HOOQ to launch in India

Asian SVOD streaming service HOOQ, which is jointly owned by Sony, Warner Bros and Singtel, has announced plans to launch in India in June.

The service will offer more than 10,000 movies and TV series for a monthly subscription fee of $3.20 (Rs199). It will be available across all major platforms including iOS, Android and web.

India already has several VOD companies jostling for market share, including Big Flix, Box TV, Hotstar, Spuul and Ogle, but they don’t have a wide range of English-language content.

Thanks to its studio partners, HOOQ has film and TV content from Sony, Warner Bros, Disney, DreamWorks and Miramax. The service has also partnered with local studios such as Disney UTV, Reliance Entertainment, Yash Raj Films, Shemaroo and Rajshri Films for Hindi-language and regional fare.

“HOOQ brings to India the biggest Hollywood catalogue where customers can look forward to more than 5,000 Hollywood movies and TV shows,” the company said in a statement.

Speaking at a launch event, chief content and distribution officer Krishna Golpana said the service would also offer films in European languages.