India Business – Airtel’s 8mbps broadband, Joost’s bollywood deal, CricketNext gets a facelift, Chandamama to go online..and more

Airtel’s 8MBPS broadband Airtel is launching 8 mbps broadband service in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi and the NCR, with a subsequent roll out in Mumbai and Hyderabad in a…

Airtel’s 8MBPS broadband
Airtel is launching 8 mbps broadband service in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi and the NCR, with a subsequent roll out in Mumbai and Hyderabad in a few weeks. The price point could be around Rs 2,000 for a download of 7-8 Gbs. (and do you still think Google’s IPTV service is unthinkable?)

Chandamama to go online
The 60-year old storybook is all set to go online. Bought over by Mumbai-based IT company Geodesic Information Systems this March, Chandamama India first plans to fix its print edition by “recruiting the right people for the job”; going online by uploading all its content on the Internet; making the online edition a portal and “the one safe place for your child”; and finally striking alliance with the media, other story-tellers, animation houses and mobile firms to distribute its content.
The first edition of Chandamama was released in July 1947 with 6,000 copies.

Joost signs first bollywood deal with Eros Intnl
cricketnextEros International has collaborated with Internet television service Joost to provide more than 200 Bollywood movies and over 600 music videos from Eros’ catalogue including films like 1942 A Love Story and Salaam-e–Ishq (for free).

Shaadi launches ShaadiPages, online wedding directory/planner.

We see great potential in the wedding industry in India which is currently pegged at Rs 75,000 crores, growing at a phenomenal rate of 25% each year, and are extremely optimistic about the success of Shaadi Pages as India’s very own first online wedding directory (source)

BBC to launch DVDs in India
Cashing in on the fast growing DVD market, BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), has decided to launch its DVDs in India. It is likely to rope in music company Saregama as its partner for the venture. BBC Worldwide holds the DVD rights for all its drama and comedy series including Yes Minister, Yes Prime Minister, collections of Shakespeare, the Sherlock Holmes series and several classics and drama series.

Currently, the domestic DVD market (sale and rental) is estimated to be around Rs 700 crore and is dominated by Moser Baer, Ultra, Shemaroo Entertainment and T-Series among others. According to a Ficci-PricewaterhouseCoopers report, the home video market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 31 per cent to Rs 2,500 crore by 2011. gets a facelift, one of the most successful portals of Web 18, has undergone a complete makeover to give the portal a new and sleek look with greater emphasis on content & interactivity. Served using Akamai servers, the site is noticeably fast & is loaded with new features like exclusive columns, news, analysis, interactives & rich multimedia content.

Tata Teleservices’ Tata Zone in Hindi
Tata Teleservices today unveiled a full-blown Tata Zone, the popular infotainmentspace on Tata Indicom BREW-enabled mobile phones, in Hindi. The rationale behind this is simple: – 66% of all Indians speak Hindi, while less than 5 % understands English. Tata Teleservices, the country’s fastest growing telecom service provider today, recognises this fact and is therefore increasingly embracing Hindi to drive adoption of data services among the non-English speaking population.

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