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Top 5 HD DTH Services in India

Remember the days when we used to watch TV on cable with bad quality, bad signal, etc. TV broadcasting in India has come a long way, thanks to Direct-To-Home services. DTH services have transformed the way we view TV in India. From watching grainy cable TV footage, we can now watch HD and 3D channels as well as record them. As the competition of DTH services has increased, it is difficult to choose a DTH service which can offer HD channels too. Are you planning to buy a HD DTH service? If yes, then let me make your work of choosing the best HD DTH service easy for you. In this post I will tell you the top 5 HD DTH services that are currently available in India.

1. Tata Sky+ HD

Tata Sky+ HD

Tata Sky was the first to bring digital video recording to India. After being successful with Tata Sky+, they introduced Tata Sky HD. And in Feb 2011, Tata Sky moved a step further when they introduced Tata Sky+ HD which has the features of Tata Sky+ as well as high-definition support. The specifications of Tata Sky+ HD are listed below:-

1. 1080i HD picture quality.
2. 16:9 wide aspect ratio.
3. 625 hours(500 GB hard disk) of recording.
4. 3D ready.
5. Pause, rewind and record features.
6. Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound .
It has 7 true HD channels. According to some reviews Tata Sky+ HD has the most impressive features in the HD DTH services. If you want to see English news, English entertainment or sports channels, then Tata Sky+ HD might be the best choice. It gives you an option to add 50 favorite channels. Tata Sky+ HD, in my opinion, is the best HD DTH service in the market now.

The price of Tata Sky+ HD is just Rs. 3999 . Also read our recent review of Tata Sky + HD.

2. Airtel 3D HD DVR

Airtel 3D HD DVR

Airtel would not stay behind in this race. Airtel introduced its 3D HD DVR just a few days ago. Airtel 3D HD DVR has got some features which cannot be neglected. They had introduced HD television before than Tata Sky+ HD but was just short in adding DVR to it. The specs of Airtel 3D HD DVR are:-

1. 550 hours of recording.
2. Pause, rewind and record features.
3. 3D ready.
4. Multiple viewing/recording, disk management, advanced search and time-shifting.
5. Record using your mobile.
6. Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound with True Home Theatre experience.
It has 3 true HD channels and is best for watching infotainment channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Airtel 3D HD DVR is Rs. 3999 for existing subscribers and Rs. 4999 for new subscribers.

3. Videocon d2h 3D HD DVR

Videocon D2H 3D Set Top along with HD-DVR

Another 3D+HD+DVR. I have to say, India is progressing very fast. Videocon introduced its 3D HD DVR in the middle of March and was the first service to bring 3D to India. In Videocon d2h, the recording offers a variety of options such as starting or ending recording up to 30 minutes later or earlier. The specifications of Videocon 3D HD DVR are:-

1. 200 hours(160GB) of recording.
2. Maximum resolution is 1080i with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
3. 3D ready.
4. Pause, rewind and record features.
5. 5x picture quality and HD digital sound.
6. Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound is available.
It has 5 true HD channels and is best for watching Hindi GEC channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Videocon D2H 3D Set Top along with HD-DVR in India is Rs. 3,990 whereas the same pack without DVR costs Rs. 2, 490.

4. Reliance Digital TV HD DVR

Reliance Digital TV HD DVR

Formerly known as Big TV, Reliance introduced its new name with its new product. Reliance also launched it HD DVR this year and now Reliance has said that it will be providing customers a bouquet of over 250 channels in High Definition like quality at no extra cost. That is a good marketing strategy. 250 HD-like channels would get them a lot of new subscribers. The specifications of Reliance Digital TV HD DVR are:-

1. 200 hours(160GB) of recording.
2. Pause, rewind and record features.
3. 5x sharper picture quality.
4. Maximum resolution is 1080i with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
5. Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound is available.
6. Parental control.
It has 3 true HD channels and is best for watching English entertainment and music channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Reliance Digital TV HD DVR is Rs. 3990 and Rs. 500 is off for the existing subscribers.

5. DishTV TruHD

Dish TV TruHD

DishTV TruHD is at last because DishTV has not added DVR to its HD service. One more reason for to be in the last position is that it is just fooling the consumers by saying that they are providing 35 HD channels whereas the truth is that they have only 3 true HD channels and all the others are just up-scaled SD channels. The specs of DishTV TruHD are:-

1. 5x better picture clarity.
2. 16:9 aspect ratio.
3. Maximum resolution of 1080i.
4. Theater like sound experience.
5. Parental control.
6. 20 audio languages offered.
It has 3 true HD channels and is best for watching Hindi GEC channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Dish TruHD is Rs. 2990 and existing subscribers can get Rs. 400 off by exchanging their set-top box.

Those were the top 5 HD DTH services. If you are looking to buy any HD DTH service, my suggestion would be Tata Sky+ HD.

So, what do you think of it? Which if your favorite HD DTH service? Do comment.

Tata Sky Plus HD Review

India has seen enormous growth in HDTV sector in recent days and specially when all kind of latest technology is coming to India, we can’t ignore the HD segment for entertainment. All major online video sites like YouTube started offering HD videos and now when we shop for new TV, we make sure that it comes with HD capabilities and HDMI cable to connect your laptop to your TV.

Anyways, the point here is people in India are getting tech savvy and unlike old days, they started preferring quality over quantity. We all know that high definition videos gives you best experience when you watch a video. In India, many TV channels including Star TV network started offering HD version of channels. If you shop for a new set top box, it’s important to opt for a HD set top box instead of conventional set top box.

Some time back we received a review piece of new Tata Sky HD set top box and we used it for 2 weeks. Luckily we received the review piece around world cup and we enjoyed the ad free World cup on new Tata Sky HD plus. Tata Sky HD plus is one featured pack set top box which allow you to record your favorite serial so that you can watch it later.

This feature sets Tata sky HD plus apart from all other set top box in the market. Here are some pictures of Tata sky plus HD:

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You can find the complete unboxing pictures of Tata Sky Plus HD on my Flickr account.

Features of Tata Sky plus HD:

  • Tata Sky HD plus offers certain features which let it stay ahead of it’s competitor:
  • Record TV up to 500 GB.
  • Record any channel while watching other channel
  • Rewind while watching current show
  • Parental control
  • Easy to use Remote control

I have been using normal Airtel DTH connection for long but after using TATA sky HD plus, I will be changing my DTH connection soon. More over one major difference which I noted while using TATA sky plus HD is the response time. When you change channels, unlike my current Airtel DTH connection, it changes channel within ms. Though for now, I can’t compare Tata sky HD with Airtel HD connection as I have not used the later one. Though if you are planning to buy Tata Sky plus HD and looking for recommendation, you should grab it right away.

Tata sky HD is hassle free purchase as engineer will come to your house and will set up everything for you. You can find price and other booking details of Tata HD on their official site.

If you are an existing Tata Sky HD plus user, do share your reviews and feedback about their service.