HD DTH

balajik

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I basically don't watch Indian Television except for sports. My parents watch Tamil entertainment channels, Tamil and English news channels, sports.
So, my requirements are simple:
  • All possible/available tamil channels (SD; HD if available)
  • English news channels - NDTV 24x7, CNN-IBN, Times Now, Headlines Today, News X etc.
  • Sports HD channels - Star HD1, Star HD2, Sony Six HD, Ten HD
  • Sports SD channels won't hurt although I'm guessing all we want to see on Star/Ten/Sony will be available in the above 4 HD channels.
I browsed the sites of Airtel, Tata Sky, Dish TV, Sun DTH and Videocon. It's all confusing.
I'd appreciate inputs towards this purpose in terms of availability, costs, quality of transmission and service. Thanks.
 

Manish24

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#2
Videocon D2H has the most HD channels.(6-7 HD sports channel IIRC) Its the cheapest among all. Great customer service. Cons being slow, laggy menu UI.
 

mhsabir

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#3
Hmm... there are only 4 Sports HD channels which Balaji has listed. But, yeah it has most HD channels... Even Sun, KTV & Sun Music HD have been added recently...
 


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Manish24

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#4
Yes its really good. Make sure you get your set up box updated though when you buy. It wasn't updating automatically. had to make several calls, took a week, but got it updated manually.
 
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mhsabir

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I had used Airtel before. I dont find much difference in quality personally, but then I am not the right person to compare that. Cost-wise & channel-wise Videocon was better, though I suspect a couple of HBO HD channels have landed in Airtel but not yet in Videocon...
 


balajik

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#7
What pack(s) are you subscribing to? I think South Gold Sports HD Pack and possibly Sun HD addon pack won't be a bad idea.
I'm guessing most of the programming on Sun HD pack will be upconversions than genuine HD. I doubt these mega serials are using HD camera. No offense but most of these serial actors are ugly and they will be uglier in HD.
We won't be watching 75-80% of the channels in this pack. They shove all kinds of crap down our throat.
 
#10
Total value for money is Videocon D2H
The new HD box 2233 is great and it does not lag like the old ones.
Here is the updated channels and services list of Videocon D2H.
Updated on 16-Mar-2014.
HD Channels (27)
Hindi GEC (5)
102 Star Plus HD
104 Zee TV HD
106 Colors HD
108 Life OK HD
110 Sony SET HD
Hindi Movies (2)
204 Zee Cinema HD
206 Star Gold HD
English Movies (3)
242 Star Movies HD
248 Zee Studio HD
256 Movies Now HD
English Business News (1)
382 CNBC TV 18 Prime HD
Sports (4)
402 Star Sports HD 1
404 Star Sports HD 2
408 TEN HD
424 Sony SIX HD
Hindi Music (1)
560 M Tunes HD
Infotainment (4)
602 Discovery HD World
604 History TV 18 HD (Hindi/English/Tamil/Telugu/Bengali/Marathi/Gujarati)
606 NGC HD
999 d2h 3D Channel
Life Style (1)
640 Travel XP HD (Hindi/English)
English GEC (2)
652 Star World Premiere HD
654 Star World HD
Tamil (3)
797 KTV HD New
798 Sun Music HD New
802 Sun HD New
Telugu (1)
872 Gemini HD New
SD Channels (332 - 323 LCN and 9 Active)
Help/Info Channel (7)
100 Home Channel
422 Sports Info New
702 Bengali Home Channel
800 Tamil Home Channel
832 Kannda Home Channel
867 Malayalam Home Channel
878 Telugu Home Channel
Hindi GEC (17 + 5 HD = 22)
101 Star Plus
103 Zee TV
105 Colors
107 Life OK
109 Sony
113 Sony SAB
115 Sahara One
118 Rishtey
119 V
120 Bindass
121 Star Utsav
122 Zee Anmol New
123 Dangal
125 Big Magic
127 DD National
129 DD India
630 Big RTL Thrill New
Shopping (4)
133 StarCJ Alive
135 d2h Active Shopping
137 Home Shop 18
139 HBN New
Food (2)
145 Food Food
147 Zee Khana Khazana
Hindi Movies (13 + 2 HD = 15)
201 Sony Max
203 Zee Cinema
205 Star Gold
207 UTV Movies
209 Filmy
211 UTV Action
223 Zee Classic
225 Enterr 10
227 Cinema TV
229 B4U Movies
231 Movies OK
235 & Pictures
237 R Vision
VOD - D2H Movies (3)
213 Active d2h Movies1
215 Active d2h Movies2
222 d2h Cinema
English Movies (10 + 3 HD = 13)
241 Star Movies
243 Sony PIX
245 HBO
247 Zee Studio
249 Romedy Now
251 MGM Channel
252 UTV World Movies
253 Warner Bros
255 Movies Now SD
257 Star Movies Action
Hindi News (18)
301 ABP News
303 Aaj Tak
304 News Nation
305 NDTV India
307 Zee News
308 Jia News
309 IBN7
310 News Express
311 TV 24
314 Focus News New
315 Samay
316 India News New
317 India TV
319 DD news
321 News 24
322 Sudarshan News
323 Rajya Sabha TV
325 Lok Sabha
Hindi Business News (2)
341 CNBC Awaaz
343 Zee Business
English News (5)
351 NDTV 24x7
353 Times Now
355 CNN IBN
357 Headlines Today
363 News X New
International News (2)
359 CNN
361 BBC World News
English Business News (4 + 1 HD = 5)
381 CNBC TV 18
383 NDTV Profit
385 Bloomberg TV
387 ET Now
Sports (12 + 4 HD = 16)
401 Star Sports 1 (English/Hindi)
403 Star Sports 3 (English/Hindi)
405 NEO Prime
407 TEN Sports
409 NEO Sports
411 Star Sports 4 (English/Hindi)
413 TEN Action
415 DD Sports
417 Star Sports 2 New
419 TEN Cricket
423 Sony SIX
___ Fox Sports News East Active
Kids (11)
501 Cartoon Network (Hindi/English/Tamil/Telugu)
503 Hungama (Hindi/Tamil/Telugu)
505 Disney Channel (Hindi/English/Tamil/Telugu)
507 Nick (Hindi/English/Tamil/Telugu)
509 Pogo (Hindi/English/Tamil)
511 Disney XD (Hindi/English/Tamil/Telugu)
515 Sonic (Hindi/English/Tamil)
517 Baby TV
519 Discovery Kids (Hindi/English/Tamil)
521 Nick JR - Teen Nick (Hindi/English)
525 Zee Q (Hindi/English)
Hindi Music (13 + 1 HD = 14)
550 Active d2h Music
551 M TV
555 B4U Music
559 M Tunes SD
561 Zing
562 9X Jalwa
563 Mastiii
564 Music India
565 Sony Mix
567 9X M
571 UTV Stars
581 Zoom
583 E24
English Music (2)
557 Vh1
558 9X O
Infotainment (9 + 4 HD = 13)
601 Discovery Channel (Hindi/English/Telugu/Bengali)
603 History TV 18 SD (Hindi/English/Tamil/Telugu/Bengali/Marathi/Gujarati)
605 National Geographic (Hindi/English/Tamil/Telugu/Bengali)
607 Discovery Science (Hindi/English)
609 Discovery Turbo
617 Animal Planet (Hindi/English)
619 Nat Geo Wild (English/Tamil/Hindi)
627 Fox Traveller (Hindi/English/Tamil/Bengali)
631 Nat Geo people
Life Style (3 + 1 HD = 4)
633 TLC (Hindi/English)
635 NDTV Good Times (Hindi/English)
637 Fashion TV
English GEC (6 + 2 HD = 8)
651 AXN
653 Star World
655 Zee Cafe
657 Comedy Central
661 FX
663 Fox Crime
General Educational (3)
671 Care World
673 DD Gyan Darshan
674 DD Bharati
Devotional (13)
677 Aastha
679 Sanskar
681 City Pulse Paras
683 Arihant
684 Jinvani
689 Adhyatm
691 Ishwar Bhakti
695 Mangal Kalash
697 Vision TV Shiksha
698 God TV New
998 Namostute India New
___ Darshan 24 Darshan Active
___ MH1 Shraddha Darshan Active
Bengali (16)
701 Zee Bangla
703 E TV Bangla
705 Star Jalsha
707 Aakaash Aath
708 Kolkata TV New
709 ABP Ananda
710 Rupashi Bangla
711 Zee 24 Ghanta
712 Jalsha Movies
713 Zee Bangla Cinema
714 Planet M Cinema
715 Sangeet Bangla
717 Sony Aath
718 DD Bangla
719 News Time
720 Dhoom Music
Marathi (12)
721 Zee Marathi
723 E TV Marathi
725 Star Pravaah
727 ABP Majha
729 MI Marathi
730 9X Jhakaas
731 Saam
733 Zee 24 Taas
735 Zee Talkies
738 Jai Maharashtra
739 DD Sahyadri
740 IBN Lokmat
Gujarati (5)
741 E TV Gujarati
743 TV 9 Gujarati
744 VTV Gujarati
745 GS TV New
746 DD Girnar
Rajasthani (3)
748 E TV Rajasthan
749 DD Rajasthan
750 Samay Rajasthan
Punjabi/Haryana/Himachal (9)
751 PTC Punjabi
753 Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal
755 Focus Haryana New
757 PTC News
759 PTC Chak De
761 MH1 Music/Shraddha
763 DD Punjabi
764 9X Tashan
___ etc Punjabi State Active
Nepali (1)
765 Nepal 1
North East (7)
766 Khabar 365 Din
767 Focus NE
768 DD NE
769 News Live
770 DY 365
771 Rang
___ News Time Assam East Active
Bhojpuri(7)
240 Oscar Movies New
774 DD Bihar
775 Mahuaa
776 Sangeet Bhojpuri
777 Samay Bihar/Jharkhand
778 ETV Bihar/Jharkhand
779 Dabangg
MP/Chhattisgarh/UP/Uttrakhand (6)
772 DD UP
773 DD MP
780 Samay Madhya Pradesh/Chhattisgarh
781 Zee Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh
782 E TV UP/Uttrakhand
783 E TV MP/Chhattisgarh
Urdu (4)
785 E TV Urdu
787 DD Urdu
788 DD Kashir
___ Zee Salam State Active
Odia (9)
789 Tarang
790 Tarang Music
791 E TV Odia
792 O TV
793 Sarthak TV
794 DD Odia
795 Prathana TV
796 Focus Odisha
___ Zee Kalinga State Active New
Tamil (32 + 3 HD = 35)
799 Sun Life New
801 Sun TV
803 K TV
804 Adithya
805 Sun Music
806 Sun News
807 Kalaignar Seithigal
808 Jaya Plus
809 Chutti TV
810 J Movie
811 Star Vijay
812 Mega TV
813 Jaya TV
814 Zee Tamizh
815 Kalaignar TV
816 Thanthi TV
817 Isai Aruvi
818 Makkal TV New
819 Siripoli
820 Vasanth
821 Polimer
822 DD Podhigai
823 Captain tV
824 Puthiya Thalaimurai
825 Raj TV
826 Murasu
827 Jaya Max
828 Raj Digital Plus
829 Angel TV
830 Discovery Channel Tamil
850 Sri Sankara (Tamil/Kannada)
___ Aaseervatham Darshan Active
Kannada (18)
831 Udaya TV
833 Udaya Movies
835 Zee Kannada
836 Chintu TV New
837 Udaya Music
838 Janasri New
839 Udaya News New
840 Samaya News New
841 E TV Kannada
842 Public TV
843 TV 9 Karnataka
844 Suvarna News 24x7
845 Suvarna
846 Suvarna Plus
847 Kasturi
848 Udaya Comedy
849 DD Chandana
850 Sri Sankara (Tamil/Kannada)
Malayalam (21)
699 Goodness TV New
851 Surya TV
852 Mazhavil Manorama
853 Kiran TV
854 Kappa TV
855 Asianet
856 Asianet Plus
857 Kairali TV
858 Amrita TV
859 DD Malayalam
860 Asianet Movies
861 Surya Music New
862 Mathrubhumi
863 Asianet news
864 Manorama news
865 Indiavision
866 We
868 Reporter New
869 Shalom TV
870 Kochu TV
___ Jeevan State Active
Telugu (24 + 1 HD = 25)
871 Gemini TV
873 Gemini Comedy
875 Gemini Music
876 Maa Music
877 Zee Telugu
879 Gemini News New
880 Gemini Life New
881 ETV Telugu
882 Khushi TV New
883 ETV 2
885 Maa TV
886 Gemini Movies
887 TV 9
889 TV 5 News
890 ABN AndraJyothy
891 Sakshi TV
892 T News New
893 N TV
894 Maa Movies
895 Subhavvartha New
896 Maa Gold
897 DD Saptagiri
898 Bhakti TV
899 SVBC TTD
Audio Channels (40)
AIR Radio Channels (20)
901 AIR Hindi
902 AIR Vividh Bharati
903 FM Rainbow (Delhi)
904 FM Gold (Delhi)
905 FM Gold (Mumbai)
906 AIR Marathi
907 AIR Gujarati
908 AIR Bengali
909 AIR Oriya
910 AIR Assamese
911 AIR Punjabi
912 AIR North East
913 Radio Kashmir
914 AIR Urdu
915 AIR Tamil
916 FM Rainbow (Chennai)
917 AIR Telugu
918 AIR Kannada
919 FM Rainbow (Bangalore)
920 AIR Malayalam
D2H Audio Channels (20)
921 Latest Hitz
922 DJ Hitz
923 Romantic Hitz
924 Sentimental Hits
925 Ghazal
926 Bhakti
927 Shiv Bhakti
928 Mata Ki Jai
929 Radhe Krishna
930 Sai Amrit
931 Ganapati Devotional
932 Marathi Devotional
933 Gujarati Devotional
934 Bengali Devotional
935 Oriya Devotional
936 Rajasthani Geet
937 Hamaar Geet
938 Gurbani
939 Punjabi Lounge
940 Islamic Devotional
Active Services (16 - 9 Channels, 4 Games and 3 Puzzles)
Channel Active (0)
01 BLANK
02 BLANK
03 BLANK
04 BLANK
State Active (4)
01 Zee Salam
02 Jeevan
03 etc Punjabi
04 Zee Kalinga New
Darshan Active (3)
01 BLANK
02 Aaseervatham
03 Darshan 24
04 MH1 Shraddha
East Active (2)
01 Fox Sports News
02 News Time Assam
03 BLANK
04 BLANK
Game Active - (4)
01 Blackjack
02 Scratch Lottery
03 Solitaire
04 Club Darts
Puzzle Active - (3)
01 Brain Cell
02 Cross Words
03 Trivia Game
Ticker Services - (10)
01 BSE 30
02 Nifty 50
03 Bollywood
04 Business
05 Lifestyle
06 Live Score
07 Politics
08 Sci Tech
09 Sports
10 Top Stories
Mosaics (PIP) - (22)
01 Hindi Entertainment
02 Hindi Movies - Page 1
03 Hindi Movies - Page 2
04 Music
05 Hindi News
06 Kids
07 Marathi
08 Tamil - Page 1
09 Tamil - Page 2
10 Telugu - Page 1
11 Telugu - Page 2
12 Malyalam
13 Kanada
14 Bangla
15 Punjabi
16 Oriya
17 Sports
18 English News
19 English GEC & Movies
20 Lifestyle
21 Religious
22 Guj/UP/NE/Urdu
Total HD Channels : 27
Total SD Channels (Channels in LCN) : 323
Total Radio Channels : 40
Total Active Services & Channels : 16
Total Language Feeds (additional feeds) : 55
Total Ticker Services : 10
Total Mosaics (PIP) Services : 22
Total Channel & Services : 493
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balajik

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#13
I think the HD channels are bundled as part of a bigger package or as an add-on for a base package. So, I don't think you can just subscribe for the HD channels you need.
 

balajik

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#18
Yes, I see there are add-ons as I wrote in my previous post. What I'm saying is they are just add-ons for a base package. I suspect arunkris was asking if he can subscribe just for the HD channels without any other SD channels or base package. I don't think that's possible, is it?
 

balajik

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#20
Yep. Even SCV cable which I'm using now. One needs to buy a base pack even to get all FTA channels in digital format and to subscribe add-ons / top-ups.
It's like how in a chettinad restaurant, you can order "extra rice" only if you first order a biryani.