Sony BDV-E870 and Western Digital TV Live Hub – Blurring the gap between entertainment and Internet

The latest gadgets of Sony & Western Digital seem to be a leap ahead when it comes to integrating a Internet based entertainment with the Television set and home theater.

I remember about twenty five years back Television was a novelty with only rich could afford. Colour Television was only being talked about. Indian Doordarshan (meaning Far Vision) was the only channel which beamed for four hours every day along with Sunday movie which was a total hit with TV owners. Sundays would be like a cinema theatre at homes and housewives not budging from their TV sets.

The TV revolution today gives us with array of TV choices in terms of hardware, the DTH providers and also hundreds of TV channels some of them in HD format too. As if this was not enough Sony came with Blu-Ray Home theatre system which gave a choice of using DVD, CD and Blu-Ray discs to be played with home theatre. The killer part was the ability to play online content by connecting to streaming video content sources online and integrating online entertainment with home theatre systems.

The BDV-E870 which is priced at INR 40000 (About $900) is certainly a creative piece of entertainment which is sure to delight the owners.

Check (

Western Digital latest offering of TV Live Hub has something really unique to offer.

Check (

This small box has 1TB of storage space which allows you to store contents on the internal disk and play as and when required. Contents can be anything from movies to songs and photos. The device has all the features of Sony BVD-E870 minus the Blu-ray/DVD drive and speakers, but has additional 1TB storage which can make a big difference mainly in those homes where streaming online content is not possible because of the restricted internet bandwidth, typical to Indian homes. WD is also very pocket friendly with a price tag of about INR 11000 (USD 220).

Home entertainment is certainly going to see a revolution in coming times.

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.