A Canada-based, Indian IP-fuelled start-up has launched a streaming video solution that promises to provide jitter-free mobile video even with the most basic handsets. It’s called Jigsee and it is designed to work well ,with the so-called feature phones –- which make up 4 billion, of the 5 billion phones in use worldwide( and 90% of Indian mobile subscribers), most of them working with slower 2G networks. Jigsee offers them the means to enjoy rich entertaining, educational, and informative content, free of charge.
The Jigsee application in beta is now available for free download at http://m.jigsee.com and at half a dozen app stores, including on the Opera Mobile Store, Mobile2day, Zedge, Airtel, Getjar, Ovi and Tata Docomo.
For starters, over 200 Java-enabled mobile handset models will support the Jigsee application. Over a period of time most phones, including those with the Android operating system, will be supported by Jigsee.
For Indian users, Jigsee now has over 200,000 minutes of content from top tier content owners including 1take media, Gypsy Videos. Mukta Arts, Point Zero, Speed Records,Spice Digital, Soor Mandir, Manorama, Mayura, UTV, UTV Bindaas, Wave Music (Vee Gee) and Yuki.
Says35-year-old founder and CEO Ray Newal. “Jigsee is more than a technology, software or mobile application. Jigsee is our way of dissolving borders that prevent entertainment, education, and information content from being equally accessible to everyone”.
“Jigsee brings a smartphone-like video streaming experience to basic feature phones. Nothing else compares to Jigsee, free or paid,” says Jigsee co founder and CTO, Areef Reza, a mobile technologies expert, who spent over a decade working with Nortel Networks and Research In Motion.
Key benefits listed by the company are:
Smooth Streaming: Jigsee offers smooth and continuous delivery of video steams. Little or no pauses once you start watching a video even in environments with slow data connections.
Compatibility with Java enabled phones makes reliable streaming possible for some of the most used phones in India, including many phones that are unsupported by popular video streaming services such as YouTube.
Auto-bookmarking makes watching long-format content easier on a mobile device. Examples: If cut-off mid stream due to a drop in network signal, or if the phone battery dies, Jigsee automatically remembers where the stream stopped and provides a simple option to resume watching the nextOn time the application is opened. Magic queue allows every video to continue into subsequent videos that Jigsee plays.
On-the-fly Video Quality Maximizer: The speed of wireless networks change all the time. Jigsee streams automatically adjust on-the-fly to provide the highest quality possible, without stopping the show.
Works on any network: Jigsee works over 2G (GPRS), 3G, 4G and WiFi. On phones that support automatic switching between networks (ex. GPRS to 3G), Jigsee streams will play continuously without stopping. www.jigsee.com/ Aug 17 2011