Last year, Zee MD and CEO Punit Goenka had projected that the network is eyeing 3 billion viewers globally, and that he expects nearly 80 per cent of the new viewers (the network currently has 1.3 billion viewers globally) will come from digital. In line with this vision, Z5 will be a global offering but will be adapted according to the operating dynamics of each territory. For example, Z5 operates an ad-supported OTT service in the UAE called Weyyak. While it’s the same company, the product is slightly different, keeping in the mind the landscape of the OTT business in that territory.
“The launch of Z5 further strengthens us as a Media & Entertainment powerhouse. A blend of unrivalled content offering and robust technology is the foundation of this all-new digital offering from our end. We have invested immense amount of time and energy in creating and acquiring rich and engaging content for Z5, which I’m sure will be cherished by our viewers across the nation and worldwide,” said Punit Goenka.
Z5’s library will include 100,000 hours of On Demand content, including exclusive Originals, Indian and International Movies and TV Shows, Music, and Health and Lifestyle videos across languages. It also has an extensive Live TV offering with 90+ popular Live TV channels.
Viewers can watch content across genres in any of 12 languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati and Punjabi. In a first for any OTT platform in India, and driven by the changing profile of the Indian digital consumer, viewers can also choose their preferred display language from among 11 languages, including English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati and Punjabi.