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.
Airtel has added a bunch of radio channels to their service platforms. Most of these are from the All India Radio. There are some private ones too. But these are no comparison to what they had originally launched with… WorldSpace.
Airtel was forced to remove the WorldSpace channels after the company stopped operating in the country. Here is the list of available channels:
FM Gold Mumbai
FM Rainbow Bangalore
FM Gold Chennai
Airtel is not charging for these channels. They really cannot considering the quality of the available options!
Tata Sky DTH has for unknown reasons discontinued connection transfer services.
This means that you can no longer transfer a connection to a friend or relative.
Tata Sky does not give a reason for the change in policy. Their website states:
Effective 30 December, 2010 the Transfer of Ownership facility has been withdrawn. In case of discontinuation of services on subscriber’s request, the subscriber will not be allowed to transfer the digicomp/connection to anybody else. The subscriber’s account will stand cancelled. Remaining account balance, if any, shall stand forfeited.
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.
Tata Sky DTH now offering all channels on a la carte!
Tata Sky DTH has launched their Make My Pack service. This is something that is highly desirable by the end user in the Indian DTH market.
Customers can now pick individual channels for their own connection. There are a couple of limitations like the channels would have to be subscribed for a minimum period of three months and you cannot make a package that costs less than Rs. 150.
But still, this is much better than paying for bundles of channels for a single channel you watch.
It is not clear whether this approach would become popular with their customers and whether rival services would also offer it in the coming times.
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.