PIOTV.com has bagged the rights to telecast the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2008 (PBD 2008) live on the website. The programme is scheduled to be held on January 8 and 9, 2008, in New Delhi. This would be the first ever live webcast of the PBD since its inception in 2003. This would also make the sixth annual event available free as a high quality television live stream to the nearly 35 million Indian diaspora worldwide.
Thousands of people of indian origin (PIO) and non-resident Indians (NRIs) from around the world have been congregating in India every year since 2003, when the Government of India started hosting this annual conference. The event has become extremely successful as it provides focused interaction on different subjects between the diaspora and the Central and State Governments of India, as well as NGOs.
In the latter part of 2004, the Government of India branched out the Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs to forge better ties with the Indian Diaspora. “The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs accepted the proposal from PIOTV.com to make the PBD 2008 widely available to the entire Indian diaspora free, live and accessible through broadband anywhere in the world,” said Munish Gupta, Chairman and CEO, PIOTV.com.
PIO TV is the first integrated digital media platform that streams live television, and archives millions of minutes of video related to PIOs, NRIs and India, and is available free via broadband on computers, mobiles. It can also be watched as IPTV on flat plasma screen TVs, connected to very high speed Internet. Gupta added that until now, only India’s national network Doordarshan showcased the opening and closing ceremonies live on ‘DD India’, which reached some countries around the world.
Gupta also announced that PIOTV.com would web telecast live the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) annual conference and community service awards from New Delhi, on January 7 and 8, 2008. GOPIO conference and awards are being held in conjunction with PBD for the last six years.
“It is PIOTV.com’s stated objective to connect India to PIOs, and PIOs among themselves. These two events will do just that,” added Gupta.
Gupta said his partner and a production team had flown in to New Delhi from Los Angeles especially for these telecasts. “We are proud to demonstrate the power of live media streams on our sites PIOTV.com and IndiaTVLive.com platforms.”
PIO TV Pvt. Ltd is also working closely with MTNL in India and Akamai in the US to ensure the best possible transmission and consumer connectivity and delivery. Three prominent Indians, Dr Dhani Ram Baruah of Assam, Balachandran Nair of the Universal Empire Group, and Manoranjana Sinh of NETV Group, are sponsors of the telecast of PBD 2008.