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Old 22nd October 2019, 14:42   #151
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Default Re: Cutting the cord - Ditching Satellite TV

The raise in popularity of Netflix or Amazon Prime or any other Over The Top (OTT) streaming platforms was due to the content. Most of them are straight to the point and less of unnecessary drama.

Now the I&B ministry is looking for censorship on the content played on OTT.

  • The I&B ministry is mulling censorship regulations, according to a government official
  • Will this be a huge, expensive and time-consuming exercise for the Indian OTT players?
  • Karnataka High Court has asked the ministry to speed up the action on online content regulations


Hope they don't come up with censorship and cut the creativity. We will be left with another Saas-Bahu Series
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Old 15th November 2019, 02:13   #152
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Recently cut our DTH connection. With the new DTH pricing, the prices got expensive. Tried changing packs many times but still ended up with unsatisfactory combos and prices. I watch a variety of content but watching time is less and I don't watch sports. Wife watches serials and movies. Children watch their usual stuff. Hence, we cut our 13-year old DTH connection and bought the Amazon Fire TV stick. Signed up only for Prime Video as we felt that is sufficient for all of us for the limited time we watch TV. Currently, we are adequately served by the below.

Prime Video (Rs. 999 per year)
Prime Music
Hotstar (free version, for serials)
ZEE5 (free version, for serials)
Yupp TV (free version, for some live regional TV channels)

So my bill is only Rs. 83.25 per month.
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Old 8th December 2019, 11:10   #153
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I was on the verge of cutting the cable for my LG WebOS tv in Airtel platform and switch over to Hotstar. My son and myself are the only viewers at home and we both watch sports and movies, that's all. My wife when she is free watches online content in Hotstar (free version) and Hoichoi in her phone.

So, one fine morning, I decide to thoroughly downgrade ( thankfully on hindsight) my Airtel pack to bare minimum as backup and keeping channels from Sony stable. Surprisingly, even though Hotstar and Zee5 are available on LG app store, Sony Liv is absent. Everything went smoothly, I cut down my DTH subscription from Rs. 700 to Rs. 300 p.m. and all the streaming apps perfectly synced up with tv.
The nasty surprise came in the evening when we tried watching EPL matches on Hotstar live stream. The video was not continuous, sort of moving frame by frame, with no audio. We assumed that Wifi connection could be at fault here but all other streaming apps, including other highlight packages in Hotstar, were running perfectly. Even before switching to Hotstar, I have been a subscriber for Netflix and Amazon Prime for close to a year now and never ever I had this issue with online streaming. As a crosscheck, ran the same live stream of the EPL match on my phone linked through the same Wifi, and there was absolutely no problem. I again assumed that may be Hotstar is profiling against VIP membership and then quite stupidly upgraded the membership to Premium. No sir, the problem remained as usual with the end result being I coughing up some Rs. 680 for something that I would barely watch over the next year. I made sure that the Hotstar app in my LG WebOS tv is up-to-date, so that is not where the problem lies.
Disgruntled, I again brought back the SPP HD pack to Airtel subscription for Rs. 100 odd p.m.

I think this case should be an eye opener for people who are thinking of a complete switchover. The fact that the same Wifi supported live content on phone but not on tv would mean to me that Hotstar is probably profiling devices for their live stream content. While watching on phone does not raise a conflict of source of revenue, the EPL content may have from the end of the DTH operator. I could be wrong in my assumption or belief and would seek your opinion about what could be at play.
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