I’m strongly tempted to investigate VPNs again. I’m not gonna do it for Zee5 because they suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, but now I want it for Netflix India and HotStar India.
Random interesting thing I learned a while back but haven’t had a reason to share, Disney Plus and Hotstar Streaming are the SAME THING in India! Which answers the question I have had for a while, Hotstar had this massive library and massive market share in India, then was bought buy Disney and kind of turned stagnant, didn’t seem to be getting a lot of new movies or anything, while Prime was building up their library like crazy and Netflix was making prestige dramas.
But, ta-da! It was because Disney was planning to combine Hotstar with their new Disney Plus platform. I should have known better, the House of Mouse always has a plan. Now, in India, if you turn on your HotStar to watch that classic Mohanlal movie you can’t see anywhere else, here are all these ads for Disney Channel India shows, and Disney movies dubbed in Indian languages, and maybe you should try those out, and then 5 years later Disney owns India.
My first thought was that they were just going to let the Hotstar platform slowly wither, but it is far more intelligent to merge with it and suck it’s strength.
Other streaming news, Love Aaj Kal 2020 is now in Netflix India. But not Netflix anywhere else (that I can see), or einthusan. Also, my views for my review have leaped up and I am seeing a lot of news stories about it hitting Netflix India.
Which brings me to Zero! Remember how it flopped horribly in theaters and everyone was like “the public is too discriminating, they don’t like these movies any more, make good movies people want to see and they will come to theaters” and so on? Well, the day it released streaming in India, it broke all records, most popular movie of the year, far more so than any Hollywood release or anything that did better in theaters.
There’s an argument of “These kinds of movies are Bad and no one likes them and that’s why they do poorly in theaters”, which I think should more accurately be “these kinds of movies rely on word of mouth, and on an audience that cannot easily get out of the house to theaters (women), so they do poorly in theaters but do PHENOMENAL on streaming”.
Follow up argument is usually “thank goodness for streaming so women can see movies”, to which I say “no, curses on streaming because before that women were seeing movies in theaters, it is only the availability of streaming and satellite TV which is driving them more and more into their houses”.
Anyway, that’s all I wanted to talk about, Love Aaj Kal 2020 which was ridiculed by all when in theaters is now doing super well and getting a lot of buzz on streaming. But the initial ridicule was still damaging enough for no one to be interested in buying the international rights, hopefully the Indian success will lead Netflix to buy the European and American rights too so you all can watch it.
And Disney is, as always, smarter than I give them credit for.