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No more HD content on OTT: Stakeholders take measures to control data usage

A meeting was organized yesterday by Uday Shankar, chairman, Star & Disney India, with key stakeholders of the digital industry.

The Prime Minister’s call for social distancing and now a total lockdown has led to people staying at their homes. This has caused an unprecedented surge in mobile internet consumption. As a result, the Government and the telecom operators are concerned about its potential impact on the cellular network infrastructure.

A meeting was organized yesterday by Uday Shankar, chairman, Star & Disney India, with key stakeholders of the digital industry to address the issue. The meeting, held virtually, was attended by NP Singh (Sony), Sanjay Gupta (Google), Ajit Mohan (Facebook), Sudhanshu Vats (Viacom18), Gaurav Gandhi (Amazon Prime Video), Punit Goenka (Zee), Nikhil Gandhi (Tiktok), Ambika Khurana (Netflix), Karan Bedi (MX Player) and Varun Narang (Hotstar).

“The digital industry has decided to act immediately in the larger national and consumer interest and to ensure the robustness of the cellular network. It was unanimously agreed that as an exceptional measure, all companies will immediately adopt measures, including temporarily defaulting HD and ultra-HD streaming to SD content or offering only SD content, at bitrates no higher than 480p on cellular networks. These voluntary measures will be in effect until April 14. All participants are immediately taking measures,” reads a media statement released by the stakeholders.