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

Selecting High Definition TV for DTH | TataSky, Airtel, Dish TV, D2H, BIG, Sundirect

What’s the right High Definition TV for use with the Indian DTH such as TataSky and Airtel Digital TV? There are several brands are available in the market: Samsung, Sony , Videocon, Philips etc., So the question is:

How do I chose the right HD TV?

There are several factors involved:

  1. Budget Rs 25000 or Rs 1lac and above. Now the price has gone down on HD TVs and we can get top band HD Tv for as low as Rs 25K for 32 inch TV
  2. Room Size. If the average viewing distance is 4-6 feet. Better to go for 32 inch TV. If it above 8 feet we can go for 42,46, inch TV
  3. 32 inch TV or 55 inch TV. If you are going to use teh TV for watching normal SD channels better opt for smaller size TV as the bigger TV the picture will be grained.
  4. Primary use of the Television: Whether it will be used to watch the Standard definition channels most of the time or the TV will be fed with High definition content from HD DTH , Blue Ray players, HD Media players like WD TV. If you use the TV for watching High Definition content in most cases you could opt for bigger size TV
  5. LCD TV or LED TV or 3D TV: Unless you have enough money to spend don’t go for 3D Tvs at this time. There is very minimal content available for 3D TVs and there are no 3D channels available in India. Only Videocon D2H has some test feed for 3D Service. LED TV is costlier than LCD TVs. LED TVs has better contrast and size is very thin. If you are ready to spend more money on these to advantages sure go ahead with LED TV. For average budget go for high end LCD TVs.
  6. What about SMART TV from Samsung: It’s very costly at the moment. Also you need an Home Network setup and need to connect your TV with ethernet connection. If you don’t have any plan for this ignore SMART TV. A better option would be to get an High Definition Media player that has the features like Youtube and connect it to your HD TV. That would work cheap and you get almost all the features of the high cost so called SMART TVs.
  7. How many HDMI ports needed in the TV: One for DTH. One for HD Media Player. At least one more is needed for conecting your high end Mobile phone Cameras, Cam corders. In case you plan to buy an XBOX or PlayStation in the future you want to connect it permanently to one HDMI port. Anyway, most of the HD TVs come with at least 4 HDMi ports. Check this based on your need.
  8. What about Media player support n HD TV. Though many TVs claim media play support for Pictures, Audio Video files, they have strong limitation of features. Most cases they won’t be able to play HD content! They can not decode your MKV files. Ignore these set of features. Get yourself a HD Media player.
  9. What is the best DTH with HD support ? Read this HD DTH Comparision.
  10. Top Brands to Choose: Samsung, Sony BRAVIA, Philips, Videocon

 

What other accessories needed for my HD TV?

  1. HD Media Player like WD TV if you want to play HD content stored in disks.
  2. HDMI Cable. Most TVs don’t come with HDMI cable included. The DTH Set Top Box comes with HDMI cable. It’s better to buy yourself one. The cost is from Rs200 to 500. Don’t spend more than that.

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.

Dish TV HD Channels: 30 High Definition Channels claim true or not!

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.

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

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

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

High Definition Channels available in TataSky HD DTH

Tata Sky DTH has High Definition service: TataSky HD. The entry cost for HD service is cheapest in in India . It costs just Rs 2600/- for this HD service.

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

They have the following Full time HD channels:

  1. Discovery HD World
  2. National Geographic HD
  3. Star Plus HD

The above channels are available in “HD Gold pack” for Rs30/-

Event Based channels: ESPN HD, Star Sports HD

Star Plus HD and Star Movies HD are expected soon.

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

High Definition Channels in Dish TruHD DTH

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 list  comparison of other DTH see: Ultimate HD DTH Comparison

At present India has only a handful of HD Channels. The Channels Dish TV are:

  1. Discovery HD World
  2. Nation Geographic HD
  3. Zee Cinema HD ( some content are upscaled )
  4. Zee TV HD ( some contents are upscaled)

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