Reasons Why IPTV Is a Highly Effective Alternative to Normal TV

About IPTV

IPTV is an alternative to a conventional television and other multimedia services. It is called an internet protocol TV as it works by using the internet networks of a place and the multimedia data is delivered to the device through internet protocol address.

It is slowly replacing television services which use satellite signals and cable formats to deliver channels, as it can simply use local network for delivering channels and various programs on any device like TV, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and computers. It is highly popular because it can show live television as well as one can request programs and videos from the list and watch them anytime one wants.

One needs to find a paid IPTV service provider who will then set up a set-top box connected to one’s network, and then one can simply watch their favorite programs or movies uninterruptedly without any hassle.

There are some features that make the IPTV very popular and a very strong competitor against usual cable TVs and they are discussed below.

On-demand content

This is one of the most useful features of getting an IPTV subscription, that is, one can watch whatever one wants without having to wait for the TV schedule and timings. Here, one can watch the programs and movies of their choice by just choosing it from the playlist that is made available by the service providers, which means one will not have to watch the next episode or miss any program because one was busy. This feature makes the entire experience more easy and convenient.

Huge pool of content

When one is subscribed to a conventional television plan through cable connectivity, then one gets only a fixed set of channels and thus keeping the content availability limited. However, IPTV providers make sure that their customers are availed with a wide variety of shows which can be watched both live or later on demand. Also, unlike TV, one is not restricted only to watch programs at a particular time as one can watch them anytime. One can also watch international content from around the world without any extra charges.

Compatibility with devices

IPTV is not bound to television only like a normal TV network. One can use IPTV on any device of choice which means there can be various viewing points too, as one will not have to sit in front of their television to watch any program. One can use any device which can connect to internet network like computers or phones from any location wherever there is the internet.

Easy subscriptions

Like television cable networks who make their subscribers sign long term contracts which are usually expensive, with IPTV, one only pays for what one wants to watch and usually they have easy and flexible subscription plans. One can personalize their plans and also can use it the way one wants by watching on multiple devices without having to pay too high subscription price.

Afterlife Bots – A Dead Man’s Petition

No, neither am I a Ted-famous Tech geek spiritual guru nor am I in contact with the afterlife. I am just fascinated by the buzzwords “Machine Learning” and “AI” and a little overwhelmed by the number of articles mentioning those words on my news feed.

I remember reading a line in a news article that “Bots are getting better at imitating humans”. Why not hire one and decrease workload by 50%. Well, I suppose we are working towards it.

Google recently announced that their AI-enabled assistant (with 6 voices) can book a hair-cut appointment seamlessly (Well I want a shave as well, and I want it to go and do grocery shopping handpicking the freshest tomatoes from the lot).

Jokes apart: kudos to the team of brilliant scientists, engineers, and others who are working day and night to make this happen.

Coming back to my original story.

Let’s start with Human life (and relationships) – Data Gathering

“Quite a digital world”. We are capturing and storing our personal life events as much as we can digitally (Thanks to social media, external hard disks, and pen-drives). Why not store our entire life in a 1000 Petabyte storage device. Capture every second – actions, events, habits, decisions, etc. Imagine if we can see and experience our parents’ childhood or see “What all Mahatma Gandhi did in his entire life”. Interesting right?

We all know how quickly robotics, machine learning, and AI are evolving.

What if we combine robotics, machine learning, and human life data? Can we create a human replica bot which would respond similarly, make decisions similarly, have similar habits basis the 1000 Petabyte data fed. All in all, can that bot be my replacement after my death?. Can it be my AFTER-LIFE BOT?

Literally, nothing can replace a dead human being. I was not fortunate to see my grandfather or meet him. But will my great grand/grandkids know about me? The answer is I do not know. We all are striving hard to leave a legacy behind us. Why not use robots and machine intelligence to duplicate ourselves. We do have ample amount of data to feed ~79 years (average age of human being) or ~2 Billion moments. Don’t you want your great grandkids to remember you after you are gone?

With a simple Google search, I got a news article mentioning “Mind Clone” – the idea of uploading the memories, thoughts, and feelings of a person into a computer. It mentions that the companies such as eterni.me, Gordon Bell’s MyLifeBits, and Terasem’s Lifenaut are all pursuing Mind Clone to help a person’s personality, work and relationships survive after death.

How FinTech Is Seeing A Major Growth in India

With a population of more than a billion, India is definitely a promising sector for the FinTech. Before we move ahead, let us first explain what FinTech is. In simple terms, FinTech is the industry that comprises of the companies that use the technology to offer financial services. These companies work in different areas of finance management, insurance, electronic payments etc.

In the past decade, FinTech has taken over globally and is expected to rise in the future as well. India isn’t behind in this global trend. With over half a billion invested in the Indian FinTech over the last three years, the segment only shoes promising future of growth.

In 2015, around 12,000 FinTech came up globally making up the total investment of $19 billion. It is expected that by 2020, the global investment by FinTech will be $45 billion, which is a steep rise of 7.1%. According to the NASSCOM reports, India has around 400 FinTech companies with the investment of around $420 million. Reports also suggest that by year 2020, the investment of the FinTech companies in India will increase to $2.4 billion.

With the help of government regulations, banks and other financial companies, India has formed a favorable ecosystem for the growth of FinTech. FinTech is helping bring about the change in the personal financial management through e-payments and e-wallets, in the country that is predominantly cash- driven.

Number of reason contributes towards the growth of Financial Technology in India. The number of internet users in India reached to 465 million in June 2017. With more and more number of people depending on the internet for varied reasons, the digitalisation has taken a new turn. Government’s effort in bringing the digital revolution through ‘Digital India’ campaign is opening many opportunities for the existing FinTechs and start-ups.

Government Regulations:
Government has realised the potential of Financial Technology in India and is constantly making efforts to make the regulations friendlier. In 2014, government relaxed the rule of KYC process for customers making online transactions and payments up to Rs 20,000 per month. It is expected that the government will lay out new set of norms to revamp the P2P lending market.

To promote cashless transactions, government is now offering tax rebates to the merchants for accepting at least 50% of electronic payment.

‘Jan Dhan Yojana’ aims at providing a bank account to every citizen of India. Since the launch of the scheme in 2014, 240 million bank accounts have been opened. FinTech start-ups can use the opportunities to provide easy and seamless transaction service.

Incubator and Accelerators:
The role of incubators and accelerators are not limited to funding but also strengthening the financial industry. The incubators provide the obligation free environment for the start-ups. India is among the top five countries that show promising results for the start-ups. The initiatives ‘smart city’ and ‘digital India’ are set to strengthen the technological infrastructure of the country. To show the support to FinTech start-ups, banks and financial institutes have partnered with incubators and accelerators.