TATA Sky logo
|Key people||Harit Nagpal (MD & CEO)|
|Products||Direct broadcast satellite, Pay television, Pay-per-view|
|Parent||Tata Sons (70%)
STAR India (20%)
Temasek Holdings, owned by Singapore Government (10%)
Tata Sky is a direct broadcast satellite television provider in India, using MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 digital compression technology, transmitting using INSAT 4A satellite at 83.0°E. Incorporated in 2004, Tata Sky is a Joint venture between the TATA Group and British Sky Broadcasting Group plc
Its primary competitors are cable television and other DTH service providers - Airtel digital TV, Dish TV, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital TV, DD Direct+ & Videocon D2H. It currently offers 275 channels (as of November 2013); this count includes 16 HD channels offered by Tata Sky and interactive services also.
In March 2010, Sun Microsystems partnered with Tata Sky to provide IT Infrastructure solutions and support for the launch of the company's direct-to-home (DTH) television.
In October 2008, Tata Sky announced launching of DVR service Tata Sky+ which allowed 90 hours of recording in a MPEG-4 compatible Set Top Box. The remote is provided with playback control keys and is being sold with special offers for existing subscribers. After 2011, TATA Sky+ started selling only HD Version of TATA Sky+ know as TATA Sky+ HD.
In 2008, Singapore-based Temasek Holdings picked up 10% stake in Tata Sky from the Tata Group. This has diluted Tata's stake in the venture to 70%.
STAR’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, owns an International group of DTH businesses that include Sky Italia in Italy and BSkyB in United Kingdom.
Tata Sky is a basic set-top-box offering SD picture (4:3 aspect ratio) and stereo sound along with interactive services.
Tata Sky HD
Tata Sky HD was launched on June 14, 2010 and has channels in their native resolution of 1080i or 720p. The STB is compatible with 7.1 CH surround sound as well. The service currently offers HD channels - MTunes HD, National Geographic Channel HD, Discovery HD World, STAR Movies HD, STAR Plus HD, Star Sports HD1, STAR World HD, STAR Gold HD, Star Sport HD2, Zee TV HD, Sony HD, Colors HD, Star World Premiere HD, TEN HD, Zee Cinema HD, Movies Now HD, Zee Studio HD
Tata Sky+ HD
Tata Sky have launched their HD DVR Set Top Box which comes with a 500 GB Hard Disk. However, Almost 120 GB is reserved for future services like VOD leaving about 425 hours of SD recording or 380 GB that is actually usable by customers.
Video on Demand
On December 25, 2011 Tata Sky launched Video on Demand(Vod) services for their Tata Sky+ HD set-top boxes.
Tata Sky VoD service will include Catch Up TV and VoD library of movies & TV concerts for subscribers for download but this requires a separate broadband connection to be plugged into the STB.
Tata Sky Universal Remote
In 2013 June Tata Sky launch their Universal Remote for their customers.This Universal Remote can be help full to operate television and STB in One Remote.
ISO 27001: 2005 accreditation
In March 2009, Tata Sky, became the first Indian direct-to-home (DTH) service provider to be awarded the ISO 27001:2005 accreditation, the benchmark for information security. ISO 27001:2005 is an international standard that provides specifications and guidance for the establishment and proper maintenance of an Information Security Management System (ISMS).
Tata Sky was selected as a SUPER BRAND for the year 2009-2010 by an independent and voluntary council of experts known as Superbrands Council. It is the only Indian DTH to have won this distinction.
Tata Sky had a subscriber base of 11 million customers, as of 31 October 2012.
- DD Direct+
- Dish TV
- Airtel digital TV
- Reliance Big TV
- Sun Direct DTH
- Videocon D2H
- Tata Group
- British Sky Broadcasting
- List of Indian DTH channels
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