QYOU increases its focus in India with new partnerships and formats

  • Following the expansion of reach to 17M Tata Sky subscribers earlier this year, QYOU is increasing its focus on India with a series of new content partnerships and localized programming in the region
  • QYOU India has partnered with leading digital media company Culture Machine to license their content across QYOU's platforms

TORONTO, DUBLIN and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - QYOU Media (TSXV: QYOU), the world's leading curator of premium 'best-of-web' video for multiscreen distribution is growing its operations in India following the success of its partnership with Tata Sky. The expansion includes new content partnerships with leading digital creators and the launch of a localized version of its linear feed to cater the tastes of local audiences and meet the needs of broadcast, cable, and mobile operators in India.

India has a flourishing TV market, currently ranking third in the world after the US and China. Much of the TV consumption growth in the region is driven by mobile and broadband. Following the success of The QYOU's partnership with Tata Sky, where its programming is available to subscribers through the content distribution company's mobile app and TV channel, QYOU has gone on to sign a series of partnerships with content creators and distributors in the region to boost its presence further.

The partnerships include Culture Machine, a leading digital media company backed by cutting edge technology, with many of the most popular Indian digital networks under its umbrella; Desi Hip Hop Inc, a platform for South Asian hip hop culture; and TheVibe a curator of contemporary Indian lifestyle video content. Through these partnerships and by curating tailored content for the region, QYOU Media will feature localized programming that caters and appeals to Indian viewers. In addition to distribution of Indian content to customers in India, QYOU intends to incorporate certain shows and clips into its other channel feeds and programming around the world.

Curt Marvis, CEO and Co-Founder, QYOU Media says: "India is one of the most exciting markets in the world right now. The huge number of mobile and multiscreen viewers, particularly millennials who form around a third of the Indian population, is really driving the convergence of online video and television there. We are excited to partner with digital innovators Culture Machine, Desi Hip Hop Inc. and TheVibe, which opens-up a myriad of possibilities for us to create more localized content that reflects the unique voice and flavor of India. We plan on building on our work with Tata Sky to gain an even greater footprint in this market moving forward."

Culture Machine President, Tuhin Menon, adds: "We are excited to partner with QYOU to explore the full scope of our digital first media brands - Being Indian, Blush, Awesome Sauce, Viva and Put Chutney - all of which enjoy pole position in their respective categories. Through this partnership, viewers of the digital broadcast network TBD in the USA, as well as subscribers of QYOU's offerings globally on linear and VOD platforms, will be able to watch Culture Machine's varied stable of digital first programming. This content collaboration will pave the way for a wider engagement with CM's patented Video Machine platform in the coming months. We look forward to building out this engagement further".

About QYOU Media

QYOU Media Inc. is a fast-growing global media company that curates and packages premium 'best-of-the-web' video for multiscreen distribution. Founded and created by industry veterans from Lionsgate, MTV, and CinemaNow, QYOU's millennial-focused products including linear television networks, genre-based series, mobile apps, and video-on-demand formats reach millions of customers on six continents. Distribution partners include Sinclair Broadcast Group, Vodafone, 21st Century Fox, Liberty Global, Telenor and TATA Sky.

SOURCE QYOU Media Inc.

For further information: Contacts: Holly Searle, Platform Communications - for QYOU Media, +44 (0) 207 486 4900, holly@platformcomms.com; Natasha Roberton, VP Marketing, QYOU Media, +353 (87) 792 7166, tash@qyoutv.com; Jeff Walker, Investor Relations - for The QYOU, + 1 403 221 0915, jeff@howardgroupinc.com


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