Airtel Digital TV DTH has 14 High Definition Channels | Highest as of Feb 2012

Airtel HD DTH has highest number of Asli HD channels as of February 2012.

Their True Asli High definition channels are:

  • Discovery HD
  • NGC HD
  • History HD
  • Movies Now HD
  • Star Movies HD
  • Star World HD
  • Star Gold HD
  • Star Plus HD
  • Colors HD
  • UTV Stars HD
  • ESPN HD
  • TEN HD
  • CNBC Prime HD
Comparison Chart:

 Channel  Status  TataSky  Airtel BIG TV  SunDirect  Dish   Videocon
Discovery HD Full time HD Y Y N Y Y Y
NGC HD Full time HD Y Y Y Y Y Y
History HD Full time HD N Y N N Y N
Movies Now HD Full time HD N Y Y N Y Y
Star Movies HD Full time HD Y Y Y N N Y
Star World HD Full time HD Y Y N N N Y
Star Gold HD Full time HD Y Y N N N Y
Star Plus HD Full time HD Y Y Y N N Y
Colors HD Full time HD N Y N N Y Y
Zee HD Full time HD N N Y N N N
Zee Classic HD Full time HD N N N N Y N
UTV Stars HD Full time HD N Y N N Y N
ESPN HD Full time HD Y Y Y E E Y
TEN HD Full time HD N Y N N N Y
CNBC Prime HD Full time HD N Y N N Y N
ICONERT Full time HD N N Y N N N
Travel XP HD Full time HD N N N N Y N
Star Cricket HD Full time HD Y Y Y E E Y
Neo Croicket HD Event Based E N N N N N
Ten Cricket HD Event Based E E N N E N
Set MAX HD Event Based E [1] N N N N N
DD HD Event Based [2] E E E E E N
Sun TV HD Some upscaled N N N Y N N
KTV HD Some upscaled N N N Y N N
Sun Music HD Some upscaled N N N Y N N
Gemini HD Some upscaled N N N Y N N
Telugu Service HD Some upscaled N N N Y N N

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Full comparison of HD channels

Ten Cricket HD on Airtel Digital TV and Dish TV

The ongoing West Indies vs India series is being Telecast in Ten Cricket. Now they have come up with a High Definition channel Ten Cricket HD, which is telecast in 1080i and 5.1 surround sound. This channel is currently available on the following DTH:

Update(10June 2011):

Now it is available in TataSky as well.

 

But no signs of this channel in TataSky, BIG TV, Videocon and Sundirect yet.

 

Reliance Digital TV 250 HD Like Channels : Truth about this claim

After the Dish TV’s 30+ HD channels claim, it’s turn of Reliance BIG TV with 250 HD like quality channels. They have given the advertisement in all leading newspapers.

That too they claim 1080p & 10 times the existing image quality. I want to tell you, this complete nonsense claim. They have only very few HD channels(1080i) and most of them do not have 5.1 audio itself! They are not doing anything to improve the image quality or have HD source for all these channels. Teh interesting part is they are not even telling it is 1080i or 720p picture resolution. 1080p channels are not available in India . Not even in Tata Sky which is the best HD DTH available in India as of now. 1080p transmissions are resource hugry and I don’t expect them in India in next 5 years. Even in countries like US, there are very few full HD 1080p channels.

They are just doing a ad gimmick to get the attention. Period.

But they have added new HD channels like Star Plus HD, Star Movies HD and Start Sports HD today.

Tata Sky launches Star Movies HD, Star World HD, Start Gold HD and Star PlusHD

Tata Sky launched four new High Definition Channels today 15th April 2011.

1) Star Movies HD

2)Star World HD

3) Star Gold HD

4) Star Plus HD

All these channels offers 1080i HD resolution with Dolby 5.1 Audio. Previously Star Plus HD was available in Upscaled mode. Now it is offered with truw HD resolution 16:9 aspect ratio along with other HD channels.

Now, Tata Sky  is best DTH in terms of true HD contents with 6 full time HD channels ( Include Discover Channel HD and National Geographic HD ). They also show IPL in HD!!!

But they do not have Movies Now HD.

Star Movies HD India: Available on Tata Sky DTH

Tata Sky DTH has launched Start Movies HD in India. This High Definition channel shows the same program as in the SD channel. But these offer 1080i HD resolution with Dolby 5.1 sound.

These are available in Tata Sky HD STB or Tata Sky HD Plus DVR.

 

Star Movies HD Channel Number on Tata Sky: 342

Star Movies HD Screenshots below:


Dish TV HD Channels: 30 High Definition Channels claim true or not!

Dish TV TruHD claims to have added 30 channels. But the truth is they have only 3 channels in HD quality 1080i with 16:9 apspect ratio:

1) Nat Geo HD
2) Discovery HD

3) Movies Now HD

 

The ESPN HD  and Star Cricket HD are also real High definition channels. But they are available only for some events like ICC World cup.

The remaining 27 channels are just upscaled ones. You won’t find any difference in quality( may be they are slightly better than Dish TV SD channels due to higher bit rate) . If you compare them to Tata Sky SD channels, they will have same quality. So don’t get fooled by the 30 HD channels news.

All Channels available in a la carte in Tata Sky DTH

Tata Sky is doing the good thing. Now all channels are available in A la carte. You can choose individual channels without the need to have a useless base package. But the minimum charge for a month can not be less than 150/-. You should select channels such that reaches the minimum amount(Rs150)

Still it is a good option and we can pay only the channels we watch. This ala carte option for all channels is available only from tata Sky!

India Cricket: Watch all Indian Cricket matches in single channel from Tata Sky

DTH pay channels are very costly. That too sports channels cost is very high. Most of the Indians watch these sports channels only when live matches of Indian cricket is shown. The Indian Cricket series are shown in various channels Neo Cricket, Star Cricket, ESPN/Star Sports, Ten Sports/Ten Cricket. The problem is subscribing to the correct channel at the beginning of a series and unsubscribe it at the end as we do not watch that channel anymore. If we do not unsubscribe , we get charged when really don’t watch that channel. Tata Sky has come up a good solution: India Cricket ( Channel number 400 costs Rs 365/- per annum)

When some channel starts broadcasting any cricket series with India as one participant it broad casted in “India Cricket” channel too. Even if we do do not subscribe to the official broadcaster( say Neo Cricket), we get to see the Indian matches. At present they are showing Ten Cricket, which telecasts India-SA series.

India plays cricket almost for the whole year and get to watch everything in one channel. When there not Indian cricket series, Neo Cricket will be shows( This is good as Neo cricket has most of the best Indian matches)

Cost: Rs 365/- per year.

But, we are not sure if all world cup matches will be broadcasted. What happens if there are two matches in the same day during world cup.

Even if they just show the Indian matches, this a good deal and we can forget about all other Sports channels which charges exorbitant price.

DTH Channel List Comparison with Channel Number: Tata Sky,Airtel,Dish TV,Sun Direct,Videocon,BIG TV

The Ultimate DTH Channel list comparison chart with the respective channel numbers is available below. This covers Tata Sky DTH, Airtel Digital TV, BIG TV, Sun Direct and  Videocon D2H.

This spreadsheet has comparison of the channels in following categories:
1) Bangla(Bengali) Channels in DTH
2) Bihari CHannels
3) Devotional Channels
4) Educational Channels
5) English Entertainment CHannels
6) English Movie CHannels
7) Gujarati Channels
8) Hindi Entertainment Channels
9) Hindi movie Channels
10) Hindi News Channels
11) Infotainment Channels ( Knowledge)
12) International Channels
13) Kannada Channels
14) Kids Children Channels
15) Lifestyle Channels
16) Malayalam Channels
17) Marathi Channels
18) Music Channels
19) Hindi News Channels( including Business Channels)
20) North East Channels
21) Oriya Channels
22) Punjabi Channels
23) Sports Channels
24) Tamil Channels
25) Telugu Channels
26) Urdu Channels

Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam,Kannada,Gujarati, Marathi ,North East Channels are Regional Channels.

If there are any discrepancies please let me know , I shall update it.

Indian DTH Latest Price and Offers Comparison: TataSky,Airtel,BIG TV,Dish TV,Sun Direct,VideoCon

Update: For for Latest High Definition DTH Prices and Latest offers refer: HD DTH Comparison: TataSky HD vs Airtel HD vs Dish TV HD vs BIG TV HD vs SunDirect HD

The latest entry cost and offers of Indian Direct To Home Services are given below. These offers may include the Set Top Box, Installation and free monthly package subscriptions:

Please check the official sites for current offers as they change the offers on a weekly basis.

1) Tata Sky: Official Offers At TataSky

2) Dish TV: Dish TV Offers: Platinum offer. For other offers just select the offers section from their home page.

3) Sun Direct DTH: The latest SunDirect Price Plans and offers.

4) BIG TV DTH: Latest BIG TV prices & offers

5) Airtel Digital TV: Airtel DTH offers

6) Videocon D2H DTH: D2H Videocon offers and promotions