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Walmart-owned Flipkart in talks with Hotstar to enter OTT segment


It’s indispensable for e-commerce platforms in India to provide competitive services if they want to stay afloat in the online commerce segment. To attract more consumers and shoppers, Walmart-owned Flipkart is planning to enter the over-the-top (OTT) segment and has held talks to buy a stake in Hotstar.

Flipkart, which has been competing against e-commerce giant Amazon, is far behind in terms of additional service like OTT the latter provides for Prime users.

The development comes a few months after the online platform tied up with video streaming service Hotstar and launched a video advertising platform. The new platform, Shopper Audience Network, will allow brands to target consumers through personalized video ads on Hotstar.

Experts say that the talks with Hotstar is important when video streaming market is growing exponentially in the country. The content business is also expected to be the biggest driver in the global consumer Internet economy.

According to the report, Flipkart has had discussions with Netflix as well, however, the talks didn’t progress further.

Meanwhile, the OTT content market is currently valued at $280 million with nearly 100 million subscribers, and it is poised to grow at 35 per cent year-on-year.

Hotstar is the biggest OTT platform in the country. As of late December last year, Hotstar had monthly active subscribers base of 75 million, according to Counterpoint.

Importantly, the development in Flipkart is reported a few weeks after Walmart showed similar interest in video streaming services in the U.S.

The offline retail giant is planning to launch a video streaming platform, giving a direct competition to Amazon Prime and Netflix in the U.S.

Experts say that Walmart is aggressively following the market trend and changing itself as per consumer requirements. Original programming is expensive, but Walmart isn’t afraid to spend money to ensure it remains competitive with Amazon.

The development was first reported by Mint.

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