Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Indyarocks.com partners with nautanki.tv, Offers free online access to 16 premium video channels

Top Indian Entertainment based social network – Indyarocks.com has announced the launch of 16 Free premium video Channels in partnership with Online Video distribution platform nautanki.tv

This partnership will offer 3 million users of Indyarocks free online access to premium video content from Youth Channels (MTV, Channel[v], FTV), News Channels (Times Now, Zee News), General Entertainment channels (Colors, Star), Movie Based channels (Zoom, Eros, Bollywood Hungama, Lehren) and a Bhangra channel.

Kalyan Manyam, co-founder, Indyarocks.com said, “Our Partnership with nautanki.tv will enable us to further strengthen our leadership in entertainment based social networking. Efforts are in place to increase the number of online video channels to 25 by Dec 2009.”

“We are excited with the partnership with Indyarocks.com. Indyarocks.com has a done a great job of implementing the nautanki.tv api suite to provide premium video content to its users. We hope that the users of Indyarocks.com have a great time watching premium video content from nautanki.tv’s content partners.” Says Sunil Nair, CEO nautanki.tv

Indyarocks.com is a free to use service. The premium video channels can be accessed at http://videos.indyarocks.com . People can also register at www.indyarocks.com for free and enjoy any or all of the following services: 360 degree Bollywood content, 12500 free games, cricket, customizable profiles, free SMS interactivity, SMS based Calendar, SMS based Status updates, Integrated Media Center with capability to upload and share unlimited Photos, Videos, Blogs and much more.

About Indyarocks

Indyarocks is a niche social networking platform. Launched in June 2007, it already serves the entertainment and communication needs of over 3 million Indians across the globe.

About Nautanki.tv

Launched in November 2006, Nautanki.tv offers TV channels, content producers and film makers a way to bring their shows, movies and clips to Nautanki.tv and other online destination sites via a network of over 13000 widgets placed on its partner websites. Nautanki.tv widgets and api’s are used on Facebook, and many other destinations as well as a growing network of personal blogs, fan sites, and other Web sites where users choose to embed the Nautanki.tv widget. Currently, Nautanki.tv webcasts over 38 million original videos to over 6.5 million viewers daily.

Hungama, South Asia’s largest mobile & digital entertainment content company, recently acquired a controlling stake in Nautanki.tv.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kudos to the Tech Team!

The Zee Facebook project wouldn't have been a success if it weren't for the Tech Team who worked like sages on a mission. And kudos to them for pulling it off brilliantly!

Deepak from the Tech team here shows us just how many hours of sleep the tech team got per day till this project finally took off!

Election Results | Live on Facebook | Powered by Nautanki.tv

We at Nautanki have been experimenting with a few things, and one of the biggest associations and experiments that we’ve had on the drawing board for a few months is going to take off tomorrow. We’ve partnered with the biggest social networking site in the world – none other than Facebook – along with one of India’s leading Hindi news channels – Zee News – to bring a LIVE webcast of the election results, from May 16 to 18.

What’s unique? It’s only the first time in India that election results are going to be streamed live on the internet. And what’s more – it’s interactive. People will be able to leave their comments and discuss while watching the stream, real-time. Try it out yourself – the link is http://elections.nautanki.tv/ and the Facebook page for this event is here.

Already there’s been quite a buzz created about this. Times of India, Asian Age have written about this, so have aFaqs. Other websites on which this news is present: CIOL, WatPR, Pluggd, WATBlog.com, Alootechie.com, ITMAGZ and TelevisionPoint. Infact, we were the first Indian corporate to tie up with Facebook. But don’t take our word for it, ask Mid-Day!

There are going to be no advertisements during the telecast. This is a purely brand-building exercise. Facebook is trying to penetrate deeper into the Indian market to oust the incumbent, Orkut. And reaching out to a target audience in a language they are comfortable with is the strategy. And Nautanki, who has an association with Zee, is providing them the perfect platform to do so. For Zee, it’s a step to reach out to more people in the online space. For Nautanki, it’s a promotional event to show the world the possibilities that it can offer through video advertising on a network extending to close to 13000 websites, and a daily viewership of 38 million, around the world.

Let us know what you think. This is just one of many plans that Nautanki has in the pipeline. An online short-film festival and India’s first online rock music fest are on the cards for later this year.

After all, we’re more than just a video content network – we are everywhere!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Webtalkies '09

Create your own language. Extend the boundary. Take a leap. And reach out to the largest audience you could dream of via webtalkies ’09, an online film festival hosted by nautanki.tv.

Webtalkies invites films, both fiction and non-fiction, across genres and languages. The only constraint would be in terms of the film duration which will have to be between min 3 to max 15 minutes. The shortlisted films will be screened on nautanki.tv and simultaneously judged by our panel of judges including filmmakers like Paromita Vohra and Amol Gupte, film editors like Deepa Bhatia and cinematographers like Mahesh Aney.

The best three films will be chosen by the jury as per the following categories and will be awarded prize monies as follows:
• Best Short Film : Rs 50,000
• Best Editor : Rs 25,000
• Best Cinematographer : Rs 25,000
In addition, the film that gets the highest number of views on nautanki.tv will be awarded the
• Audience Choice Award and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000.


The film will have to be based on an original story. It can be either fiction or non-fiction.

The year of production of the film should be between 2006 - 2009. We will not accept films made prior to 2006.

Films in all languages are welcome. However, non-english films will have to be subtitled in English.

You can use any kind of camera to make the film – right from a mobile phone to a high end camera.

There is no restriction on the number of movies you submit to the festival, but each movie will be considered as a separate entry and has to be submitted with separate submission forms.

Your movie should not have been released or published anywhere on the theatrical, television or online space prior to the festival.

Films with pornographic material will be rejected and queries not entertained.

Please ensure that you have the rights to all material (video, audio, music, songs, photographs, etc) used in your film or that it is royalty free. In case of copyright issues Nautanki.tv shall not be liable and the film shall be out rightly rejected without any explanation thereof.

The copyrights of the film will lie with the filmmaker.

The distribution rights of all the films submitted will lie with Nautanki.tv. After the festival the filmmaker can distribute the films on other mediums.

The film will have to be between 3 to 15 minutes inclusive of the credit titles.

The submission form attached along with this mail will have to be filled in by the filmmaker and sent along with the dvd. We will not accept Entries with incomplete forms. Please ensure that all details are provided.

The film along with the submission form have to be sent to :
Nautanki.tv Networks Private Limited, 24, Aaram Nagar Part 2, J P Road, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai 400061.


1. Entries open 1st June, 09 to 15th July, 09. No entries will be accepted after 15th July.

2. There is no entry fee.

3. Film format - *.avi

4. Video formats accepted:
(i) NTSC (720 x 480 pixels)
(ii) PAL (720 x 576 pixels )
(iii) SECAM (768 x 576 pixels)

5. Please burn your film as a data file on a DVD. The DVD should be marked with the name of the film, filmmaker, duration, email id & phone no.

6. The shortlisted films will be notified by mail on 1st August, 09 and the films will be put up on www.nautanki.tv

7. The rejected films will be notified by mail.

8. The best three films selected by our esteemed jury members will be declared on 7th September, 09.

9. The winning films will be screened at INOX, Nariman Point on the 27th of September 09 and the jury will present the cash prizes.

10. Any changes in dates will be notified.

About Nautanki.tv

Nautanki.tv is an online broadcast platform based in Bombay and has the largest viewership of Entertainment content in South Asia. We have over 30 million videos viewed everyday through our network of widgets placed across 11,000 plus publishers. We work with some of the biggest names in the television industry and have a bouquet of television channels like Star Plus, Colors, MTV, Channel V, Times Now, Zoom, ITN UK and Zee News to name a few.

Nautanki.tv owns an online channel called 'Mirch Masala' which showcases short films and documentaries. It provides opportunity and a platform to filmmakers across the world to screen their films and generate revenue on them. The film festival will run on Mirch Masala.

For any further queries please write in to Priyanka Bhuyan at webtalkies@nautanki.tv or call on (022)26323338