Mtnl Signs Up More Content Providers For Iptv Service

mrjain

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(MTNL) has added on two more content delivery partners for its soon-to-be launched IPTV services. It has signed content delivery network affiliation contracts with Aksh Optifibre and IOL Broadband. It already has Time Broadband Services as a partner, who was the first to have won the contract for both Delhi and Mumbai. It also has a seven-year non exclusive deal with MTNL.

Aksh Optifibre has expressed intent to operate in Delhi and Mumbai while IOL’s interest is restricted to Mumbai at this stage.

IOL Broadband plans to use US-based SeaChange for the IP video servers, storage and middleware. The digital set-top boxes (STBs) will be provided by UK-based Amino while the digital rights management solution will be from US-based Widevine. They will invest $25 million in the initial phase. Aksh Optifibre plans to use UTStarcom technology for its content delivery network.

http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/.../aug/aug164.htm
 

snpexim

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Here is what MTNL has to say .... their August newsletter.


Your Monthly MTNL e-Newsletter : Aug'06
MTNL Lead Story : IPTV Trials in MTNL

IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) delivers television programming to households via a broadband connection using Internet protocols. It requires a IPTV set-top box, and offers key advantages over existing TV cable and satellite technologies. IPTV is typically bundled with other services like Video on Demand (VOD), voice over IP (VOIP) or digital phone, and Web access, collectively referred to as Triple Play.

One of the advantages of IPTV is the ability for digital video recorders (DVRs) to record multiple broadcasts at once. It will also be easier to find favorite programs by using "custom view guides." IPTV even allows for picture-in-picture viewing without the need for multiple tuners. You can watch one show, while using picture-in-picture to channel surf!

IPTV viewers will have full control over functionality such as rewind, fast-forward, pause, and so on. Using a cell phone or PDA, a subscriber might even utilize remote programming for IPTV. However, the real advantage of IPTV is that it uses Internet protocols to provide two-way communication for interactive television. One application might be in game shows in which the studio audience is asked to participate by helping a contestant choose between answers. IPTV opens the door to real-time participation from people watching at home. Another application would be the ability to turn on multiple angles of an event, such as a touchdown, and watch it from dual angles simultaneously using picture-in-picture viewing.

One can also receive Web service notifications while watching IPTV for things such as incoming email and instant messages. If you IPTV is packaged with digital phone, Caller ID might pop up on screen as your telephone rings.

MTNL, your leading Broadband and fixed line provider in Delhi and Mumbai, has been conducting field trials for IPTV for sometime now with encouraging results and will launch it commercially very soon.
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I wonder who is enjoying the trials. I would certainly like to evauate and give inputs.
Best wishes.
 


mrjain

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has anyone participated in the actual trial? Reason i posted this was b/c they might launch this service with the unlimited anytime triband....wishful thinking???later,mrj
 

coolbuddy_79

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hmm...i should better not think about dish tv or tata sky then right now :D