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Airtel digital TV
Industry Satellite television
Founded 2008
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Area served
Key people
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Products Direct broadcast satellite
Parent Bharti Airtel[1]
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.[2] It uses MPEG-4 digital compression with DVB-S2 technology, transmitting using the satellite SES-7 108.2°E.

As of 28 November 2014, Airtel digital TV has total 383 Channels and Services including 25 HD channels.[citation needed]

Its primary competitors are Dish TV, Tata Sky, Videocon d2h and cable television providers. It has a total subscriber base of 9.54 million as of 30 September 2014.[3]


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.[4]

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]

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.


On Demand Entertainment[edit]

Airtel Digital TV provides On-Demand services on connected boxes. A customer can view 1600+ titles including Movies, TV Shows, Sitcoms and can Catch-up on missed TV shows of last 6 days for Top 35 channels.

Interactive Services[edit]

Airtel Digital TV also contains interactive services:

  1. iDarshan
  2. iKidsworld
  3. iMusicspace


A subscriber can make their TV a Gaming Zone. Currently there are 6 Games available on Airtel digital TV in 3 pack variants - Silver (2 Games), Gold (4 Games) and Platinum (6 Games).

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