Jigsee, a startup in mobile video space, enables even low cost mobile phone users to enjoy video streaming even in slow speed networks like 2g and 2.5G network (with data rates as low as 50 Kbps).
Jigsee version 1.1 is currently available for download via appstores such as GetJar and OVI, makes video playlists accessible to Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (j2me) devices from manufacturers like Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Micromax among others.
The upcoming release of version 2.0 in April 2011 will extend support to Android devices. This version will also include premium content from top tier broadcasters.
Users of this platform can also share videos with others; people who do not have Jigsee application already installed will be prompted to download it and will be able to watch the video.
Company has recently received funding from Indian Angel Network to expand its India presence. The company will invest this money to improve its distribution by tie up with handset manufacturers to sell handsets with Jigsee application built into the device.
Ray Newal, chief executive officer and co-founder, Jigsee said ” At present we are looking for content and broadcast partners, who will distribute their videos through Jigsee platform”.
Newal added, “Video as a medium has the power to entertain, inform and connect the world. Jigsee’s mission is to make video content accessible to those who have historically faced economic and technological barriers.”
Jigsee is not the only player to offer video streaming capability; recently YamGo launched live streaming of Fashion TV, which works on low end handsets and slow networks.
When we asked about this competition, Ray Newal said “There are many handsets which do not support decent browser experience and that’s why we choose to go with an application based platform, however by this year-end we will have a browser based service as well”.
Whether it is Jigsee or Yamgo, these types of technologies will go a long way in making video popular, as even with 3G technology coming to India most users will continue to use 2G environment due to cost consideration.