Mid week buzz- ZipZap.com,exploreruralIndia.org, rise of Digital Music and Camera..and more

[New Launches]

Media E2E launches Zipazap.com, India’s first digital TV, radio guide
Media E2E, a media technology company based in Mumbai, recently launched India’s first digital television and radio programming guide. Called Zipazap.com, the service is meant for digital media platforms, including television, Internet and mobile phones. It allows consumers to keep track of programmes across TV and radio channels. The company is also in talks with several telecom operators to provide its service on their IPTV platforms. It has already signed deals with Bharti Airtel Ltd and MTNL’s Time Broadband Services Pvt. Ltd in this regard. Zipazap operates through the Internet and mobile wireless access protocol.

Rediffmail goes instant, embeds IM
Rediff adds Instant IM to it’s email client.. I wonder when will they stop copying Yahoo/Gmail?

Revamped rural tourism site unlocks ‘real’ India (exploreruralIndia.org)
The Ministry of Tourism has revamped its rural tourism website, http://exploreruralindia.org. The website is part of the Rural Tourism Project that it launched with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in 2003 to promote rural livelihood through tourism. Each micro-site has a location map, fact file, culture, accommodation and contact details. The project is aimed at special interest tourists and those who are interested in exploring the real India. As part of the project, rural artisans are trained to host tourists in ‘gurukuls’. I believe this is a damn neat rich media site with interactive features!

Hindu Launches Shopping Web Site
The newspaper company launched shopping website, its shopping Web site powered by Indiaplaza.in. Items on the site include books, music, movies, mobile phones, gadgets, kitchen applications, handicrafts. However, shopping is restricted to India-based buyers as the Web site does not deliver overseas

[Market Reports]

Camera phones vie for share in digital market
Cell phones equipped with in-built, high-quality cameras are gradually stealing the show from digital cameras, giving their makers a run for their money and market share.exploreruralindia
Sample this: India sold close to 40 million units, accounting for around Rs 12,000 crore (or $3 billion) in sales value, in the first six months of 2007, according to industry estimates.

Within the colour camera phone category, India reported a growth rate of 296 per cent in volumes alone. On the other hand, the digital camera market is likely to touch 1 million units by 2008, with the total imaging market in India estimated at around Rs 3,500 crore.
The sweet spot for digital camera makers last year was the 3- to 4-megapixel category. This year, it’s 5 to 6 megapixels and it shows no signs of stopping there. Even LG, a recent entrant in the phone market, feels that the camera handsets could mean trouble for the stand-alone camera brands.

Airtel signs $150 million network deal
Bharti Airtel Lanka, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, has signed a $150 million deal with global telecom major Huawei Technologies to manage its networks.

How mobile and kiosks are transforming delivery of music
Several music companies have started experimenting with digital kiosks for selling music. Saregama has tied up with Nokia to vend music by setting up kiosks across 25 Nokia stores in four Indian cities. Mango Digital Music Vending Machines (DVM) Network has plans to launch 50 DVMs across Chennai by 2008 and bring that number up to 400,000 all over India by 2010. And all Planet M stores will enable buying of songs by setting up digital music kiosks in their retail outlets.

Music downloads (ringtones, ringback tones and full song downloads) constitute 10 per cent of VAS revenue in the mobile sector. The new digital kiosk system will help music companies in earning more revenues in the long run. The mobile phone is becoming like an iPod, and for the first time non-physical sales of music are happening via mobiles.

eBay India explores offline presence
Online auctioneer eBay India is planning to create an offline presence in the country through a series of initiatives, including a pilot project for Trading Posts (offline centres where members can walk in and place their listings on eBay).

UT Starcom To Offer IPTV Solution To Bharti Airtel
Networking services provider UT Starcom is set provide its IPTV solution to telecom major Bharti Airtel. [via Economic Times] The RollingStream solutions—an end-to-end Internet Protocol Television solution—will allow Bharti to offer new services to its customers like live broadcast television, time-shifted TV and video-on-demand

TutorVista expands global classroom
TutorVista has just extended its reach to the UK and Korea. Its business till now has been to offer private tuition to high school students in the US at $100 per month for unlimited hours. When a prospective customer clicks on the TutorVista link the sales staff get on to him on the chat mode and offer a demo.

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