Bollywood on mobile

March 2, 2007 at 4:24 am 1 comment

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Alefiyah (MindShare, Singapore) writes:

Bollywood films will now be made available to all, on mobile phones. Nothing can be more potent than this combination of films and mobile phones – both growing at a significant pace in India and the South Asia Region.

In a recent launch in Barcelona, Spain on Feb 12th 2007, two short films “Zahir” & “Matrimony” were premiered for the mobile medium. These films are part of feature film “Dus Kahaniyaan” by film maker Sanjay Gupta, featuring ten short stories and starring more than 20 leading Bollywood actors.

A press release in www.gsma.com mentions:

The Bollywood Mobile Initiative, is driven by Roamware, the global leader in roaming and mobile connectivity solutions; Hungama Mobile, the world’s largest aggregator, developer and publisher of Indian entertainment and Bollywood content; Sanjay Gupta, a leading Bollywood director; and the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for mobile operators.

“Hungama Mobile is the only company in the world that has created a mobile and digital distribution platform for Bollywood content in over 30 countries. Today it runs a dedicated channel with networks such as SingTel, O2, Maxis, MTN, Telis etc with over 70 operators and publishers worldwide.”

The World’s largest film industry – Bollywood – produces over 1000 films a year, and is also one of the fastest growing entertainment segments. It has an appeal across, both the 150 Mn mobile phone users of India, as well as markets across continents. It is dubbed in over 35 languages worldwide and has made it to the top 10 charts across markets viz. USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Singapore and South Africa.

More than 3.6 billion admission tickets are sold each year, across the world and now Hungama Mobile and Roamware will take this to some 2.5 billion mobile screens.”

A news article on www.pocket-lint.co.uk, states:

Hungama Mobile, which has the exclusive rights to 70% of Bollywood content for mobile devices, has recently signed a deal to use a video codec called Mobiclip, developed by Actimagine, to deliver 24fps video to mobile phones.

The technology is designed to not drain batteries or overload the mobile’s processor.

The Bollywood movies will be released in various markets across the world on memory cards through handset manufacturers and retailers; they will also be available through Hungama’s website Indiafm.com

One of the Leading dailies of India, “The Hindu”, in an article explains:

… that the technology that helped push the movie content to the mobile handset was “Media Call” — designed to enable phone users to seamlessly `talk, look, listen and share” a variety of multimedia content. It was developed by Roamware’s Indian engineers at its development centres in Mumbai and Gurgaon, near Delhi.

Nokia, coincidentally, has announced a contest in India to create short films for mobile phones. Well timed!

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. On Vacation!  |  April 12, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Alefiyah,
    Bollywood is embracing mobile quickly. Rajshri Films are releasing all the hit songs from their films on mobile media

    maybe a brand you were once associated will sponsor!

    Reply

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