Schedule Your Binge-watch: Pakistani Version Of Netflix Is On Its Way!
Fawad Chaudhry Announces Pakistan's First OTT Platform
There is some much needed positive news for independent content creators and the entertainment industry at large, as Pakistan is well on its way to starting a new OTT platform, a first of its kind in the country.
Leading the charge for this much-needed reform is the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Fawad Chaudhry, who gave some good news to the citizens on Friday as he announced Pakistan's first OTT network.
Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter and announced that a Pakistani version of Netflix is in the offing.
A first of its kind, the OTT platform will be available to the audience soon. The minister added the technical aspect of the platform has been completed and now, PEMRA has been asked to prepare guidelines for the content that will be screened on the medium.
"We at the Ministry of Science and Technology are all set to launch Pakistan’s first OTT TV (Pak version of #Netflix)."
"Have asked PEMRA to prepare a guideline on content and we will be all set to launch in PPP mode, it’ll be just another humble contribution."
We at @MinistryofST are all set to launch Pakistan’s first OTT Tv (Pak version of #Netflix) Technology part is complete have asked PEMRA to prepare a guideline on content and we will be all set to launch in PPP mode, it ll be just another humble contribution..— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 23, 2020
Fawad Chaudhry also expressed that he is hopeful that the platform will be functional soon, providing a space for local visionaries.
sir agar is per bhi regulations hi lagani hain toh phir kya faida :( pakistani creativity needs to be shared without limitations, koi EK platform toh dein :(— meltdown dealer (@fay_alif) October 23, 2020
The need for a local OTT platform has been highlighted more in recent months after several Pakistani originals were picked up by Indian streaming platforms, Churails being one of the recent examples.
An OTT service is once which relies on streaming to offer services directly to the viewers via the internet. The format bypasses cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms. Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ are some of the top streaming services around the world.