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.
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:
Airtel champions league Twenty 20 CLT20 is now availa ble in High Definition. In this Mumbai Indian, Chennai Super Kings(CSK) and Bangalore Royal Challengers participate with other 7 overseas team.
Tata Sky DTH Star Cricket HD on Channel number : 417
Probably Dish TV,Airtel DigitalTV and BIG TV will soon add this channel.
Star Cricket HD in Tata Sky Pictures:
For High Definition DTH comparison for India see this post.
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.
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 listÂ comparison of other DTH see: Ultimate HD DTH Comparison
They have the following Full time HD channels:
- Discovery HD World
- National Geographic HD
- 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