Kerala Launches India’s First Govt-owned OTT Platform CSpace, Deets Inside – News18

The inaugural phase of the OTT platform will feature a lineup of 42 films.

CSpace is aimed at delivering a unique blend of informative and entertaining content, especially tailored for the masses.

Today, on March 7, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched India’s first Govt-backed OTT platform at the Kairali Theatre at 9:30 am. The state has started a new wave in digital entertainment with the launch of the platform named CSpace. According to the reports, CSpace — which made its debut today — is aimed at delivering a unique blend of informative and entertaining content, especially tailored for the masses. In a recent media interaction, noted film director and chairman at Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC), Shaji N Karun, said the introduction of the new OTT platform is intended to address the numerous issues and developing disparities within the OTT industry. He further said, CSpace will focus on the growing imbalances and multifarious challenges that are majorly faced in the OTT sector in terms of content selection and propagation.

According to an official statement, CSpace is “set to debut this Thursday, the platform aims to deliver a unique blend of informative and entertaining content tailored for the masses.” According to reports, Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) — a state-owned organisation engaged with advancing Malayalam cinema and industry — is in charge of managing CSpace.

This new OTT platform has been released on behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Government of Kerala.

A curator panel of distinguished cultural figures from the state has been established by KSFDC to oversee the selection and approval of material in the OTT platform. The group comprises sixty members.

The panel of curators includes Benyamin, OV Usha, Santhosh Sivan, Shyamaprasad, Sunny Joseph, and Jeo Baby. Three curators from the panel will assess each piece of material that is submitted to the site for its artistic, cultural, and entertainment value.

According to reports, the curators have chosen 42 films total — 35 feature films, 6 documentaries, and 1 short film — for the first phase of CSpace of screening. There will also be screenings of movies that have appeared at important film festivals or received national or state honours.

Another unique feature of CSpace is that it will be very transparent in its operations, overall earnings, and revenue share. The platform would function on a pay-per-view model, enabling users to watch a feature film for Rs 75 and shorter contents for significantly less money.