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Digital content and broadcasting cannot be defined under the Telecom Services: IAMAI on draft telecommunication bill

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IAMAI on draft telecommunication bill

The major Internet and social media intermediaries including Meta, Google, and others have stated that the definition of “telecommunication” in the draft telecommunication bill is quite broad (“overly broad”). They have also said that the bill should exclude the “content and broadcasting services”.

This was stated in the internet and social media companies in their comments on the draft telecommunication bill summited under the umbrella of IAMAI. The draft telecommunication bill was presented earlier this September by the “Department of Telecommunication” and had extended the last day for comment and feedback submission on November 20. 

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has put on its point the draft telecommunication bill. In its present form, the draft telecommunication bill covers video cover, emails, interpersonal messages, and cloud-based services. The association has suggested putting the OTT and DTH services out of the ambit of the draft telecommunication bill, 2022.

The association also said that since the telecom services including WhatsApp, Signal, and other applications are based on the application layer and the rules followed and applicable to telecom service providers (TSPs) should not cover the former. 

Internet and Mobile Association of India have also stated that services run as an application layer over the internet cannot be considered owned and operated by the central government. 

On the other hand, Mukesh Ambani owned Jio Reliance Infocomm differs from the statement made by IAMAI. IAMAI also stated that the inclusion of internet-based communication services in the draft telecommunication bill can adversely affect the seamless user experience.

Apart from the perspective given by the association, policy advocacy groups including BSA, Information Technology Industry Council, Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), and others have also raised the issue of the expanded definition of “telecommunication” in the draft telecommunication bill.

 

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OTT players must pay to avail the telecom service provider’s network: COAI

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The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has come up with the point of over-the-top contribution in creating and developing the telecom infrastructure in exchange for using telecom services.

In a letter to the telecom secretary, any entity that creates an infrastructure by investing the money to take usage charges including rent or lease charges from the users of the infrastructure.

COAI is of the opinion that government must provide a framework for the service providers to charge users for services used. It also suggested levying the “usage charge” for the traffic carried on the telecom network and added that the charge must be agreed upon mutually between the TSPs and OTT Players.

In case, if both parties do not agree on the agreement then a Licencing and Regulatory framework governs the process. It comes as a suggestion to the government to the addition of OTT communication services under the new draft Telecom Act. The core purpose of doing this is to store a level playing field. Additionally, to support MSMEs and small enterprises related to OTT, COAI also added that the limited to the total network used.

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Love Today gets its OTT release Date: when and where to watch it

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Love Today has become one of the most-liked films of the year and will finally be going to get its OTT release on Netflix. The movie has faces including Pradeep Ranganathan, Ivana, Raveena Ravi, Yogi Babu, and Raadhika Sarathkumar in the leading roles. The announcement of the release was made by Netflix itself stating “Disclaimer: Exchanging phones with your partners might be injurious to your relationship. #LoveStory is coming on Netflix on the 2nd of December.

The movie is directed by Pradeep Ranganatha who made a debut with the film in the industry. Made in a budget of 5 crores and have collected around 70 crores. The movie is an adaptation of Ranganathan’s short film App(a) Lock.

The feature film Love Today follows the story of a modern-age couple whose love is put to test after they swap their smartphones for a day. The film has the story of modern love in the time of social media and also touches on the concern of cybercrime and the ill thoughts behind them.

Talking about the film, Pradeep told Film Companion that the short film only has three main characters while the feature film has several other characters as well including Pradeep’s mother, sister, and so on. He also added that having only three characters in the movie may create monotony and having these characters help in making the movie more appealing. It is not only about the main leads but rather about the emotional journey of their families.

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World Archery to launch Archery+, an OTT Platform with StreamViral

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World Archery is set to launch its own OTT platform named Archery+. The platform will be made in a technological partnership with StreamViral in early 2023. Archery+ will stream international archery to the territories that are not covered in the rights deals of World Archery.

The streaming content on the website will include Hyundai Archery World Cup, Hyundai World Archery Championships, qualifiers for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and other second-tier tournaments. The OTT platform will also host features, documentaries, educational content, and other exclusive content generated by World Archery.

Initially, the platform will utilize advertising and a freemium model over paid subscriptions. After the launch of the platform, World Archery will streamline its global distribution of the archery document, gain audience insights and structure an effective marketing strategy based on a direct-to-consumer model.

About StreamViral

StreamViral, a sports OTT integrator, works for providing consultancy in designing, production, marketing, and monetization. The company also works for helping sports clubs, leagues, and federations in the customization of their broadcast channel.

About World Archery

World Archery, is an international federation for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of archery. The organization also runs events including world championships in various sports and works with 150+ national member associations to develop, regulate, and promote sports worldwide.

Mr. Tom Dielen, Secretary general of World Archery said that World Archery’s onset into the streaming space is another milestone in the development of the sport. He also added that the project with StreamViral will develop a space exclusively digital space for archery content irrespective of its origin.

Isobelle Benge, co-founder, and chief technology officer of StreamViral said that the company is delighted to work with World Archery. He also added World Archery as not only a new client but also a new sport to be added to the StreamViral family.

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