As a big development by BSNL, they have launched the Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in Kerala. Three cities of the state of Kerala have been selected for its trial run. As of now, BSNL IPTV services have been launched in the districts of Alappuzha, Trissur, and Ernakulam since 27 August 2020.
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.
The trial period is expected to run a few more months. 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. 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 TV, 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 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 circle. After your online request, the services can be deployed within a few hours.
It should be noted that, prior to 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 two starter channel packages for Rs.100 and Rs.200.
Both of these plans are bundled with optional FTA channels and customers can pick English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Sports, and other regional channels.
The Rs.100 BSNL channel package comes with 34 pay channels and the Rs.200 package comes with 56 pay channels. More channels are planned to be packaged and will soon be added.
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
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 furthermore, there are many benefits for IPTV services.
The main benefit of the BSNL IPTV service is that it consumes absolutely 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
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 two packages for monthly charges of ₹100 and ₹200. Both these packages have 160+ FTA channels and pay channels. There are 34 pay channels in the ₹100 package and 56 pay channels in the ₹200 package.
No, the IPTV subscription charge is not added to the FTTH rent.
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(First Published on 31 August 2020)