18 February 2020 22:31



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Globoplay channel debuts on the Roku platform

Roku, Inc., the No. 1 TV streaming platform in the United States*, today announced its arrival in Brazil, bringing affordable streaming to consumers in the country.

“I’m delighted to bring Roku to Brazil, one of the largest streaming markets in the world,” said Anthony Wood, Founder and CEO of Roku. “With the arrival of Roku, consumers in Brazil will now be able to enjoy their favorite TV programs and movies on the easy to use Roku platform. We want to bring streaming to everyone in Brazil.”


At the heart of the Roku platform is Roku’s proprietary operating system, the Roku OS, which is purpose built for TV. Roku has the #1 licensed TV operating system in North America. In 2014, Roku launched the Roku TV licensing program enabling TV partners an easy and cost-effective way to make best-in-class smart TVs at competitive price points that consumers love.

In Brazil, Roku is partnering with AOC to bring the AOC Roku TV to consumers in the country. The new AOC Roku TV will offer consumers a smart TV experience that is easy to use, with great streaming entertainment at an affordable value.

The new AOC Roku TV lineup includes:

32-inch: HD with integrated wired and wireless connectivity

43-inch: FHD with integrated wired and wireless connectivity

“TPV Group has an excellent relationship with Roku in the United States, and we are glad to bring this partnership to Brazil. It makes perfect sense for AOC to work with the No. 1 TV streaming platform in the U.S. and to launch the Roku platform in Brazil. Consumers will enjoy many great Roku TV features on the 32” and 43” televisions for the best streaming experience,” said Andre Romanon, Head of Marketing and Product at TPV Brazil.

Additional AOC Roku TV features include:

Simplicity: A simpler smart TV experience that displays all the entertainment options (streaming, cable/satellite, antenna) on one personalized home screen.

Roku Search: Makes it easy to discover something great to watch. Simply search by title or actor to find shows or movies to watch.

Roku Remote: A simple remote to navigate TV and streaming channels along with channel shortcut buttons.

Free Roku mobile app: Control the TV via the mobile remote or keyboard, enjoy private listening with headphones, available on both Android and iOS.

Automatic Software updates: Receive new streaming channels and features automatically without lifting a finger.

“We are excited to partner with AOC to bring the first Roku TV models to Brazil,” said Arthur van Rest, Vice President of International at Roku. “AOC is one of the top smart TV brands in Brazil and now, with the Roku OS, consumers can enjoy an easy to use, affordable streaming experience.”

In Brazil, Roku will offer a streaming line-up with thousands of movies & TV episodes across 5,000 streaming channels available in the Roku Channel Store. Consumers can access the streaming channels directly from the home screen on their Roku TV.

What’s On: Globoplay

A key part of Roku’s entertainment experience is to offer the best local content in each country where the company operates. In Brazil, Globoplay will be among the first local Brazilian streaming services available on the Roku platform. Through Globoplay on the Roku platform, consumers will be able to enjoy live TV, TV shows and top movies, on demand.

Globoplay is the largest Brazilian streaming platform that brings together internationally renowned movies and TV series, including exclusive productions that will only be available online, in addition to original Globo content. In order to allow users to enjoy direct access to Globoplay’s content, the Globoplay shortcut button will be added to the Roku TV remote control in Brazil in the coming months.

“Roku is an important partner for Globoplay’s expansion plans. This will improve the experience for those who consume streaming content on TV, and it will bring more competition and quality to the market,” said Erick Brêtas, General Director of Globoplay.

“The partnership with Roku has a strategic importance for the development of the streaming market in Brazil. Globoplay content will allow Roku to have an excellent position in our market in the long run. Given the importance of the Roku platform in other countries, we believe Roku has a great opportunity in our country,” said Fernando Ramos, Executive Director of G2C Globo.

“What our customers most want is great, local content and we are thrilled to bring to Brazilian consumers the best streaming entertainment from Globo through Globoplay on the Roku platform,” said Arthur van Rest, Vice President of International at Roku. “Globo is the ideal partner for us to enter the Brazilian market. With Globoplay and Roku, together we can create the ultimate living room experience by providing the best streaming content for everyone in the family.”

What’s On: Brazil

In addition to Globoplay, consumers in Brazil will be able to enjoy entertainment from paid and free channels on the Roku platform, such as:

The Apple TV app to enjoy Apple TV+ and browse, buy or rent movies.

BabyFirst TV to introduce young children to basic building blocks like numbers, colors, animals, art and music.

The largest, fastest growing global sports streaming service DAZN to enjoy live football, basketball, boxing, tennis and more.

Audio streaming channel Deezer, where you can enjoy more than 56 million tracks and 10+ million non-music content like podcasts, audio books and more.

Google Play, to enjoy movies and TV programs on demand, including the latest blockbusters and the classics.

Happy Kids to entertain and educate children of all ages with music, stories and activity guides.

HBO GO with the best of HBO’s exclusive content, including the eight seasons of the most acclaimed series of all-time “Game of Thrones,” hit series such as “Chernobyl” and “Big Little Lies,” as well as HBO Latin America original Brazilian hits such as “Joint Venture” (Pico Da Neblina), “The Business” (O Negócio), PSI, and Magnífica 70, as well as movies, documentaries, HBO specials, and Hollywood blockbuster releases before any other subscription service.

Brazilian streaming service Looke that allows users to enjoy movies and TV series when and where they want, by subscription and on demand.

Streaming entertainment service Netflix, where users can enjoy Oscar-nominated movies such as The Irishman and Marriage Story.

Brazilian educational channel PlayKids, one of the biggest platforms featuring entertaining content for children.

Global audio streaming subscription service Spotify to enjoy access to millions of songs.

YouTube, to enjoy videos and music and upload original content.

ALTBalaji and Zee5’s new show It Happened in Calcutta is becoming the talk of the town. The web series is an epic love saga that one will be witness in this month of love.

The first glimpse of the show was revealed with the character posters that were recently launched which have only added to the anticipation amongst the viewers. After winning over the hearts of the audience, the platform gives a sneak peek into the show with the release of the teaser today. The dashing and talented actor, Karan Kundrra will be seen playing the character of Ronobir along with the beautiful debutante Naghma Rizwan as Kusum and Harman Singha as Ratan.

The teaser talks about the love story between Kusum and Ronobir which blooms during their college days at Calcutta Medical College and the retro era of the 1960s.

Directed by Ken Ghosh, the web-series will take you back in time, when there were many taboos for women and the country was dealing with political unrest, war and cholera. It Happened in Calcutta features a talented set of actors like Karan Kundrra, Naghma Rizwan, Harman Singha, Pamela Bhutoria, Sunanda Wong, Simran Kaur Mundi amongst others. The story focuses on love, betrayal, friendship and also showcases how each love story is different. Over two separate scenarios, we see the two sides to the story of Kusum and Ronobir as they’re seen in a warm embrace just as having their backs to one another. While some love stories are meant to see two hearts together, in some it is the separation between them that defines the essence of their tale.

Stay Tuned to ALTBalaji app for more updates

HBO GO is now available in Indonesia as a standalone service. The streaming app is accessible on HBOGOAsia.com and can be downloaded from the App Store or Play Store for IDR60,000* (approximately US$4) a with a 7-day free trial.

In Indonesia, the app launched in 2019 and continues to be available via Telkomsel’s Maxstream, First Media and IndiHome.

“Thanks to our local distribution partners, the app has already got off to a flying start in Indonesia. Now, consumers have another method of accessing our great content with a free trial and no obligation,” said Clement Schwebig, Managing Director of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, Southeast Asia, Pacific and China, which operates HBO in Asia. “Through HBO GO, viewers can watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies and series – as well as Asian content – anytime, anywhere.”

A number of HBO Asia Originals have been filmed in Indonesia, with local cast and crews. For example, award-winning Joko Anwar directed both Halfworlds S1 and Folklore; Reza Rahadian and Arifin Putra star in Halfworlds S1; Adinia Wirasti appears in both Halfworlds S1 and Grisse; and Alexandra Gottardo has roles in Grisse and Food Lore.

HBO GO allows subscribers unlimited access to stream thousands of hours of non-stop and uncut entertainment from the latest first-run Hollywood blockbusters and exclusive original content from HBO, HBO Asia and CINEMAX, to Asian movies, series and all-time favourite kids’ programmes over multiple connected devices.

Within the app, the live TV function can stream six of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks’ channels: HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO HITS, HBO FAMILY, CINEMAX and RED BY HBO. Each HBO GO account can be viewed on two concurrent streams across five registered devices and the service has Airplay and Chromecast functionality.

In Asia, HBO GO is also available in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, and will be launching in even more territories and with new partners soon.

BBC World News’ 16th annual Golf Connect event took place on Sat 1st Feb at the ITC Classic Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, attended by legendary cricketer Kapil Dev and professional Indian Golfer Ms. Tvesa Malik.

The event also attracted over 100 of India’s top corporate golfers highlighting the sought after nature of the occasion and showcasing the BBC’s commitment to engaging corporate leaders across India.”

“Small Steps. Big Impact. by Zalando”

For Spring 2020, Zalando has teamed up with nine Nordic brands to develop an exclusive, more sustainable womenswear collection, entitled Small steps. Big impact. by Zalando. Zalando offers over 20,000 items flagged with sustainability from over 240 different brands. Nine of these brands were chosen to bring this collaboration to life; Blanche, Bruuns Bazaar, Designers Remix, Filippa K, Han Kjøbenhavn, Holzweiler, House of Dagmar, Libertine Libertine and Won Hundred.

“Sustainability is an increasingly important topic in all our categories, especially in Premium. We know our Premium customers demand products that are not only of high quality and fashionable design but also have sustainability benefits,” says Lena-Sophie Roeper, Director of Buying Premium, Zalando. “As a platform with more than 29 million active customers in 17 countries and more than 2,000 brands, we know that we can influence the demand for and the supply of sustainable fashion. That’s why we’re introducing our customers to sustainable fashion, working with partners who share our vision and ethics, and move the industry forward, every day. The collection, Small steps. Big impact. by Zalando, only available at Zalando, is a huge step in the right direction.”

Frontrunners in sustainable fashion, these nine Nordic brands were challenged with a brief that called for a cohesive, conscious collection that didn’t compromise on design or quality. Less resource-intensive processing techniques, better materials and social aspects remained top-of-mind as the 70 piece collection came to life. Each brand brought their own unique conscious mindset to the project, and with them, an exciting range of sustainable fabrics and processes to see a collection which includes organic cotton, long-lasting triacetate, 100% recycled polyester, OEKO-TEX certified prints, less pesticides used and more water saved. The collection is a strong base for a lasting wardrobe. A muted colour palette realises a consistency across the mix of light, flowing dresses, structured suits, durable denim and lightweight jackets. The diversity of styles allows the wearer to mix and match, creating a personal style to last multiple seasons.

“This collaboration continues Zalando’s Sustainability goals by responding to the changing needs of our customers,” says Jonny Ng, Director Marketing Strategy & Campaigns, Zalando. “The collection, Small steps. Big impact. by Zalando aims to increase customers’ awareness of Zalando’s sustainable fashion assortment, while guiding customers towards more conscious choices. By working together with these nine premium brands we want to demonstrate how easy it is for our customers to find sustainable styles from head-to-toe."

This collection follows Zalando’s first dedicated sustainable fashion campaign and the release of their Sustainability Strategy 2023, titled do.MORE, in October 2019. Acknowledging being part of the problem with do.MORE, Zalando now wants to be part of the solution. Zalando can play an important role in tackling fundamental sustainability challenges by using its scale and technology to take the lead in building the connections needed to transform the industry. Small steps. Big impact. by Zalando sees Zalando leveraging its influence as a platform to facilitate projects and collaborations where players can join forces and work together for a better cause.

The collection is available in each of Zalando’s 17 markets and will be accompanied by a campaign across print, out-of-home, social media and Zalando-owned channels.

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