It seems that it would not take much imagination to see the day when a young lad from a village is chatting to his friend through Internet TV. On the similar note, if you are not interested in watching TV for some time, you can always switch to Internet without wasting time and leaving your place.
Norway-based Opera Software is working towards reducing the complexity of internet TV, and enabling millions of Indian TV viewers to enjoy streaming of videos through their TV sets. Yes, soon it will be a reality!
Norway-based Opera Software is in talks with set top box (STB) manufactures, which will help DTH, IPTV and cable subscribers to access Internet from their television sets. The company has not signed a deal yet, but Opera is looking for partner like Huawei to build web browser onto its platform.
Opera Software’s Opera mini mobile browser is currently the most popular browser used by Indians on their mobile phones.
Recently the Union Cabinet Ministry has approved the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s proposal to promulgate the Digitalization of Analogue Cable Systems Ordinance in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. For this purpose Set-top- boxes have to be installed in households subscribing to cable service.
Last month, Amkette, an IT peripherals maker had introduced a new device ‘EvoTV available with price tag of Rs 9,995, which allows users to surf Internet on their television sets. Additionally, there are smaller startups who are also developing similar Android IPTV based solutions for consumers.
With Opera also joining the race, this vertical is heating up. However, like we have mentioned previously all IPTV kind of solutions need robust internet connectivity, and unless that is in place, it will be very difficult for IPTV based products to reach the Indian masses.
Additionally, price will be an important factor – We will have wait and see what Opera has to offer and what it will charge.