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

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

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:


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

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!

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.

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 .

Update:


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