ShareChat signs global music licensing deal with Times Music

Oct 01 2020

 

ShareChat, India’s leading social media venture, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Times Music, one India’s leading music labels and music publishers, to license its music catalogue for both ShareChat and Moj. This will also include leading Punjabi Music catalog of Speed Records, which boasts largest market share in Punjabi music and has some of the top Punjabi Hits like ‘Lamberghini’,’ Mann Bharrya’ and many more.

 

The collaboration would enable ShareChat and Moj users to access an exhaustive library of Times Music & Speed Records to create content on the two platforms, bringing a more immersive experience.

 

Times Music is home to an iconic music library that represents Bollywood, Spiritual, Indie, Pop,Rock & other non-film music genres. More than 240 million users on ShareChat and Moj would now be able to explore the entire Times Music & Speed Records library, and add amazing new music to their own videos, making their creation more lively and enjoyable. 

 

Berges Y Malu, Director, ShareChat said, “As an Indian social media platform with the largest set of active users, top tier talent and the most exhaustive music library, we are excited with Times Music joining us to elevate the social experiences of our community of users. Our partnership with Times Music is one such step to bolster our music library and give wings to our creator’s creativity.”

 

Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music said, “Times Music’s partnership with ShareChat is the start of a new chapter. Times Music has always been digitally progressive and works with various partners across the globe for its music & artists to be heard worldwide. We commend ShareChat’s approach towards licensing music rights from content owners and artists for their platform and we wish this partnership our very best.”


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Get ready to hit the dance floor as Asees Kaur, Remo D’Souza, Nakash Aziz team up to bring to you a dynamic single – ‘Moj Pe Moj’
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  For the first time renowned choreographer Remo D’Souza has teamed up with choreographer Mukti Mohan and singers Asees Kaur, Badal and Nakash Aziz to bring to you the ultimate peppy number 'Moj Pe Moj’.   The track is the brand song for short video platform Moj and is getting released on ii Music. It will feature over 30 influencers including Remo D’Souza Mukti Mohan and Dharmesh. It's an upbeat and high-spirited number that will blend well with the current festive and freedom spirit post lockdown.   The theme of the song is super fun, catchy and energetic which resonates perfectly with the season’s mood. Talented playback singer Nakash Aziz, known for songs like ‘Gandi Baat’ and ‘Sari Ke Fall Sa’, has collaborated with Asees Kaur, famous for her melodious songs such as ‘Bolna’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons’, ‘Ve Mahi’ from ‘Kesari’, to create this groovy single, ‘Moj Pe Moj’.   Commenting on her ‘Moj’ moment, Asees Kaur said, “'Moj Pe Moj' is the ultimate track for Gen Z, and their modern digital lives. This quirky earworm is guaranteed to get you up on your feet and make you dance to the energetic voice of Nakash and I. The peppy track is composed by Goldie Sohel, Badal and includes an upbeat rap from Badal himself. Join the Moj experience and sing along to the new chartbuster in town”.   Even Remo D’Souza enthusiastically said, “Well, dance is everything to me and given me the complete freedom to express the music and lyrics through it, brought me real ‘Moj’ for this entire project. The song will honestly give you the feeling of what it stands for, ‘Moj pe moj’”   The video highlights the vibrant and fun spirit of individuals through a celebration, 'Moj’. 'Moj Pe Moj’ is a colourful song and has a lot of energy and a fun vibe to it. The song has released on 27th of October, 2020 on ii Music’s official YouTube channel and we have already hopped on its euphoric trail.The song is available on all the streaming platforms.
This Festive Season make tea-time delightful with a set from Ficus Fine Living!
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
    Festivals bring a lot of joy and delight in one’s lives and bring people closer. This Festive Season upgrade your crockery with fine china from Ficus chic collection, inspired by Nature’s fresh vibes. Make a style statement as you sip from our tea and coffee sets that lend a graceful touch to entertaining special guests.   You can choose from our many inspiring shapes and delicate designs, as you are sure to find something that delights you. Don’t wait: drop in at Ficus Fine Living to make tea-time warm, welcoming and fashionable!     Ficus Fine Living is a fresh new concept in branded furniture and home accessories. Ficus offers a range of furniture, furnishings, home decor, lightings, artifacts and more. This festive season we have some exciting offers for everyone. Our store is spread across 2000 sq.ft which helps us maintain social distancing effectively.  We also have ample car parking space.  Come visit us at Ficus Fine Living, it is spacious and calming; one can easily browse for hours. Enjoy a cup of coffee and go through the beautiful curios, furniture and art, all of which make a delightful experience. Available at: www.ficusliving.com
Now, enjoy wholesome infotainment at one click with ME WORLD
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  Binge watchers in Australia and South Asia have another reason to cheer with ME TV, an Indo-Australian broadcasting company, unveiling a multi-lingual Over- the Top (OTT) Plus platform called ME World. The new platform is envisioned to be a one-stop solution for entertainment and business needs and will cater to Australia and South Asian regions. The app will be available from 18th October across the globe. It is available on Android, IOS and even on Smart TV’s The highlight of the novel application is its hyperlocal reach wherein viewers can not only watch Entertainment ,news, movies, or listen to podcasts; they can also book tickets via ME World for events to be held in their locality or neighbourhood and watch events live from home. ME World even allows viewers to showcase their talent and upload their content on the platform. It will be showcased after meeting ME World standard criteria. "I am delighted to release MEWorld for download for netizens. It is our signature offering that instantly connects communities in and around the world irrespective of the geographical barriers.  The application will provide wholesome and varied content ranging from entertainment, events information, movies, local news, business, web series, podcasts among others. Moreover, its interactive interface even allows the viewers to create and upload their content for wide accessibility and engagement. It’s a one shop stop for every app lover, it will also advertise local business & viewers can avail coupons and offers of favrestaurants, spa, movie tickets etc.  The release of ME World reaffirms our commitment to curate outstanding content inline with our viewers’ preferences,” said Sri Hari Kommineni, CEO & Founder, ME World. MEworld programme category ranges from Movies, Events, web series, celebrity talk show, Multiple Talent shows and many more .
Tata Elxsi awarded global services deal from Aesculap AG for medical device engineering
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
     Tata Elxsi, a global design and technology services company, announces the opening of a Global Engineering Center (GEC) with Aesculap AG, a subsidiary of B. Braun, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products and services.  Tata Elxsi has been selected as the global engineering services partner by Aesculap. The GEC is part of a strategic multi-year engagement in the field of engineering services. The GEC serves as a platform of talent and expertise for product design & engineering, regulatory support and clinical evaluation services. This center will be essential to accelerate innovation, drive the transformation and growth for Aesculap‘s medical business.   Martin Schaeuble, Vice President Abdominal and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Aesculap commented on this announcement” Tata Elxsi has proven to be the right partner, bringing the right mix of technical expertise and program management skills. Together with Tata Elxsi we are in the position to continue our innovation activities as well as adherence across Aesculap ‘s product portfolio."   "We are elated to be selected as a strategic partner of Aesculap. It is an absolute honor for us to be part of this journey in supporting Aesculap through our Global Engineering Center, bringing together integrated competencies in R&D and innovation, digital technologies, deep domain understanding of medical devices and ever-evolving regulatory standards. This further consolidates our position in the Medical Devices and Healthcare market in Europe, and strengthens our relationship with Aesculap and the B. Braun group," said Nitin Pai, Chief Strategy Officer and CMO, Tata Elxsi.      

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Get ready to hit the dance floor as Asees Kaur, Remo D’Souza, Nakash Aziz team up to bring to you a dynamic single – ‘Moj Pe Moj’
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  For the first time renowned choreographer Remo D’Souza has teamed up with choreographer Mukti Mohan and singers Asees Kaur, Badal and Nakash Aziz to bring to you the ultimate peppy number 'Moj Pe Moj’.   The track is the brand song for short video platform Moj and is getting released on ii Music. It will feature over 30 influencers including Remo D’Souza Mukti Mohan and Dharmesh. It's an upbeat and high-spirited number that will blend well with the current festive and freedom spirit post lockdown.   The theme of the song is super fun, catchy and energetic which resonates perfectly with the season’s mood. Talented playback singer Nakash Aziz, known for songs like ‘Gandi Baat’ and ‘Sari Ke Fall Sa’, has collaborated with Asees Kaur, famous for her melodious songs such as ‘Bolna’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons’, ‘Ve Mahi’ from ‘Kesari’, to create this groovy single, ‘Moj Pe Moj’.   Commenting on her ‘Moj’ moment, Asees Kaur said, “'Moj Pe Moj' is the ultimate track for Gen Z, and their modern digital lives. This quirky earworm is guaranteed to get you up on your feet and make you dance to the energetic voice of Nakash and I. The peppy track is composed by Goldie Sohel, Badal and includes an upbeat rap from Badal himself. Join the Moj experience and sing along to the new chartbuster in town”.   Even Remo D’Souza enthusiastically said, “Well, dance is everything to me and given me the complete freedom to express the music and lyrics through it, brought me real ‘Moj’ for this entire project. The song will honestly give you the feeling of what it stands for, ‘Moj pe moj’”   The video highlights the vibrant and fun spirit of individuals through a celebration, 'Moj’. 'Moj Pe Moj’ is a colourful song and has a lot of energy and a fun vibe to it. The song has released on 27th of October, 2020 on ii Music’s official YouTube channel and we have already hopped on its euphoric trail.The song is available on all the streaming platforms.
This Festive Season make tea-time delightful with a set from Ficus Fine Living!
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
    Festivals bring a lot of joy and delight in one’s lives and bring people closer. This Festive Season upgrade your crockery with fine china from Ficus chic collection, inspired by Nature’s fresh vibes. Make a style statement as you sip from our tea and coffee sets that lend a graceful touch to entertaining special guests.   You can choose from our many inspiring shapes and delicate designs, as you are sure to find something that delights you. Don’t wait: drop in at Ficus Fine Living to make tea-time warm, welcoming and fashionable!     Ficus Fine Living is a fresh new concept in branded furniture and home accessories. Ficus offers a range of furniture, furnishings, home decor, lightings, artifacts and more. This festive season we have some exciting offers for everyone. Our store is spread across 2000 sq.ft which helps us maintain social distancing effectively.  We also have ample car parking space.  Come visit us at Ficus Fine Living, it is spacious and calming; one can easily browse for hours. Enjoy a cup of coffee and go through the beautiful curios, furniture and art, all of which make a delightful experience. Available at: www.ficusliving.com
Now, enjoy wholesome infotainment at one click with ME WORLD
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  Binge watchers in Australia and South Asia have another reason to cheer with ME TV, an Indo-Australian broadcasting company, unveiling a multi-lingual Over- the Top (OTT) Plus platform called ME World. The new platform is envisioned to be a one-stop solution for entertainment and business needs and will cater to Australia and South Asian regions. The app will be available from 18th October across the globe. It is available on Android, IOS and even on Smart TV’s The highlight of the novel application is its hyperlocal reach wherein viewers can not only watch Entertainment ,news, movies, or listen to podcasts; they can also book tickets via ME World for events to be held in their locality or neighbourhood and watch events live from home. ME World even allows viewers to showcase their talent and upload their content on the platform. It will be showcased after meeting ME World standard criteria. "I am delighted to release MEWorld for download for netizens. It is our signature offering that instantly connects communities in and around the world irrespective of the geographical barriers.  The application will provide wholesome and varied content ranging from entertainment, events information, movies, local news, business, web series, podcasts among others. Moreover, its interactive interface even allows the viewers to create and upload their content for wide accessibility and engagement. It’s a one shop stop for every app lover, it will also advertise local business & viewers can avail coupons and offers of favrestaurants, spa, movie tickets etc.  The release of ME World reaffirms our commitment to curate outstanding content inline with our viewers’ preferences,” said Sri Hari Kommineni, CEO & Founder, ME World. MEworld programme category ranges from Movies, Events, web series, celebrity talk show, Multiple Talent shows and many more .
Tata Elxsi awarded global services deal from Aesculap AG for medical device engineering
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
     Tata Elxsi, a global design and technology services company, announces the opening of a Global Engineering Center (GEC) with Aesculap AG, a subsidiary of B. Braun, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products and services.  Tata Elxsi has been selected as the global engineering services partner by Aesculap. The GEC is part of a strategic multi-year engagement in the field of engineering services. The GEC serves as a platform of talent and expertise for product design & engineering, regulatory support and clinical evaluation services. This center will be essential to accelerate innovation, drive the transformation and growth for Aesculap‘s medical business.   Martin Schaeuble, Vice President Abdominal and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Aesculap commented on this announcement” Tata Elxsi has proven to be the right partner, bringing the right mix of technical expertise and program management skills. Together with Tata Elxsi we are in the position to continue our innovation activities as well as adherence across Aesculap ‘s product portfolio."   "We are elated to be selected as a strategic partner of Aesculap. It is an absolute honor for us to be part of this journey in supporting Aesculap through our Global Engineering Center, bringing together integrated competencies in R&D and innovation, digital technologies, deep domain understanding of medical devices and ever-evolving regulatory standards. This further consolidates our position in the Medical Devices and Healthcare market in Europe, and strengthens our relationship with Aesculap and the B. Braun group," said Nitin Pai, Chief Strategy Officer and CMO, Tata Elxsi.      

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This Festive Season make tea-time delightful with a set from Ficus Fine Living!
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
    Festivals bring a lot of joy and delight in one’s lives and bring people closer. This Festive Season upgrade your crockery with fine china from Ficus chic collection, inspired by Nature’s fresh vibes. Make a style statement as you sip from our tea and coffee sets that lend a graceful touch to entertaining special guests.   You can choose from our many inspiring shapes and delicate designs, as you are sure to find something that delights you. Don’t wait: drop in at Ficus Fine Living to make tea-time warm, welcoming and fashionable!     Ficus Fine Living is a fresh new concept in branded furniture and home accessories. Ficus offers a range of furniture, furnishings, home decor, lightings, artifacts and more. This festive season we have some exciting offers for everyone. Our store is spread across 2000 sq.ft which helps us maintain social distancing effectively.  We also have ample car parking space.  Come visit us at Ficus Fine Living, it is spacious and calming; one can easily browse for hours. Enjoy a cup of coffee and go through the beautiful curios, furniture and art, all of which make a delightful experience. Available at: www.ficusliving.com
Now, enjoy wholesome infotainment at one click with ME WORLD
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  Binge watchers in Australia and South Asia have another reason to cheer with ME TV, an Indo-Australian broadcasting company, unveiling a multi-lingual Over- the Top (OTT) Plus platform called ME World. The new platform is envisioned to be a one-stop solution for entertainment and business needs and will cater to Australia and South Asian regions. The app will be available from 18th October across the globe. It is available on Android, IOS and even on Smart TV’s The highlight of the novel application is its hyperlocal reach wherein viewers can not only watch Entertainment ,news, movies, or listen to podcasts; they can also book tickets via ME World for events to be held in their locality or neighbourhood and watch events live from home. ME World even allows viewers to showcase their talent and upload their content on the platform. It will be showcased after meeting ME World standard criteria. "I am delighted to release MEWorld for download for netizens. It is our signature offering that instantly connects communities in and around the world irrespective of the geographical barriers.  The application will provide wholesome and varied content ranging from entertainment, events information, movies, local news, business, web series, podcasts among others. Moreover, its interactive interface even allows the viewers to create and upload their content for wide accessibility and engagement. It’s a one shop stop for every app lover, it will also advertise local business & viewers can avail coupons and offers of favrestaurants, spa, movie tickets etc.  The release of ME World reaffirms our commitment to curate outstanding content inline with our viewers’ preferences,” said Sri Hari Kommineni, CEO & Founder, ME World. MEworld programme category ranges from Movies, Events, web series, celebrity talk show, Multiple Talent shows and many more .
Tata Elxsi awarded global services deal from Aesculap AG for medical device engineering
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
     Tata Elxsi, a global design and technology services company, announces the opening of a Global Engineering Center (GEC) with Aesculap AG, a subsidiary of B. Braun, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products and services.  Tata Elxsi has been selected as the global engineering services partner by Aesculap. The GEC is part of a strategic multi-year engagement in the field of engineering services. The GEC serves as a platform of talent and expertise for product design & engineering, regulatory support and clinical evaluation services. This center will be essential to accelerate innovation, drive the transformation and growth for Aesculap‘s medical business.   Martin Schaeuble, Vice President Abdominal and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Aesculap commented on this announcement” Tata Elxsi has proven to be the right partner, bringing the right mix of technical expertise and program management skills. Together with Tata Elxsi we are in the position to continue our innovation activities as well as adherence across Aesculap ‘s product portfolio."   "We are elated to be selected as a strategic partner of Aesculap. It is an absolute honor for us to be part of this journey in supporting Aesculap through our Global Engineering Center, bringing together integrated competencies in R&D and innovation, digital technologies, deep domain understanding of medical devices and ever-evolving regulatory standards. This further consolidates our position in the Medical Devices and Healthcare market in Europe, and strengthens our relationship with Aesculap and the B. Braun group," said Nitin Pai, Chief Strategy Officer and CMO, Tata Elxsi.      
Alteza from Aparna-Craft to expand its dealer network to 30 cities by 2025
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
     In their endeavour to further augment their presence in the aluminium interior and exterior solutions Alteza, the premium aluminium window and door systems brand from Aparna-Craft (joint venture between Aparna Enterprises Limited, India and Craft Holdings, Hong Kong), today announced their market expansion plans. As part of the initiative the company has launched two new products and is in process of expanding its network to tier 1 and tier 2 cities. The new systems launched include Villa Windows and Glass Railings offering customers an array of aluminium interior and exterior solutions to choose from.    Speaking about the new launch, Mr. Ashwin Reddy, Managing Director, Aparna Enterprises Limited, said, “A year ago, when we partnered with Craft Holdings (Hong Kong) to create Aparna Craft, our vision was to revolutionize the premium aluminium window and door systems market in India and provide our consumers with superior quality solutions in distinct designs. We have been successful in this endeavour. We will be investing extensively in building the product portfolio as well as the reach of the brand. In next 5 years we aim to expand our presence to 30 cities, targeting 10 % of market share.”   Manufactured at a state-of-the-art production facility located at Bachupally, near Hyderabad, the new range of products are made using world-class technology as well as the highest quality raw materials. The new range includes:    Alteza Villa Windows- An ode to the craftsmanship, Alteza Villa Windows are a perfect combination of style and functionality. Made using world- class technology the range is very sturdy and offer users the benefits of one stop solution for aluminium window, reduced noise as well as better energy efficiency. Equipped with separate panels for glass and mosquito mesh along with the grill and multi-point locking system, Villa window provides a complete package for a premium quality aluminium window. Further, as all Aparna product the Alteza range of villa windows also offer customers with the option to customise the size, glass, glazing and colour. Another salient feature of the new range is that it comes with branded European hardware giving customers a comprehensive best in-class window solution.    Alteza Glass Railings with minimal aluminium support- Product innovation is at the heart of Aparna Enterprises Ltd and Alteza range of railing is a testimony of this. The elegant and sturdy product adds a modern plus a stylish look to railings. The main advantage however, is the fact that these railings are frameless and have more of glass and require the least of maintenance. Ideal for balconies and stairways, Alteza aluminium railings can be tailored to suit your needs.    Made using virgin aluminium the new products are 3kPA compliant. Apart from offering superior quality products, Alteza will also offer end-to-end services to consumers, including Design, Fabrication, Installation and Post-sales support.    Currently the Indian building facades and fenestration industry is valued around INR 25000 crores and Aluminium window and door industry around INR 3250 crores. With entities like Aparna Craft entering, the sector is poised to witness further market penetration and growth.  

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Now, enjoy wholesome infotainment at one click with ME WORLD
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  Binge watchers in Australia and South Asia have another reason to cheer with ME TV, an Indo-Australian broadcasting company, unveiling a multi-lingual Over- the Top (OTT) Plus platform called ME World. The new platform is envisioned to be a one-stop solution for entertainment and business needs and will cater to Australia and South Asian regions. The app will be available from 18th October across the globe. It is available on Android, IOS and even on Smart TV’s The highlight of the novel application is its hyperlocal reach wherein viewers can not only watch Entertainment ,news, movies, or listen to podcasts; they can also book tickets via ME World for events to be held in their locality or neighbourhood and watch events live from home. ME World even allows viewers to showcase their talent and upload their content on the platform. It will be showcased after meeting ME World standard criteria. "I am delighted to release MEWorld for download for netizens. It is our signature offering that instantly connects communities in and around the world irrespective of the geographical barriers.  The application will provide wholesome and varied content ranging from entertainment, events information, movies, local news, business, web series, podcasts among others. Moreover, its interactive interface even allows the viewers to create and upload their content for wide accessibility and engagement. It’s a one shop stop for every app lover, it will also advertise local business & viewers can avail coupons and offers of favrestaurants, spa, movie tickets etc.  The release of ME World reaffirms our commitment to curate outstanding content inline with our viewers’ preferences,” said Sri Hari Kommineni, CEO & Founder, ME World. MEworld programme category ranges from Movies, Events, web series, celebrity talk show, Multiple Talent shows and many more .
Disney+ Hotstar VIP is all set to become the next-gen personal screen for Tamilians
Oct 26 2020 By Admin
    With its next big leap in content, Disney+ Hotstar VIP is all set to become the new personal screen for Tamilians or Tamil naattin puthiya thirai; Unga sondha thirai; as it readies to bring Kollywood to millions of screens across the state. With Tamil fans eagerly waiting for their favourite stars to release new shows and movies, the video streaming service today announced its ambitious plans of launching Tamil Hotstar Specials shows & movies-before-theatre featuring the best of the tamil film industry; in addition to offering the best of LIVE sporting action and access to popular STAR Vijay shows before TV; making it the best destination for quality Tamil content.     Starting this Diwali, fans will be treated to diverse and unique stories mounted on a grand scale, featuring some of the biggest stars of Kollywood - first of which is blockbuster movie Mookuthi Aman starring superstar Nayanthara and RJ Balaji. The platform is also set to launch exclusive Hotstar Specials shows – LIVE Telecast directed by Venkat Prabhu and starring Kajal Aggarwal; My Perfect Husband starring veteran actors Sathyaraj and Seetha, Triples produced by Karthik Subbaraj and starring Jai Sampath and Vani Bhojan and November Story starring Kollywood’s sweetheart Tamannaah Bhatia. To further satiate the hunger of Kollywood fans, Disney+ Hotstar VIP will additionally launch many more movies and shows over the course of next one year. Disney+ Hotstar VIP is home to the world’s best stories dubbed in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi including the biggest superhero and animation movies; with access to Bigg Boss Tamil and popular STAR Vijay shows before TV, exclusive Hotstar Specials series, mega blockbuster movies released straight on the platform under Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex and the best of LIVE sporting action including the ongoing Dream11 IPL 2020 and much more - making it the best entertainment service in the country! Sunil Rayan, President & Head, Disney+ Hotstar said, “We have always been at the forefront of reinventing and reimagining content in India. As we lay the foundation of presenting authentic stories that appeal to Tamil audiences, we are very excited to partner with some of the most prolific minds of the industry. As we announce the launch of new movies-before-theatre and Hotstar Specials shows, we are adding to our existing promise of providing great Tamil entertainment across LIVE Sports, before TV access to STAR VIjay shows and much more - giving our audiences a wide array of content to choose from” Acclaimed film-maker Venkat Prabhu; who marks his digital directorial debut with LIVE Telecast said, “Often people assume that creating shows is easier than putting together a good cinema, but it’s quite the opposite. Yes, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something totally new and challenging. With newer and exciting storytelling. I am going to present a show with a unique concept where even the non-series watcher also will start engaging with the show. LIVE Telecast is a horror show created for everyone who enjoys the adrenaline rush. Furthermore, the show will also be dubbed in 6 other languages and with Disney+ Hotstar VIP I’m sure this story will reach millions of viewers across the country” Tamannaah Bhatia who will headline November Story added, “In these extraordinary times, I think people have turned to entertainment for comfort more than ever before. Kollywood fans have been patiently waiting for an announcement like this - which promises them world-class Tamil entertainment at the touch of a button. I am really excited to be a part of this journey with Disney+ Hotstar VIP that is making this possible for all Kolly-fans. My show November Story is a strong female-oriented narrative that gave me an opportunity to play around with the character.”   Veteran actor Sathyaraj who stars in My Perfect Husband said, “Good content has the potential of transporting people to a new place. My Perfect Husband is one such story that can take you to your happy space; it's an unconventional story of finding love in old age that will leave people with a smile on their face”   Karthik Subbaraj added, “Digital is now a big part of how people consume entertainment nowadays. With diverse content across different genre and a huge subscriber base Disney+ Hotstar VIP is the perfect platform to launch a show like Triples. The show has all the elements of an all-round entertainer - action, drama, comedy and more and will leave audiences laughing till the very end”   RJ Balaji who released the poster of his upcoming movie Mookuthi Aman said, “There is nothing greater than the joy of being able to entertain people through great movies. Mookuthi Amman is one such movie that I think will resonate with people. For a lot of people Diwali is incomplete without any new movie releases, that too with these tough times people need some happiness and I promise that our film will bring that joy and celebration in this festive season; I am excited to announce that Mookuthi Amman is all set to release as the Diwali blockbuster on India’s biggest streaming service Disney+ Hotstar VIP as a Diwali special – it truly is home delivery of Kollywood” Kollywood Oda Home Delivery begins with these movies and shows: Mookuthi Amman (Mytho-fantasy) starring Nayanthara and RJ Balaji LIVE Telecast (Horror) starring Kajal Aggarwal, Vaibhav, Anandhi and Directed by Venkat Prabhu My Perfect Husband (Drama, Comedy) starring Sathyaraj and Seetha Triples (Comedy) starring Jai Sampath, Vani Bhojan and produced by Karthik Subbaraj November Story (Crime-Thriller) starring Tamannaah Bhatia Disney+ Hotstar offers an unmatched entertainment experience to users with the world’s best stories coming together on one platform. With an annual subscription of Disney+ Hotstar VIP users can catch their favourite Bigg Boss Tamil and other popular STAR Vijay shows before TV; access to the blockbuster movies (Comali, Kaithi), best of global movies and shows dubbed in Tamil including super hero movies (Avengers: End Game, Iron Man), latest animation films (Frozen 2, The Lion King), kids favorite characters (Mickey Mouse, Doraemon), exclusive Hotstar Specials shows in seven languages like the hugely popular Neeraj Pandey’s Special Ops, Aarya, unlimited LIVE sports like Dream11 IPL 2020 with Tamil commentary feed and much more at only INR 399/- for a year!   Get ready for Kollywood’s home delivery, starting this Diwali only on Disney+ Hotstar VIP  
MX Player wins big at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards
Oct 23 2020 By Admin
  MX Player, which has become India’s leading entertainment streaming platform, has been wowing viewers with their diverse slate of engaging MX Originals and the brand continues its winning streak at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards. The Asian Academy Creative Awards are Asia-Pac’s most prestigious awards for creative excellence, honoring the excellence in craft and technical discipline across multiple platforms including television, digital, mobile, streaming and any other emerging technologies. The streaming giant recorded two victories this season at the award ceremony – the prestigious Best Original Program by OTT was bagged by its Ramya Krishnan starrer Queen and the Best Music/Dance Program Awards was bagged by its larger than life music reality chat show - Times of Music. Commenting on the win, Gautam Talwar, Chief Content Officer - MX Player said, “The passion for creating differentiated content is what drives us at MX, and we are thrilled to be recognised on a global platform like the Asian Academy Creative Awards. Our aim has always been to deliver the best entertainment experiences to audiences, and I’d like to thank the teams of both these projects, who have helped us achieve this honour.  Recognitions like these continue to strengthen our belief in what we’re doing and compels us to think out of the box and do better with every other endeavour.”   In less than two years, MX Player has emerged as a force to reckon with and integrates all forms of entertainment on one platform – including video playback, streaming video, music and gaming.  It currently operates on an ad supported model and hosts a wide library of over 2,00,000 hours of premium content across 10 languages, including a critically acclaimed slate of MX Original/ Exclusives, movies, web series, TV shows, news and audio music. 
ZEE5 strengthens ISP distribution ecosystem; partners with Meghbela Broadband
Oct 22 2020 By Admin
   The last few months have changed the way the world functions. Consumers are now looking at entertainment beyond the traditional DTH and Cable TV. Since the pandemic ZEE5 has seen over 3X growth in its consumer base. To enable easy access to OTT entertainment content, ZEE5 has been working very closely with ISPs present from across India. The latest partnership is with Meghbela Broadband, one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the eastern region of India. Consumers today are demanding more options and value from their internet service providers. Though the alliance with ZEE5, Meghbela Broadband will enable easy access to ZEE5 to its consumers though its Android Box.  Customers on select internet plans from Meghbela will get complimentary access to all of ZEE5’s premium content, movies, and live channels. To get access to ZEE5, Meghbela consumers need to login on Meghbela Android TV using an OTP generated on their mobile app. ZEE5 offers over 100+ originals across genres apart from a vast library, which boasts of over 1.25 lakh hours of content across 12 languages that include originals, popular TV shows and blockbuster movies spanning various genres and formats. Rahul Maroli, Senior Vice President & Head SVOD, ZEE5 India said, “In a connected world, the role of ISPs is critical to connect the household to the world! The past few months have seen an increased demand for broadband internet as people turn to the internet for work, entertainment, and communication. The strategic alliance with Meghbela Broadband enables us to provide our bespoke entertainment experience to an even wider audience. With consumers now looking at digital platforms to fulfil their entertainment requirements, we wanted to ensure that consumers get a seamless experience with the best of content to choose from. The alliance will leverage Meghbela’s reach and ZEE5’s content and technology to deliver seamless entertainment to the whole India’s East region.” Tapabrata Mukherjee, Director, Meghbela Broadband said, “I am thrilled to announce the Strategic alliance between ZEE5 & Meghbela Broadband. Meghbela Broadband being a Class- A ISP based in Eastern India & ZEE5, India’s Entertainment Super-app, coming together of these two will surely break into the unchartered territory of the East by providing Meghbela Android TV Box bundled with ZEE5 Premium Subscription backed with high speed internet up to 250mbps.  I see it as a marriage of Entertainment & Technology which will enable the delivery of Quality Content right inside the living room of the end consumer backed with cutting edge technology to convert Every TV into a Smart Tv with Meghbela Voice Enabled Android Box.”       ZEE5 has continued to integrate newer technology, constant innovations and built a truly impressive content library. With an array of carefully curated range of offerings ZEE5 has become the leading entertainment platform among Indian consumers. The alliance will allow a wider set of diverse consumers to discover a super digital entertainment experience with these bespoke offerings.     Existing Meghbela consumers can avail ZEE5 premium services free of cost by upgrading their Internet pack above 100Mbps by calling at +91 33 4029 1100 or writing at helpdesk@meghbelabroadband.com.   YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/cr8e8bs1EeY

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New Salesforce Research Reveals that 71% of Indians Expect Companies to Accelerate Digital Initiatives, Showing the Many Ways Customer Engagement is Changing Amid Crises
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, today released the fourth edition of its State of the Connected Customer report which reveals that while a string of crises has affected all facets of life, including a fundamental shift in how customers connect with brands, factors like empathy, personalization, convenience, and digital transformation are the keys to customer relationships. As these same customers reevaluate the role of business in society, the notion of stakeholder capitalism is increasingly factored into purchase decisions.   “Regardless of who they market, sell, or provide service to, businesses are navigating a landscape they couldn’t have imagined at the beginning of this year,” said Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce. “A massive shift to digital channels isn’t the only challenge that leaders have to grapple with. They also need to listen and respond to customer demands for empathy and understanding, innovative products and services, and a fundamental rethinking of the role of business in society. Connecting customers at various touchpoints — digital, human, or other —  to gain a holistic understanding is the first step on the path to resiliency and growth.”   The global report captures insights from over 15,000 consumers and business buyers across 27 countries, including 650 respondents from India, to help companies transform how they drive customer success. The research examines survey results across four generations of customers: baby boomers, Gen Xers, millennials, and Gen Zers.    New for this year, interactive data by country and generation is available in Tableau, highlighting the key findings by COVID-19 impacts, consumers and business buyers.    The key trends revealed in this year’s State of the Connected Customer show:   Customer Connections Are Essential Amid Crises The events of this year have upended the relationships between customers and brands. During a time when uncertainty and confusion reign, brands have an opportunity to reinforce and rebuild trust with new and loyal customers alike. In India, 94% of customers say how a company acts during a crisis demonstrates its trustworthiness.   Understanding and Convenience Drive Differentiation As each individual navigates change and uncertainty, empathy for and support of customers’ unique needs, expectations, and challenges are as critical, as is providing a convenient, connected experience that eliminates unnecessary burdens in a stressful time. Forty-three percent of Indian customers say it generally feels like sales, service, and marketing don’t share information.   The Digital Imperative Hits Its Moment of Truth Digital-first behavior is here to stay as customers develop new habits that will last for the long term. As digital engagement grows, customers expect companies to digitize their operations for multichannel, high-touch interactions. This relies in no small part on the use of personal information, and customers are calling for enhanced transparency and stewardship. In India, 94% of customers say that COVID-19 has elevated their expectation of digital capabilities.   Customers Demand That Brands Demonstrate Their Values Long-overdue reckonings with social, economic, and ecological ills have come to the fore, and society is calling on businesses to do their part in righting wrongs. A failure to heed responsibilities to more than shareholders threatens bottom lines. Ninety-five percent of Indian customers say the societal role of companies is changing.   Look Ahead: Lessons from Across Sectors and Industries   Customers navigate products, services, and experiences from a variety of industries throughout their day-to-day lives, criss-crossing between the personal and professional, digital and physical, essential and supplementary. As they do this, their standards are being constantly influenced, with distinctions between sectors often blurred in their minds.    Companies seeking to differentiate themselves are wise to look beyond their immediate competition and evaluate how their capabilities stack up against other industries. Globally, 62% of consumers say their experiences with one industry influence their expectations of others.   For more information:  Blog by Vala Afshar, Salesforce Chief Digital Evangelist: 78% of Customers Think Crisis Should Catalyze Business Improvement: New Research Shows How Customer Engagement Will Change Forever  Salesforce Newsroom post: 15,000+ Consumers and Business Buyers Weigh in on the Future of Customer Engagement Salesforce interactive Tableau Dashboard with India-specific data Salesforce 4th State of the Connected Customer research report   
Consumer sentiment upbeat on domestic travel, but constrained by budgets: PAYBACK-Unomer Travel Study
Oct 28 2020 By Admin
  The much-awaited festive season is already showing signs of growth spurts across popular spend categories with the recent online and offline sales marking the start of the festive season. However, with the uncertainties of current times and changing behaviour patterns, it is important to get a pulse of the real consumers to understand emerging trends. Basis insights from a survey conducted on travel loyalists (frequent travellers over the last 2 years), domestic travel is expected to see some revival, especially short or weekend travel. Top choices for travel mode were flights or self-drive while safety and precautions were rated as the top preference as opposed to deals, which used to swing the vote previously.   This was revealed in a recent study conducted jointly by India’s largest multi-brand loyalty program, PAYBACK and its digital research partner, Unomer. The study examined the sentiments, preferences and outlook of around 1000 respondents regarding Travel in the festive season, post Covid. The respondents were chosen basis their travel behavior in the past 2 years, in the age group of 25 to 50 years across 12 cities including all Metros and few Tier 1’s, with varying income thresholds. Some of the key takeaways are listed below:   Short travel breaks rule 2020 Since the first unlock, nearly 40% of the respondents have either gone back to their hometowns or for a weekend getaway. In the festive season, more than 20% respondents are planning a vacation with nearly one third respondents in South & North India planning their trips. Nearly three-fourth of respondents chose domestic holidays, mostly a weekend or short getaways to nearby destinations. Long vacations and international holiday are off the table for the rest of 2020. Female respondents preferred long trips as opposed to male respondents who chose short vacations.   Females fasten the self-drive mode for short holidays Nearly 50% respondents during the initial phases of unlock chose self-drive as the preferred mode for short holiday travels with young females leading the pack. North, West & South regions lead the preference for self-drive as trains or buses become the least likely choice (15%) even for short trips or getaways. However, in last few weeks, travel by flights is also seeing an uptick, specifically in the East & West regions garnering 50% preference.   Less than one-fourth frequent travelers plan to loosen their purse strings this year More than 40% consumers will be spending less than last year this festive season, followed by 35% at same level and only 20% planning to spend more this year only in the higher annual income households. Respondents in South cities chose to spend more followed by North India.   Deals take a backseat as safety and ratings become driving factors Nearly two-third of the respondent are booking their travel itineraries via online booking platforms vs the traditional travel agents.  Close to 60% respondents have either booked or plan to book hotels for vacation stays and among them, nearly three-fourth are looking at safety precautions (higher than any other aspect), sanitization certificates and high star ratings as key booking criteria, as opposed to affordable rates, deals & offers which would swing the vote earlier. Over 60% respondents plan to go on vacation with their family followed by 25% wanting to go with friends. Solo trips still do not find many takers (9%).   Less travel means more for home consumption Other than holiday travel spend, other discretionary spends are also getting saved or diverted. There is growing preference for large & small appliances (60%) which emerged as an overwhelming choice, along with apparels (59%), followed by mobiles (45%) and home decor/improvement (37%). Respondents in South India have shown preference for large appliances and mobiles, whereas in North, West and East regions have shown preference for small appliances and home improvement.   PAYBACK members have been active on shopping across several spend categories and the platform has been collaborating with top brands to decide the right customer engagement and retention strategies. With a 360-degree understanding of shopping behavior across key categories like travel, groceries, fuel, entertainment, apparel, electronics and more, PAYBACK India is creating opportunities for brands to leverage these insights using their research platform. Giving a perspective on their first ever study, Mr. Ramakant Khandelwal, CMO, PAYBACK India, said, “Businesses are most impacted by the change in behavior of their loyal members. Hence it is important to measure the sentiment of the loyalists, to gauge the true impact. PAYBACK has created an integrated digital platform that provides brands with an opportunity to engage with the relevant member-base via meaningful conversations, be it for brand promotion or for consumer research. The current environment, which is replete with uncertainties, requires us to use the right data and levers to navigate the business challenges.  We are launching our first study, and now look forward to partnering with more brands on their consumer engagement strategies.”   Sharing his thoughts on the research aspects of the survey, Mr Vinay Bapna, CEO, Unomer, said, “This is a unique partnership between PAYBACK and Unomer, where PAYBACK has a large base of loyal consumers across brands and Unomer brings in technical and research expertise. This survey brings the best of both worlds together - we solicited feedback from consumers who have spent previously on travel and asked them specific questions on their travel plans during this Diwali / New Year and the impact of Covid-19 on the same. Our joint platform enables us to execute such outcomes from data selection to insights within 15 days and can truly help brands plan their go to market or consumer forecasts more efficiently and seamlessly”.  
Huawei releases Sustainability Progress Report
Oct 21 2020 By Admin
  Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today published its Sustainability Progress Report. The report highlights the company’s sustainability achievements over the past decade, covering four major areas including information accessibility, education and health, environmental protection, and corporate responsibility. This marks the first time that Huawei Consumer BG shares its sustainability progress on a standalone report.   “To achieve sustainability, we believe fulfilling corporate responsibility and driving innovation go hand in hand. Sustainability is one of our top priorities and it is fully integrated into our business development strategy. We strive to democratise access to innovative technology to bridge the digital divide, so everyone can enjoy the Seamless AI Life,” said Wan Biao, Chief Operating Officer of Huawei Consumer BG.       Huawei Consumer BG considers providing global consumers equal access to technology as its corporate mission and responsibility. Since optimizing the accessibility experience from the system level with EMUI5.1 in 2017, Huawei has been making subtle design changes to improve the experience for differently abled users. To date, Huawei has included 15 accessibility options on its smartphones, benefiting roughly 10 million users worldwide every month.   The value of technology lies in how it can empower change. By integrating health management services into its smart devices, Huawei gave every user their very own personal health manager and proactively take health management into their own hands. At present, 1.8 million users have downloaded and registered for an account on the Heart Health Research app from AppGallery, and the app has successfully helped identify more than 4200 suspected cases of atrial fibrillation.   Huawei has always been committed to green product design to minimise its impact on the environment. For instance, Huawei includes multi-faceted and integrated power saving solutions into its smartphone products. According to a power consumption test on typical application, power efficiency on Huawei smartphones had improved by about 50 percent from 2015 to 2019. Since 2015, Huawei helped 500,000 smartphones find a new owner through its trade-in programme. By replacing plastic packaging with fibre material, the plastic content of HUAWEI P40 Series packaging is reduced by 17 percent compared with the previous generation, reducing plastic use by 17,500kg per 10 million smartphones. Adopting a standardised design, Huawei will launch the next HUAWEI Mate Series devices that feature 68 percent improved packaging utilisation and 55g less packaging materials compared with the HUAWEI Mate 7 Series. This means that for every 10 million smartphones, Huawei saves 550 tons of paper, which is equivalent to saving 9,350 trees.   Over the past decade, Huawei Consumers BG has been working with developers, suppliers and industry associations to proactively engage in sustainable development. For instance, the company has been helping suppliers with carbon emission investigation, and results show that 25 suppliers have reduced carbon emission by 540,000 tons in 2019. Huawei Consumer BG had also conducted face-to-face conversations with more than 15,000 frontline factory workers to learn about their living and working conditions, and have been working to ensure that they are living and working in healthier and safer environments.   The publishing of the report sets a new bar for sustainability and corporate responsibility. Huawei Consumer BG believes that every little bit helps, and every bit adds up. From lowering carbon footprint to improving accessibility, Huawei Consumer BG will continue to make contributions to creating a better world for every person.  
Residential markets of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane witnessing positive demand growth, reveals Magicbricks PropIndex report
Oct 20 2020 By Admin
  With the COVID-19 crisis underlining the importance of owning a house, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) comprising the residential markets of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai witnessed positive demand growth with prices remaining largely stable possibly on the back of the government’s decision to cut the stamp duty, reports the latest Magicbricks PropIndex Report for the July-September 2020 quarter. The report suggests that Mumbai witnessed a significant increase of around 52% in searches for residential homes in July-September quarter that had in fact decreased by around 37% in the April-June period of 2020. Showing a clear shift towards slightly bigger homes, property searches in Mumbai for mid-sized homes including 2BHK and 3BHK surpassed the 1BHK configuration, with the share of 1BHK shrinking from 44% (Jan-March) to 37% (April-June), and now to 36% (July-September). In Navi Mumbai, online searches for houses grew 43% in the quarter ending September 2020, against a decline of 55% in the Apr-June 2020 quarter even though majority of the developers resisted any significant price correction or discounts on account of the economic slowdown. The reduction in stamp duty to 3% (from 6% earlier) could be one of the influential drivers for this demand growth. Similar to most other markets in MMR, developers in Navi Mumbai also focused on completing ongoing projects rather than launching new projects amid a financial crunch. Like other MMR markets, Thane also saw demand improving due to improving infrastructure and connectivity to Mumbai. With searches growing to the tune of 44% QoQ during the July-Sept quarter 2020, against a 33% dip in April-June, Thane continued to be one of the most favoured real estate destinations in the MMR region. Thane also witnessed marginal price growth of 1% in July-Sept, following a decline of 0.6% in April-June. Commenting on the PropIndex report, Sudhir Pai, CEO, Magicbricks, said, “The next 6-8 months are crucial for the revival of residential sector. The onset of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown have changed consumer preferences. Today, the shift is towards affordability as home buyers have reduced their budget but they haven’t changed their preference in terms of BHK or size. With the festive season just around the corner, we are witnessing a sharp recovery in demand and prices have remained stable for the July-September quarter. This augurs well for the industry and we hope consumers’ buying sentiment will continue to improve and translate into transactions in the coming quarters.” It is interesting to note that in Mumbai, as per Magicbricks data, market dynamics are enhanced in the July-Sept quarter vs. April-June quarter with demand almost in line with the supply across all price brackets. Now, as serious buyer enquiries are rising, developers can convert this demand into transactions by fulfilling the buyers’ requirements. Magicbricks data also showed an increase in demand for localities priced between Rs,10,000-20,000 persqft such as Andheri, Goregaon, Malad,  Kandivali, Borivali, Kurla, Powai and Bandra ascribing to the growing IT/ITeS and other commercial presence surrounding these. Another good news for affordable housing segment: The Exclusion Plan cleared in Sept 2020 would allow residential development on around 9,150 acres of land earlier marked as No Development Zone in the suburbs. This would result in an influx of affordable housing units in areas such as Dindoshi, Malad, Charkop, Vikhroli, Nahur,and Mulund. Further, the lowering of Repo rates to 4% in May 2020 from 5.15% in Feb 2020 resulted in cheaper home loans, providing more purchasing power to buy larger homes or homes within the city limits.