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Visual Radio Coming to India

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the tuning-in dept.

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morpheus83 writes "India continues to march towards becoming an IT and economic super power. The Indian capital of New-Delhi will become the the third city in the world to have a commercial Visual Radio service after Singapore and Helsinki (Finland). The technology developed by Nokia allows audiences to interact with the radio programs. The audio is received via a regular analog FM radio whereas graphics and text are streamed over a data connection. It will be available to Hutch and Airtel subscribers who have compatible Nokia handsets."

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118 comments

uh... (5, Funny)

brickballs (839527) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762948)

"Visual Radio"

Don't they normaly call that TV?

TV HAS MOVING PICTURES, THIS DOESN'T (1)

sanman2 (928866) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763207)

This is more like text and maybe some still pics. It will be transmitted over radio-style or cellphone-style handsets. So you're listening to your pocket radio type of device, and it'll display some text and still-pics too.

Re:uh... (4, Informative)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763226)

No. It's not. It's radio that allows you to get additional info about the song. I agree it's not the most advanced piece of technology, but you can't just simplify it as being 'TV'.

It's also interactive, while TV is just streaming.

Hint, hint: RTFA :)

Re:uh... (1)

yiantsbro (550957) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763654)

"but you can't just simplify it as being 'TV'"

Alright, how about "WebTV" then?

Re:uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763703)

Visual radio is why India is well on its way to becoming the next superpower. People think its just TV, but its much much more.

Re:uh... (1)

thisnow1 (882441) | more than 7 years ago | (#15765232)

"Visual Radio":Television as "Horseless Carriage":Automobile

wow (5, Funny)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762950)

visual radio, I wonder what it would be like to have pictures along with audio... I can hardly imagine such a thing!

it's been done in Canada it's called (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15762960)

the Naked News

Whatta buncha dorks running /. on a Sat morn!

Re:wow (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763234)

What's the deal with so many stories focussing on India off-late? Has /. outsourced their editors to India...ahh now I know why all these typo mistakes and dupes on /.

just a guess , but... (2)

zogger (617870) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763289)

..maybe it is because India all by itself is a significant chunk of the entire world population? That they are more or less bypassing an entire generation of old technology and going into wireless everything rather than trying to duplicate a wired infrastructure that would cost quad zillions in today's money? That news and interesting stuff comes from there? That a lot of US and other western nation corporations are developing a presence there? Maybe we shouldn't ignore that? Maybe a lot of Slashdotters are there because of Indias push into high tech, and others are interested?

Just guesses...

Re:just a guess , but... (0, Troll)

chunky shit salsa (956359) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763374)

naah, that's not it. it's the smell. Indian people smell very bad. I don't know if it's that they don't shower or if it's something that just can't be washed off, but it's hard to pass by w/o making a comment.
I wish they'd smell like spicy salsa, but instead they smell like steaming shit with little chunks of sweet sweet corn in it. I guess I shouldn't expect something that is a walking piece of shit to breeze of fragrance, but couldn't they just cover themselves in absorbent baking soda or something? Or maybe like a full-body douche?

Re:just a guess , but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764390)

It's the curry and garlic in their diet. It's nothing inherent to being Indian or having a little more skin pigment than aryan racist pricks. I'm sure you don't smell too good after eating an onion pizza with lots of garlic then guzzling down a couple of sixpacks.

Asshole.

Re:just a guess , but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764715)

Chinese people think Westerners stink because of all the lactose products we eat. They complain we smell like sour milk.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763414)

Racist. Grow up!

Visual radio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15762954)

I think I've heard of this... It's called television or something.

Visual Radio??? (1, Informative)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762955)

How is this not television? I read TFA and there's really no information. So as far as I can tell, it's just radio that lets you watch their commercials? Can someone clarify if this isn't just radio plus advertisements you can see? Is there a /.er that has or has seen this?

Otherwise it's just MTV without the 'V'.

Re:Visual Radio??? (3, Informative)

justshawnf (866632) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762976)

FTA: "Visual radio offers the perfect way out by allowing users to download the song if they like it and also get additional information about the album / movie on the screen." Sounds similar to the display system that satellite radio already has. Show me the song and artist on the display while it's playing. This system is for your cell phone and allows more options.

Re:Visual Radio??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763017)

It could be worse, it could be MTV without the M.

Re:Visual Radio??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763129)

There's been no M in MTV for 10 years at least.

Re:Visual Radio??? (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 7 years ago | (#15764417)

Well they used to show videos (and lampoon them on Beavis and Butthead) about half the time from 1991 until 1996 or so, then they expanded their "reality" TV show lineup and dropped videos for the other half of their schedule, suggesting that folks who wanted videos check out either their sister station VH1, or their new fledgling station MTV-2 (M2?), which was to be all videos, all the time. The sad thing is, with the onset of widespread digital cable and digital satellite and MTV2 being accessible to all, they've been trashing that channel with yet more idiotic "reality" shows as well. It was "the real world's" becoming (somewhat of) a hit in the early '90s which prompted MTV to shift their format. Why they kept the name MTV is beyond me.

Then Canada's MuchMusic followed suit. When Digital Cable came into town, I was SO happy because they offered MuchMusic. I LOVED that channel - it was just like MTV of the early '80s, pretty much all music, all the time, and then they went the way of MTV around late 2000, early 2001 and I quit watching and started downloading music videos instead - there is no other way to see videos any more (unless you just want to see hair bands late at night on MTV2. I saw hair bands in the 80s, and they were just as boring then as they are now, or they're showing "bling bling" gangsta rappers, or Titney Spears. Thanks, but no thanks.

The time is ripe for a new music station. Show me some progressive rock, or just a hard-hitting rock band with GOOD musicians. Not manufactured bubble-gum please-everyone all-songs-sound-the-same crap. Real musicians with GREAT guitarists, GREAT vocalists (no filtering/processing on the vocals required!), and GREAT drummers and keyboardists. There are plenty of small time bands playing clubs and bars in Boston, New York, LA, you name it. Give those bands some airtime. You just might discover the next U2, the next Pink Floyd, the next REM, the next Garth Brooks, the next Led Zeppelin, or the next Elton John. There are all kinds of GREAT acts out there with varied sounds, strong local followings that are unsigned, are unattractive to big labels because they want their handful of 20x platinum teenybopper singles and merchandising rather than a slew of good steady-selling bands whose following grows over time. Some of the true independent labels should get together and start a new independent music station. Remain independent as far as labels go, but pool resources together and build a network which can help to launch you into the big leagues and compete on an even keel with the likes of Capitol, etc.-- some of these bands could probably fill stadiums and produce huge hits were they given the chance to gain some exposure, even though their sound may not be quite what the big labels want, or won't cooperate with the likes of Capitol and let themselves get porked over by a lousy contract.

Re:Visual Radio??? (1)

errxn (108621) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763028)

It's not television, it's a little better. Use the handy formula below as a guide:

Television + Marketing Drivel = "Visual Radio"

Hope that clears it up for you.

Re:Visual Radio??? (2, Interesting)

LouisZepher (643097) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763343)

Television + Marketing Drivel

So, in other words, it is television? Or is the marketing drivel on television somehow different from the marketing drivel on radio?

Re:Visual Radio??? (1)

errxn (108621) | more than 7 years ago | (#15764397)

Yes, but in this case, I meant marketing drivel about the television, rather than on the television.

Re:Visual Radio??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763711)

It's also a bad sign that TFA has three paragraphs of text and three advertisements -- not a good ratio.

Okay.... (0, Troll)

dud83 (815304) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762962)

Is this a sort of misplaced 1st of April thing? Or is it just the silliest most moronic slashdot story ever? As the above poster said, the story link is a whole lot of nonsence as well...
Has the /. editors been replaced by retarded sperm-whales or something? :O

Explanation (3, Funny)

friedo (112163) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762963)

No, no, no! You fellas have got it all wrong! It's just like radio, but with pictures!

Re:Explanation (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763010)

Thank you. In a perfect world, your post would get +5 Informative :D

Obligatory Rocky Horror Quote (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 7 years ago | (#15764988)

"What the fuck's a 'Radio Picture'?!"
"TV for Helen Keller!"

huh? (5, Interesting)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762968)

"India continues to march towards becoming an IT and economic super power. The Indian capital of New-Delhi will become the the third city in the world to have a commercial Visual Radio service after Singapore and Helsinki "

Somehow i dont think the creation of visual radio (i thought it was called TV) will lead you to become a super power.

Since the article has ZERO inso on what visual radio is here is a nokia link [visualradio.com] . To summarize, think proprietary TV with minimal interactivity from the creators of Ngage. You tune into a station and see a "web page" where you get more info and can provide feed back.

Sounds like real superpower material to me.

Re:huh? (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763033)

"Somehow i dont think the creation of visual radio (i thought it was called TV) will lead you to become a super power."

I was just thinking that... Japan is the gadget superpower of the world and they don't have this. California is an IT superpower, and they don't have this. The US, Japan, Germany, Great Britain - those are actual economic superpowers, and they don't have this. How is this in any way connected with being an IT or economic superpower? It's a stupid proprietary way to sell stuff.

Re:huh? (1)

ichigo 2.0 (900288) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763049)

Somehow i dont think the creation of visual radio (i thought it was called TV) will lead you to become a super power.

What?! Are you telling me that Finland won't become a superpower with this?!

Re:huh? (1)

Saedrael (880381) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763438)

1. Get "Visual Radio"
2. ...
3. Superpower!!!

Re:huh? (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763533)

> Since the article has ZERO inso on what visual radio is here is a nokia link. To summarize, think
> proprietary TV with minimal interactivity from the creators of Ngage. You tune into a station and
> see a "web page" where you get more info and can provide feed back.

It's odd. I can get that with my Nokia phone. I don't get it. It's like they've gone "we've given them radio - how are we going to get any money out of them from that? Ah - charge them to find out which track they're listening to". Great business plan. And from India now? In the UK the backlash against offshoring has picked up speed, with some companies discovering that dealing with foreigners with terrible English skills is "annoying" and "irritating" and likely to lead to people chosing a competitor.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764325)

Economic super power? India has a per capita GDP of $728 - around that of sub-Saharan Africa.
It is 127th on the UN Human Development Index - 70-odd places below Cuba and Mexico. Just
1.3 million (out of a population of 1100 million and a working population of 400 million)
have benefitted from the IT industry growth there. It will take until 2106 for India to
have a lifestyle that matches a developed country. There are around 400 million who still
live below the poverty line - that's $1 a day. Economic super power? I think not.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15765069)

Capita statistics is not a way to judge super power. Power is collective sum. Soviet Union at it's time was a super power, no doubt. But I doubt it's per capita GDP was anything mentionable.

How long until India develops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15762970)

Horseless carriages?

ewwww (3, Insightful)

phreakv6 (760152) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762984)

i am an indian.. i wouldnt succumb for hutch's marketing tactics.. i would listen radio because its free.. why would i want a visual radio and spend Rs. 6 per interaction??... already there are a tons of services on hutch that i dont use like wallpaper/ringtone/callertune/music download etc etc etc.. its not a technological marvel either since it hasnt invented something out of the ordinary.. for people who dont understand how crappy this is.. a single local call to another hutch fone costs something like Rs 0.3 for me.. why would i spend about Rs 6 for some crap? its for the teeny boppers and its stupid that its on /.
slownewsday or blech ?

Re:ewwww (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763107)

0mfg 1nd1ans pwned my j0rb u == t3h sux0r!! lololol!!1

Re:ewwww (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763114)

and are you like still in highschool ?
--
phreak

Re:ewwww (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763164)

0mgwtfbbq r u ind33n u als0 r t3h sux lmao!!!1

Re:ewwww (1)

Sohil (981376) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763144)

Hutch is awesome (I loved it when I was in India). If you hate it so much then switch to providers such as BSNL, Reliance or Airtel. Or even better Idea. Stop ranting here about Hutch.

Re:ewwww (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763260)

looked at ur profile.. ur 14 ??? eeeks.. go away kiddo..

Re:ewwww (1)

nikkipolya (718326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763532)

You seem to fall into the category of what I call *sane Indians*. If all Hutch/Airtel customers were as sane as you are, why the hell do you still receive those pesky SMS messages every day, all day? Thats because there are 'n' *in-sane* people for every 'm' sane people. Thats what gets spam to your inBox as well. And thats what Nokia/Hutch/Airtell are betting on too! And thats what outfits like Shopperstop, Pantaloons, Cookie Cart, Grammas F*rt, Cheeszy Bums et. al. are betting on too, by pushing their crap for money!

Can someone figure out what n/m is like here in India? I suspect its > 1 and fast growing.

Also comming to india... (2, Funny)

mrkitty (584915) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762989)

Horse carriages driven by motors!

Re:Also comming to india... (1)

mrkitty (584915) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763002)

Spell check as well! This is what happens when you post witty comments to slashdot without your glasses on!

Re:Also comming to india... (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763327)

Is that 'comming' as in "I'm coming to get you" or "I'm cumming all over her"?

Re:What is a rickshaw? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763626)

Don't you mean..."People carriages driven by motors!"? There's no horses in India.

This already exists.. minus graphics (2, Informative)

jjthegreat (837151) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762996)

I forget the exact name of the protocol, but for years now, radio stations in my area have encoded a short message in the audiostream. It shows up on the receiver as a short message of a sort either advertising the station name and/or the current song that is playing. Quite handy at times.

Re:This already exists.. minus graphics (2, Informative)

displaced80 (660282) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763082)

That's RDS.

It's been around here (the UK) for about 15 years if not more.

It also provides services such as searching for stations based on genre, and automatic switch-over to channels when they broadcast travel news (road updates, etc). When the news about the travel finishes, the radio switches back to your previous station or (if you were listening to one) a CD -- all on standard FM. This is great for car radios, all of which have featured RDS for what seems like forever.

I wonder if DAB Digital Radio has similar abilities?

Re:This already exists.. minus graphics (2, Informative)

westlake (615356) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763395)

I wonder if DAB Digital Radio has similar abilities?

It does: Digital Audio Broadcasting [wikipedia.org]

Another driving distraction (2, Funny)

demental (937991) | more than 7 years ago | (#15762997)

So while im talking on my wireless phone, watching the directors cut of "silence of the Lambs" on a tiny LCD, scarfing down a burger and a large soda, i can now look over and see a picture of a random slutty popstar? Guess i got no time left for stop signs and crosswalks.

Re:Another driving distraction (1)

nikkipolya (718326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763557)

Oh! Don't bother! We don't have any stop signs and crosswalks here in india. its basically chaos and you are part of it.

where is /. heading ? (1)

phreakv6 (760152) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763021)

radio mirchi is bringing the technology to the country ?
i've had enough of this dumb radio station. they have a set of 100 crappy remixes that hog all their airtime..
and now as if it isnt enough proof that they are a crappy commercial radio station, they try to make us buy their crappy remixes as well? i think these channels have a wrong presumption that indians have too much money and they dont know how to spend. post anything about india and you would get enough page impressions eh ?? why dint this come up when finland did it before india ?
P.S : i am an indian and i am pissed off about /. posts about india

Re:where is /. heading ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763429)

P.S : i am an indian

The politically correct term is "native american."

Re:where is /. heading ? (1)

nikkipolya (718326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763579)

"why dint this come up when finland did it before india ? "

Simple. Thats because Finland and Singapoo are not IT super powers!

Sounds like G4's Trek 2.0 (2, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763032)

This sounds like cable-tv-station G4's "Trek 2.0" with the main feed over traditional media and the enhanced content over alternative delivery.

Some radio-talk-show hosts have been doing something like this for years:
They have additional content, blogs, instant-messaging, incoming faxes, pager alerts, and other features that happen in sync with their talk show. "Today we are talking about the President's actions in Iraq. One of our viewers send me this video, we put it up on our web site. In 15 minutes I'll pick the best comments and air them right here. Remember, you can watch the antics in our broadcast booth live at http://www.narcissistictalkshowhosts.com/webcam/."

Visual Radio = dead consept (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763046)


I live in Helsinki. Visual Radio has been available here about one year.

There is only one radio channel that provides the service and not many Nokia cells that supports it.

And yes, just like N-Gage, nobody actually use it. Even Nokia has started to move towards podcasting.

Re:Visual Radio = dead consept (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763257)

I live in Helsinki. Visual Radio has been available here about one year.

Well, based upon the story submitter's logic, that must make Finland an economic and IT superpower.

How's that working out for you guys?

Nice copy and paste job (2, Interesting)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763071)

The submission is simply the first paragraph of the article. Is Slashdot now just an RSS aggregator?

Re:Nice copy and paste job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763108)

When almost all of slashdot's editors are busy fighting a war then yes the site becomes little more than a rss aggregator :)

Re:Nice copy and paste job (2, Funny)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763191)

No, an RSS aggregator just collects feeds. Slashdot also repeats them, making it an RSS aggravator. ;)

I'd buy it... (3, Funny)

docotron (799894) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763087)

...if it allows me to electrocute the DJ every time they make a witty remark.

mishu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763093)

When visiting Napa, you should also take a wine-tasting tour and hit up some of the popular wineries like Robert Mondavi, who is credited with putting Napa on the map thanks to his technical improvements in wine making as well as his marketing skills

Superpower checklist (5, Funny)

xmpcray (636203) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763112)

1. Nucelear weapons - check
2. Launch satellites - check
3. ICBM - check
4. Supercomputers - check
5. Visual Radio - check! ...and we are done...!

You know, (1)

The Cydonian (603441) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763116)

I'm Indian and all that, but can we drop those gratitious references to marches and being an "IT super power" or whatever shit? Propaganda has its uses, but only for totalitarian societies, not a free-thinking, or argumentative [timesonline.co.uk] society that I always thought my country was.

Re:You know, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763355)

What is even worse is that every English newspaper in India is competing to eulogise India's progress. Each second article is something about how India is 'shining' or how India is deemed to be the next superpower etc. And the basis of these articles - generally a small mention in one of the major US newspapers.

Re:You know, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763474)

Just wait until you get a "Department of Homeland Security," then you will know true freedom.

A similar service for talk radio. (1)

Chatmag (646500) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763168)

I just came across a similar service a few days ago that has some promise. Talkshoe.com [talkshoe.com] combines a radio talk show with voice, podcasts, and Internet participation.

Re:A similar service for talk radio. (1)

nick1000 (914998) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763522)

Talking shoes, talking radios and now visual radios.

what is this world coming to?


What will be seeing next?
Torture using memory cards???

Nothing to see here, move along (1)

fpedraza (757989) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763175)

The concept of Visual Radio is already invented and fairly popular, it's called television.

fsadf (0, Troll)

ruyan (990358) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763178)

Not only does the article suck... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763184)

....we also have to suffer the indignity of a large slab of google ads slap bang in the middle of the screen as soon as the page opens, and realise that the "writeup" itself (using the phrase loosely here) is almost the same size as the block of ads above it.

Worst. Submission. Ever.

Sorry, but India emulates Technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763189)

I work with a India back office, and they never do the work right.. we over here in the US have to always fix the code they say works. It actually makes my job harder than if I were to do the job by my self.. and these people in India seem to have masters degrees making $3 an hour. Im not trying to sound like a troll, but the quality of their work SUCKS.

Re:Sorry, but India emulates Technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763502)

Some Indians in Bangalore say not all people in the west aren't good either. Hey! Dont generalise all Indians because of your one experience - the Cisco, Juniper, Intel, Motorola, Microsoft etc etc are not fools.

Re:Sorry, but India emulates Technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15765030)

then why does ALL tech support based in india SUCKS.. and ends up pissing off the customer.. Foamy the squirrel is no fool. and I have had MANY different runins with INDIA..

companies that use INDIA for tech support

D-Link
AOL
CISCO
SonicWall .....

the list goes on

and not ONE American can understand them and every time I talk to them I get into an argument cuz they refuse to help me!!!!

Lame... (2, Funny)

Gorimek (61128) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763211)

I don't think this will be much of a hit.

If they could produce pictureless television, it would be a very different matter. But that will probably just remain a dream for many years.

economic superpower powered by visual radio! (1)

pittbull (990364) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763220)

Somehow I fail to see how visual radio is going to help 30% of India's population living below poverty line and millions suffering from AIDS and malnutrition. India is no doubt doing well on IT outsourcing and in the long term may well become a economic power; but for now lets outsource the non-sensical chest thumping over radio technology to banglore.

TV != Visual Radio (1)

8086 (705094) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763229)

I'm right in the epicenter of the whole radio revolution in India. My town just got FM radio that broadcasts the latest music for 'FREE!!'. Everyone's going crazy over FM radio sets because this is a cheap and excellent form of entertainment here. Hell, I don't touch iTunes when I have access to an FM player because they always play good music. Since there's a general lack of genres in Indian music, this works fine because good music is mostly good, and bad music and mostly bad. It's just like the iPod revolution in America - except people are carrying red, flourescent, yellow, green, white, and blue earphones because FM radios come in all colours. To have visual data to go along with the audio will attract cellphone users in India where almost everyone carries a cellphone. Many would not mind paying a small fee for it, especially in this booming economy. Indians are buying Honda Accords for 36000 dollars and paying 4.50 dollars per gallon for gas, and the land rates are skyrocketing.

Re:TV != Visual Radio (2, Insightful)

Frankie70 (803801) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763459)


I'm right in the epicenter of the whole radio revolution in India. My town just got FM radio that broadcasts the latest music for 'FREE!!'.


Welcome to the 1960's.

Re:TV != Visual Radio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763607)

You speak in terms of gallons and gas?
If you weren't aping Americans, that would be litres and petrol. You're a disgrace. Go to America where you belong ;)

India keeps squandering money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763232)

India keeps squandering money while the vast majority of the Indian population is allowed to remain in abject misery and ignorance. Way to go, Indian government!

Re:India keeps squandering money (1)

nikkipolya (718326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763454)

It freaks the hell out of me when they have a title that reads "Gizmo xxxx introduced in India ... India IT and economic super power".

Will someone explain how the hell having Visual radio service (provided by a Finnish Company and not an Indian one) has anything to do with India becoming an **IT Super Power**?

I think thats just because Indians are trigget happy with their cell phones and big entertainment buffs. They are probably the biggest chatter boxes on the planet as well (a fact well recognized by MSN and Yahoo!). Most of my *sane* friends here in India spend anything like 10-15% of their monthly income for cell phone bills (Don't ask me about the insane). And the Finnish company recognizes this and is introducing this service here in India. They are just trying to make a few bucks here.

By the way what has Indian govt got to do with this???!!!

Of course if the Indian Govt had a hand in this, the service would be "delayed" indefinitely (the indefinitely is normally not told. It is meant to be figured out). And our honorable elected representatives ("the government") would pocket the money.

Re:India keeps squandering money (1)

Marcus Green (34723) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763978)

The USA keeps squandering money when its infant mortality rate is higher than Cuba (or insert irrelevent comparison to your taste)

someone has to say it ... (2, Funny)

0WaitState (231806) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763267)

Wi nøt trei a høliday in India this yer?

    See the løveli lakes

    The wonderful visual radiø

Re:someone has to say it ... (1)

spiderbitendeath (577712) | more than 7 years ago | (#15764385)

The Majestic Møøse

Belongs on thedailywtf.com (1)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763302)

A convoluted setup like that sounds like a feature on The Daily WTF [slashdot.org] .

Re:Belongs on thedailywtf.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764139)

http://

...and Helsinki (Finland). (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763345)

As opposed to one of the other Helsinkis?

The world up side down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15763358)

Visual Radio killed the TV star

This is about try #4 for this concept (2, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763403)

This is about try #4 for this concept. In the 1980s, there was "Silent Radio", which drove LED signs with text messages. These used to show up in bars and restaurants, so you could watch the news and sports scores scroll by. Then there was sending song info on FM subcarriers of broadcast stations, which many car radios understand. XM satellite radio has a fancier system for doing the same thing, as does the on-band-in-channel digital broadcast system.

The main feature of this new system seems to be ads. Yawn.

Coming Next ... (1)

4Dmonkey (936872) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763457)

Audible TV... Now thats real superpower stuff, I don't think any country except india will be able to invent it.

Indian capitalism: (2, Informative)

OriginalArlen (726444) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763655)

Capitalism, with Indian characteristics.

There was a very interesting piece on BBC Radio's "From Our Own Correspondent", by a journalist who lived in Beijing for four years, then found himself in Delhi for six months. At the end of the six months he's on a flight back to Beijing. The flight leaves at 3am, the ticket agent tells him "Yes, it really is 3am - the airport's too small, so many flights leave at night." Sure enough he arrives to find Delhi airport a heaving mass of people, with that implies in Indian cities. After takeoff he fell into conversation with the Indian passenger sitting next to him. "Have you been to Beijing before?" "Yes, I lived there for four years." "Great! So tell me, what can I expect?" "I think you can expect to be surprised."

Sure enough, they arrive at the brand new, huge, ultramodern airport (OK, it may have been Shanghai...) and his Indian travelling companion's jaw hits the tarmac. No heaving crowds... no beggars,... picks up a car straightfowardly and soon finds himself on the zooming along 8 lane motorway back to town...

It should still be up on bbc.co.uk/FOOC, let's look for a link.,.. Well wouldn't you know it, the full text is here [bbc.co.uk] and will expose my summary above as hopelessly inaccurate, but do check it out anyway, it's great :)

Re:Indian capitalism: (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763897)

There was a very interesting piece on BBC Radio's "From Our Own Correspondent", by a journalist who lived in Beijing for four years, then found himself in Delhi for six months

Found himself in Delhi, you say? Was he Shanghaied?

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Re:Indian capitalism: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764708)

Hiding poverty communist style... I could care less about the showcare communism puts up while their country is cracking underneath.

If China is so cool how come Chinese form the largest set of immigrants in the world who prefer to leave their own country and Tibetians flock to India as refugees?

Narrow Band TV Has Been Around Since 1926 (1)

Halvy (748070) | more than 7 years ago | (#15763672)


http://www.nbtv.wyenet.co.uk/index1.htm

This article on India shows that this general concept of alowing the listener/viewers to interact more and more is a wonderful thing for individuals.

NBTV (Narrow Band Television) with DAB for radio, especially in the Am Bands, seems a likely marriage that will allow for quick video broadcasting from anyone/anywhere, to anyone/anyware.

This is opposed to todays similar scene where picture fons and radio-viewers can only capture small clips of questionable quality and broadcast to one person at a time or just to the radio station they are listening/watching.

However since Narrow Band TV utilizes the Shortwave Bands of the radio spectrum, which allow for the transmissions of signals virtually around the globe, broadcasting to anyone and everyone can become common place.

The tech is there, it just needs to be put together, and rolled out, hopefully in spite of the inevitable road blocks that will be created by our fraternal governments.

-- This is post #1, of the two per day limit I am 'aloud' on /. after being a contributing member for nearly 3 years. But what do I know, we should not be concerned about our Karma rating, right..

Plumbing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764181)

Maybe they should start with indoor plumbing.

You know, so that the "untouchables" don't have to shit on the street and stuff.

U.S. must be a third world country. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764182)

This is outrageous! India gets this "visible radio" before we do????!!!! We need to improve the way math is tought in this country! We need engineers and better health care!

Re:U.S. must be a third world country. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15764465)

And also teach how to spell "taught".

Good idea, but the name could be better. (1)

NalosLayor (958307) | more than 7 years ago | (#15764301)

'Visual Radio' just isn't catchy, what we need is a hybrid word...perhaps if we use a buzzworld, like the prefix 'tele' from the newfangled telephone...so it's 'tele-visual entertainment'...hmm...kinda long though... I know! We can replace visual with vision! Tele-vision! I predict with this catchy new name, the technology will really go places. I perhaps, within ten years, every home in the first world will have one of these 'tele-vision's!
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