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

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.

 

High Definition HD DTH Connecting STB to HDMI and Home Theater with Diagram

TataSky, SunDirect, Dish TV, BIG TV and Airtel Digital has already launched their HD Services. Following procedure gives details on how to connect High Definition Set Top Box (STB) to your HD TV and Home Theater.

Connecting DTH HD STB to LCD TV( HD TV):

Both the HD TV and DTH DH Set Top Box has a HDMI port. All the DTH operators include HDMI cable for carrying HD signals from STB to the HD TV. You just need to connect one end to the STB’s HDMI port and one of the HDMI port in the TV.

Switch on the STB and TV and select HDMI input from your TV remote. You should see the picture and get the sound in the TV. Normally, channels will have the sound in TV without any change in settings. But, HD channels like Discovery, National Geographic(NGC) may not have sound coming in TV. These channels have 5.1 Dolby Digital audio and this will not be decoded by the LCD TV. To get audio of these channels in TV, the STB autio option needs to be changed to stereo( from the digital). But, you will not get teh 5.1 surround in the TV. To get 5.1 effect, the STB needs to be connected to the Home Theater.

Connecting HD STB to Home Theater:

Tata Sky HD,Dish TV TruHD and Airtel Digital TV HD services have Coaxial audio output. If you are planning to buy one of the DTH, make sure your Home theater receiver has Coaxial S/PDIF input for 5.1 sound. Dish TV Tru HD, BIG TV HD and Sun HD has Optical S/DIF for 5.1 audio. In case you buy one othese, make sure your audio receiver has a Optical port.

Connection diagram:

High Definition Channels Available in Airtel DigitalTv HD DTH

Airtel Digital TV Direct to Home Service launched their HD DTH.

For the updated list  comparison of HD other DTH see: Ultimate HD DTH Comparison

Out of the handful of HD channels in India, Airtel DTH, at present  have only National Geographic Channel HD as full time channel.

  1. National Geographic HD ( NGC HD)
  2. Discovery HD World( Soon to be added)
  3. ESPN HD( Event based)
  4. Star Sports( Event based )

Event based channels telecast only during specific matches like World cup football or Wimbledon Tennis.

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