Netflix Ups Promotion of Free Branded YouTube Channel in India

Netflix June 15 announced it is streaming a 20th anniversary special on its Indian YouTube channel regarding the 2001 award-winning sports-themed drama Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring and produced by Aamir Khan and written by Gowariker.

Set in the Victorian period of India’s rule by Britain, the story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes (“lagaan”), find themselves in a game of cricket against the Brits as a way to avoid the taxes.

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The original film was the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay! (1988).

Netflix, which launched service in India in 2016, reportedly has about 1.5 million subscribers, which trails Amazon Prime Video (2.5 million) and Disney + Hotstar with 3 million. Since launching an inexpensive mobile-only subscription plan, Netflix also bowed a branded YouTube channel, which offers content trailers and previews. The channel has more than 13.2 million subscribers.

Streaming of Chale Chalo Lagaan — Once Upon An Impossible Dream on the YouTube channel affords Netflix the opportunity to reach non-subscribers with a program dedicated to a popular movie.

Lagaan is one of the most iconic creations of Indian cinema,” Monika Shergill, VP of content for Netflix India, said in a statement. “It is an epic tale that won hearts everywhere and showed the brilliance of Indian storytelling on the global stage. It’s an honor for Netflix to celebrate 20 years of Lagaan with the incredible team behind this film. We’re excited that this powerful and inspirational story continues to entertain audiences around the world with Netflix.”

The movie is currently streaming on Netflix in more than 190 countries.

Eagle Rock Entertainment YouTube Channel Tops 1M Subs

Eagle Rock Entertainment May 13 announced that its branded YouTube channel has been official recognized by the Google social media platform with its “Gold Creator Award” for reaching 1 million subscribers.

YouTube allows third-party channel operators to begin monetizing their channel after reaching a minimum 10,000 subscribers, or viewers who click to join the platform typically for free.

Eagle Rock, which is part of Universal Music Group, has more than 7,000 music-related videos with about 5 billions minutes of content streamed in 2018. Eagle said it uses the channel as a marketing tool promoting branded video content.

“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our digital team in everything they’ve done to optimize the channel over the last year,” CEO Terry Stand said in a statement.

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Eagle Rock produces and distributes music-related packaged media (Blu-ray/DVD and CD) and digital content, featuring artists such as The Rolling Stones, Queen, Black Sabbath, Madonna, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, Peter Gabriel and Paul McCartney, among others.