Airtel digital TV

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Airtel digital TV
Type Subsidiary
Industry Satellite television
Founded 2008
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Area served India
Key people Sunil Bharti Mittal
Products Direct broadcast satellite
Parent Bharti Airtel[1]
Subsidiaries Bharti Telemedia Ltd.
Website www.airtel.in/digitaltv
Airtel Digital TV SDU and MDU dish

Airtel digital TV is an Indian direct-broadcast satellite service provider owned and operated by Bharti Airtel. Its satellite service, launched in 2008, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in India.[2] It uses MPEG-4 digital compression with DVB-S2 technology, transmitting using the satellite SES-7 108.2°E.

As of 31 December 2013, Airtel digital TV has total 394 Channels and Services including 19 HD channels.[3]

Its primary competitors are Dish TV, Tata Sky, Videocon d2h and cable television providers. It has a total subscriber base of 8.8 million as of 31 December 2013.[4]

Airtel Digital TV Recorder[edit]

A premium DVR (Digital Video Recorder) allows 150 hours of recording live TV on a 160 GB hard disk with MPEG 4 picture clarity. This product was discontinued after the launch of [HD] Recorder.

Airtel Digital TV [HD][edit]

Airtel Digital TV HD provides channels in their native resolution of 1080i or 720p with 16:9 aspect ratio. The STB is compatible with 7.1 Channel Dolby Digital Plus surround sound as well and is in fact the first HD STB in India to be compliant with Dolby digital Plus.[citation needed]

Airtel Digital TV HD+ is a recorder that records content on an external USB drive/hard disk drive. It is different from the Digital TV [HD] recorder that records content on an in-built hard disk drive. HD+ offers potentially unlimited recording, as the capacity depends on that of the external hard disk drive/ USB drive. However, it only has a single tuner and hence only a single channel can be watched and recorded at the same time. This is in contrast to the [HD] recorder that enables one to watch and record two different channels at a time and to also supports simultaneous multiple channels recording.

Airtel Digital TV [HD] Recorder[edit]

On 4 May 2010, Airtel digital TV from bharti airtel announced the launch of its 3D ready High Definition Personal Video Recorder (HD Recorder).[5] Retaining its pioneering Remote Recording feature, airtel digital TV's HD Recorder offers unique features of Automatic Favourites, Search and Genre and Category sort and is 3D ready.

On 24 May 2011, Airtel announced that its digital TV HD and HD-DVR boxes are software-enabled to view standard definition (SD) content upscaled to 1080i HD.[6]

Technical information[edit]

Airtel Digital TV's standard definition broadcasts are in MPEG-4 with Interactive Service (ITV) and 7-day EPG (electronic programme guide). Interactive Service (ITV) of Airtel Digital TV includes an add-on service that allows a user to shop, book movie tickets etc. A universal remote is included in the package that can, over IR frequencies, control both the TV and the DTH box. Like other DTH service providers, it also provides a pay per view interactive service that includes a catalogue of movies in Hindi, English and regional languages.

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