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  Tata Sky broadband increases post FUP speed on all its plans
Posted by: nairrk - 07-25-2020, 10:48 AM - Forum: Broadband - No Replies

[Image: IX9dgPJ.png]Tata Sky has increased the post Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit speed on its all broadband plans in the country. The company has made this update to its unlimited broadband plans in the country.

With this, users will be able to surf the internet with a post FUP speed of 3Mbps. Previously, the company offered 2Mbps speed once the data was exhausted. The company has a variety of unlimited broadband plans including Rs 950 that offers 25Mbps speed, Rs 1050 plan with 50Mbps speed, Rs 1150 plan with 100 Mbps speeds and Rs 1900 that comes with a 300Mbps.

Meanwhile, Tata Sky has announced that its streaming service, Tata Sky Binge+, has partnered with ZEE5 to bring the app on its platform. With this, the ZEE5 app will be available on the Android-enabled smart set-top box.

The company has revealed that users can enjoy six months of premium ZEE5 content for free with Tata Sky Binge+ device. The streaming app catalogue can now be accessed by Tata Sky Binge+ users.

Tata Sky also announced a new user interface for its range of set-top boxes in India. The company has introduced a new one-stop solution to discover trending content on the non-smart set-top boxes in India.

The company has revealed that the feature is available across all HD and SD set-top boxes in the country. With this, users will be able to discover content under Top Movies and Live Sports by simply pressing the yellow button on the Tata Sky remote control.


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  Tata Sky channel updates as on 25-07-2020
Posted by: Sathish - 07-25-2020, 09:13 AM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky channel updates as on 25-07-2020.

* Update *
1) Jingalala Saturdays Offer (Unknown) 11050 H 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 Channel Name("Aradhana"=>"Jingalala Saturdays Offer")
2) Jingalala Saturdays Offer (Unknown) 11050 H 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 Channel Name("Theatre"=>"Jingalala Saturdays Offer")
3) Gujarati Cinema Offer (Unknown) 11050 H 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 Channel Name("Special Offer"=>"Gujarati Cinema Offer")
4) Gujarati Cinema Offer (Unknown) 11050 H 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 Channel Name("Special Offer"=>"Gujarati Cinema Offer") Provider Name ("Alias Service 1538"=>"Unknown")

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  Sun TV HD, Gemini TV HD & Bhojpuri Active Channels removed on Dish TV India
Posted by: Sathish - 07-24-2020, 10:05 PM - Forum: Dish TV India - No Replies

Sun TV HD, Gemini TV HD & Bhojpuri Active Channels removed on Dish TV India.

* Lost *
1) BHOJPURI ACTIVE- Rs 40 (DISHTV) 11050 V 29500 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 -
2) SUN TV HD- Rs 19 (DISHTV) 12534 V 43200 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 -
3) Gemini TV HD- Rs 19 (DISHTV) 12534 V 43200 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 -

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  Airtel Hello Tunes now free to all Airtel Thanks customers
Posted by: nairrk - 07-24-2020, 03:07 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

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Wynk Music from Airtel has launched a new campaign #ExpresswithHellotune, to enable customers to share their current moods and feeling with friends and loved ones through music, with a song of their choice.

Airtel Hello Tunes is available for FREE to all Airtel Thanks customers. And as a special gesture, Airtel has made Hello Tunes available to all non Airtel Thanks customers also for a period of 14 days to enable them be part of #ExpresswithHellotune.

For setting Hellotune on Wynk, one has to open the Wynk Music App. Look for the hellotune icon on top right and pick a hellotune from across languages & genres .

With most of India confined to their homes to practice social distancing, #ExpressWithHellotune aims at giving a platform to millions of Airtel customers to use music as a means to express how they feel to their friends and family by playing them a song when they call.

#ExpresswithHellotune calls on all Airtel customers to set a song as their Hello Tune. Customers can choose from over 6 million songs on the Wynk Music app and set them as their Hellotune for FREE. Customers can also set/change their hellotunes unlimited times at no extra cost.

Wynk Music’s extensive library offers popular music across various genres and 15+ languages, including English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Haryanvi, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese and Rajasthani.


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  Airtel offers free data on select prepaid plans, discontinues Rs 2398 long-term plan
Posted by: nairrk - 07-24-2020, 01:45 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Bharti Airtel has announced new free coupons that will provide free data on select prepaid plans. Furthermore, the company has also discontinued the Rs 2398 long-term prepaid plan in the country.

To start with the complementary data, the brand has introduced new Free Data coupons for its prepaid customers. These coupons are available with unlimited prepaid plans starting at Rs 219 and it can be availed through the Airtel Thanks application.

The coupons are valid for Rs. 219, Rs. 249, Rs. 279, Rs. 298, Rs. 349, Rs. 398, Rs 399, Rs 499, Rs558, Rs 598 and Rs 698 prepaid plans. From Rs 219 to Rs 398 prepaid plans, users will get two coupons of 1GB of data with each carrying a validity of 28 days. Furthermore, the Rs 399, Rs 499 and Rs 558 prepaid plans offer four coupons of 1GB with each having a validity of 56 days. Lastly, Rs. 598 and Rs. 698 prepaid plans will get six coupons of 1GB high-speed data and each coupon comes with a validity 84 days.

Meanwhile, the company has also discontinued the Rs 2398 prepaid plan. The long-term is not available on Airtel website and on other third-party recharge sites. The pack offered 1.5GB of data per day and it came with a validity of 365 days. The pack offers unlimited voice calls along with 100 SMS and more for the entire year.

Previously, Airtel announced that it is offering its latest smart set-top box (STB), the Airtel Xstream Box, at a refundable security deposit for its Xstream broadband customers. The company is also offering a discount on its Smart STB for Airtel Thanks users as well.

Starting with the broadband users, multiple have received a notification about the new Xstream Box offer on their Airtel Thanks application. Under this offer, Airtel Xstream broadband users can opt for the Airtel Xstream box at a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500.


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  Sky RR (Data) channel added on Sun Direct DTH Service
Posted by: Sathish - 07-23-2020, 09:46 PM - Forum: Sun Direct - No Replies

Sky RR (Data) channel added on Sun Direct DTH Service.

* New *
1) Sky RR (SUN DTH) 12563 H 32000 QPSK DVB-S 5/6 -

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  Facebook now lets you lock Messenger Chats with Face ID
Posted by: nairrk - 07-23-2020, 06:53 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

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Facebook Messenger chats can now be secured with a biometric lock. The platform now lets users lock their chats via Face ID or Touch ID on Apple devices. The feature was in the testing phase till last month, and now the company is rolling out to all iPhone and iPad users.

Messenger is used by over billions of users across the globe, so getting this security feature is a good move. Facebook says Android users will also get the option via Face Unlock or fingerprint sensor in the near future. For iPhones, users need to head over to Settings on the Messenger app. Over there in the Privacy section, you will notice a new feature called App Lock. Enable the option, which makes sure the Messenger screen doesn’t open unless you unlock it with Face ID.

You already have this option on WhatsApp and it seems Facebook wants to offer the feature for its other products as well. The company claims it wants to increase the privacy measures of all its products and they will be adding new ones in the coming months.

Facebook Messenger gets screen sharing on mobile
A few days back, Messenger got support for screen sharing on mobile. With this feature, you can allow other people to view your mobile screen. This works when you’re on a one-on-one call or a group chat. Facebook says you can share the screen with up to 8 people in a group chat.

To make use of the new feature, update the Messenger app to the latest version. Once you’ve done that, swipe up from the bottom of the screen while making a call through Messenger. Click on the ‘Share your screen’ option and select ‘Start Sharing’.

With screen sharing, people can browse through content on another person’s phone. This way, you don’t have to share content individually. Yes, there are privacy concerns related to the feature but it’s up to the person to make sure they are only connecting with known contacts/friends for the option.


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  BSNL rationalises several prepaid plans to base tariff of Rs 94 and Rs 95
Posted by: nairrk - 07-23-2020, 03:05 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

BSNL has revealed that it is rationalising the base tariff plan of several Plan Vouchers (PV) and First Recharge Coupons (FRC) to Rs 94 and Rs 95 plan. The new prepaid plans were recently introduced by the state-owned telecom operators.

As per BSNL, the revision has been introduced in Tamil Nadu and Chennai circles. The notice reveals that base plans for the FRC 107 along with the PV186, PV365, PV485, PV997, PV999, PV1699, PV1999 and PV2399 will be modified to the Advance Per Minute PV94 plan and Advance Per Second PV 95 pack.

The new plan replaces the PV75 plan that was the base plan tariff for several PV and FRC packs. Furthermore, the base plan tariff of PV153, PV429 and PV666 will also be modified from their present tariff to PV94 plan. Additionally, FRC106 and FRC108 plans will be modified to PV95 pack.

Plan Advance 94 and Plan Advance 95 come with 3GB data benefits, 100 minutes of free call benefits and 60-day validity for users. The free voice calls can be consumed on the home network and on national roaming including the Delhi and Mumbai circles. However, users need to consume the free data and free voice calls within the plan validity period of 90 days.

After the consumption of free calls on the Rs 94 plan, BSNL charges Rs 1 per minute and Rs 1.3 per minute for local calls and STD calls respectively. After the consumption of free calls on the Rs 95 plan, BSNL will charge Rs 0.02 per second on local calls and Rs 0.024 per second on STD calls.

BSNL calculates the pulse rate of the Rs 94 plan on a per-minute basis while the pulse rate of the Rs 95 plan is calculated on a per-second basis. Both plans also offer a free caller tune facility for 60 days. Notably, BSNL offers caller tunes under its Personalised Ring Back Tone (PRBT) service and charges Rs 30 per month and an additional Rs 12 for song selection.


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  Zoom vs JioMeet vs Google Meet: Battle of the video-conferencing apps...
Posted by: nairrk - 07-23-2020, 12:33 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

Zoom vs JioMeet vs Google Meet: Battle of the video-conferencing apps for virtual meetings

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After the initial euphoria around video-conferencing apps, more particularly Zoom, died down, many new players started experimenting with new features. Zoom hasn’t changed much since, but it has reinvented its security, Microsoft Teams has introduced virtual backgrounds and Google Meet has been experimenting with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to reduce ambient noise. There are two new entrants —two telecom companies—in the Indian market trying to upend video-conferencing. Although plain vanilla versions, they can certainly have a mass appeal in the Indian market.

There was a reason for Zoom surging in popularity, even though the app allowed only 40 minutes of free video calling—its USP was the easy user interface. No login was required if you just wanted to join a meeting. Recording was available even in the free version and video quality was better than the competitors. The app hasn’t changed much since, instead it has incorporated more security and privacy features. Muting participants, disabling screen sharing from all and waiting room are just some of them. The app has even improved on security, but the fun part is virtual backgrounds and the fact it can accommodate 49 participants in gallery view. The Android/iOS app is relatively cumbersome.

Microsoft Teams
The advantage with Teams is that it is more than a video calling app. Teams is more of a business suite. The setup is nowhere easy, but that is compensated by the fact that you do not need a platform like Slack, if you are running Teams. Besides, the app can be run as a web platform, so there is no requirement for downloads. There is no limit to calls, but Teams, unlike Zoom, limits the number of videos you can view at once. Teams only allows nine people in gallery view, although this would improve with team or conference mode—Teams’ answer to Zoom—the video quality is still not good.

The main advantage of Teams is the app ecosystem, which allows you to share apps like drawing board and collaboration, where people can not only share screen but grant access to others. The Microsoft apps and 10GB of file sharing space is good enough for free mode. The Android/iOS apps, however, is not as smooth and has latency issues. Video, especially via app, are a problem where focus and magnified view become a problem.

Google Meet
The first drawback of Meet is the Gmail requirement. If you aren’t logged in, access is impossible. But that is all that is there to Meet. The app is plain vanilla and does not offer much. The UI is hassle free, not as easy as Zoom, but it does the job. The advantage of Google is the suite features which come integrated with the app. Screen sharing is better than any other app. The video quality is not as good and there is no desktop version. The company did incorporate AI to reduce ambient noise, but the solution is still not perfect.

Not really a new offering, but after the tie-up with Airtel it is a new thing for the Indian market at least. The clear advantage is video and sound quality. Incorporated with features like Dolby Voice, Blue Jeans has better sound quality than other apps. But the user interface is a problem. Scheduling a meeting is cumbersome in the app, as it redirects you to the website. Airtel does not say till when the app will be available in free mode, but there are indications that it my be bundled with premium plans. But BlueJeans will have to address a lot many issues. There are lags in screen sharing that will have to be addressed. The chat is not as functional, and both the desktop and app versions require too many clicks and taps to complete a task. The slider on the side while sharing screen is a nifty feature, you can zoom in and out of view, without much hassle. BlueJeans has limitations in terms of gallery view—only nine people are allowed—and the number of participants allowed in a call.

The truly desi Indian video conferencing app and a blatant copy of Zoom, JioMeet has nothing different to offer except for its free everything model. There are no time limits, but the design of the app is unappealing. The app is pixelated and none of the icons look in place. The features are an imitation of Zoom, but the video and sound quality is bad, and nowhere near what Zoom offers.


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  Tata Sky channel changes and updates as on 23-07-2020
Posted by: Sathish - 07-23-2020, 11:38 AM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky channel changes and updates as on 23-07-2020.

* Update *
1) Bollywood Premiere (Unknown) 11090 H 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 Channel Name("Cooking Offer"=>"Bollywood Premiere")
2) Fun Learn (Unknown) 11170 H 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 Channel Name("Cooking Offer"=>"Fun Learn")
3) Gujarati Cinema (Unknown) 11550 V 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 2/3 Channel Name("Cooking Offer"=>"Gujarati Cinema")
4) Tata Sky Cooking (Tata Sky Cooking @ Rs 59 pm) 11590 V 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 3/4 Provider Name ("Tata Sky Cooking"=>"Tata Sky Cooking @ Rs 59 pm")
5) Hollywood Local (Unknown) 11670 H 32721 8PSK DVB-S2 2/3 Channel Name("Cooking Offer"=>"Hollywood Local")

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