The Indian TV industry goes online

02 May 2017 | Written by NewsBytes Desk; Edited by Roma Das
What is new in the Indian TV industry?

Traditional television format has undergone a dramatic change in recent years, with more content creators moving online: a more interactive, less censored, and wider-reach platform.

In 2016, Netflix and Amazon Prime forayed into India, which now boasts of several on-demand video services: Hotstar, Viacom 18's Voot and Balaji Telefilms' ALT Balaji.

All India Bakchod and The Viral Fever are leading players in the industry.

In context: What is new in the Indian TV industry?

02 May 2017The Indian TV industry goes online

AIBAIB: From podcasts to YouTube stars

AIB, founded by Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba, began with standup comedy and SoundCloud podcasts, but went viral on YouTube with its 2013 video "Rape-It's Your Fault".

The group, which later expanded to include Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, eventually made it to Forbes Richest Indian Celebrities of 2015 list.

AIB has now moved to television, hosting "On Air with AIB" on Star Plus.

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TVF started due to an MTV rejection

TVFTVF started due to an MTV rejection

TVF founder Arunabh Kumar created the channel after MTV rejected his idea for a satirical show.

TVF's USP is its web series, which are known for their fresh take on contemporary issues in a relatable style.

Prominent members include Vipul Goyal, Amit Golani, Biswapati Sarkar and Nidhi Bisht. Kumar has been named in Fortune's Top 40 under 40, and ET's 40 under Forty, and other lists.

Sexual harassment cases pile up against TVF founder

In Mar'17, however, multiple women have come forward on social-media, accusing Arunabh Kumar of sexual harassment. The accusations began after a former TVF employee first came out in an anonymous blog-post, detailing Arunabh's indecent and uncomfortable overtures. The incident has dented the company's image.

ActorsA new generation of actors

TVF has introduced a fresh set of actors. Permanent Roommate's Sumeet Vyas and Nidhi Singh, and Pitchers' Naveen Kasturia, Maanvi Gagroo and Jitendra Kumar, are now TVF regulars. Many had faced rejections before.

Founder Arunabh played a lead role in Pitchers. Biswapati Sarkar is famous as 'Arnub'.

The channel has also roped in veteran actors Atul Srivastava, Brijendra Kala and Gajraj Rao for 'F.A.T.H.E.R.S'.

What say parents?

Tanmay Bhat's mother Jaya is happy he hasn't let the fame get to his head. However, she complains he is a workaholic, "It gets so difficult to reach him sometimes." She also keeps asking him to "introduce us (the AIB members' mothers) to each other".
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14 Jul 2017Whoa! Saif Ali Khan to star in Netflix web series

As per reports, Bollywood's Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan has been roped in for a Netflix web series.

Based on Scott Ellsworth's book called 'The Secret Game', the Indian adaptation of the same will see Saif don the role of coach McClendon.

Reportedly, dates and money issues are being finalized but it's too early to comment, said a source.

SponsorshipsTying up with AIB, TVF the new corporate mantra

With as much focus on stories as on brand promotions, TVF and AIB made sponsorship lucrative for companies.

AIB's 'Creep Qawwali' for TrulyMadly pushed app downloads up by 25% at 1/10th its expenditure on mass-media campaigns. Pitchers' Kingfisher connection and Tripling's Tiago sponsorship increased their visibilities.

Brand integration is also one of their prime revenue sources, with charges upto Rs. 25L per video.