Finally, Airtel has launched its personal video recorder (PVR) in the market under the name “digital TV recorder”. It has all the features TataSky+ has including some extra cherries such as:
The device is priced at 6990 INR. Existing users of Airtel digital TV can upgrade and get a cash back of 1000 INR to their account.
There is no specs page on the product’s website so we do not know what other ports this thing has. But a HDMI port means that this device should give the best picture & sound quality and should be ready ready for the HD broadcasts the DTH operators are planning to launch before Commonwealth games.
Based on the features mentioned on the site, it looks like the device is very similar to TataSky+. It has the same capacity (160GB) hard disk. I will not be surprised if Airtel is sourcing this from Humax, the manufacturer of TataSky+ boxes.
There is no mention of how many tuners this device has. It is extremely important that PVRs have at least two tuners so that you can record one channel and watch another one in parallel. TataSky+ has 2 tuners. At 6990 INR, we are going to give the device the benefit of the doubt and assume that it has two tuners.
The ability to record from your mobile phone is definitely a bonus. I have been longing for such a feature in TataSky+. Even the ability to schedule recordings from the web will be a welcome move by subscribers as it is extremely difficult to navigate through the crappy guides on the TV and schedule recordings.
Lets see how TataSky+ responds to this. A competition in this segment is very much needed to bring down the prices of these set top boxes.
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