Now, watch TV via MTNL phone lines

Now you can watch your favourite films on demand and watch TV channels through your MTNL’s phone line instead of depending on the vagaries of the traditional cablewallahs.

Triple-play is finally here. It helps you to enjoy TV channels on your phone line besides, simultaneously, letting you make calls and surf the Net on broadband connection.

After a long wait and trials spread over several months, the state-own telecom firm MTNL which operates in Delhi and Mumbai, is finally ready to eclipse the cablewallah by offering the cable service, commonly referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) TV.

‘‘We will launch IPTV in Mumbai on Saturday and in Delhi on Tuesday,” MTNL CMD RSP Sinha said. ‘‘We will offer 20 channels and eventually go up to 200.” He said besides letting you watch movies on demand, IPTV would also let you replay programmes.

Those who have MTNL’s phone/broadband connection, will get a set-top box (STB) if they opt for IPTV package. At present your phone line is split into two — one for phone and the other going to PC for broadband. Now, it will be three-way and with new wire going into STB to offer IPTV. If you pay MTNL about Rs 250 rent for landline and broadband, besides Rs 300 or so for cable TV, for about Rs 450-500 depending on the package, you will be able to have all the three, on a single bill.

Source: Times of India

Finally years after the first announcement this service by MTNL is all set to roll out. This will certainly be a good idea and for many who don’t have choices between cable operators in their locality it will certainly bring diversity. Being an MTNL service it would be priced right and at the same time the quality should be good as well, as evident from their ADSL service which I am using currently. Â

However the biggest negative point of this convergence would be, if for some reason your phone line goes down, it would also mean you will not have access to internet; neither will you be able to pass the time by watching TV! So will it be a success or a failure? Only time will tell, but with this launch we can finally say the days of convergence have arrived.


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