Indian High Defination ( HD )Service DTH operators Review

DTH ( Direct to Home ) technology is now well known in India where currently 7 DTH  operators exist in Indian market. They are offering different services and different offers under their packages. You can read detailed review and comparison of all Indian DTH operators in our earlier article. The DTH operators currently working in India are listed below.
(1) Prasar Bharti owned DD DIRECT PLUS with all Doordarshan channels and some free channels.
(2) Subhash Chandra’s Zee Network owned DISH TV
(3) South India’s famous by Maran brothers-Kalanidhi Maran and Dayanidhi Maran owned Sun TV group’s venture SUN DIRECT DTH
(4) Tata Group and Star Network joint venture TATASKY
(5) Reliance Anil Dhiru Bhai Ambani Group’s RELIANCE BIG DIGITAL TV
(6) Sunil Bharti Mittal’s Bharti Airtel venture AIRTEL DIGITAL TV
(7) Electronics Appliances company Videocon’s venture VIDEOCON D2H
Out Of above 7 DTH companies DISH TV, SUN DIRECT DTH, TATASKY, RELIANCE BIG DIGITAL TV, AIRTEL DIGITAL TVand VIDEOCON D2H have started High Definition Television ( HDTV ) Services.
HD means 720p, 1080i ,1080p picture resolutions as against 480p of Standard Definition(SD) or 576i/576p of Enhanced Definition(ED). High Definition Television ( HDTV ) Services gives you 5 times better picture quality and 5.1 channel surround sound Audio via HD as against 2.0 Stereo Audio of SD and 2.1 Channel Audio of ED.You need HD ready TV or Full HD TV for watching High Definition ( HD ) content. Although currently not very much HD content available in India but High Definition DTH providers are offering either foreign HD TV channels under their HD packages or Upscaled-to-HD Channels, which are actually filmed as SD or ED but later manually converted to HD Format by addition of more pixels. Although they are also offering few Indian channels also.
You can checkout various features and services offered by Indian High Definition Television ( HDTV ) Services DTH operators below.
SUN Direct HD from Sun Direct DTH was first HD HD DTH operator in India.You will get Samsung HD STB with SUN Direct HD subscription which gives you very stable signal quality and offers HD quality Picture and 5.1 Channel Audio for the true-HD Channels.

SUN Direct HD currently offering two subscription option either choose Rs. 9990 including 12 months subscription of Metro/South Metro Pack + 12 months North HD/South HD Pack as per your location or choose Rs. 2940 including 2 months subscription of Metro/South Metro Pack + 2 months North HD/South HD Pack as per your location.

HD subscription will be activated only if your base subscription pack is metro pack. SUN HD currently has 8 HD Channels i.e. National Geographic-HD, Discovery HD WORLD, Colors(upscaled), SUN TV(upscaled), Tamil HD(upscaled ) and Telugu HD(upscaled). HD Pack of three channels costs Rs. 100 per month for 3 channels and has Add-on packs for HD Channels too.

Reliance Big TV is now known as Reliance Digital TV. Reliance  BIG DIGITAL TV HD-DVR was the second HD HD DTH to offer High Definition Television ( HDTV ) Services in India and first to offer a HD-DVR (High Definition Digital Video Recorder ) ,So now you can Pause/Rewind Live TV or record your favorite program at max. upto 200 hours(for SD content, for HD content it maybe upto 80 hours at max), You will get Hyundai company’s HD DVR with subscription. Reliance BIG DIGITAL TV HD DVR also provide dual features i.e. Voice Recorder and HD viewing in single STB. You will get a universal Remote to control both STB, TV and Audio System with a single remote. BIG DIGITAL TV-HD offers even better Picture Quality than Sun Direct HD but has only 2.0 Stereo Audio quality.

BIG DIGITAL TV HD-DVR costs Rs.4490 without any free pack but includes free installation. After launching the Reliance Digital TV HD DVR (Hi-Definition Digital Video Recorder), Reliance Digital TV has now launched HD STB without the recording facility.Reliance Digital TV HD is available for Rs 2590 without any FREE viewing, available for Rs 3090 with 3 months diamond pack plus HD jumbo pack FREE and by paying Rs 5490 customer gets one year FREE subscription to Platinum Pack plus HD jumbo pack. Reliance BIG DIGITAL TV HD has only NGC-HD and STAR Plus HD channel available in its current HD pack.But according to some unconfirmed source Reliance BIG DIGITAL TV HD is also providing going to add Movies Now, iConcert, Discovery HD and on Sports Channels in its HD channel list.

Then the next HD DTH providers Dish TV HD service Dish TruHD comes with STB of Zenega company. Dish TruHD also offers good HD quality and 2.0 stereo audio as in Reliance BIG DIGITAL TV HD.But here we get four 30 HD Channels which is maximum HD channel package as of now – NGC-HD, Discovery HD WORLD, ZEE TV(upscaled), ZEE Cinema (upscaled),Colors (upscaled), SONY (upscaled). The HD Starter Pack including all four 15 HD Channels costs Rs. 125 100  per month.For remaining channels you have to purchase a-la-carte packages as shown in pictur below.

For Dish TruHD subscription platinum/south platinum pack is mandatory with every HD box.Dish TruHD costs Rs. 2990 including 2 months subscription of Platinum Pack + 2 months HD Pack as per your location.
Airtel Digital TV HD STB manufactured by Kaon.Airtel Digital TV HD offers true HD quality viewing but has has only National Geographic HD channel available in its current HD pack.Airtel Digital TV HD offering 7.1 Dolby surround sound audio.

Airtel Digital TV HD offers starts from Rs. 2250 for existing customers and Rs. 2840 for new customers.For Rs. 2840 new subscribers will get Airtel digital TV [HD] Box and 3 Month Economy Pack containing 134 Channels & 4 Interactive Services .
Tata Sky HD was launched on June 14, 2010 in India.It is providing good picture quality and Audio of all the HD channels is Dolby 5.1 through SPDIF O/P. Tata Sky HD subscription with recording facility costs  Rs. 2599 3999 with free installation and activation. For HD channels you
have to buy HD gold pack @ Rs. 30 50 per month.

With the Tata Sky HD Gold pack, you will get an access to a range of HD content with channels like National Geographic HD, Discovery HD World and Star Plus HD. You can also watch your favorite blockbusters in HD on Showcase channel of Tata Sky with extra charge.ESPN HD and Star Cricket HD will be included in the pack from 17 February to 2 April 2011 to watch the ESPN Star Sports coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in High Definition.
Doordarshan already launched HD channel DD Sports HD before commonwealth games and already starts broadcasting these Doordarshan HD channels on DD Direct DTH and Doordarshan also shareing its HD channels to other HD DTH operators free of cost. So now you can watch commonwealth games on your TV in High Definition Quality.
Finally I want to say that watching TV with HDTV quality is pleasant and it increase your TV viewing experience to the next level. But you have to wait for more HD channels available to watch and lets see when Videocon which is offering cheapest package in Standard Definition DTH will has also entered in HD DTH market with launch of HD-DVR services in February 2011, may be then so you will get more cheap options to get suitable High Definition ( HD ) DTH service provider for you.Videocon D2H has launched HD-DVR in just Rs. 3990.Videocon D2H has also launched 6 HD channels Discovery HD, NGC HD, Movies Now HD, Travel XP, HD Active Music, HD d2h Movies.
Update : Airtel Digital TV has reduced its entry offer to Rs. 2249 for all new subscribers instead of Rs. 2840 through online purchase.In Rs. 2249 package Airtel Digital TV will provide you Airtel digital TV (HD) box, 1 Month Subscription (1 Month subscription can be chosen from Economy / New Value Hindi Special or South Mega Pack ), FREE Installation and FREE Home Delivery. This offer for new customers only valid on purchase from Website or Call Center or Internet DSA ( Vriti Interactive) ,not valid on purchase through any digitalTV Retail outlet

» New Value Hindi Special Pack – 125+ channels. Monthly Rent After one month – Rs.160 + tax
» Economy Pack – 155+ channels. Monthly Rent After one month – Rs.200 + tax
» South Mega Pack – 167+ channels. Month Rent after one month – Rs.275 + tax

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