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ALTBalaji to Launch its New Web-series ‘Baarish’ Starring Asha Negi and Priya Banerjee at vIDEA 2019

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vIDEA 2019 is a video industry awards and conference being organized in Mumbai by Inkspell Media

The much awaited web series by ALTBalaji – ‘Baarish’ will be officially launched at vIDEA 2019 – the Video Media Awards and Summit. vIDEA is a unique initiative by Inkspell Media to recognize and acknowledge the champions of the video content and media industry, and bring them to the center stage at a national forum with global exposure. Additionally, the idea behind developing this program is to get the veterans and experts from the industry together to discuss the leading trends and opportunities, address key concerns in the domains, and draw a roadmap for the growth of the video media.

Leading brands, agencies, and individuals in the video content space will be recognized through several categories of awards viz. Video Marketing Awards, Sector Specific Video Awards, Website Awards, App Awards, Genre Specific Awards, Video Enabler Awards, and Apex Awards. vIDEA Short-film Contest is another interesting addition to the program wherein both budding as well as professional filmmakers can submit their movies.

Veterans and experts from the industry shall come together to discuss and share insights on the key topics pertaining to the video media industry, including:

  • Democratization of Media in a ‘Video First’ ecosystem
  • Video Monetization: Contextualizing the money-making model with the media and audience type
  • Product Placement: Role of video content in expanding the scope of embedded marketing for brands

Some of the eminent speakers at the event include actors Asha NegiPriya Banerjee and Ssumier Pasricha along with corporate stalwarts including Manav Sethi, Group CMO at Eros Now, Binda Dey, Head of Marketing at Red Chillies Entertainment, Hitesh Malhotra, CMO,, Priyanka Sehgal, Vice President- Content and Strategy, TV and Digital at Network 18, Balaji Vaidyanathan, Marketing Director (CEEMEA) at Franklin Templeton Investments, Sameer Seth, Director (Marketing) at Dolby Laboratories, Prachi Mohapatra, CMO at Future Retail India and Siddharth Bhardwaj, Chief Marketing Officer at UFO Movies among many others.

The rise of the social media platforms, the affordability of video production devices through sophisticated mobile phones and gadgets, and the availability of unlimited high-speed internet and data services for the common man have come together to democratize the entire video media space.

Brands have taken cognizance of the great influence and impact that user generated content can have in the exponentially expanding market. Every day brings the news of how legacy production houses and media companies are launching new platforms to reach out to the consumers at a time, place, medium and device of their choice. Hence, video has transformed from being just a content format to becoming a media platform. Rather, video has evolved into a phenomenon that now influences strategy-level decisions at the largest corporations in India and globally. While this format of content has emerged as the greatest tool for brand marketers, it has also led to the rise of a whole new industry that specializes in video conceptualization, production, editing, packaging, publishing, and promoting. Hence, its impact can be seen in industry trends, consumer behavior, and the economy at large.


SOURCE Inkspell Media


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EPIC TV Announces Expansion and New Ventures

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EPIC TV – India ka apna infotainment channel; has divulged strategic expansion plans through diversification across various media verticals. A pioneer in it’s genre as the country’s only Hindi-language, India-centric infotainment channel; the company has revealed a vision of organizing and building itself as a media network, with new ventures across every touch-point of the content life-cycle; that would consolidate under the banner of ‘IN10 Media’.

As part of its expansion plans, the company also announced the launch of two new television channels to go on air later this year – EPIC Plus, an HD offering; and ShowBox, a Free-To-Air channel.

EPIC Plus would be a separate feed and the content offering would strengthen EPIC’s positioning, and further its brand promise of showcasing high quality, premium, India-centric content. ShowBox is slated to be a regional youth and music channel, high on appeal and energy that will push the boundaries of quality entertainment in the regional space.

IN10 will also house under it’s umbrella, LatestLY – India’s fastest growing digital news portal; which is well on its way to becoming a digital-only, 24/7 multi-lingual news network. LatestLY, in less than a year of its inception, beat popular news media portals to be among the top 15 biggest news portals (comScore India data).

The company also operates an OTT platform – EPIC On – a freemium app available across all devices and several platforms including Amazon Fire TV, Android & Apple TV. It provides both catch-up opportunity, and selectively curated acquired content that has high affinity to its loyal audience base. EPIC On too would sit under the IN10 umbrella.

While the EPIC brand aligns under the headline of ‘India’s Storytellers’; IN10 Media also disclosed the upcoming release of a worldwide OTT offering in the niche of global documentaries. Named ‘DocuBay’, the premium SVOD service is scheduled for an exclusive first look of its beta release for the documentary community at Cannes, France, later this month.

The company hinted at announcements of other upcoming verticals in the near future, including its ambitions of being a platform-agnostic content creator, for which it intends to set up a production house catering to the every rising demand for content, especially in the booming digital market, while also servicing other broadcasters.

Aditya Pittie, MD, EPIC TV would be spearheading the expansion as Managing Director of IN10 Media. Speaking on his plans, he said, “We are very confident that the media space, and the business opportunities in it are set to explode in the near future, and our vision is to bite into a significant portion of that pie. Content, we believe, will play a pivotal role within the media universe and our mission is to create a content hub that identifies, seeds, nurtures, and delivers quality content to viewers.”

With deeply entrenched roots in the creative community, and a long association with premium content; IN10 Media is all set to be a network with distinct offerings in the media and entertainment landscape.



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Linius successfully tests world’s first virtual-video blockchain

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Linius Technologies Limited (ASX: LNU) — the only cloud-based solution that transforms static video into hyper-personalized video experiences with its world-first Video Virtualization Engine™ (VVE) — has validated its previously announced blockchain strategy by successfully testing its blockchain technology.

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Linius has successfully validated this capability; that virtual video may be embedded in a blockchain, and smart contracts used to control the transactions associated with video files.

“Linius aims to fulfil the promise of blockchain and move beyond cryptocurrencies,” said Linius CEO, Chris Richardson. “We feel this is the natural evolution of our anti-piracy strategy and we aim to use blockchain to protect, distribute and monetize the video itself.”

On 20 December 2017, Linius announced plans to deliver the world’s first video blockchain, publishing its Linius Blockchain Strategy.

The company remains committed to delivering the benefits of blockchain to the video industry. Potential benefits include:

  • Anti-piracy: Video assets and viewers can be validated prior to playing the video, eliminating improper play-out of the video.
  • Auditability: Content owners, such as studios, can have complete visibility and control across the entire distribution chain, maintained automatically, removing intermediaries and expanding margins.
  • New revenues: Users are sharing content right now, often illegally. Current anti-piracy actions attempt to stop this behaviour. The Linius Blockchain accepts this behaviour but ensures content owners are paid for it.

The details of the successful test are as follows:

  1. Linius virtualized several videos of different sizes, stored in the cloud on Amazon S3
  2. On a private instance of Ethereum (a world leading, blockchain based distributed computing platform), Linius generated a smart contract to control transactions against the virtual video
  3. Linius then successfully uploaded the virtual video into the blockchain, executed the smart contract transaction (with associated mining), and successfully retrieved a copy of the virtual video based on the criteria of the contract
  4. That retrieved virtual video was then validated with ISOviewer

“The company believes that this represents a major step forward, in that it validates Linius’ initial thesis regarding virtual video on blockchain,” said Richardson. “With traditional video, a blockchain would be impossibly big. And, the Internet standard video format MP4 does not work in blockchain. Virtual videos are ideally suited to digital assets, which can be recorded, transferred and managed by a blockchain.”

In the coming weeks, Linius intends to have the virtual video playing on a blockchain-aware player. At that point, Linius anticipates hosting a webinar to demonstrate this functionality.

To register for the upcoming webinar, subscribe to receive Linius Investor Updates here:

Details regarding webinar contents and timing will be distributed to Linius Investor Updates subscribers shortly.


SOURCE Linius Technologies Limited

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Immersion – India’s First International VR Film Festival and Conference From 1st and 2nd March 2019 at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre

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Immersion, India’s first international VR Film Festival and Conference, has been imagined and conceived to be India’smost purposeful and credible IP platform in the field of VR & Immersive Technology. Immersive technology is impacting industries and revolutionising them including and not limited to gaming, wearables, education, tourism, healthcare, social change, engineering, entertainment and retail. Immersion has been imagined, designed and produced by Immerge Knowledge Labs (a partnership between VR Storytellers and NYUCT Design Labs). Immerge Knowledge Labs believes there are very interesting applications in industry, content & brand experience, empathy and social impact.

Immersion 2019 will bring together industry leaders, futurists, creators, enterprise, start-ups, change agents and technology advocates across speaker forums, workshops, brand showcases and of course the film festival. The IP will also see very interesting legs during the course of the year going across design campuses and institutes. The Immersion Thinkfest will feature both speakers from across industry categories and domain experts in VR and immersive technology, including Nathan Gaydhani (SystemActive Digital-Immersive Technology Business Consultant), Chaitanya Chunduri (Google-India Head AR/VR), Arnav Neel (Blippar- MD), John Kuruvilla (Kalpnik VR -Co Founder), Srivatsan Jayashankar (XR Labs-Co Founder-CEO) and Pankaj Raut from NXG Dimension – Ajnalens. There will be a host of other speakers and panellists. They will speak on topics such as Immersive Advertising, Immersive Experiential Gaming, Surgery in Augmented Reality, Cinematic VR – Future of Storytelling, Future of Education, VR and design thinking, Training and simulation in VR and many more.

A pulpit to inspire, evangelize and market immersive technology and its adoption, Immersion will help not only streamline business interaction for the VR eco-space, but also attract newer talent and younger minds. Immersion will see participation of VR/AR/MR experts, creators, innovators & investors who are complimenting the growth of its ecosystem.

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Arpito Gope, Co-Founding Director of Immerge Knowledge Labs, says, “We are standing at the cusp of time when technology is challenging, enhancing and altering the very essence of living. Virtual Reality as a technology will push the boundaries of many fields of science and enterprise in ways unimaginable. Immerge Knowledge Labs and Immersion intends to be the platform where you get a ringside view of this change with creators, innovators and techno enthusiasts who are charting a new course.

Eddie Avil, Co-Founding Director of Immerge Knowledge Labs has been a VR evangelist with his partner Ashley, having produced India’s first stereoscopic cinematic VR horror short film, Crackle. He commented, Virtual reality will either take us into the matrix or make us realise we were in one all along. Immersion is an international forum and festival that brings all stakeholders in the immersive tech space together to ideate, share, explore and celebrate.

The field of VR and immersive technology has seen plenty of action from reputed global brands like Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, EA, Imagine Labs.

In India, despite the relatively slower pace of adoption of augmented – and virtual- reality technologies, the nascent Indian AR/VR market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 76 per cent over the next five years, fuelled by demand from business and consumer sectors. The movement though nascent has stirred up in Indiaand promises to be big and needs support and a platform like Immersion.

The impact of VR promises to be a domino as has been evidenced globally. It spans right from social change and empathy, media and entertainment, use by industry and enterprise for safe engineering, healthcare and mechanics. Be it the ground breaking project by PETA using VR films to make audiences empathize with a chicken and its life (I Chicken) or a whale (I Orca) or The Clouds of Sidra which helped boost the UN’s efforts to raise more money, awareness and empathy during the Syrian refugee crisis, immersive experiences pack a wallop.

Don’t miss India’s first International VR Film Festival and Conference. Watch reality bend on the 01st and 02nd March, 2019 at Nehru Centre Worli. Book Now –

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SOURCE NYUCT Design Labs Private Limited

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