May 6th, 2010 |
Big TV, the DTH arm of Reliance Communications on 5th May 2010 launched India’s first ever High Definition (HD) set top box equipped with Digital Video Recorder (DVR) priced at INR 7,490.
The set top box will be the first to bring recording facility to a High Definition set top box in India and is touted to compete with TataSky+ and Airtel digital TV recorder, none of which have HD capabilities yet.
Here are some of the features:
200 hours recording on a 160GB hard drive
The set top box will support recording 200 hours of content on the internal 160GB hard disk. Such high recording time is achieved by using latest MPEG4 compression codec. However, I believe the 200 hours of recording time is for standard definition (SD) content. For HD content, it will be a lot less.
You will be able to use the set top box remote to control your TV and DVD player or music system. This is something that Airtel has been offering even in its entry level model of digital TV.
High Definition (HD) channels
Currently only Discovery and Nat Geo high definition channels will be available. Later on Reliance will add more HD channels including some of its own movie and entertainment channels in HD. The HD channels will give you much better picture quality with 5 times the resolution of SD, 16:9 wide aspect ratio and 5.1 channel Dolby Digital sound.
Pause & Rewind
You can also pause or rewind live TV.
There is no word on whether the set top box offers remote recording facility as offered by TataSky+ and Airtel digital TV recorder.
There are 3 offers under which you can purchase the new STB:
This includes GSK worth INR 2490 and activation fee of INR 5000. There is no free usage with this price and users will have to buy Big TV packs separately.
This includes GSK worth INR 2490 and activation fee of INR 5000 plus 3 months of Diamond pack which will also include Nat Geo HD a no additional cost.
INR 5990 for existing subscribers
This offer is only for existing subscribers of Big TV who can upgrade their STB from SH to HD at this price while continuing their current subscription pack.
The new set top box will be available from 7th May 2010 across 100 cities in India.
[via ET & Shaswat Patel]
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