aha 2.0 launched powered by Firstlight Media

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The aha streaming service is using Firstlight Media’s industry-first end-to-end cloud-native OTT platform as the technology foundation to power its next phases of growth in India and beyond, the two companies announced today.

aha has launched a first-to-market “glocal” strategy that harnesses a 100% cloud-based infrastructure to deliver localized services in discrete markets, all powered by a single, common backend. Running on Google Cloud, the award-winning Firstlight Media technology allows aha to create local storefronts using local languages and local currency, accelerating time to market and significantly reducing costs.

The turbocharged aha 2.0 is a Telugu-language offering that reaches 1.5 million paid subscribers and more than 75 million Telugu speaking users not only in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but also throughout India and in more than 190+ countries across the globe. The service features a fast, smooth, smart user experience across multiple devices including mobiles, tablets, browsers, SmartTVs (miTV, AndroidTV, Samsung, LG, ROKU), and connected devices (AppleTV, FireTV, ROKU); multi language capabilities.

aha’s lineup of content for the 2.0 service includes digital premieres of highly anticipated Telugu films as well as 10 original shows that are being produced specifically for the aha 2.0 platform. Shows include Unstoppable with NBK, a talk show hosted by Tollywood actor Nandamuri Balakrishna as well as Telugu Idol, modeled on American Idol & Indian Idol, blockbuster movies like Love Story and Most Eligible Bachelor (MEB), and many more premium Telugu movies and originals.

Allu Bobby, Promoter & Chief Advisor for aha. “The Firstlight Media Gen5 platform provides high-quality, high-performance delivery to our subscribers’ demand, as well as the enhancements that will convert our viewers into dedicated fans.” said Andre Christensen, CEO and co-founder of Firstlight Media. “We’re pleased to implement the Firstlight Media OTT platform built on our Gen5 architecture so that it dramatically expands aha’s ability to scale and create strong connections with viewers, positioning aha 2.0 for continued success” said Goutham Vinjamuri, COO and co-founder of Firstlight Media.

Firstlight Media’s Gen5 OTT architecture uses a sophisticated, cloud-native technology stack to power aha platform from end-to-end – delivering step changes in performance, flexibility, agility, and scale, and offering best-in-class user engagement and monetization. The Gen5 architecture from Firstlight Media will enable rapid time-to-market; will reduce cost and effort by more than 40%; and will future proof aha to enable capitalization on new trends and markets. The aha 2.0 platform powered by Firstlight Media’s Gen5 OTT architecture runs on Google Cloud and is integrated with Evergent, the leading provider of customer journey management for media and entertainment.

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