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Airtel digital TV is an Indian direct broadcast satellite service provider owned and operated by Bharti Airtel. Its satellite service, launched on 2008, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in India. It uses MPEG-4 digital compression with DVB-S2 technology, transmitting using the satellite SES-7 108.2°E. Airtel Digital TV service was launched on 8 October 2008.
As of 13 December 2012, Airtel has total 304 Channels and Services including 17 HD channels.
Its primary competitors are cable television and other DTH service providers—Reliance Big TV, DD Direct+, Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, and Videocon D2H. It has a total subscriber base of 7.9 million as of 31 January 2013.
Technical information 
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.
Additional features 
Áirtel Digital TV Recorder 
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] 
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.. 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 
On 4 May 2010, Airtel digital TV from bharti airtel announced the launch of its 3D ready High Definition Personal Video Recorder (HD Recorder). 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. It is also the first STB in India to support compatibility for 1080p signals in future.
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. Picture Quality: Airtel Digital TV has DVD quality picture (We are not sure about HD yet though, but the picture quality is flawless, looks amazing on TVs no matter what size) There was no pixelation and the picture was perfect.
Mobile vehicle solution 
Airtel Digital TV on October 2010 launched a new way for people to enjoy live TV on the move, in form of in-bus entertainment.A multi TV screen Mobile Vehicle DTH solution with installation of its connections in RSTC Super Luxury Volvo buses plying on Delhi – Jaipur Highway Airtel Digital TV also Lunched HD DVR with 3D
Airtel Digital TV SDU and MDU dish
Reviews and recognition 
- Rated as the best DTH service in India in a review by Living Digital Magazine on 2 December 2008.
- Tagged as "the most tech savvy operator" and recommended as the most technically advanced service by Times of India in a DTH review dated 14 August 2011.
- Airtel Digital TV [HD] Recorder was rated as the best HD DVR in India over Tata Sky+ HD in an independent comparison carried out by Techwek.com. Airtel's HD DVR was rated 9/10 overall in the review.
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