Nepal Telecom launching IPTV (IP television) service from January 1, 2021

IPTV in Nepal
IPTV in Nepal

Nepal Telecom is now offering its own IP television service. According to the company, the telecom is preparing to provide IPTV service in Nepal from the New Year.

According to Dilliram Adhikari, managing director of Telecom, a trial broadcast is being conducted for the television service. Various preparations have been made to start the service from January 1.

With fiber and 4G internet becoming more accessible in the country, the number of IPTV users in the country has grown for the last few years. Major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) now bundle IPTV with their internet plan. This has also contributed to the popularity of the platform. Now, the state-owned Nepal Telecom has adopted this technology as well and thus will launch its IPTV service on January 1, 2021.

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What is IPTV ?

From a TV watcher’s point of view, IPTV is very simple: instead of receiving TV programs as broadcast signals that enter your home from a rooftop antenna, satellite dish, or fiber-optic cable, you get them streamed (downloaded and played almost simultaneously) through your Internet connection.

 IPTV can provide high quality and best content to your home TV or your mobile. Some countries have already started providing 4K resolution TV/Video content in IPTV service.

Nepal Telecom IPTV Services

Here are the different services that come along with IPTV service.

  • Live TV: All the famous TV will come live through the IPTV service.
  • Catch-up TV or Time Shift TV: Not every people can watch TV when it is live. But now with the Time-shift TV feature, you can watch your favourite shows at any time you want.
  • Video on demand: You can select the most popular videos among the list to watch, which includes popular TV series, web series, music videos, documentary, movies, etc.

Further, they can add more services like:

  • Music on demand
  • e-learning
  • Interactive online games
  • Video conferencing
  • Digital Marketing, online shops

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The company has said that it is working hard to connect the clean feed content and packages of foreign televisions to the service. Customers availing internet service through Telecom’s FTTH (Fiber to the Home) will now be able to use Telecom’s IP TV.

Telephone, internet and television setup boxes can be taken from the same CPE.

“It adds value to telecom services,” he said. “Customers don’t have to look for separate service providers for telephone, internet and television at home.”

Telecom is also preparing to bring a business plan for this. Telecom is planning to increase the number of Internet subscribers by setting a market strategy for IP TV at a concessional rate.

At present, various private level internet service providers are providing IP TV services in Nepal. According to the Managing Director, IP TV, Telecom will soon launch its own mobile television OTT (Over the Top). At present, the telecom is providing OTT service of mobile TV only through private service providers.

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