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BSNL Launches Mobile TV Streaming In Eastern India

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), a public sector telco, has launched mobile TV streaming services in Eastern India. BSNL is offering NDTV, CNBC, Aaj Tak, Times Now, Zoom, Bindass, ETC, TV9 etc, and intends to increase its content portfolio to cover 32 TV channels by 2007 end. [via Hindu] They’re initially offering the service for free, though pricing plans have not been detailed. Also, there’s nothing on the quality of the video – and how many frames per second are available on mobile. The video streaming that I’ve seen on mobile isn’t really worth watching, so it’ll be surprising if this service takes off. The service is only available on Nokia (NYSE: NOK) handsets initially, and will be extended to Sony (NYSE: SNE) Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) and Motorola (NYSE: MOT) handsets. Idea cellular also has a video streaming service called Idea TV.

One Response to “BSNL Launches Mobile TV Streaming In Eastern India”

  1. As the year 2007 comes to a close it is time to take a stock of the developments which have happened in the area of streaming mobile Tv services.
    At the outset one can certainly note the determination of providers for taking a step towards providing mobile TV, even without clarity on licensing and the availability of 3G networks.

    However the launches on all networks in India are stil used occassionally as the streaming on 2.5 G networks rarely delivers a clip which can be watched in the expected quality. It also has implication on usage charges. Perhaps the providers had been hoping for a faster migraion to 3G, with the present initiatives being only "seeding" for a bigger future.

    Neverthless on the negative side, one must note the lack of information on handsets and clarity on how to set up a streaming service. The variety of handsets available is very high, with only limited number of phones ( or Smartphones) being able to show videos or streaming TV.

    For the coming year, the providers will need to be much more oriented towards delivering a service rather than setting up a service.