This is indeed good news for all soap opera lovers in India, for 2011 promises to give them most of their favourite operas in HD. Although HDTV is witnessing high sales, it is incomplete without the total availability of HD format [as far as TV channels are concerned]. News is that many TV channels are preparing to get full HD in 2011 and are brushing up their methods with valuable content.
- Star India Pvt Ltd will contain 4 channels in HD by 2011 namely Star Plus, Star World, Star Gold and Star Movies. In addition, Star Plus can also be availed in the HD format via Tata Sky HD and several other DTH providers.
- A new serial Dor is being recorded in HD which will be aired on Star Plus beginning February 2011.
- The General Hindi Entertainment Channels as Zee TV, Sony and Imagine are all set to telecast their already recorded serials in HD.
- The National Channel Doordarshan managed individually by the states, will also telecast in HD. Approximately Rs. 145 cr [~$33350000] has already been set aside for the conversion of the present system to the HD format, including upgrading of the studios.
- Khana Khazana, the food channel and a project of Zee TV is also telecast in HD.
- Apparently India’s first HD format came through Discovery HD World, released in March 2010.
- Of late, it was Times Now Network to bring out Movies Now, a Hollywood HD movie channel from 19th Dec.
- Even the Common Wealth Games at Delhi this year, came out via the HD format.
To avail these facilities, your investment too is essential, for you will have to purchase a HDTV and a set-up box will supports HD format. You do have a wide choice, for most DTH providers are now giving you this facility too. This may be great, for almost everyone is eagerly looking forward to this facility increasing the sales of HDTVs in India.
Of course, along with this group there is yet another group which is still waiting for more channels to adapt HD format, before they can think of getting a HDTV for themselves. People are looking forward to DVR support for these channels through Tata Sky or any other service providers. At present, Reliance Big Tv gives you a HD DVR. Best news is that all the HD channels are available in 1080i format instead of the 1080p format.
Although 1080i is of a lesser quality interlaced scan format not indicating True HD, it works well with TVs with higher frequency, 100Hz or 200Hz TVs, as it helps to erase the flicker that accompanies the 1080i format. This facility brings to you your favorite soaps in a cinema like feeling. It is said that in a span of 2 years, High Definition will grow to great heights in the entertainment world.
This technology is expensive and shooting costs increase the cost of production too. Let’s say a show would cover a cost of Rs 1 lakh, but when you look at it in terms of HD, its cost would shoot up by 15 to 40% more. Experts say that there is a challenge in getting trends people who know the technical aspect of HD, and a lot goes into training personnel.
It will mean the entire value chain rather than only the service providers or broadcasters, will have to transform from Standard Definition SD to High Definition HD. There is also the problem of HD transmissions restricted to 4 standard channels, but this is now being solved by the DTH providers through set-top boxes, which again will cost dearer than regular prices. Sanjay Gupta of Star is of the opinion that the actual value of HD will be when 20 channels instead of the present 4-5 channels will be offered in HD to the people.
Auto Play Videos In High Definition
The famous and popular video playback website YouTube provides support for hosting, uploading, playback and streaming of videos in high definition. There are numerous websites which embed the videos in You Tube using the code trick to embed high quality videos from You Tube. They can also use the code hack of You Tube High Definition videos. Ever since, You Tube has enabled an embedded parameter switch which enables default play back of High Definition Videos.
A list of available parameters for an embedded player on the Google Code has been published by YouTube. One of the parameters available from the list is “hd”. This parameter has values either 0 or 1. The default value is 0, and re-setting it as 1 will enable you to play videos in High Definition as default. This parameter doesn’t have any effect on Chromeless Player neither does it have any effect if the high definition version of a video isn’t available.
In order to enable the auto play in high definition mode you just need to click on the Customize button present in the lower end of the embedded code. If any video is already uploaded in the high definition mode and the browser supports the high definition playback then just check the option mentioned as Play as HD.
If the given option is not present by default, then the video doesn’t have a high definition version. It is still possible to forcefully play the video in the HD version by hacking the code and setting the code manually. The code to be edited is given below:
<object width=”425? height=”344?><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/zlfKdbWwruY&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&hd=1“></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/zlfKdbWwruY&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&hd=1” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425? height=”344?></embed></object>
With the support of UK financier Alki David, FilmOn the free streaming service, brings users to live streams of various TV stations in LA, from browsers to iPads. It is a small price to pay for greater benefits, which means to say that NBC,CBS,Fox, and ABC are now reachable for those who pay $9.95/month as a minimum package, and a higher price of $24.95/month lets you watch movies by the pay-per-view scheme. There is no free access to XXX station.
David has said that ‘FilmOn which is currently on talks with the important cable providers has ideas of providing total syndicate cable TV service all over US by 2011. You can also avail free service from BBC news, Sky News, CNN International and Dubai Sport. Users, who do not hold an iPad and yet wish to obtain the services, will have to be satisfied with a choice of 4 important broadcast networks only.
In such cases they are free to choose viewing either on their browser or on a FilmOn supported player which can be downloaded. But now the question arises as to who will carry the burden of this free service? Because few TV networks are quite upset and have filed a law suite on FilmOn. But financier Alki David believes he is doing nothing illegal and stands for his services. He is prepared to fight a tough battle if need be.
FilmOn is a superior quality TV streaming service bringing live streams from 25 channels Bloomberg, ITV included. What is important to note is that it does not require an app and you are free to view the channels on your iPhone’s mobile Safari Browser. It comes from very good quality with no complaints, and poses a tough competition in the field therefore the need to use high coaxing marketing techniques.
The idea of the company is to lure as many users as possible through their free services. It furnishes you with audio streams as well. The drawback of constant commercials which cannot be avoided unfortunately, if it can be overcome, then ther is great news for FilmOn. All you need to do is navigate to FilmOn.com on your iPhone, iPodTouch or iPad and choose the TV channel you wish to watch.
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