Zee Dish TV has launched a brand new HD STB model named Dish truHD+.
The company is offering something interesting in this edition. There is no internal storage for recording media.
Instead, they are allowing the user to connect their own pen drives and external hard disks.
This means that the users get the option to add as much storage as they want to their DTH set top boxes.
The concept is good but there are a couple of issues. The biggest hassle of course is the increased prices of hard disks in the market today because of the floods in the South East Asia.
Also, it is not clear how good the overall performance be if the user connects a low performance storage media to the set top box!
The good thing is that the lack of a hard disk enables Zee to price this box competitively at just around Rs. 2700.
Tata Sky Plus HD launched for just Rs. 4000
Tata Sky has launched their high definition PVR service and they have priced it rather competitively.
Tata Sky Plus HD DTH connection is available for just Rs. 4000. The company has equipped the STB with a 500GB hard disk which is capable of storing 625 hours of SD programming.
The company said that the device is capable of streaming hi-definition content in 1080i resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
It also supports 7.1 channel audio output with Dolby Digital Plus if you have the compatible hardware!
This is a great timing for this launch by the company as the ICC World Cup 2011 is just days away.
Videocon D2H HD coming soon
The launch of HD DTH services from Videocon is pretty near.
We have now received two informative graphical elements from the company representatives.
Checkout more at India Broadband Forum.
Of course, they are not the first one to launch HD DTH service in the country. Reliance, airtel and others have already launched it.
Videocon however has managed to make a mark for itself by providing exceptional customer support to their subscribers.
TRAI to enforce crucial ruling allowing DTH customers to pick their choice of channels
Good news for DTH customers in the country. TRAI is all set to enforce a new ruling that would bring joy to everyone who pays for a DTH connection every month.
DTH service providers would soon have to allow customers to pick channels of their choice. Currently, customers are forced to pick between bouquets. This means that the customer ends up paying for channels they do not care.
The only limitation is that the customer would have to pay at least Rs. 50 for the list of channels they want to pay for. This should not be a problem for anyone in our opinion.
TRAI is also going to enforce another ruling which would stop the operator from hiking the price of their offerings within the first six months of subscription for a new customer.
These new rulings come into effect from September 2010.
We can only hope now that TRAI forces the DTH operators in the country to make their devices interoperable so the the customers can switch from one service provider to another without buying a new set top box.
Zee Dish TruHD DTH to broadcast India Sri Lanka cricket series on Ten Sports HD
Zee Dish TruHD DTH has announced a partnership with Ten Sports.
Ten Sports would provide HD feed to Zee for the customers of their HD DTH Service.
The matches to broadcast in HD include:
India Sri Lanka Test Series 2010
India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka One Day Tournament 2010
Zee Dish TV spoke about this deal: “Under the partnership, three test matches of the Micromax Cup (between India and Sri Lanka) and one-day tri-series between India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, starting July 18, 2010, would be available for our subscribers. After FIFA World Cup, we are now offering international cricket series free to all Dish TV HD subscribers, new and existing.”
Ten Sports added: “HD technology, with its enhanced viewing features, has proved to be a success with sports audiences globally. The Micromax Cup between India and Sri Lanka is one of the most anticipated cricket fixtures for the Indian fans and I am sure our viewers will surely enjoy the telecast in HD on Dish TV.”
Shah Rukh Khan to remain brand ambassador of Zee Dish TV
Zee Dish TV has announced that they have decided to continue their relationship with Shah Rukh Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan has been the brand ambassador for Zee Dish TV since 2007.
The company said: “Shah Rukh has helped our brand grow. Our advertisements with him have got great response from consumers. We are very happy with the results of the association and have decided to renew the contract.”
He features in most of their print, television and online ads.
Tata Sky DTH has Aamir Khan as their brand ambassador.
Tata Sky DTH launches HD STB for just Rs. 2599
Tata Sky DTH has announced the launch of their HD capable set top box.
It has been priced competitively at just Rs. 2599.
Tata Sky said that they are going to offer their HD service around the country.
The STB is capable of delivering 1080i picture quality, 16:9 aspect ratio and 5.1 surround sound.
Some of the HD channels to be on offer include:
National Geographic HD
Star Plus HD
Star Movies HD
Tata Sky is also planning to showcase movies on demand in HD quality.
Kites is going to be the first movie to be broadcast in HD on Tata Sky HD platform.
The company is offering a special deal to their existing customers. They can upgrade to the HD service and get the HD Gold Pack for an entire year for free.
Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels gets live television
Zee Dish TV is set to offer their television services on two luxury train services in the Indian market.
Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels would both offer live television using Dish TV supplied technology.
Zee Dish TV is incidentally already providing a similar service to Kingfisher Airlines.
The company said that they are now in talks with the Indian Railways to bring television programming to Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express.
Zee spoke about the technology powering the service: “Seamless entertainment in a train is a critical issue as the train crosses various terrains. However, through the technology we devised, the 54-inch long antennae will always remain connected with the satellite.”
Airtel Broadband offering double speeds to Airtel DTH customers
Airtel Broadband has been causing a lot of confusion in the recent days. Some of their recent offers are creating a mess in the mindset of their customers.
Some customers are being offered double speed for Rs. 100 on their existing connections. No criteria has been revealed publicly.
Some other customers are getting double speeds just like that. Sources say that the company is increasing speeds of all of their customers in a step by step way.
Now, Airtel has launched a new offer promising double speeds for their DTH customers. This offer works for a period of 12 months.
Nothing has been explained except for one thing that the offer is applicable only on select plans.
Checkout: Airtel Broadband on India Broadband Forum
Tata Sky: Airtel Digital TV making false claims in their ads
Tata Sky DTH has asked the Advertising Standards Council of India to verify the claims made by Airtel in their DTH service advertisements.
Airtel Digital TV ads claim that their service is based on MPEG 4 DVB-S2 technology which has a better picture quality compared to other service providers.
Tata Sky said: “MPEG-4 and DVB S2 are compression standards and have no impact on video picture quality. We want to correct the myth in the minds of the consumers that MPEG-4 DVB S2 provides better picture quality than other technologies used to provide digital signals.”
Airtel on their part have said: “We have sent our reply to ACI. Our claim is that our technology is superior to ordinary technology, which includes analogue cable.”
Indian DTH service providers use several technologies based on two compression standards MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.