Free Subscription Of Netflix For Airtel Broadband Users

Airtel on announced a new plan for its postpaid and V-Fiber broadband services under which it will be offering free subscription of Netflix for three months. After the free subscription expires, Airtel postpaid and V-Fiber broadband customers can pay for Netflix through postpaid or broadband bill as well.

Note that the scheme is available for both new and existing Airtel postpaid and V-Fiber broadband customers. Customers can activate the free Netflix scheme through the Airtel TV app and the My Airtel app. Under the partnership, Airtel has created a dedicated row on the Airtel app for Netflix.

“Customers not on plans eligible for this gift will also be able to sign up or upgrade to eligible Airtel plans to claim this gift and pay for Netflix using their Airtel bill. Airtel will announce details of eligible postpaid mobile and home broadband plans over the coming weeks,” said Airtel in a release.

“The expanded partnership further strengthens Airtel’s vast digital content portfolio on Airtel TV, which already offers over 10,000 plus movie and shows plus 375 plus LIVE TV channels. Airtel TV is growing fast on the back of booming demand for content on smartphones,” the company added.

Airtel earlier this year announced partnership with Amazon for providing free Amazon Prime Video subscription to its select subscribers. Airtel offers free Prime Video services with its monthly rental plans starting at Rs 499.

Vodafone also offers free Netflix subscription through its Red postpaid plans (Rs 999 and above).

Airtel’s new Netflix scheme comes days after Reliance Jio started accepting registrations for its JioGigaFiber services. Reliance Jio is also expected to bundle OTT services with its broadband plans. The operator already has been running a preview offer under which it gives up to 100Mbps for 90 days along with a monthly data quota of 100 GB.



Court’s Green Signal To Netflix Series ‘Sacred Games’

The Delhi High Court today sought to know whether it could hear as a PIL a plea claiming that some scenes in the Netflix series “Sacred Games” are derogatory to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and should be removed.

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar asked the petitioner’s advocate to first advance his submissions on the point of maintainability of the plea as a public interest litigation (PIL) and listed the matter for further hearing on July 19.

The bench said it has gone through the CD of the series, placed on record by the petitioner, and there was nothing urgent in it as all the episodes have been aired.
It also asked how the actors could be held liable for enacting their characters.

The court said a person is entitled to express his views, which may be right or wrong, and asked the petitioner to satisfy it on how the court could interject.

“Are there other remarks in the series or any other material as far as Rajiv Gandhi is concerned? You don’t require any CBFC certificate before airing?” the bench asked.

The court was hearing a plea filed by petitioner advocate Nikhil Bhalla, through advocate Shashank Garg. It contends that the show, starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, “incorrectly depicts historical events of the country like Bofors case, Shah Bano case, Babri Masjid case and communal riots”.

Senior advocate Chander Lal, appearing for Netflix, and senior advocate Rajiv Nayar, representing production house Phantom, said the series has eight episodes that have already been aired and does not require a CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) certificate.

The petitioner’s counsel told the court that Bhalla has a history of being a Congress member but has filed this plea in his personal capacity and it was not a case of personal interest.The plea has alleged that certain scenes and dialogues in the show defamed the late Congress leader.

The plea has sought directions to Netflix Entertainment, the show’s producer — Phantom Films Production Ltd — and the Centre to ensure “in toto” removal of the allegedly offensive scenes and derogatory remarks made directly or indirectly against the former prime minister or his family.

The first season of the show, comprising eight episodes, was released on July 6 and is available in 190 countries in four languages, the petition has said.



Rahul Gandhi Took Remarkable Stand On Freedom Of Expression And Censorship

Rahul Gandhi’s remarks come days after a plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking removal of certain scenes from “Sacred Games”, claiming that some of its content was derogatory to Rajiv Gandhi. The high court has said it will hear the plea filed by advocate Nikhil Bhalla on Monday.
Also, a police complaint has been filed by a Congress activist in Kolkata against the producers of the web series and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui over the issue.

Siddiqui, streaming giant Netflix and “Sacred Games” producers are “jointly responsible” for abusing Rajiv Gandhi on the show, Congress activist Rajeev Sinha has alleged in his complaint, filed in the Girish Park Police Station in north Kolkata.
The first season of the show, comprising eight episodes, was released on July 6 and is available in 190 countries in four language.

Anurag Kashyap, co-director of “Sacred Games”, have praised Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the uproar over the Netflix Original series.

Amid a row over alleged use of derogatory language in the web series while referring to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi said the BJP and the RSS believe that freedom of expression must be policed, while he regards it as a fundamental democratic right.
“My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Swara Bhasker also supported Rahul Gandhi, saying it is “gracious” how Rahul Gandhi is able to keep personal and national interests aside.
“It is impressive that a mainstream politician like @RahulGandhi is taking this clear and progressive stand on freedom of expression and censorship. Also it’s gracious and mature that he is able to set aside the personal for the larger goal of democratic rights. #CreditWhereDue,” Swara tweeted.