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Netflix in India: The ifs and buts of on-demand streaming
Upon its much anticipated launch in India, Netflix is offering a free one-month subscription to users
 
New Delhi : The arrival of popular American on-demand streaming website Netflix in India has given much reason to cheer, but users have raised concerns on data consumption and internet speed. Nevertheless, the excitement is at its peak, especially since the content comes without censorship.
 
A quick look at the Netflix original series "Narcos", which features some intimate lovemaking scenes, affirmed that there is no discernible censorship which could bother viewers, who are mostly used to snipped and beeped content.
 
"Netflix is an on-demand service that allows people to choose to sign up and decide what, where and when to watch. The service includes ratings guides and episode synopses to help people decide, and we also provide a PIN-code system to ensure children can't view certain content," a Netflix spokesperson told IANS. 
 
There's a melange of exclusive content, including Netflix original TV series such as "Marvel's Daredevil", "Marco Polo" and "Narcos", as well as Netflix original movies, documentaries, stand-up comedies and TV shows for children in addition to a broad variety of licensed programming. 
 
There are also popular Hindi films like "Piku", "Singh is Kinng", "Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!", "Hate Story", "Hum Saath Saath Hain", among others, with a promise to add more "as the service grows in popularity", in the Indian market, which saw the launch of movie streaming platform Hungama Play in mid-2015.
 
Upon its much anticipated launch in India, Netflix is offering a free one-month subscription to users. After that, there are three monthly paid plans available, which are worth Rs.500, Rs.650 and Rs.800, which can be paid with an international credit card via Netflix, through the iTunes app store in most markets and via Paypal.
 
As per Netflix, watching films or TV shows on its site can exhaust about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard HD video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video.
 
Despite that, it's got the potential for being a game-changer, believes film and TV industry veteran Amit Khanna.
 
"It ushers in anytime, anywhere, anyscreen video on demand. As Netflix and similar services like Amazon, Hulu, Hooq enlarge their repertoire along with the advent of true broadband and 4G, filmed entertainment will change forever," Khanna, the former chairman of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment Limited, told IANS.
 
Netflix's launch has created a great buzz among movie and TV show afficionados in the country, many of whom believe it's a great move, yet data consumption and slow internet speed could act as deterrents.
 
Delhi-based event manager Saurabh Zutshi, 27, believes "it's a pretty good deal", but data consumption could be a restriction. 
 
"As long as we get original Netflix content uncensored and unedited, it's a pretty good deal... The only drawback is data consumption. Two hours of HD streaming can consume upto 700 mbs," he said. 
 
Mumbai-based musician Paresh Garude is excited that he won't have to worry about lack of space while downloading content. 
 
"Sometimes you crib about not having enough space to download your favourite series. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about any of those things any more. Goodbye, social life. I m getting married to my computer," Garude, 25, said. 
 
However, 19-year-old engineering student Nehal Shastri, raised an important concern regarding the expenses of broadband in India. 
 
"It's one thing to pay a subscription fee, but one will also have to pay significantly more for their broadband if they want to replace their DTH services," he said, while 23-year-old student Nikhil Warekar feels Netflix will face a "massive technical challenge" in India due to slow internet speed. 
 
"Majority of Indian internet users can't even stream YouTube videos without waiting for buffering. How would that feel while streaming a movie?" he commented. 
 
Time and again, the film industry in India has rued about the issue of piracy in the country. Will the launch of Netflix solve this issue? 
 
Bangalore based digital specialist Sandesh Shenoy, 37, feels that Netflix might "make a dent into piracy". 
 
"The pricing is very attractive and any middle class person can afford it on a monthly fee basis. I definitely would be interested in subscribing to such a service," he said.
 
Netflix also addresses the question regarding adjusting data usage, with four settings: Low (0.3 GB/hour), medium (SD: 0.7 GB/hour), High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB/hour for HD and 7 GB/hour for Ultra HD) and auto. 
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Jack86

1 year ago

Thanks for the article. Although this is great news, the new Netflix regions will lack content compared to the US Netflix. If you want to get a good value for your money, you can use services like Unotelly and access all regions of Netflix. You get about 1000% more content with a minimum cost.

Aditya G

1 year ago

I used Netflix yesterday. Seemed pretty decent nothwithstanding extremely limited content (which is a bummer). Streaming is smooth, with NO buffering at all!

Central government allows `Jallikattu' in Tamil Nadu
Chennai : Tamil Nadu erupted in joy as the central government announced on Friday its decision to allow the traditional 'Jallikattu' or bull taming sport during Pongal festival.
 
People at places like Madurai and Trichy, where Jallikattu is traditionally held, were the most elated.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the decision.
 
"I am very grateful to you for your prompt response in the matter, which has enabled the conduct of `Jallikattu', a sport which upholds traditional cultural values and traditions of Tamil Nadu and has great historical significance and also ensures the ... continuance of traditional breeds of indigenous cattle," she said in a communication to Modi.
 
"I am very happy to learn that the ministry of environment, forests and climate change has issued a notification that has paved the way for the conduct of the traditional sport," she said.
 
The central government bowed to the strong demand made by various organisations and political parties to permit the traditional bull taming sport that was banned by the Supreme Court to prevent cruelty to animals.
 
The central government, in a gazette notification, removed bulls form the list of animals that were banned from public display.
 
The central government allowed bulls to be exhibited as a performing animal at Jallikattua and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat.
 
However, the permission is subject to conditions like sanction from the district collector or the district magistrate. 
 
The bullock cart races are to be held on proper track and the bulls have to be tamed within a distance of 15 metres from its enclosure.
 
The bulls should also be put to proper testing by officials of the animal husbandry and veterinary department ensuring their good health and no performance enhancing drugs are administered to them.
 
In May 2014, the Supreme Court upheld a notification by the environment and forests ministry categorizing bulls in the list of animals which shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animals.
 
The Tamil Nadu government filed a review petition before the Supreme Court.
 
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Police security slashed for Shah Rukh, Aamir Khan
Mumbai : Mumbai Police has downgraded security cover for superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and scrapped it for some others following an audit on threat perceptions, an official said on Friday.
 
Described as "routine", the annual review of threat perceptions has concluded that some film celebrities did not warrant the kind of security cover accorded to them.
 
Accordingly, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan will now be entitled to two armed constables in two shifts, reduced from the earlier round-the-clock security by four armed constables and an escort vehicle.
 
The two had been provided 24x7 security after controversies following their comments on "intolerance" and increased threat perceptions to their lives, the official said.
 
Until now, police provided security to around 40 personalities including director Rajkumar Hirani, Farah Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ali Morani and Karim Morani. These have been totally withdrawn.
 
Besides the two Khans, security cover will continue for singer Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, actors Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, directors Mahesh Bhatt and his brother Mukesh Bhatt and a few others.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Rajan Manchanda

1 year ago

When these two actors passed comments on "India Being an Intolerant Country" they should have known that they are hurting the sentiments of every Patriotic Citizen of The Country.They should very well arrange and pay for their own security.It is from this very Country they have minted money and got recognition which they seem to have forgotten and success has gone to their heads.
Why should man power be wasted from the limited available with the Govt, when they can arrange and afford their own body guards ?

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