Republic TV sealed deal with Star India’s VOD platform hotstar as well as the Reliance Jio OTT platform Jio TV
Republic TV which is a free-to-air (FTA) channel will be launched simultaneously on DTH and OTT platform. Star and Jio are also among eight founding sponsor partners of Republic TV. The others include Vivo, Renault, Hike Messenger, Ola, Yes Bank and Microsoft. Vivo is also the presenting sponsor of the 9-pm show, while Microsoft is the technology partner.
Arnab Goswami Republic TV editor-in-chief and founder declared:“Hotstar is a compelling destination for content cutting across genres and age groups. We are confident of breaking the digital barrier and believe this is the first step as news produced in India goes digital and then global. We believe the coming together of these two exciting brands and services will take news to the 90 million-plus viewers on Hotstar every month. You can now catch Republic on the move and on demand”
Uday Shankar, Star India chairman and chief executive commented: “Young India has embraced Hotstar. We believe that young, digitally-savvy Indians are deeply interested in understanding their country and the world they live in. We are deeply committed to making sure that we continuously widen Hotstar’s offering, and the launch of Republic on Hotstar fills a big gap in our portfolio,”
Dear viewers, you’ve supported me over the years & Republic is the result of your faith. I am happy to tell you that Republic TV is a free to air channel. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Northeast to Gujarat, Republic TV is FTA (FREE TO AIR). My young, passionate, idealistic & committed news team needs your support. This committed news team is putting out a FREE TO AIR channel for you. Back them, contact your cable/DTH provider now,” Goswami had said a day before.