16 January 2021 04:19

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Last year, we announced that U.S. listeners could ask their Amazon Alexa devices to play their favorite podcasts. Starting today, listeners in 11 new markets—Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, India, Austria, and Ireland—can ask Alexa to do the same.

Podcasts delight, entertain, inform, and inspire people across the world, and there’s always more to stream, for both Free and Premium listeners. Now with Alexa, you can get listening to any of the millions more on Spotify—just by using your voice.

Ready to get started? Setup is easy, and only takes a few moments:

Go to the Amazon Alexa App.

Open the menu, head to Settings, then Music & Podcasts.

If Spotify is not connected, tap “Link New Service” and select Spotify.

Link your Spotify account to your Alexa account.

If you’re in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, or the UK, tap “Default Services,” and then select Spotify as the default podcast service.

Say “Alexa, play [your podcast of choice] podcast on Spotify” and get listening!

Not sure what to start with? New podcasts from every market and in many languages are increasingly available on Spotify. Just check out a few that have come out in each of the markets where Alexa is available this year:

UK and Ireland – Tune in as Harry Pinero and Henrie celebrate Black music and culture in the latest season of Who We Be TALKS_.

India – Be an armchair detective with Bhaskar Bose as he solves cases that range from missing bodies from graveyards to murders on a film set in his inimitable style.

Brazil – Start your day with Café da Manhã, a Spotify Original news show.

Mexico – Fausto, a Spotify Original true crime podcast, is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.

France – Brut. provides the keys to understanding current affairs and creating conversation with short podcasts on topics that affect younger generations.

Germany & Austria – Take a listen as climate activist Luisa Neubauer discusses the global climate crisis with leading experts, activists, and individuals in 1,5 Grad.

Spain – Entiende Tu Mente explores the psychology behind your greatest fears and inhibitions.

Italy – Tune in to the latest in culture and society with Muschio Selvaggio.

Canada – Dig into Recipe Club, an all-new podcast series from David Chang and Chris Ying, which will feature different recipes for well-known dishes from somewhere across the culinary universe.

Since Spotify debuted our first K-Pop playlist in 2014, listeners have streamed more than 180 billion minutes of the genre and added K-Pop tracks to more than 120 million playlists.

In the last six years, the share of K-Pop listening on Spotify has even increased by more than 2,000%—that’s a lot of excitement for all things K-Pop. So soon, we will be saying “Annyeong haseyo,” or “hello,” to the home of the genre as Spotify launches in South Korea in the first half of 2021.

Launching in South Korea will give Korean listeners access to over 60 million tracks and over 4 billion playlists, as well as enable Korean artists to reach their local music fans and Spotify’s 320 million listeners worldwide. It will also connect listeners in Korea to artists and music from around the world.

“We are excited about our upcoming launch in South Korea, a market recognized as an epicenter for music, culture and tech innovation,” says Alex Norström, Chief Freemium Business Officer of Spotify. “Spotify has been a partner to the Korean music industry for many years now. We are proud to have been a part of the K-pop global story, showcasing the genre on our platform and enabling its discovery all over the world, from Asia to the US, South America, Europe and the Middle East. We’re looking forward to working with our valued local partners to uncover more Korean artists, and to connect them with fans in South Korea and all over the world.”

As one of the fastest-growing major music markets in the world* and the sixth-largest music market globally,** South Korea is key for Spotify in our mission of giving a million artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it. Spotify wants to help accelerate the growth of Korea’s entire music streaming ecosystem, benefitting artists, labels, distributors and fans.

Today, our K-pop genre hub encompasses a wide range of Korean music, including K-pop, hip-hop, indie, OST, R&B and more, as well as “RADAR Korea,” a playlist uncovering fresh K-music finds as a part of Spotify’s global emerging artist program. The hub is localized in over 64 countries, including Russia, India, Brazil and the UAE.

Wednesday, 06 January 2021 00:00

ZEE5 Global Unveils its Jan 2021 Lineup

From a high-intensity courtroom drama, Nail Polish to a satirical comedy, Kaagaz, a look at all that’s coming to ZEE5 Global this January

WTFRY - ZEE5’s second Bangladeshi Original to launch on 9th January.

ZEE5 Global, the largest OTT platform for South Asian content, announced an unparalleled line up of content to kickstart the new year with a bang.

Raising the curtains on 2021 on January 1, the much-anticipated ZEE5 Original Nail Polish takes us on a hypnotic journey of the uncertainties of the human mind. Nail Polish features an ensemble cast including Arjun Rampal, Manav Kaul, Ranjit Kapoor, and Anand Tiwari.

On January 7, a satirical comedy, ZEE5 Original Kaagaz will narrate the story of a man who fought for his life for 19 years after being declared dead by a group of people keen to take over his assets. Starring the epitome of versatility, Pankaj Tripathi in the lead role, ZEE5 Original Kaagaz is directed by Satish Kaushik and has been one of the most anticipated releases of 2021.

ZEE5’s second Bangladeshi Original ‘What The Fry' is set to premiere on January 9. Directed by national award-winning director Anam Biswas, ‘What The Fry’ is a heart-warming tale of a suicidal film star who meets a simple guy and finds a deeper meaning to life. The show is free to watch for viewers in Bangladesh.

Under its pay-per-view vertical – Plex, ZEE5 Global is set to release two digital-first blockbuster films. Premiering on January 13, the comedy-drama Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari will take us back to the 90’s, before the social media era, where a wedding detective performs background checks on prospective grooms. The movie features some incredible performances by some of the most revered actors of the industry including Manoj Bajpayee, Diljit Dosanj and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

On January 14, another comedy-drama, Biskoth gets released with two prolific stars of the Tamil film industry, Santhanam and Tara Alisha.

On January 22, the platform will release a gripping Original Jeet Ki Zid. An Amit Sadh starrer, the series is based on a true story about grit, determination and the military. It’s a tale of a soldier whose never give-up attitude helps him overcome tough challenges and turn the impossible into possible.

Yet another action-packed Original, this time from ZEE5-Alt Balaji combine, Bang Bang will premiere on January 26. Shot in the picturesque landscape of Maharashtra, Bang Bang is a high-octane thriller starring Ruhi Singh, Faisal Sheikh amongst others.

Popular Tamil serial Singa Penne returns to ZEE5, continuing the story of a girl who falls in love with a boy in the military forces and decides to cross every hurdle to join the army herself. The second part of Singa Penne S1 premieres on Indian Republic Day - January 26.

Lastly, on January 27, ZEE5 Global will stream its new TV show, Teri Meri Ek Jindri, encompassing the lives of two young lovers against the backdrop of Punjab. The new ZEE TV romantic show is based on the evergreen mantra that opposites attract.

Nikhil Mathur has been appointed as the Head of Marketing by Rajat Sharma’s promoted India TV. He will be responsible for the entire gamut of marketing including brand planning, marketing campaigns, strategic partnerships and corporate communications.

Nikhil brings with him 17 years of rich experience and is a result driven & growthcentred professional. His latest assignment was with TV9 Network as AVP Marketing & Events. Prior to TV9, he had some really successful work with many media houses including Zee News Network, PTC Punjabi Network and Focus News Network.

Commenting on Nikhil’s appointment, India TV Managing Director, Ritu Dhawan said, "I am glad to have Nikhil on board and I am sure he will add more power to the existing powerful team and set new benchmarks in the Hindi News genre".

On his new assignment, Nikhil said, “I am looking forward to being part of the India TV family as it sets new benchmarks each year".

We welcome Nikhil into the India TV family. Look forward to a long and fruitful partnership helping the company grow from strength to strength. Nikhil is a perfect match with our team, working towards enhancing India TV’s standing as one of the most trusted brands in the Media Industry. Quoted Ritika Talwar – HR Head India TV.

In a one of its kind, the first edition of the BGR Tech Excellence Awards recognised and honoured innovators for their contribution in the field of gadgets, consumer electronics, and technology.

The 25 award categories that encapsulated the ‘best in tech’ were nominated and selected by experts from the Indian tech circle through online voting. For the 7 Editor’s choice awards, the jury member included technology veterans, independent writers and consultants, and senior editors of online and print publications.

Rohit Chadda, chief executive officer, Digital Publishing, ZEE Group explained that the 25 awards categories were spread across six major verticals - Smartphones, TVs, Wearables, Audio Devices, Laptops, and Gadgets. “We had some of the most senior and experienced team of jury members which had a mix of senior editors, technology veterans, and writers. The choice of jury awardees was meticulously done,” he explained.

Chadda pointed out that hundreds of users got an opportunity to win prizes worth lakhs of rupees through their ‘Vote and Win’ and ‘Play and Win’ section.

“Participants could log on the website and then submit their vote under various award categories. All voters got assured prizes. In our Play and Win, participants had a chance to feature in the leader board and win hourly, daily, weekly, and bumper prizes,” He said.

It was perhaps for the first time that participants could honestly select their trusted brand and at the same time win prizes worth more than Rs 30 lakhs.

Besides the awards there was also a Tech conclave which discussed insights and views around technology with various tech experts, professionals and esteemed members of the tech fraternity in the power-packed panel discussions.

The awards witnessed Airtel Xtream as presenting sponsor. It was Co-powered by Housing.com, Amazon Prime, Volkswagen Connect, and Funn 88, supported by Intel, in association with Zee Business.

Here’s a complete list of all the winners of BGR Tech Excellence and Conclave Awards 2020:

1. Most promising laptop brand award: Xiaomi
2. Laptop of the year award winner: Apple MacBook Air 2020
3. Best gaming laptop of 2020 winner: Asus Zephyrus G14
4. Editor’s Choice award for the best business laptop winner: Dell Vostro 5402
5. Best value for money headphones winner: OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z
6. Most promising headphone brand award: Boat
7. Best affordable TWS earphones winner: OnePlus Buds Z
8. Earbuds of the year: Sony WF-1000XM3
9. Best speaker of the year winner: Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
10. Editor’s choice award for the best overall speaker: JBL charge 4
11. Best Innovation in wearables winner: Snap Spectacles 3
12. Best value for money wearable winner: Mi smart Band 5
13. Best smartwatch of the year winner: Apple Watch Series 6
14. Best fitness tracker of the year award: Fitbit Charge 4
15. Editor’s choice award for the best overall wearable: Mi smart band 5
16. Best innovation in TVs: LG Rollable OLED TV
17. Best value for money smart TV award: Xiaomi Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition 32-inch
18. Most promising TV Brand: Vu
19. Best media streaming device award: Xiaomi Mi Box 4K.
20. Editor’s Choice best budget smart TV of the year: Treeview India.
21. Most innovative gadget of 2020: LG Wing
22. Affordable gadget in 2020 that affected consumers positively award: LG g8x ThinQ
23. Best gadget of the year award: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
24. Editor’s choice award for the best overall gadget: Oppo Find X2
25. Best Innovation in smartphone award: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
26. Best Value for money smartphone award: OnePlus Nord
27. Best Budget smartphone award: Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime
28. Most promising smartphone brand: Samsung
29. Best selfie smartphone of the year: Apple iPhone 12
30. Best smartphone of the year award: Apple iPhone 12 Pro
31. Editor’s choice award for the best budget smartphone: Tecno Spark 6 Air
32. Editor’s choice for best AI technology: Whirlpool


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