Telecom companies can’t be more frustratingly unavailable when you need internet on the go.
But Arun, a 59-year-old farmer and local businessman in Jalandhar, Punjab watches glitch-free agricultural programmes on a mobile application where internet connectivity is patchy. Arun, though, doesn’t use data to stream content. He has been live streaming television on his smartphone, on his business travels across Punjab, in trains and buses, for more than a year now. His two sons use the same application to watch cricket matches.
Yes, watching TV on smartphones sans internet is a reality in India, and the infrastructure is being put in place by the country’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, which runs All India Radio and Doordarshan (DD)—a network of 23 television channels.