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Weekend Aantel’s Blog » Blog Archive » BSNL’s IPTV service to roll out by July in Kolkata

BSNL’s IPTV service to roll out by July in Kolkata

Mr. Raman Agarwal - the Jadavpur Area Manager of Calcutta Telephones is going to watch today’s Cricket World Cup final on BSNL’s yet to be launched IPTV service. As I sat in his office at the Ranikuthi Exchange, a 21″ Panasonic TV was unpacked, a DataOne connection was installed and tested, next came the IPTV set-top box. It was smaller than an ADSL modem, it’s shape strangely resembled the Nivo from Ndiyo. Must be a coincidence! :-)

The Set-top box had a power-in socket, a RJ-45 socket, an USB 2.0 socket and a pair of A/V cable sockets, of which only one was being used. The box was silk-screened “Digital Dolby”. A remote completed the ensemble. The connection for the TV setup was like phone_line -> splitter -> ADSL modem with 4 10/100Mbit port -> IPTV-to-PAL converter->TV set.

BSNL is converting the digital transmissions from both pay services as well as free-to-air ones into MPEG4 format and streaming them. The proposed service would offer about 110 channels, I watched some 10 - 12 channels today. Plus I tried the VoD (Video-on-Demand) service, currently there are only 4 movies in their library, I tried the first one… it was Arjun Pandit … unfortunately, i was never a fan of Sunny Deol :-P

The picture and sound quality was consistent and sharp, but I did notice a few glitches now and then. This was apparently due to some new network switch being tested at the CalTel HO. The good news is that IPTV can be actually watched on the PC/Laptop without even the STB. What do we need of the computer… just VLC and the IP address and port numbers of the streaming server(s) :D

10 Responses to “BSNL’s IPTV service to roll out by July in Kolkata”

  1. Swapnadeep Says:

    Softlaunch starts at bidhannagar , Kalighat , Russa Rd. and Ballygunje place Aug.14th onwards. Seems like theyre mobilising the “achiever” end of the population .. Case of casting the “BEEN THERES” to reel in the “WANNABES” ?? ( Yet Again .. sigh .. )

  2. Kanai Chakraberti Says:

    Dear Customer Care Officer (JADAVPUR/RANIKUTHI)-Calcutta

    I have been harping hard for I P T V Connection since long.
    Please extend the service to my line with installation of the required ‘MODEM’ without further delay.

  3. Weekend Aantel Says:

    @ Kanai Chakraberti… err… when did I become the PRO of CalTel?? :(

  4. Kanai Chakraberti Says:

    Delays in executing the I P T V connections , on technical grounds /excuses / alibi ,for months/years together, are virtually
    tantamount to enormous losses to BSNL and direct/ clandestyne BUSINESS SUPPORT to the unscrupulous CABLE OPERATORS, in the localities.

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