ESPN HD: Now on TataSky,Videocon D2H, BIG TV DTH

EspnStar has launched ESPN HD channel after the launch of the recent Star Cricket High Definition Channel. Now we have two High definition channels for Sports in Indian DTH.

Now the channel has been added to the following DTH: TataSky(getting added 30th Oct 2011) , Videocon D2H(first DTH to add this channel) and BIG TV HD DTH.

Let’s hope other DTH operators: Airtel Digital TV, Sundirect and Dish TV adds ESPN HD.

Also See:

HD DTH Comparison with Asli HD Channel List

Selecting High Definition TV for DTH | TataSky, Airtel, Dish TV, D2H, BIG, Sundirect

What’s the right High Definition TV for use with the Indian DTH such as TataSky and Airtel Digital TV? There are several brands are available in the market: Samsung, Sony , Videocon, Philips etc., So the question is:

How do I chose the right HD TV?

There are several factors involved:

  1. Budget Rs 25000 or Rs 1lac and above. Now the price has gone down on HD TVs and we can get top band HD Tv for as low as Rs 25K for 32 inch TV
  2. Room Size. If the average viewing distance is 4-6 feet. Better to go for 32 inch TV. If it above 8 feet we can go for 42,46, inch TV
  3. 32 inch TV or 55 inch TV. If you are going to use teh TV for watching normal SD channels better opt for smaller size TV as the bigger TV the picture will be grained.
  4. Primary use of the Television: Whether it will be used to watch the Standard definition channels most of the time or the TV will be fed with High definition content from HD DTH , Blue Ray players, HD Media players like WD TV. If you use the TV for watching High Definition content in most cases you could opt for bigger size TV
  5. LCD TV or LED TV or 3D TV: Unless you have enough money to spend don’t go for 3D Tvs at this time. There is very minimal content available for 3D TVs and there are no 3D channels available in India. Only Videocon D2H has some test feed for 3D Service. LED TV is costlier than LCD TVs. LED TVs has better contrast and size is very thin. If you are ready to spend more money on these to advantages sure go ahead with LED TV. For average budget go for high end LCD TVs.
  6. What about SMART TV from Samsung: It’s very costly at the moment. Also you need an Home Network setup and need to connect your TV with ethernet connection. If you don’t have any plan for this ignore SMART TV. A better option would be to get an High Definition Media player that has the features like Youtube and connect it to your HD TV. That would work cheap and you get almost all the features of the high cost so called SMART TVs.
  7. How many HDMI ports needed in the TV: One for DTH. One for HD Media Player. At least one more is needed for conecting your high end Mobile phone Cameras, Cam corders. In case you plan to buy an XBOX or PlayStation in the future you want to connect it permanently to one HDMI port. Anyway, most of the HD TVs come with at least 4 HDMi ports. Check this based on your need.
  8. What about Media player support n HD TV. Though many TVs claim media play support for Pictures, Audio Video files, they have strong limitation of features. Most cases they won’t be able to play HD content! They can not decode your MKV files. Ignore these set of features. Get yourself a HD Media player.
  9. What is the best DTH with HD support ? Read this HD DTH Comparision.
  10. Top Brands to Choose: Samsung, Sony BRAVIA, Philips, Videocon


What other accessories needed for my HD TV?

  1. HD Media Player like WD TV if you want to play HD content stored in disks.
  2. HDMI Cable. Most TVs don’t come with HDMI cable included. The DTH Set Top Box comes with HDMI cable. It’s better to buy yourself one. The cost is from Rs200 to 500. Don’t spend more than that.

Worlds Cheapest Android Tablet Launched in India: Rs 1700/-

Kapil Sibal HRD Minister Today launched the World’s cheapest Tablet computer based on Google’s Android Platform.

Tech Specs:

Processor: 366MHz

RAM: 256MB

Display Size: 7 inches

Display Resolution: 800 x 480 ( Same resolution of Samsug Galaxy S/SII 🙂 )

Android Version: 2.2 Froyo

With these specs you may not get things done as fast a iPad or Galaxy TAB. But with this price tag, even if the browsing is good it’s a great tool for students.

Galaxy Tab 750 vs iPad2 in India

Sometime back we did comparison on Samsung Galaxy SII vs Apple iPhone4 in India. Now it’s time for the tablet race. How does Samsuntg Galaxy Tab 750 compares to Apple’s iPad2?

Galaxy Tab Screen size is 10.1 inch(1024×768 resolution) compared to iPad2’s 10 inch screen(1280×800). Samsung is slightly ahead in resolution and opting for Widescreen format which enables better movie viewing.

Both have comparable weight ans size. Samsung is slightly lighter than iPad.

Galaxy’s Honeycomb(Android 3.0) is new and not as polished as Apple’s iOS. Next month Apple is coming up with iOS5 which integrated cloud  support. This will put Android far behind. Unlike the mobile apps for android, we have very little support for Apps optimized for Tablets. iPad has several mature apps custom built for it.

iPad2’s smart cover is a big +

Both have ~10hours battery life. But Apple have good reputation on battery.

32GB iPad2 with 3G costs Rs40000/- in Indian market. Samsung costs 36000 for similar configuration.

The slight price advantage is not enough to topple iPad2 in Tablet market! If 32GB Samsung with 3G is priced ~30K, we may consider it.

Discovery Channel Tamil(தமிழ்): Dedicated new Channel in Tamil

Discovery India has launched an dedicated Tamil Channel: Discovery Tamil. Before this, they used to just give multiple audio feed on the Discovery CHannel: English,Hindi,Telugu,Bangla and Tamil. The problem with that is , it still has English on video feed and the advertisements are in English and Hindi catering to the bigger market. Probably they should have found that with local advertising they could cater to local advertisements. This indicates they have good amount of viewership for Discovery in Taminadu where Sun TV is dominating major viewership.

Now this dedicated Tamil channel is available in most areas in Tamilnadu. But had negative impact on the DTH segment. Now they have removed the Tamil audio feed from the original Discovery Channel. So the DTH like Tatasky does not have Tamil discovery in both forms. They may not add the dedicated Tamil channel as well. Probably other DTH like Dish TV,Airtel,Videocon may add this channel.

More details:


“The library is the same,” said Rahul Johri, Senior Vice President and General Manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, adding, “The nature of programming changes.” He further said, “Around the world, Discovery follows which market is mature enough, and they can give audiences a dedicated theme as in India, or even Singapore or Japan.”

Launching its seventh Network Discovery Channel Tamil, Johri said, “There are genre preferences for audiences. In India, we have split Discovery into two – HSM market and the Tamil separate market.” He went on to elaborate, “The look and feel is different. It’s personalized to suit the Tamil audience and more compelling.”

Johri noted, “The viewership pattern in Tamil Nadu and rest of India is contrasting and demands customised product offerings. Our intensive research with the Tamil Nadu viewers has encouraged us to launch a dedicated new channel in their native language with focused programming. I am confident that both local and national advertisers targeting unique and quality audience will find the network a compelling advantage.”

“Earlier, even if the audience had preferences for different genres, it was being programmed for the whole country,” Johri said. As far as the reach goes, he pointed out, “The test feed was for 300 towns and there was 100 per cent distribution covering 1,000 homes.” As far as the response goes, he said, “Down the line, Discovery is the first channel of its kind to offer specific theme for a language audience. Now no one offers this.”

Commenting on the region that this channel will be catering to, Johri concluded, “Tamil Nadu is a very high consumption market. This insight has led us to provide a channel for this market.”

Idea 3G Tariff Plans

Idea 3G Tariff Plans are very simple:

MRP (In Rs.) Free Data (In MB) Validity (In days) Charges after Free Usage
8*                    20                                 1                                     5p/10 KB
52*                 100                               3                                     5p/10 KB


These plans are still very primitive. We need plans that are valid for a month.

Also see:

Activating Idea 3G

Airtel 3G Roaming Data Charges: Costs Rs15 per MB!

If you think Airtel 3G tariff plans are very costly, you will be shocked, if you look at the fine prints on the 3G usage for roaming. It costs 30 paise per 20KB, which works out to Rs 15 per MB. 


If you have the 100MB for 100 Rupees plan, if you are in roaming and used 100MB, it will cost you whopping Rs1500/-


Vodafone does not have the Tariff plan during roaming mentioned in their site. We could assume they charge the same amount. In that case it will be far better than Airtel 3G.

ASUS RT-N16: Wifi Router with Torrent,HTTP,FTP Download Support

If you are looking for a economical multidimensional router that has support for print server, Home media server and Download support from FTP, FTP and Bit-torrent ASUS RT-N16 is the right choice. This compatible with the modems of the Indian ISPs: Reliance,  Airtel, BSNL, MTNL broadband. Please note that, it is only a router and does not include DSL modem. You need to use the Modem supplied by the ISP and connect it to the router.

The cost of this router in India as on June 2011 is Rs6000/-

Key features:

  1. 4 Gigabit Ethernet posts
  2. Two USB Ports
  3. HTTP, FTP and Torrrent Downloads via Download master. You don’t need to leave your PC running for days to download a big file. RTN16 will take care of that!
  4. Network Printer support. See printer compatibility in ASUS support
  5. WPS(Wifi protected setup) button support for easy Wifi configuration
  6. You can add custom firmware like TomatoUSB and make it a Linux workhorse! You can have your favorite Torrent client that can manage torrent via HTTP instead of ASUS supplied clients. You can also run custom scripts( like automatic login to ISP authentication via Curl/Wget ). The possibilities are infinite!!!

The drawbacks:

  1. This router is that it does not support dual-band.
  2. USB flash drives works well. But, the USB power of RT-N16 is low that some USB powered hard drives don’t function well. In that case you may have to buy “Powered USB Hub”


Translate from Tamil,Hindi to English and several languages & vice versa

A week back, Google Translate had support for only Hindi in Indian languages. Now it has added support for five more South Asian languages: Tamil, Bangla, Telugu, Gujarati & Kannada. Now users can translate from English to Tamil, Tamil to English, Bangla to Hindi, Telugu to Tamil, Tamil to Hindi, Hindi to Tamil or simply put: any combination with the currently supported 63 languages!

Though the translate has issues, it’s still useful when you don’t know a specific language and translate to the language of your choice.

Sample Tamil to English:

Tamil to Hindi: