Saturday, February 7, 2009

Quite Disappointed..

I am quite disappointed with Chinmayi not anchoring the Airtel Super Singer 2008 show.. and after seeing the way Yugendran/Malini drive the show it becoms still worse.... I dont think Star Vijay would want them to anchor the show & since they dont have any alternative its difficult for them. I wish they bring back Chinmayi for the Super Singer junior show atleast otherwise look for a better/impressive playbacksinger/anchor who could do the job better.. I donno whether you guys like Malini/Yugendran in this show..

Brain Vs Mind

This week in Neeya Naana its going to be Brain Vs Mind.. what should one do or which will help us in the actions.. Should we listen to our brain or to our mind. Its a good topic but I dont think this would bring much of changes or realization to ppl.. it was fun to listen someone saying.. we say "manam oru kurangu" and not "moolai oru kurangu" ;)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Technical - What is IP Television

NTERNET Protocol Television (IPTV) is digital television delivered on your television (and not PC) through high speed internet (broadband) connection. In this service, channels are encoded in IP format and delivered to the TV through a set top box. IPTV service also includes video on demand, which is similar to watching video CDs/DVDs using a VCD/DVD player.

How does it work?
IPTV converts a television signal into small packets of computer data like any other form of online traffic such as email or a web page. There are three main components of IPTV. First, the TV and content head end, where the TV channels are received and encoded and also other content like videos which are stored. The second component is the delivery network, which is broadband and landline network provided by a telecom operators such as MTNL. The third component is the set top box, which is required at the customer location. The packets are reassembled into programming by software in the set-top box. This box is connected between the operator’s broadband modem and customer’s TV.

What are the advantages of IPTV?
The quality of digital video and audio is much better compared with the traditional analogue TV. With additional features, it can become interactive. For example, viewers may be able to look up a player’s history while watching a game. They also may be able to schedule a recording of their favourite programme when they are not home. With video on demand, they can browse an online movie catalogue and watch the movies instantly. Because IPTV uses standard networking protocols, it promises lower costs for operators and lower prices for users. Using set-top boxes with broadband internet connections, video can be streamed to households more efficiently than cable.

What are the limitations of IPTV?
Because IPTV is based on internet protocol, it is sensitive to packet loss and delays if the IPTV connection is not fast enough.

When was IPTV service first used?
In 1994, ABC’s World News Now was the first television show to be broadcast over the internet, using the CUSeeMe video conferencing software. Internet radio company AudioNet started the first continuous live webcast in January, 1998.

When was IPTV rolled out in India?
Public sector operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) is the first and only telco in India providing IPTV services. It rolled out IPTV early this month in Mumbai and Delhi. The original 26 channels it launched were freeto-air, while the new lineup includes premium subscription channels. It has not yet announced tariff plans, which will vary depending on the number of channels a user subscribes to and the use of premium services.

Who are the other telcos planning IPTV services?
Bharti Airtel is readying for launch while Reliance Communications has also been undertaking trials for IPTV for over a year now. BSNL is expected to roll it out soon this year. Since IPTV is delivered through landline connection, telcos like Hutchison Essar and Idea Cellular will not be able to offer the service right now as they do not have fixed line networks.

Courtesy - Television Point

Koffee with Vikku Vinayakram & Family

Anu will have koffee with Vikku Vinayakram & his family this week.. and for sure its going to be entertaining evening.. I have seen some of the shows of Vinayakram & the way he plays ghatam. He used to get into the music and will also make us :)

Something about Vikku Vinayakram -
Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram (also known affectionately as Vikku Vinayakram) excelled in the field of Carnatic music, as an exponent of the ghatam, an Indian percussion instrument. Essentially a hardened earthen pot, the ghatam is capable of making high as well as bass tones depending on the pressure of the strike and the percentage of the mouth of the pot that is covered. Vinayakram is responsible for the progress and development as well as popularizing of the ghatam. Born to Kalaimani T. R. Harihara Sharma, a talented musician and superlative teacher, "Vikku" took up playing at a very young age. He was a child prodigy, with his concert career beginning at the age of 13. He established his right to be on the stage by playing with such dexterity that he was soon accompanying many famous vocalists in Carnatic music at the time, including Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, G. N. Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M. S. Subbulakshmi and Maharajapuram Santhanam, among others. Vikku's tryst with the international music platform came in the early 70's when he joined Shakti to play along with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain. The showman that he is, his long hair and nimble fingers had Shakti catapult to fame.

Vikku Vinayakram was conferred the Hafiz Ali Khan Award for “unmatched contribution in the field of music” in the year 2000. T. H. Vinakayaram is also the first South Indian musician to be awarded the grammy for Best World Music Album for his participation in Mickey Hart's Planet Drum in which he played ghatam and morsing. He donated all the proceeds from the award to a charity organization in south India. He was also nominated for the 1996 Grammy Awards for Best World Music Album for his participation in 'Raga Aberi' along with L. Shankar on the ten string double violin and Zakir Hussain on the tabla (the piece is set in the tala cycle of 4 3/4 beats). The Indian Government decorated him with the Padma Shri award. Vikku Vinayakram is Principal of Sri Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya in Chennai, India - the academy established by his late father and teacher in 1958. It continues to produce new stars of Carnatic percussion. Vinayakram's son V. Selvaganesh is a world-famous percussionist in his own right.

Courtesy - Wikipedia

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Competitive Rounds begin...

With the introduction rounds getting over in new dance program thats having the gender war Boys Vs Girls, competitive round begins from this week.. the show has leading small screen artists in both the sides & Deepak/DD anchoring the show. With this all set the show will have judges - actor Srikanth & actress Namitha... Great start for the show... :)


Its the dance competition going on in Kanaa kaanum kaalangal and it was well planned by the crew that actors should be capable of dancing & that was main criteria when the selection/audition took place... now with that, the serial goes thru dance compeition between schools.. RED & BLUE boys are participating in the competition.. DD, Divyadarshini of jodi no 1 fame is with the blue boys for group & duet performances. The dance competition is being shooted in AVM studio and same set of Ungalil yaar adutha Prabhudeva.

Recall Round 2 ????

Yesterday in the recall round of Airtel Super Singer the anchorers said that the show would have another recall round.. so called Recall Round 2 and there will be option to pick 1 or 2 more contestants to the competition.. I really donno why is this required in this show.. Initially I thought one recall round was okay to drag the show still further & when they announce that there will be another round of similar fashion its going to drag the show badly & I will not be much interested.. I am expecting the show with the juniors to start but it looks like this will itself take lot of time to get over..

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Recall Round...

Recall round is exciting for me atleast bcos my favourite singers will be performing in the competition again.. but I dont like the idea to bring them back into the competitors rather have a special show where they would only perform which will not be a competitive round. But, this post is only to see what happened in the recall round and contestant's performance... Aishwarya was the first to start the recall round in Airtel Super Singer 2008... she was too good with her "maja maja" from sillunu oru kadhal... and there were very good comments from the judges also. Hari followed her with "santhana thendralay" and was quite okay.. he was not at his best. Rohit/Renu pair gave guest performance with "rathiriyil poothirukum"...

Madhumitha R was the next contestant... she ROCKED with "gundu maanga" but I felt Aishwarya's performance was the better than this. this was on the first episode of the show.. Prasanna/Ajeesh pair sang "ennama kannu" and they were very very impressive.. Ajeesh has been improving & getting stronger each day. Madhumitha S's "Planigu naan oru maaligai" and she was even good. next was one of my favourite singer Bharathiraja and his "raagangal pathinaaru" & "kothal chavadi lady" were really good. RaghiniShree was the next with "maarugo maarugo" but not her best though.

In the final episode it was Ravi/Ranjani to start with "malargale mounama" and it was close to original score... Bargavi followed them with "en ulle en ulle" givingh her best. Vijay Adams' "senthamizh naatu thamizhachiye" was also very impressive & he was the top or second top at that moment. Finally Aruna's "udhaya udhaya" got the best comments so far and it was she who is selected for the next round even..

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Its Samayal Samayal's turn

Earlier we saw the bloopers round of Jodi No 1 season 3 and now its turn for Samayal killadigal team for the similar episodes.. it was Priyadarshini who was not seen for quite sometime in the show anchoring the episode and whole of last week was with those funny moments.. Devadarshini was top of the bloopers and she wanted to eat the food when not fully cooked even.. its always good to see the bloopers of any show and those we see regularly are really still more interesting...

Sangeetha in Legend Special

Its legend special in Ungalil Yaar Adutha Prabhudeva... and the contestants will have to dance for numbers of the legend Prabhudeva himself... other part of this round is actress Sangeetha will be part of the show and she would be the special judge for this week.. and fyi Sangeetha got married to singer Krish this week..

Whos in Recall Round ???

There are 10 memorable contestants for the recall round of Airtel Super Singer 2008... they are

Madhumitha R
Madhumitha S

Out of these I like almost all and wish everyone would get selected to the next round of the competition ;)

Whats in Recall Round ???

Recall Round of Airtel Super Singer 2008 is quite exciting...its like a wild card round for 10 eliminated contestants and one among them will have a chance to join the super 6 survivors.. interesting part here is that, the super 6 survivors will choose the one contestant whom they feel very competitive and talented... Among 6, Ravi/Ranjani, Ajeesh/Prasanna and Rohit/Renu form 3 group in place of Srinivas, Unnikrishnan and Sujatha...

Namitha & Srikanth..

The most recent show of the Star Vijay Boys Vs Girls featuring top TV anchors/artists in a brand new realty show....this will have competition between the boys & girls in dancing.. first of a kind of program thats been the trend set by Star Vijay and it is set to have lot of new rounds which will make the show quite interesting..

The show will have actors Srikanth & Namitha judging the performances.. whats that we would want further in it ???? I was expecting Srikanth to join the judge panel soon he came as a special judge in Jodi No 1 Season 3 & Ungalil yaar autha Prabhudeva.. This is not over with it.. its like the judges will support their teams.. Srikanth supporting Boys & Namitha supporting the gals..

Vijay TV’s Chennai super kings talent hunt..

M.S. Dhoni spearheads Vijay TV’s Chennai super kings talent hunt....

A warm Sunday afternoon as the Indian Cricket team was checking into Taj Coromandel, Chennai; a small crew of technicians and excited cameramen occupied the presidential suite on the 7th floor. In walked lazily the Indian Cricket team and Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni clad in the CSK team jersey and amidst much frenzy rattled off the following lines “Dhoni.. MS Dhoni… Chennai Super kings Jr yaar? Namma Vijay TV paar !” in typical Tamil filmi style and a signature hand gesture to go along with it.

It was the promo shoot for the launch of two new shows Chennai Super Kings Juniors and Chennai Super Kings Cheerleaders. A masterstroke by STAR’s Tamil channel Vijay TV to capitalize on the much awaited IPL season and the cricket crazy public of Tamilnadu. These soon to be launched shows are sure shot winners given the attention that cricketers and cricket and especially the super stardom that Dhoni can rope in.

But Dhoni isn’t alone; the other CSK team members like V.B.Chandrasekar, Badrinath, L.Balaji, Krishnamachari Srikanth and the leader of the bandwagon Drums Sivamani are to adorn the screens on our Vijay TV.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Its Pandiarajan's Marriage

“GRT Jewellers Namma Vettu Kalyanam”– after featuring celebrities like S.Ve.Sekar, Cricketer Sadagopan Ramesh, Lyricist Pa.Vijay, TV artist Yugendaran, Actor Manoj, Actor Chandrasekar.. last week it was the turn of Director / Actor Pandiyarajan and his wife Vasugi. The couple got married in 1986; spoke how life has changed after marriage and what they consider as the most beautiful moment in their marriage. Pandiyarajan also told how his wife is supportive till date...

Noted faces from politics and the film industry had graced on the occasion.. the late Chief Minister MGR, present Chief Minister Kalaignar Mu. Karunanidhi, actors including Super star Rajnikanth, Bagyaraj, Senthil, Sivakumar, Major Sundarajan, R.Sundarajan, Jaisankar, Mouli, Satyaraj, Revathy, Sripriya, Aachi Manorama, Padmini, Disco Shanthi, Lyriscist Valee, Music Directors M.S.Viswanathan, Ilayaraja were there in the wedding..
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