As a big development by BSNL, they have launched the Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in Tamil Nadu. They had already started IPTV in Kerala Circle and Andhra Pradesh (AP) very early in the year 2020 and January 2023, respectively.
The transmission of television content through Internet Protocol (IP) networks is known as Internet Protocol television (IPTV). IPTV service is a substitute for traditional cable television service. IPTV works with a customer’s existing FTTH connection.
You should have a BSNL FTTH (Fiber To The Home) connection to use this service. As a launch promotion, any customer who registers an IPTV will be able to make use of a one-month free subscription of 160 + Free To Air (FTA) channels in the bundle.
BSNL has launched its IPTV services in Kerala in association with M/s Cinesoft as a technology partner and M/s Bhoomika as a content partner.
But in Andhra Pradesh, BSNL collaborated with City Online Media Private Limited to provide IPTV to its broadband customers. The IPTV service is available in the state under the brand name Ulka TV, which is owned by City Online Media.
IPTV services have been offered in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, for BSNL fibre internet users. BSNL has launched IPTV services in collaboration with E2 Info Solutions, a pan-India IPTV service provider.
IPTV services will be made accessible to BSNL FTTH (Bharat Fibre) users in the districts of Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Tuticorin. In addition, IPTV service will be gradually pushed out over the Tamil Nadu circle.
E2IS has created an in-house launcher designated the BSNL E2IS IPTV, which is designed to work with both Android TV and Android IPTV boxes. This launcher is easily accessible to consumers because it is available for download on the Google Play Store.
In its presentation, BSNL stated that LCD and LED televisions may be converted into smart televisions by installing an Android plug-and-play device offered by E2 Info Solutions and watching IP TV.
BSNL has already confirmed that its wide range of channel package details will soon be revealed.
How to Enjoy BSNL IPTV?
You can access BSNL IPTV services on smartphones, Android TVs, and Android Box as per the latest information.
If the customer has an Android TV or an Android TV box, there is no need for a separate BSNL set-top box to access BSNL IPTV services.
IPTV applications, like any other OTT apps, may be downloaded from the Google Play store and installed on Android TV or Android TV Box. If you don’t have an Android TV, you may use an Android TV Box instead.
Customers wishing to use BSNL IPTV services can apply through its dedicated portal.
As of now, new IPTV registration is only allowed in the Kerala and Andhra Pradesh circles. After your online request, the services can be deployed within a few hours.
It should be noted that, before registration for the IPTV service, the customer should have an active FTTH service. If you don’t have an FTTH connection, apply for that first.
You need to verify your Bharat Fiber phone number when applying for the service. Other particulars you need to share include the mobile number and email ID.
BSNL IPTV Tariff Plans
In addition to the FTA channels, consumers can also enjoy the Pay channels if they want. As of now, BSNL has introduced one FTA package and two starter channel packages.
Both of these plans are bundled with optional FTA channels and customers can pick English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Sports, and other regional channels.
|₹130 + GST
|HD Basic Entry Pack
|171 (163 FTA + 8 Pay)
|₹150 + GST
|BSNL HD Starter Basic
|211 (160 FTA+ 51 Pay)
|₹229 + GST
|BSNL HD Bonanza Basic
|223 (160 FTA+ 63 Pay)
|₹339 + GST
The Rs.229 BSNL channel package comes with 51 pay channels and the Rs.339 package comes with 63 pay channels. More channels are planned to be packaged and will soon be added.
They recently launched a new basic HD entry pack with a total of 171 channels, including 8 pay channels.
BSNL IPTV plans include 160 free-to-air (FTA) channels and 163 pay-per-view (PPV) channels, including HD channels. Customers can choose the bundle that best suits their needs.
BSNL IPTV Channel List in Kerala
Advantages of IPTV Services
With the introduction of high-speed Internet access, we may argue that our traditional TV transmission and distribution methods have already changed.
IPTV is one of the latest developments in this field and there are many benefits to IPTV services.
The main benefit of the BSNL IPTV service is that it consumes no bandwidth or data when streaming live TV channels over FTTH Broadband Internet.
This means you can watch Ultra HD Live TV Channels while also enjoying FTTH internet at the speed specified in your FTTH package.
IPTV provides some exclusive and more unique features compared to satellite and cable television, including Live Television, Time-Shift Television (also known as Interactive Television), and Video-on-DemandBSN (VoD). Most of these facilities are offered by BSNL IPTV services.
IPTV technology is based on MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) which provides reliable connectivity to its end users.
IPTV uses different bandwidths for the delivery of the TV signal. And that’s not going to conflict with your usual internet bandwidth bundle in any way.
If we mention more specifically that users will use their 50Mps (if the user has 50Mps broadband connection) broadband connection solely for their browsing purposes and this data will not be restricted by the use of IPTV.
In the IPTV service, no network capacity fee (NCF) will be charged to the customer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. BSNL has IPTV, but as of now, it is only available in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.
You can avail of the BSNL IPTV connection if it is available in your area. But you’re supposed to have a valid FTTH connection. Just fill in the BSNL IPTV registration form and a new connection will be assigned if you are eligible.
As of now, BSNL has bundled its IPTV channels with three packages for monthly charges of ₹130,₹150,₹229 and ₹339 respectively. Both these ₹229 and ₹339 packages have 160+ FTA channels and pay channels. There are 51 pay channels in the ₹229 package and 63 pay channels in the ₹ 339 package.
No, the IPTV subscription charge is not added to the FTTH rent.
BSNL offers four IPTV plans with a monthly cost of ₹130, ₹150, ₹229, and ₹339.
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