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SonyLiv, the streaming platform is operated by Sony Pictures Network. The premium subscription SonyLivis going to cost you more. It is undergoing what appears to be considerable maintenance. With a sleeker interface, three new original shows on the book, and the claim of a better overall experience, SonyLiv has been running a promotional offer for the past couple of days, offering the service to existing subscribers at Rs 499 for one year. While the new pricing has not been announced, it is possible that Sony starts charging Rs 999 per year as its revised pricing. This would bring it to level with what an annual Amazon Prime subscription costs, although initial questions will be raised about whether SonyLiv can manage the same user experience that its international competitors are already offering.

To make the ‘all-new’ SonyLiv look more appealing to a wider set of audience, Sony Pictures has announced three original shows, which will air on SonyLiv from Thursday, June 18. These include Your Honour – a remake of Israel’s Kvodo, featuring Jimmy Shergill at the helm. The other two include English legal drama For Life, produced by ABC and headlined by Nicholas Pinnock, and Indian show Kadakh – a relationship drama starring Ranvir Shorey and Mansi Multani. Alongside all of this, SonyLiv still has its sports rights to cash in on, with Premium subscribers getting access to TEN Sports live TV, as well as packaged telecasts of WWE, UFC, the UEFA Champions League and other sporting events.

While SonyLiv’s show roster is not weak, what has typically cost Sony in the lucrative streaming race is the lack of refinement in its app, as well as lackluster streaming quality. The SonyLiv app has often delivered a half-baked streaming experience, offering pixelated feeds even on excellent network strengths. On top of the bad and unintuitive user experience design, sporting events have taken a back seat due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the future of sports broadcast remains unclear, which may have set the alarm bells ringing at Sony.

Add to that Hotstar’s strong run in India, and SonyLiv appears to be taking the streaming game seriously, only now. Hotstar, on the other hand, has produced a series of original or exclusive shows, largely via international syndications. Its latest partnership with Disney to integrate the Disney+ service has also worked wonders. With all of this included, it will be interesting to see how far SonyLiv’s new journey impacts users, and if it finally manages to attract new users based on the strength of its content quality. More details shall be revealed when the ‘new’ SonyLiv goes live, tomorrow.

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Government Bans 59 Chinese Apps in India including TikTok

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Chinese Apps Ban including Tiktok

As tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China continues, the Government of India has decided to ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok.

The government will be announcing a ban on 59 such Chinese apps, including Tik Tok.

List of 59 Chinese Apps

List of 59 Chinese Apps

A government press release announcing the ban stated: “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”.

The press release further said that the Ministry of Information Technology has received “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps”.

“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,” the press release mentioned.

Popular among youngsters, TikTok has the maximum number of users in India, followed by China and the US.

TikTok crossed the 2 billion mark soon after surpassing the 1.5 billion mark in the first quarter of 2020. Out of the 2 billion, India turned out to be the biggest driver with over 611 million downloads.

Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT

Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT

According to the report by Sensor Tower, TikTok crossed the 2 billion mark soon after surpassing the 1.5 billion mark in the first quarter of 2020. Out of the 2 billion, India turned out to be the biggest driver with over 611 million downloads. The report revealed that TikTok’s surge in popularity was due to the coronavirus pandemic. People found TikTok to be most entertaining and engaging in quarantine.

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Jio Fiber Broadband Outage Hits Subscribers For Over 24 Hours

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Jio Fiber Broadband Outage Hits Subscribers For Over 24 Hours

Jio Fiber customers have complained that their broadband connection is down since June 22, 3:20 pm IST afternoon. The company has said that customers in certain cities in North India have been affected. Jio Fiber users have been raising complaints with Jio Care on Twitter regarding the outage. Many users depend on the Internet all day for working from home and online schooling these days. At the time of writing, several users were still experiencing issues with their Jio Fiber connection.

Reliance Jio has confirmed that customers in a few cities in North India are facing outages. Judging by the complaints on the JioCare Twitter handle, users in cities like Lucknow, Ludhiana, Dehradun, Kolkata, Delhi NCR are affected.

Areas affected by Jio Fiber Broadband outage

Areas affected by Jio Fiber Broadband outage

“Some of our JioFiber customers experienced service issues in certain cities in North India. Other Jio customers across India continue to avail our services. We regret the inconvenience faced by our valued customers in some areas,” a Reliance Jio Infocomm spokesperson said.

 


The reason for the outage is still not known. Jio has not given any clarity on when the Jio Fiber outage issue will be fixed

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Zomato Partners with Vodafone Idea for Drone Food Delivery Ecosystem

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Zomato Partners with Vodafone Idea for Drone Delivery Ecosystem

Online Food Ordering and Delivery Platform Zomato has entered into a partnership with Vodafone-Idea to conduct the experimental flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drones. The development has come days after Zomato had called off the acquisition deal with TechEagle.

Vodafone-Idea would provide LTE (long term evolution) support to TechEagle’s drones for seamless connectivity in the delivery process. The drones will be powered with Vodafone Idea SIM card that would help to collect relevant data for future optimization.

Zomato Food Delivery Drone

Zomato Food Delivery Drone

Zomato had already tested its first drone delivery with a fusion of rotary-wing and fixed-wing in June last year. It successfully covered a distance of 5 km carrying a load of 5 kgs in 10 minutes at that time. However, the experiment was done when TechEagle was a part of the Alibaba-backed company.

Vodafone Idea and Zomato are part of the ClearSky association, which is one of the 13 consortia that have been allowed by the DGCA to take part in trials. ClearSky includes Gurugram based startup TechEagle Innovations, Bengaluru-based AI company Curl Analytics, and US-based drone traffic management company, Airmap, another source involved in the project confirmed.

Source: Startupnews, Medianama

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