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:
Now it is available in TataSky as well.
But no signs of this channel in TataSky, BIG TV, Videocon and Sundirect yet.
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.
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.
Dish TV DTH has High Definition Service . The entry cost for HD Set top Box with Dish TV High Definition service is Rs2990/-.
For the updated listÂ comparison of other DTH see: Ultimate HD DTH Comparison
At present India has only a handful of HD Channels. The Channels Dish TV are:
- Discovery HD World
- Nation Geographic HD
- Zee Cinema HD ( some content are upscaled )
- Zee TV HD ( some contents are upscaled)
Other DTH Channel List: TataSky, SunDirect, Dish TV,BIG TV, Videocon D2H, Airtel Digital TV DTH