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

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.”

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:

IPL 2011 in High Definition in SET MAX HD

IPL Season 4 will be telecast in High Definition in Major DTH like Tata Sky and Digital TV.

Recently Cricket World Cup 2011 was broadcast in HD on all the major players in DTH segment in India. Now this is being brought to IPL as well. In IPL season 3 only SunDirect was telecasting in HD as they were the only HD providers at that time.

Things have changes recently and everyone is gearing up for the High Definition Market share. HD is good as they do not have Advertisements and wide-screen picture( which is cut of at the two ends in regular telecast )

Tata Sky Chanel Number of Set MAX HD: 306 ( next to regular Set MAX )

Also see:

High Definition DTH Comparison

Ten Cricket added on DTH: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV, Sun Direct, BIG TV, Videocon

Ten Cricket is part of the Ten Sports Group. Now, they have started a new channel “TEN Cricket” exclusively for the sport of Cricket. The first series being broadcast by this chanel is the India vs South Africa Test and ODI series to be held this month in SA.

The channel being added by DTH operators and MSO. Following are teh channel number of Ten Cricket in Indian DTH:

Dish TV : Channel No 658

Tata Sky: Channel No 415 ( now removed temporarily. It will be added again before the SA series. Update: Now it is up again . Pay Rs30/- to watch it. Another best option for Tata Sky user is to subscribe for “India Cricket Channel” )

Airtel Digital TV:  Channel No 224 ( Rs 30 + Tax)

BIG TV: Chanel Number 509

Sun Direct : Channel Number 516

Videocon D2H yet to add this channel.

Movies Now HD: New High Definition Channel for India

Times Television Network is ready to launch a new High Definition English movie channel. TOI writes

Times Television Network brings yet another uniquely positioned TV channel to urban India, Movies Now. This channel will give its viewers a whole new experience with stunning pictures in 1080i and awesome 5.1 surround sound. Viewers will get to watch the best of Hollywood in HD for the first time in India.

Soon it is expected in Indian DTH like TataSky, Airtel and BIG.

Already TataSky is planning for Star Movies HD. If these two launches, we’ll have a great entertainment in HD Hollywood movies .


Movies now launched their service on 19 Dec 2010 by Times Network which also runs channels like “Times Now” News. Channel is broadcast both in SD(Standard Definition) and HD(High Definition). The SD channel is broadcast by cable network as as of now. It is seen in local cables network in many cities including Chennai.

Soon the HD channels should be available in DTH.

Update(24 Dec 2010):

Sun Direct HD has added Movies Now HD

For the list of HD Channels in Indian DTH : HD TV Channels in India

DD HD: Doordarshan in High Definition for CWG

Doordarshan has started DD HD channel which is available in all the DTH platforms( except Videocon as they have not launched the HD service yet). Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Dish TV, BIG TV and Airtel Digital TV.

Picture clarity is very good in 1080i resolution. Audio is encoded in dolby 5.1 . This is noticed in TataSky HD. But the audio comes only in the front speakers and there is squeaks in audio. Hope it will be corrected soon.

Enjoy the CWG( Common Wealth games ) in High Definition!

Also see:

HD Channels in in Indian DTH

Channels with Multiple audio Languages English/Hindi/Tamil/Telugu in DTH

Indian DTH services Airtel, TataSky, Videocon, BIG TV,Sun Direct and Dish TV has has multi language option.

  1. Discovery ( English, Hindi,Tamil,Telugu)
  2. National Geographic( English,Telugu)
  3. Fox history( English,Hindi)
  4. Animal planet( English,Hindi)
  5. Disney(English,Hindi)
  6. Disney xd (English,Hindi,Tamil,Telugu)
  7. Pogo(English,Hindi)
  8. Nick(English,Hindi,Tamil,Telugu)
  9. Hungama (English,Hindi,Tamil,Telugu)
  10. Cartoon network(English,Hindi,Tamil,Telugu)
  11. TLC(Travel & living) ( English,Hindi)

All the DTH has options in remote to change the language from English to Hindi,Tamil or Telugu.

Example  procedure in Airtel DTH to change the language:
Changing the audio language

You can change the audio language of some channels which are broadcasted in more than one language. While watching the channel, press the (blue) button. This will show options of the languages available. Select the language you wish to activate.

Update: List of HD Channels in India for English/Tamil/Hindi/Telugu