][color=#002060][font=Arial]THE LAUNCH READINESS REVIEW (RAL) took place in Kourou on Friday, November 6, 2015 and authorized count-down operations for the ARABSAT-6B (BADR-7)/GSAT-15 launch.[/font][/color][/size][/align] [size=small][color=#002060][font=Arial]On the 10th  launch of the year from the Guiana Space center in French Guiana, and the sixth with an Ariane 5, Arianespace will orbit 2 satellites: ARABSAT-6B(BADR-7), for ARABSAT in Saudi Arabia and GSAT-15 for ISRO, Indian Space Agency. [/font][/color][/size][size=small][color=#002060][font=Arial]It will be launched from the Ariane 5 launch complex N° 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana.[/font][/color][/size] [img=280x389]"/>[/url] [color=#ffffff][size=small][font=Arial] [color=#80ff00][color=#333333][font=Arial][font=Arial][size=small][font=Arial]The Ariane 5 ECA launcher is scheduled to lift off on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 as early as possible within the following launch window:[/font][/size][/font][/font][/color] [color=#ff3333][/color][color=#ff3333]Between 03:04 am and 03:47 am, Bangalore time, on November 11, 2015.[/color][/color][/font][/size][/color]

Gsat 15 to launched on November 10

Preparations for Arianespace’s sixth heavy-lift mission of 2015 have advanced into the payload integration phase, with the Indian GSAT-15 satellite passenger making its first contact with launcher hardware. The milestone for Arianespace Flight VA227 occurred this week at the Spaceport in French Guiana with GSAT-15’s installation atop the cone-shaped adapter that will serve as its interface with Ariane 5.  This was followed by the transfer of GSAT-15 from the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility to the launcher Final Assembly Building, where it will be readied for installation atop its Ariane 5. Flight VA227 is set for a November 10 liftoff from the ELA-3 launch zone.

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