IGNOU channels to be on IPTV platform

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New Delhi, Sep 29 (UNI) Time Broadband Services Pvt Ltd, a leading provider of ICT services in the country and in South Asia has signed an agreement with the Indira Gandhi National Open University to place the Gyan Darshan television channel and the Gyan Vani radio channel on the IPTV platform.

The new platform will enable students in rural areas to not only receive these educational channels but also take advantage of inter-activity that is offered by the Internet Protocol Television.

The agreement was signed by TBSPL Managing Director and CEO Sujatha Dev and IGNOU Vice-Chancellor Professor V N Rajasekharan Pillai.

The IGNOU channels, which were already in webcast mode would become available to several million homes in several countries.

IGNOU which had more than one million students on the rolls including several in African countries would also be able to get into the nine countries where TBSPL reaches through mobile phones.

The Vice Chancellor has said an exclusive IPTV portal might be launched at a later stage for IGNOU. "We have done our bit to bring India into a take off point of a novel knowledge society and our Academic excellence has been acknowledged by educational fraternity across multiple countries in this part of the World", said Mr Pillai.

The agreement was signed last week.

Meanhile, TBSPL Co-founder and Director Amit Dev has also announced the launch of a devotional IPTV channel for the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) by the end of this year.

Baba Haridas Prabhu, founder and Head of ITV (ISKCON TV), said the channel would be spiritual and not religious. It would not only broadcast programmes of the activities of ISKCON chapters in other countries, but also show programmes like Yoga, he said.

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