Airtel digital TV
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Key people||Sunil Bharti Mittal|
|Products||Direct Broadcast Satellite|
|Subsidiaries||Bharti Telemedia Ltd.|
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. It uses MPEG-4 digital compression with DVB-S2 technology, transmitting using the satellite SES-7 108.2°E.
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.
Airtel Digital TV [Twitter on TV]
Airtel Digital TV subscribers can now watch their tweets live on their television screen. This has been made possible by the company through a partnership with Twitter."A revolutionary convergence of tweeting and television viewing, the concept is an innovation in the DTH industry across the world and it allows customers to experience Twitter on TV," Airtel Digital TV said in a statement. Customers have to press the green key on their Airtel Digital TV remote to enable and access the service. They can send their tweets with the specific hash-tags prompted on their TV screen and it shall be broadcast live by Airtel Digital TV. The service will start on 22nd October 2013. To begin with, the service is available on select TV channels but will be extended to others, according to the statement. "Your tweets will be broadcast live and you can read your tweets on the TV screen along with the tweets of your favourite celebrities," the statement said.The service is powered by Brizz TV and can be accessed by all the customers across the country on any set-top-box at no additional cost, it said."Given the ever increasing popularity of Twitter across the globe with over 500 million Tweets generated every day ...all our customers will now be a part of the convergence phenomenon along with the rest of the world," Airtel Digital TV CEO Shashi Arora said."We are excited to see partners like Airtel innovating with our platform and helping their audience connect with the TV programmes they love," Twitter Vice President (Business Development and Platform) Jana Messerschmidt said.
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 Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation Super Luxury Volvo buses plying on Delhi – Jaipur Highway
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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- Official website
- Airtel Digital TV Forum
- Airtel Digital TV HD Forum
- DTH Information Site
- DTH News Site