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

Also see:

Full comparison of HD channels

Airtel Universal Remote Setup for Your Television

One of the main selling point of Airtel Digital TV DTH is the Universal remote. But, it may not work if not setup properly. The following guide will help you to set it up.

Airtel brings you the magical universal remote so that you can enjoy watching TV with just one remote. While our installation team will set up the remote to work with your brand of TV, the following steps gives you an overview of making the remote learn:

There are 5 basic functions which your new Airtel remote needs to learn about your TV
1. TV Power code
2. TV Mute code
3. AV code
4. TV VOL + code
5. TV VOL – code

Step 1: Bring Airtel digital TV remote in learning mode. Press and hold ‘’OK + Numeric 2” key for 3 seconds. The LED blinks twice to indicate that your Airtel remote is ready to learn.

Step 2 : Hold the source remote and Airtel remote in front of each other ( 3cm-6m apart).

Step 3: Press & release the key (First on Airtel remote and then on Source remote) which needs to be programmed in Airtel remote.
Example: Press and release the TV Power key on both remotes and release. The Airtel remote blinks twice to indicate a successful learning of ‘TV power code’.

Step 4: Now Press & release other keys ( on both remotes simultaneously) : Mute , AV, Vol +/-.

Step 5: Press “OK” on Airtel remote to store the new information about your TV. The LED will blink twice to indicate successful transfer to knowledge from your current TV remote to the new Airtel remote.

If the Airtel remote blinks four times, it means the learning failed. Go to Step 1 again

Airtel DTH Customer Contact Number and Email

Airtel Digital TV DTH can be contacted as follows:

  • If you feel like writing to us send a mail on digitaltv@airtel.in
  • If you feel like talking , call us on 1800-102- 8080 (toll free number) or
  • 020-40181400 (tolled)
  • Toll free from Airtel mobile 12150.

Customer Care details of Other DTH: Tata Sky, Sun,Videocon, Airtel,Dish TV

If you feel like writing to us send us a mail on digitaltv@airtel.in.
If you feel like talking to us, call us on 1800-102- 8080 (toll free number) or 020-40181400 (tolled). & Toll free from Airtel mobile 12150.

Airtel DTH Troubleshooting Tips

There are many reasons your Airtel DTH wont work.  It might be due to Dish Receiver or some issue in STB.

Problem Possible Cause Action
No picture, No Sound and no front panel display Set-Top box is not plugged into the mains or is not switched on. Check mains connections. Press to ON/OFF button on the front of the STB.
No Picture, No Sound but the front panel shows the display. The receiver is on Standby. Press on the power button  on the Remote control to bring the Set-Top box out of standby.
No Picture, No Sound but the indication on the front panel of the Set-Top box is correct 1. You are watching TV through your cable operator, Aerial connection or VCD, DVD player.
2. The AV connection are wrong.
3. The connections are right, but the TV is not connected up to external AV source [AV1, AV2 or DVD]
4. The cable connections are may be faulty [damaged, broken] or missing
1. Press the AV button on your remote.
2. Check the AV connection in the STB.
3. Check the TV’s AV connection.
4.Check all your connection and consult [see “connection diagram] or call us.
Irregular or bad reception Problem with cable connections. [damaged, broken connection or wires] 1.Check all the connections and cables.
2. Contact customer service.
A blank screen comes when you choose some services. You are watching a encrypted service or program 1. Choose another service or program
2. Contact customer service
The remote works with the TV & not with my STB. 1.You need to reset your remote control. 1.Press STB on your remote control to control your STB
2.Refer this guide to program your remote
The remote control does not operate. 1.Your STB may be off.
2. There are no batteries or the batteries may have become flat.
Make sure you point your remote directly towards your STB and nothing is between the two. The remote command light on your STB and on your remote control should flash each time you press a remote key. If neither light flashes, check batteries in you remote and if your STB is plugged to mains.
I have forgotten my PIN Call customer care to have your PIN reset
I cannot close the electronic programme guide Press   exit key on remote.

Even if these thing don work contact  Airtel Customer Service.

Complete List of Channels Available in Airtel DTH

Complete list of TV Channels available in Airtel Digital TV DTH.

Update:
For latest comparison of TV Channels with Numbers across all DTH see : DTH Channel Comparison
For Complete Comparison Chart of High Definition DTH including STB Ultimate HD DTH Comparison

Total Channels/Services = 206

Main SD TV channels(including Help) : 186
Main HD TV Channels : 1
Radio Channels : 10
Pay Per View Channels : 4
Interactive services : 5
Help Channel : 1

Channels Details with Channel Number:

Help :

100 What’s on Airtel

Hindi Entertainment: 16 Channels

101 Star plus
102 Zee TV
103 Sony
104 Star One
105 Sahara One
106 Imagine
107 9X
108 DD National
109 Sab TV
110 Zoom
111 Star Utsav
113 DD Bharati
114 Colors
115 UTV Bindass
124 HomeShop 18
125 Mahuaa TV

English Entertainment: 3 Channels

135 AXN
136 Star World
137 Zee Cafe

Movies – Hindi : 6 Channels

160 SET MAX
161 Zee Cinema
162 Star Gold
163 Sahara Filmy
165 UTV Movies
166 UTV Action

Movies – Pay per view : 4 Channels

180 Airtel Movies-1 (Pay per view channel)
181 Airtel Movies-2 (Pay per view channel)
182 Airtel Movies-3 (Pay per view channel)
183 Airtel Movies-4 (Pay per view channel)

Movies – English : 9 Channels

190 Star Movies
191 HBO
192 Pix
193 WB
194 UTV World Movies
195 MGM
196 Zee Studio

Sports : 9 Channels

224 ESPN HD/Star Sports HD
225 ESPN
226 Star Sports
227 Star Cricket
228 NEO Sports
229 NEO Cricket
230 Ten Sports
231 Zee Sports
232 DD Sports

Hindi News Channels : 18 Channels

275 Star News
276 Zee News
277 AAJTAK
278 India TV
279 NDTV India
280 DD News
281 IBN 7
282 News 24
283 DD Lok Sabha
284 DD Rajya Sabha
285 CNBC Awaaz
286 Zee Business
287 ETV Bihar
288 ETV Rajastan
289 ETV Uttar Pradesh
291 CNEB News
292 ETV Madhya Pradesh
294 TOTAL TV

English News Channels : 11 Channels

300 Times Now
301 NDTV 24X7
302 CNN IBN
303 Headlines Today
304 CNBC TV 18
305 NDTV Profit
306 Bloomerg UTV
307 BBC World
308 CNN
309 ET Now
311 Russia Today

Lifestyle : 4 Channels

325 Discovery Travel & Living
326 NDTV Good Times
327 Fashion TV
328 Zee Trendz

Infotainment : 6 Channels

340 Discovery
341 National Geographic Channel
342 Fox History & Entertainment
343 Animal Planet
344 Gyan Darshan
345 Topper

Kids : 7 Channels

355 Cartoon Network
356 Pogo
357 Hungama
358 Disney XD
359 Nick
360 Disney
361 Animax

Music : 6 Channels

380 MTV
381 Channel V
382 9XM Music
383 B4U Music
384 ETC Music
386 VH1 India

Radio Channels : 10 Channels

410 FM Gold
411 FM Rainbow
412 AIR Punjabi
413 FM Rainbow Bangalore
414 AIR Tamil
415 AIR Ragam
416 AIR Telugu
417 AIR Bangla
418 AIR Gujarati
419 AIR Urdu

Tamil : 18 Channels

500 Sun TV
501 KTV
502 Star Vijay
503 Kalaignar TV
504 Jaya TV
505 Sun Music
506 Chutti TV
507 Raj TV
508 SUN News
509 JAYA Plus
510 Isai Aruvi
511 DD Podhigai
512 SIRIPPOLI
513 Makkal TV
514 Angel Tv
515 Jaya Max
516 Polimer TV
517 Adithya TV

Telugu: 14 Channels

520 Gemini TV
521 Eenadu TV
522 Teja TV
523 Maa TV
524 Zee Telugu
525 Etv 2 Telugu
526 TV 9 Telugu
527 Gemini Music
528 NTV News
529 ABN Andhra Jyoti
530 SVBC
531 Subhavaartha
532 Gemini News
533 Navullu TV

Bengali: 9 Channels

540 Zee Bangla
541 ETV Bangla
542 Aakash Bangla
543 Star Ananda
544 24 Ghanta
545 Star Jalsha
546 DD Bangla
547 Sony Aath
548 Rupashi Bangla

Marathi : 8 Channels

550 Zee Marathi
551 ETV Marathi
552 Star Majha
553 Zee Talkies
554 DD Sahyadri
555 Star Pravah
556 Mi Marathi
557 IBN Lokmat

Kannada : 10 Channels

560 Udaya TV
561 ETV Kannada
562 Udaya Movie
563 Zee Kannada
564 TV 9 Kannada
565 Asianet Suvarna
566 UDAYA 2
567 DD Chandana
568 Kasturi TV
569 Udaya Varthegalu

Malayalam: 10 Channels

570 Asianet
571 Surya TV
572 Kiran TV
573 Manorama news
574 Kairali TV
575 Asianet Plus
576 Amrita tv
577 Asianet News
578 Indiavision
579 Kairali We

Punjabi: 7 Channels

580 ETC Punjabi
581 MH1 Music
582 Zee Punjabi
583 PTC Punjabi
584 PTC News
585 DD Punjabi
586 Chardikla Time TV

Gujarati : 3 Channels

590 ETV Gujarati
591 DD Gujarati
592 TV9 Gujarati

Oriya : 3 Channels

600 ETV Oriya
601 Oriya TV (OTV)
602 DD Oriya

Urdu : 3 Channels

610 ETV Urdu
611 DD Urdu
612 DD Kashir

Other Regional Channels : 4 Channels

620 NE TV
621 News Live
622 Nepal- 1
623 DD North East

Devotional/Religious Channels : 4 Channels

690 Aastha
691 Sanskar
693 Mh1 Shraddha
694 Shalom TV

Interactive Services : 5 Channels

iAstro
iLearn
iNet (Only Widgets and basic information of Airtel.in website)
iNews
iGames (6 Games are provided as of now which are Refreshed every 6 weeks) :-
1) 8 Off
2) Cricket (Paid one at Rs 17 incl Taxes)
3) Free Kick (Football game). (Paid one at Rs 17 incl Taxes)
4) Getris (Paid one at Rs 17 incl Taxes)
5) Lonely Traveller
6) Rock A Bot

Other DTH Channel List: TataSky, SunDirect, Dish TV,BIG TV, Videocon D2H, Airtel Digital TV DTH

Airtel DTH Digital TV

Airtel brings Digital TV DTH. It uses MPEG-4 Technology. They offer Universal Remote as well.

Website: Airtel Digital TV


Number of Channels:

Total Channels/Services = 206

Main SD TV channels : 186
Main HD TV Channels : 1
Radio Channels : 10
Pay Per View Channels : 4
Interactive services : 5
Help Channel : 1

Minimal Entry Cost: Rs 1500/-

New Value Pack : 105 Channels + 2 Interactive Services
Internet Price – Rs.1490 , Market Price – Rs.1590 Includes 2 Months Subscription

Technology:

It uses MPEG4-DVBS2.

Universal Remote

Customer Care:

Toll Free Number: 1800-102-8080

From Airtel mobile 12150

Other Number: 020-40181400

Email: digitalTV@irtel.in

Bottom line: Good number of quality channels . Universal remote is an added advantage. Lot better than other DTH services.