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India: Walmart challenges Amazon with video streaming service

 |  August 5, 2019

US-based companies like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix have been targeting the video streaming market in India. Walmart could be the latest to join the fray.

According to Bloomberg, Walmart’s Indian e-commerce company Flipkart will soon add a free streaming video service for some members on its platform. Flipkart Plus loyalty members can expect the video service to arrive in September. The report stated that Flipkart’s video service will consist of licensed content at first, but could add original content later.

The move will place Flipkart in a better position to compete with Amazon in India, which offers its video streaming service to Prime members who pay 129 rupees (US$1.82) per month. According to the report, Flipkart will offer its video service for free to customers who accumulate enough loyalty points.

While both Prime Video and Flipkart’s upcoming services are geared toward keeping customers on their respective e-commerce platforms, they are both part of a growing streaming video market in the country. A PwC report from earlier this year predicted that India’s streaming video market will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 22%.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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