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Netflix to Soon Support HDR Technology on Mobiles, aims to provide great Video quality while using less bandwidth

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Feb 28, 2017: With the aim to provide great video quality while using less bandwidth, global video streaming service Netflix will soon support HDR technology on mobile devices.

“Starting with the LG G6 phones that support both Dolby Vision and HDR 10 streams, Netflix would be supporting HDR on mobile devices,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told the gathering during a session at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) here.

Netflix users now don’t have to have an expensive TV to get HDR as Netflix brings the best picture quality to a small screen and making the best picture quality even more accessible, he added.

Netflix is constantly working on innovative encoding techniques to provide great video quality while using less bandwidth.

“Netflix will soon roll out new video encodes for mobile devices, providing someone who has an extremely poor internet connection watching on a cell network something that once was considered impossible,” Hastings said.

With the efficiency of these new encodes, users who are worried about data caps will be able to stream up to 30 hours of Netflix with a 2GB data cap.

Hastings also talked about the future of internet TV, trends that the service has seen through the years of operations and its content strategy.

“Today, users can watch shows like ‘Santa Clarita Diet’, ‘Chef’s Table’, ‘The OA’ and all of the ‘Marvel’ series in HDR,” Hastings said. (IANS)

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Indians won’t Mind Ads on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video if Given Good Deal, Research Report Claims

Subscription fatigue is not common for users in India

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The findings suggest that the online TV consumer in India sees the value in TV content whether they are paying with greater focus and attention. Pixabay

One in three Indians won’t mind seeing ads as they watch over-the-top (OTT) content streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime if they get a good deal from the vendors, video Cloud services provider Brightcove Inc said on Monday.

While 25 per cent Indians want to pay nothing and watch ads as a trade-off to consuming content, 14 per cent respondents would like to pay a higher fee to be free from ads and a similar number would like an option where they can customise their price and ad packages.

In its annual “Asia OTT Research Report”, conducted with research partner YouGov, the company said 35 per cent of respondents in India might be open to a reduced monthly subscription package that serves ads depending on the price whereas 44 per cent said they would definitely sign up.

This means that nearly 80 per cent of Indian respondents are open to a hybrid model of reduced price subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services with some ad funding.

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One in three Indians won’t mind seeing ads as they watch over-the-top (OTT) content streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime if they get a good deal from the vendors. Pixabay

The survey polled 9,000 participants across nine countries in Asia, including 1,000 consumers in India.

“The findings suggest that the online TV consumer in India sees the value in TV content whether they are paying with greater focus and attention, or with their money. Indian consumers do not mind seeing ads as part of their shows, especially if they are getting a deal,” said Janvi Morzaria, Sales Director-India, Brightcove.

Nearly 60 per cent of ‘lapsed’ respondents plan to sign-up for OTT services again in the future. Subscription fatigue is not common for users in India as content was the primary driver for their subscription to multiple OTT services.

When asked how much respondents would be willing to pay for OTT services, 37 per cent of respondents stated less than $1 per month, 27 per cent would pay $$1-$4 per month and 16 per cent would pay $5-$9 per month.

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“Nearly 22 per cent of Indian respondents found two ads as an acceptable advertising load per ad break and 13 per cent were open to three ads per break,” said the report.

Offline downloads (42 per cent), access on mobile (42 per cent) and using less data on mobile (40 per cent) were the top three OTT service features most wanted by Indian consumers.

“OTT service providers should make the advertising experience engaging while limiting ad loads per break. Consumers are now willing to watch ads if they have the option to subscribe to a reduced price plan,” said Morzaria.

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While 25 per cent Indians want to pay nothing and watch ads as a trade-off to consuming content. Pixabay

Popular Indian digital service providers like Hotstar, ALT Balaji, Zee5, Voot, BigFlix, Sony LIV, Eros Now — apart from the global giants like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video — have flooded the Indian market.

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There are currently more than 32 online content and video streaming platforms in the country and the market is expected to hit $5 billion by 2023, according to the global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG). (IANS)