Thanks to bad broadband connections in India, watching streaming videos on the net can be one of the most frustrating things. But most of us beat the problem by pausing the video and seeing it after it is fully buffered.
But how about a video site that presents with you hundreds of videos but they can never be streamed. Introducing myPOPKORN.com, a video site that launched recently and promises you lot of video goodies but never delivers anything.
MyPopkorn.com is owned by Digital Media Convergence Ltd (DMCL), a part of the Essel Group, which also owns Zee Turner Ltd and DishTV. It is a website which showcases three minute videos of soap operas and other TV shows, news and movie clips.
The idea and concept behind the site is actually quite good. If you have missed any of the Soap Operas or want to watch the latest news headlines it (supposedly) brings to you the content in condensed format enough for you to get the gist of the whole thing.
When I first visited the site last week, I wasted atleast half an hour trying to see a video. I switched from one video to another with same consequences, the video just did not buffer ! I had to be satisfied by viewing only the thumbnails of those videos. After 30 minutes of frustration I gave up thinking it must be a temporary glitch.
But the same story repeated today morning when I tried to check out some of the updated videos. Just to make sure my connection is okay, I loaded youtube and couple of other video sites. All of them were streaming perfectly. Nothing wrong with my Internet connection.
My conclusion was that the probably the videos can be viewed only by ultra-fast 1mbps+ broadband connections. I have a decent 512kb speed on which the site did not allow even a single frame to be loaded.
The site claims that more than one lakh videos are viewed daily. I seriously doubt it !
I would not have written about myPOPKORN.com so strongly if it was a small time startup trying to make its mark. But this site is backed by Essel group, owners of Zee TV and Dish TV. I am sure they understand the basic of having a Video Entertainment site – the videos should be buffered as fast as possible. This is not expected from a group with such good financial backing !
I would request readers to try out MyPopkorn.com and see it for yourself. Let me know if you have any luck watching the videos !