BSNL had recently introduced the service of IPTV which is becoming a hit although I came across a few complaints of users regarding the customer service & quality. Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) is the delivery of broadcast-quality television and/or video signals to subscribers over a broadband connection using the Internet Protocol (IP).Basically it allows you to enjoy telephone,Broadband internet,Television simultaneously on your existing BSNL landline . It is the perfect alternative to a cable or DTH connection. A BSNL IPTV Connection is all that is needed. This service is fast gaining in popularity all over India and people are even switching over to it. It is currently available in around 100 cities in different parts of India, including all metro cities & major ones such as Kokata, Kerala, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Gujarat, Karnataka etc.
World class digital quality picture and crystal clear sound is what is provided. Triple play,pause,fast forward VOD(video on-demand) facilities are also available. The local cable guy can no longer boss over you and one less headache of payments as it is clubbed with your regular telephone bill. It is better than DTH services in the respect that the charges/tariff is lesser. Incase of a DTH connection like Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky, Dish TV etc. if you want all the channels, then you end up paying around Rs 450-500 per month which really burns a hole in your pocket. The basic plan of IPTV costs around Rs 250 per month and most of the channels are included. The max you end up paying for all channels is Rs 300. This is where this service has an edge over DTH.
One important and interesting feature of IPTV is that you can watch all the channels on your computer, even if your TV is off and you don’t have TV tuner card. You’ll need to use VLC player and know the ip address of each channel by trial and error changing the last digits in the IP address. (VLC settings: UDP, port 2001, IP address eg: 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52). Also the Video on Demand option is a good service which allows users to view some old Hindi movies for free, without the need to shell out any money and pause them and continue after a while from where they had left it. Some popular hindi serials which were quite liked by people are available for free. These serials include Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Mahabharat etc. Yoga videos of Haridwar based and world renowned Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev are also available for free, which you can see randomly any episode, Pause & Play for free.