Their faces were unmasked.And the pride was stronger than ever.The third edition of the gay pride parade – the first after consensual homosexual relationships were decriminalised in the country – in the Capital on Sunday was an unusual display of confidence by the lesbian-gaybisexual-transgender (LGTB) community.Clad in rainbow colours and dancing to the sound of drums, the gathering marched from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi with a different inclination.This time, they were celebrating their sexuality as against the previous years when they marched to assert their rights and protest against the criminalisation of samesex relationship.In July, last year, the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment revoking the controversial Section 377 of the Indian penal code that criminalised same-sex relationship.”I do not know or care about how social acceptance has changed after the high court verdict. But yes, I have changed. I feel more confident and I know that I am not doing anything wrong since the law of the land does not have a problem with it,” said Pooja (18), a student who wished to be identified just by her first name.”The judgment was a clarion call and asserted what we have been fighting for years now. But, I am a little disappointed by the turnout at the parade. I expected more to turn up to celebrate the anniversary,” said Vineet Trikha (30), a communication trainee who was there at the parade.The strongest evidence of the (slow but sure) change in the attitude of society towards the LGTB community was the presence of family members at the parade.advertisementWhile some made a proud proclamation of their support to their homosexual members of the family, others chose to stay on the sidelines and do the same tacitly.”My grandson is gay and he has the right to live his life the way he wants. I am an educated woman and I absolutely have no problem with it,” said Rani Sharma (65), who accompanied her grandson Sambhav Kumar Sharma to the parade and sported a placard making proud proclamation of his sexuality.”There was an initial shock. But he is a good boy and we have eventually come to accept this. Though our relatives still don’t know, I am here to support my child and his participation in the parade. I wasn’t here last year and I’ve come at my wife’s behest,” said a 45-year-old father on condition of anonymity.
Over-the-top video revenues in Asia Pacific are set to triple between 2016 and 2022, driven largely by growth in China, according to Digital TV Research.The Asia Pacific OTT TV and Video Forecasts report claims that OTT revenues from TV episodes and movies will climb from US$8.27 billion in 2016 to US$24.4 billion in 2022 – with a nearly US$3 billion increase expected in 2017 alone.China is expected to be responsible for half the OTT revenues in the 22 countries covered in the report by 2022, up from just over a third of revenues in 2016.“China and Japan together will account for two-thirds of the region’s total revenues by 2022,” according to the research.The OTT market in Asia Pacific is roughly split between advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) and subscription VOD (SVOD).“SVOD will be the leader in 2017 and 2018, but AVOD will regain the crown from 2019. China will supply 61% of the region’s AVOD revenues by 2022 – or US$7.27 billion,” said the report.Overall, Asia Pacific SVOD revenues are tipped to climb from US$3.39 billion in 2016 to $9.09 billion in 2022, with China set to overtake Japan to become the SVOD revenue leader this year.Digital TV Research estimates there will be 234 million SVOD subscribers in the region by 2022, up from 91 million in 2016.China is expected to have 139 million SVOD subscribers in 2022, equating to roughly 59% of the region’s total.India and Japan will together account for another 50 million, leaving the remaining 44 million subscribers to be divided among the remaining 19 countries.