News Roundup:3G Video Calls at 1 Paise, Telenor to Launch India Operations..and more

Tata Teleservices has launched Photon TV, a 3G enabled live TV service that can be directly streamed onto your Laptop or desktop using your TATA Photon+.

Photon TV Pricing

  • Single Channel : @ Rs. 4 per month.
  • My 10 : Combination of 10 channels @ Rs 29 per month.
  • My Full Pack : All channels @Rs75 per month.

These rates doesn’t include charges for special events like cricket matches etc, which means TTSL will charge a premium price for such content.

Browsing charges as per your Photon+ tariff plan would be applicable while viewing Photon TV. These charges would be over and above the subscription charges for the Photon TV. (approximate data usage is 1-2MB per Min).

The pricing is on subscription model and different plans. TTSL has partnered with Apalya Technologies (which recently raised $3mn from IDG and Qualcomm Ventures) for putting together the platform including dealing with content providers.

1/2 paisa per call

Gone are the days of 1 paise per second, the heat is on and MTNL has now launched 1/2 paise per second plan in Delhi and Mumbai circles (on it’s 2G and 3G network).

Even 3G video calls are priced at one paise per second across the country and the company has slashed SMS price to 25 paise per sms. – details

Telenor to launch operations in India

Telenor is gearing up to launch it’s mobile operations in India today, under the Uninor brand [they have started advertising].

Telenor earlier acquired 67.25% stake in Unitech and is aiming at 8% market share within 5 years of India launch [source]

Mobiles as Broadsheets

NRN, at WorldNewsCongress came up with an interesting problem statement – mobile as broadsheets.

“He felt mobiles could become a stronger competitor to newspapers if the real estate on their screens could be larger. “If let’s say with the press of a button, the screen on a mobile handset enlarges to some 6 inches x 8 inches, it could become a platform for viewing of news. Again on the click of the button, the screen should contract to its original size” – source

MindTree’s Real-Time Video Stitching Algorithm

MindTree unveiled its real-time video stitching algorithm, which is part of its intelligent video surveillance solution. The patent-pending algorithm can stitch videos from up to four co-located cameras placed either horizontally or vertically in real time.

The stitched video from multiple cameras increases the field of view and provides better situation awareness to the viewer. MindTree’s intelligent video surveillance program is supported by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) under its New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI). [details]

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