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:
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 pay channels are very costly. That too sports channels cost is very high. Most of the Indians watch these sports channels only when live matches of Indian cricket is shown. The Indian Cricket series are shown in various channels Neo Cricket, Star Cricket, ESPN/Star Sports, Ten Sports/Ten Cricket. The problem is subscribing to the correct channel at the beginning of a series and unsubscribe it at the end as we do not watch that channel anymore. If we do not unsubscribe , we get charged when really don’t watch that channel. Tata Sky has come up a good solution: India Cricket ( Channel number 400 costs Rs 365/- per annum)
When some channel starts broadcasting any cricket series with India as one participant it broad casted in “India Cricket” channel too. Even if we do do not subscribe to the official broadcaster( say Neo Cricket), we get to see the Indian matches. At present they are showing Ten Cricket, which telecasts India-SA series.
India plays cricket almost for the whole year and get to watch everything in one channel. When there not Indian cricket series, Neo Cricket will be shows( This is good as Neo cricket has most of the best Indian matches)
Cost: Rs 365/- per year.
But, we are not sure if all world cup matches will be broadcasted. What happens if there are two matches in the same day during world cup.
Even if they just show the Indian matches, this a good deal and we can forget about all other Sports channels which charges exorbitant price.
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 Â 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.
Update: For for Latest High Definition DTH Prices and Latest offers refer: HD DTH Comparison: TataSky HD vs Airtel HD vs Dish TV HD vs BIG TV HD vs SunDirect HD
The latest entry cost and offers of Indian Direct To Home Services are given below. These offers may include the Set Top Box, Installation and free monthly package subscriptions:
Please check the official sites for current offers as they change the offers on a weekly basis.
1) Tata Sky: Official Offers At TataSky
2) Dish TV: Dish TV Offers: Platinum offer. For other offers just select the offers section from their home page.
3) Sun Direct DTH: The latest SunDirect Price Plans and offers.
4) BIG TV DTH: Latest BIG TV prices & offers
5) Airtel Digital TV: Airtel DTH offers
6) Videocon D2H DTH: D2H Videocon offers and promotions
CompetitionÂ is heating up in India DTH space. The entry cost for TataSky DTH has come down to Rs999/- . this includes Set Top Box and installation charges.
Offer also includes:
Standard installation worth Rs 1,000 free
1 month subscription of Super Saver /South Jumbo Pack free
4 showcase movies free
I like their “No conditions apply” tag :). Example Sun Direct isÂ advertisingÂ they offer connection at Rs400/- but they charge Rs1250/- as installation charge.
Economic Times writes:
Direct-to-Home operator Tata Sky on Wednesday slashed the price of its set top boxes (STBs) to Rs 999, a move that will further fuel the competition in the DTH space.
“The aim is to make the STBs as affordable as possible and drive digitisation. Rural markets is a big opportunity and a major portion of our monthly additions are coming from the smaller towns,” Tata Sky Chief Marketing Officer Vikram Mehra told PTI.
The price of Rs 999, which includes hardware and installation cost, will help add significant numbers to the subscriber base, he added.
The problem with any subscription services like DTH,Cable is that, you will be charged the full mount even if you do not use the service. When you go on a holiday for few weeks or month you want to stop paying the daily amount deducted by the DTH operator. Now this has been made possible by the few Indian DTH operators.
How to stop service temporarily in TataSky:
Tata Sky has launched a service through which subscribers can save subscription fees while going on their annual vacation.
â€˜Once-a-Year Subscription Holiday Offerâ€™ allows subscribers to temporarily disconnect all Tata Sky services for a minimum of 5 days to a maximum period of 15 days. Just call TataSky Helpline and ask to suspend.Make sure if there are fee associated for this as they seem to charge Rs 20/- for this.
Suspend Airtel Digital TV without paying for that period:
Similar offer is available with Airtel DTH service. Call up the customer care and notify them to stop the service for certain period. They can suspend the service for a minimum 30 days and maximum 90 days. But if you want to resume your service even before the period you asked them to suspend, you can do that by calling the customer care again. They will reactivate. But this can not be done every time you go on a vacation.
Stop paying Dish TV Temporarily:
Dish TV DTH service can also be suspended temporarily. Call up the customer support. They will do it for you.
SunDirect, BIG TV, Videocon D2H does not seem to have this temporary suspension service at the moment. This page will be updated once they have such service.
The main problems with services is in India is that they do everything when you give money to them. But, when it comes to unsubscribing from a service, say “Lifestyle Gold” or “Cosmo Pack”, you need run from pillar to pillar to get that done. Similar case with TataSky DTH. Adding a new channel pack is as simple as clicking a button on their web site. Also, just SMS from RMN(Registered Mobile Number) upgrades to higher package or Addon Pack within a matter of seconds. But, they do not give options to downgrade your base package or remove add-on packs. Normally, subscribers opt for Sports packages like Star Sports, ESPN,Ten Sports when there is cricket and add the corresponding package in matter of seconds.
But, when the cricket ends and want to delete that package, it’s not as easy as they did for adding that channels. You must call their Customer helpline. They ask several questions before they drop that package. For this reason, we can’t use the 5 minutes toll-free number as it gets disconnected before we talk to the customer reps.
Following is a simple way to avoid these:
- Login into your account.
- Then go to “Contact Us”
- Select “My Query” in that section
- In “Nature of query/complaint” select “Channel/Package”
- Select “Type” in “Drop Sports Package”. The sports package gets dropped.
For other ad-dons they call us and drop the packages.
Tata Sky DTH has detailed User manual for Digicomp Set Top Box, Using the Remote and troubleshooting basic problems. Also, it has complete details on different options available in TataSky like Guide, Alerts, Reminders etc.,
Download the Tata Sky STB:(HUMAX)