[Review] Which DTH Service Provides Maximum HD Channels in India?

UPDATED on Nov 29, 2016: Addition of ETV HD channel on Tata Sky.

Ever since we posted our exclusive reviews and comparisons between India's major DTH (Direct-To-Home) services and also shared secret tricks to access hidden service menus in their set top boxes, various readers have asked us about the availability of HD (High Definition) channels on different DTH platforms.

People regularly send us emails asking whether a particular HD channel is available on their desired DTH platform or not. So today we decided to post another exclusive review and comparison list of all HD channels available on all Indian DTH platforms.

In this topic we'll tell you how many HD TV channels are available in India and which DTH service provides the maximum number of HD channels to its subscribers. It'll help you in deciding which DTH service provider is best for you.

We have 7 DTH service providers in India:

  • Tata Sky
  • Dish TV
  • Airtel Digital TV (ADTV)
  • Videocon D2H
  • Reliance Digital TV (RDTV)
  • Sun Direct
  • DD Direct+ (now renamed to "DD Free Dish")

DD Direct+ aka Free Dish is a free-to-air satellite service in India, actually its the only FTA satellite service in India. It doesn't provide any HD channel.

Following is the exclusive list of all HD channels available in India along with their availability on above mentioned DTH platforms:

NOTE: We are counting only true HD channels here. Dish TV claims to have maximum HD channels but some of them are upscaled HD channels not true HD channels. Upscaled HD channels are modified versions of SD channels with a little higher bitrate but you'll not notice much difference between SD and upscaled HD channels. Upscaled HD channels will never provide high picture quality as true HD channels do.

NOTE: The plus sign '+' indicates availability of Dolby Digital (DD) Surround Sound.

HD Channel Name

Tata Sky

Dish TV

Airtel Digital TV

Videocon D2H

Reliance Digital TV

Sun Direct

Hindi GEC
Star Plus HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y

Y+

Sony HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

Zee TV HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y

-

Colors HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

Y

-

Life OK HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

&TV HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

Sony SAB HD

Y+

Y

-

Y+

-

-

Epic HD

Y+

-

-

-

-

-

Hindi Movies
Star Gold HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y

-

Zee Cinema HD

Y+

Y+

Y

Y

-

-

&Pictures HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y

-

-

Sony Max HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

Miniplex HD

Y

-

Y

-

-

-

English GEC
Star World HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

Star World Premiere HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

AXN HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

Comedy Central HD

Y+

Y

-

-

-

-

Colors Infinity HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

-

-

Zee Cafe HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

FX HD

Y+

-

Y+

-

-

-

English Movies
Sony Pix HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

Sony Le Plex HD

Y+

-

Y+

-

-

-

Star Movies HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y

Y+

Star Movies Select HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

-

-

HBO HD

Y+

Y

Y+

-

-

Y+

Zee Studio HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

Y

Movies NOW HD

Y+

-

Y+

-

-

-

Movies NOW 2 HD

-

-

Y+

-

-

-

MN+ (Movies NOW+) HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

-

Romedy NOW HD

Y+

-

Y+

-

-

-

Infotainment
Discovery HD World

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

Y

Y+

TLC HD World

Y+

Y

-

Y

-

-

Animal Planet HD World

Y+

Y

-

-

-

Y+

National Geographic HD

Y+

Y+

Y+

Y+

-

Y+

History TV18 HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y

-

-

FOX Life/Traveller HD

Y

Y+

Y

Y

-

-

Nat Geo Wild HD

Y+

Y

-

Y

-

-

Nat Geo People HD

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

Travel XP HD

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

Sports
Star Sports HD1

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

Y

Y+

Star Sports HD2

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

Y

Y+

Star Sports HD3

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

-

-

Star Sports HD4

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

Y

-

Star Sports Select HD1

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

-

-

Star Sports Select HD2

Y+

-

Y+

Y+

-

-

Ten 1 HD

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Ten Golf HD

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

Sony Six HD

Y+

Y+

Y

Y+

-

Y+

Sony ESPN HD

Y+

Y

Y+

-

-

Y+

Music
MTunes HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

Y

-

MTV Beats HD

Y+

Y

-

-

Y

-

Nat Geo Music HD

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

VH1 HD

Y

-

-

-

-

-

English News
CNBC TV18 Prime HD

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

News X HD

Y

-

-

-

-

-

Teleshopping
Naaptol HD

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

Kids Entertainment
Baby TV HD

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

Nick HD+

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

-

Da Vinci Learning HD

Y

-

-

-

-

-

Regional
Sun TV HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

-

Y+

Sun Music HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

-

Y+

KTV HD

Y

Y

-

Y

-

Y

Star Vijay HD

Y+

-

Y+

Y+

-

-

Gemini TV HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y+

-

Y+

Maa TV HD

Y+

-

Y+

Y+

-

-

ETV HD

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

Asianet HD

Y+

-

Y+

Y+

-

-

Mazhavil Manorama HD

Y

-

Y

Y

-

-

Star Jalsha HD

Y+

-

Y+

Y+

-

-

Jalsha Movies HD

Y+

-

Y+

Y+

-

-

Colors Bangla HD

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

-

Zee Bangla HD

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

Colors Kannada HD

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

-

Colors Marathi HD

Y+

Y

Y+

Y

-

-

Zee Marathi HD

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

Zee Talkies HD

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

Star Pravah HD

Y+

-

Y+

Y+

-

-

Total HD Channels = 77

76

59

55

57

12

16

 

So if we look at the number, Tata Sky provides the maximum number of HD channels. Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon D2H are close to it. Do we need to say anything about Reliance Digital TV and Sun Direct?

So the list of winners based on maximum number of HD channels is as following:

1st - Tata Sky (76)
2nd - Dish TV (59)
3rd - Videocon D2H (57)
4th - Airtel Digital TV (55)
5th - Sun Direct (16)
6th - Reliance Digital TV (12)
7th - DD Free Dish (or DD Direct+) (0)

NOTE: Most of the Zee Network HD channels don't provide Dolby Digital (DD) Surround Sound. Reliance Digital TV doesn't provide DD sound on any HD channel. DishTV provides DD sound on very less number of HD channels (only 20 channels). On the other hand, Tata Sky (54), Airtel (46), Videocon (38) and Sun Direct (13) provide DD sound on almost all available HD channels.

Exclusive HD Services List:

  • Tata Sky has launched exclusive HD+1 channels for Colors, Sony, Zee TV, Zee Cinema and Sony Max which broadcast TV shows and movies with 1 hour delay of the same respective HD channels. It'll provide an opportunity to viewers to watch their favorite shows and movies twice or immediately if they missed it by an hour.
  • Videocon has started 2 new VOD (Video-On-Demand) HD channels "D2H Cinema HD" and "D2H Hollywood HD" which telecast latest Bollywood and Hollywood movies in HD. But they don't provide DD Sound.
  • Tata Sky has launched 5 Showcase HD channels which are PPV (Pay-Per-View) channels and telecast latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies in HD but without DD sound.
  • Tata Sky has also launched 3 Star Sports Add On Service HD channels which are event-based channels and telecast live Football matches.
  • Airtel has launched 2 Airtel Movies HD channels which are PPV (Pay-Per-View) channels and telecast blockbuster movies in HD but without DD sound.
  • Dish TV has launched Dish Buzz HD channel which telecasts Dish TV offers, advertisements and promotions.

One more thing to add! Videocon D2H and Airtel Digital TV provide 24x7 3D channels "D2H 3D Channel HD" and "Airtel Movies" respectively which show programs and movies in 3D format. Tata Sky has also started showing 3D blockbusters on its event-based channel "Showcase 3D" but its not a permanent channel.

We'll update this list whenever new HD channels become available on any DTH platform, so keep checking this page regularly...





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Comments

  • VG

    Older comments removed from the topic!

  • Hi there;

    VG - Congrats on providing useful Tips to quickly know whats the best DTH HD ..

    We need a Connection in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

    Do you think TATA SKY would be BEST deal , I decide so based on your reviews.

    Ppl do revert if you feel TATA SKY is not good in these areas, cos i recently heard some connect issues. I need your tips as you all seem genuine users. MOST reviews are by PAID TROLLS..!

    Thanks once again to ALL & VG.

    Much Regards

    AJ

  • VG

    ^^ Tata Sky service is quite good. Check the plans and channels in all DTH and go with the one which fits best for your requirements.

  • Hi there.

    VG - Firstly thanks for all the useful tips you provide us.
    I paid North HD royal pack on DISHTV but all the HD channels showing no signal.
    What do i have to do to get them working, do i have to add a transponder or frequencies or anything else. SD channels are good.
    By the way i'm in Afghanistan NSS 6

  • VG

    ^^ Sorry but I cant help much since you are not living in India. But you can try following:

    http://www.askvg.com/revealing-hidden-secret-service-menu-in-dish-tv-dth-set-top-box/

  • Thanks VG

  • Hi VG,
    Thanks a lot for this comprehensive list. You have covered every aspect of the DTH quality and based on this sheet I opted for Tata Sky HD.

    I must say that i am extremely pleased with this connection. I have opted for the Grand Sports Pack and i get 39 HD channels including Star Premiere HD. The only ones missing now are the HBO Premium Channels (hits & Defined) and they are available for 99/month.

    It's a treat to come back home and watch movies or programs via the HD channels provided by Tata Sky. I just wish more HD channels become available in the near future.

    Thanks again for your hard work.

    Cheers,
    John

  • Hey VG, Thanks! Your review really helped me a lot as i was well confused between airteldth, dishtv & tatasky, will go with tatasky for now.

  • VG

    Tata Sky has launched exclusive Colors HD+1, Sony HD+1 and Zee TV HD+1 channels which broadcast TV shows with 1 hour delay of the same respective HD channels. It'll provide an opportunity to viewers to watch their favorite shows twice or immediately if they missed it by an hour.

  • Why Dish TV isn't adding any new HD channels @VG Bro???

  • VG

    ^^ They'll add soon.

  • HBO Hits changing to HBO HD on 4th Sep.

  • Sab HD also coming on 4th Sep.

  • Thank you for this informative comparison article. This is a really handy piece of information for making a better, informed choice. Once i look at this I can confirm that Tata Sky is my DTH of choice . Saved more than an hour of my time!

  • please make an artical on telecom operaters with full detail spectrum and band .

  • HBO HD Added on Dish tv , tata sky , airtel

  • Hbo hd and sab hd added on tata sky

  • Sab hd added on dishtv

  • SAB HD & HBO HD added on Dish tv , TS , Airtel

  • Dear VG

    Any update of WB? WB HD? or else.

  • VG

    ^^ Not yet.

  • Hello VG, I was having problem with usb tethering in my Windows 10 PC, it was working fine in windows 7 but windows 10 had that problem from the beginning and it is still present in the anniversary update. I searched all over the internet and finally there was a trick to solve this - youtube.com/watch?v=tyBS3rVTxxU

    I request you to take a look at that post it to your site and let everyone know about that fix.

    #NotSpamming #NotMyChannel

  • @Vg Bro
    Any news on Star Sports Select HD and Le Plex HD on Dish TV???

  • Dear sir i request to all HD channel add DISHTV platform...

  • Why Videocon D2H is not adding HD Channels? It has also not added SD channels like Movies Now 2 and Magicbricks now.

  • Etv hd ???

  • Dear sir I request to (star jalsa HD & jalsa movies HD) add dish TV .DISHTV me kohi bengoli HD channels add .....

  • Dear sir i request to (star jalsa HD & jalsa muvies HD) channel add me DISHTV.

  • Hi bro,
    What about ETV HD Telugu?.

  • Finally Videocon D2H has shown some interest in adding 2 HD channels. I was about to ditch videocon and take TATA Sky.

  • Any update or news on dishtv and d2h merger???????
    Pleases reply VG.

  • VG

    ^^ No official update yet.

  • If only i have read it before going for dish tv...now m trapped...very very useful article thannx

  • bro when will star sports select HD be available on dish tv?

  • bro when does dishtv add star sports select HD1 HD2 and maatvHD and epic HD will these channels be added to dishtv if so can i know when they are going to add i heard that Etv telugu Hd is also available if so when its being added on dishtv please do help me bro

  • Is DTH portability is possible.
    And how much time TRAI would take introduce it.
    What do you thing VG ?

  • VG

    ^^ TRAI is working on implementing DTH portability but dont expect it soon. It may take 1 or 2 years in implementation.

    @Others
    There is no information about Dish TV HD channels addition at the moment.

  • Sir,
    When add 4k channels in indian dth.

  • VG

    ^^ It'll take some time. Travel XP is going to launch its 4K channel soon.

  • Has Tata Sky stopped adding HD channels : Movies Now 2 HD channel not added that Airtel has done ?!? TS was on the forefront of adding new HD channels

  • Sir,
    when add Jaya HD in TATA Sky

  • VG

    According to my sources, Tata Sky is planning to add many HD and SD channels in bulk through a mega channels addition very soon.

  • In India there less hd channel so technicaly it doesn't matter how have more hd channels but thing matters more is how is giving more channel and service. How have more sd channel for less amount.

  • Who have more sd channel for less amount. Sorry for spelling mistake

  • Sir,
    Are you know any new Malayalam HD channels forth coming in this year.

  • D2h added 3 Bengali HD channels Colors Bangla, Star Jalsha & Jalsha Movies on 24th Sep.

  • colors Bangla HD doesn't have a DD audio in D2h. Please modify.

  • VG

    ^^ I already corrected it. ;)

  • Dish TV is not adding any HD Channels while d2h , which was being acquired by Dish as rumoured, is adding HD Channels ! Is Dish waiting for d2h to complete the process of adding the remaining available / launched HD channels before acquiring d2h so that Dish need not go through the negotiation again with the broadcasters for adding these channels or has just abandoned the plan of acquiring d2h ??

  • VG

    ^^ Only DishTV knows.

  • D2h added Star Pravah HD & Colors Marathi HD.

  • What about Le Plex HD and Sony ESPN HD on videocon D2h?

  • tatasky is costly...

  • D2h removed MTV indies HD.

  • Tata Sky also will remove music channels MTV Indies and MTunes and their high-definition (HD) versions from its platform from 4th and 31st October respectively. As per a recent notifiction in some newspapers Tata Sky informed that MTV Indies will be discontinued due to mutual understanding between the parties. In case of MTunes, the parties have failed to renew the agreement. Incidentally, Viacom18 is launching a Hindi music channel called MTV Beats to replace MTV Indies, whose content will be available on digital. MTV Beats is already available on Freedish. The broadcaster also has a licence to launch MTV Beats HD.

  • When will star sports select hd get Avilable on dish tv ????

  • Hi VG,

    Is there any plans for Videocon to add new HD Channels .As it seems that Tata Sky HD Channels count keeps on increasing whereas Videocon remains the same.Planning to do a switch to Tata Sky.Your views please.

  • VG

    ^^ Switching to Tata Sky will be a wise decision IMO.

  • 7HD channels added on #Videocond2h

    1.Maa TV HD added @ 987
    2.Vijay HD added @ 981
    3.Colors Kannada HD added @ 994
    4.&TV HD added @ 908
    5.Sony Sab HD Added @ 911
    6.Zee Cafe Hd added @ 935
    7.Zee Talkies Hd added @ 973

  • Dear sir kaya koyi mereko batayega ki DISHTV me new HD channel kab add hoga...

  • Sir
    I am very pleased with the info you gave about the HD Channels provided by different service providers. But one thing I wanted to know is that which service provider gives maximun bandwidth connection in less price, like tatasky gives services @ 99 + three 25 package. So if you pls give me the price list of different service provider, it will be very useful to me.

  • Any update on addition of Sony ESPN HD, Le Plex HD, HBO HD, Movies now HD, Movies now 2 HD and Movies Now 2 on Videocon D2H?

  • ETV not hindi channel this is telugu channel

  • VG

    ^^ Corrected.

  • etv telugu hd channel in tatasky .....?

  • Dear VG,

    In the List of HD Channels while FYI TV18 HD and Jaya TV HD is not available on any of the DTH platforms MTV Indies HD was available and removed by the DTH providers as this channel was replaced by MTV Beats HD and MTV Indies is available only on SD format. As this list ,so Painstakingly made by You is for the DTH HD Channels Subscribers, kindly consider removing /deleting these aforementioned 3 Channels from this list as these channels are either not available with the DTH platforms or Not available in the HD Format

    Regards

  • VG

    ^^ MTV Indies is still available on RDTV, I think. Correct me if I'm wrong.

  • when will k tv hd available on airtel dth

  • Do you have any idea if Airtel will add Zee Talkis Marathi HD, SAB HD, ANIMAL Planet HD, TLC HD or these channels will never add on airtel? Please let me know.

  • you should also consider the number of DD channels on platform for ranking in case of TIEs

  • Why Videocon d2h doesn't provide Animal Planet HD & Sony ESPN HD, Sony Le Plex HD & HBO HD in their platform. Any updates please

  • Sir,
    When add Movies Now 2 HD and Jay TV HD in Tatasky?

  • Hi There,

    I just need little help. (It would be great if you can reply me on mail along with publishing it in your website).

    I have got Videocon D2H connection.
    I hardly see Non-HD channels. I am in need of a plan which is cheapest and gives most of the HD channels. I don't need SD channels.

    Could you please suggest what should I do.

    Regards,
    Pradipta Saha

  • 1. FX HD
    2. Sony Le Plex HD
    3. VH1 HD
    4. Sony ESPN HD
    5. MTV Beats HD
    6. Romedy NOW HD
    7. Animal Planet HD World
    8. HBO HD
    9. Movies NOW HD
    10. Comedy Central HD
    11. Nat Geo People HD
    12. FYI TV18 HD
    13. Epic HD
    14. Baby TV HD
    15. News X HD
    16. Ten Golf HD
    add now on Videocon D2H

  • When will News X HD , Sony Le Plex HD, Sony ESPN HD , HBO HD , Comedy Central HD , MTV Beats HD ,FX HD , Movies NOW HD ,Romedy NOW HD be available on Videocon D2H ?

    When add VH1 HD and Animal Planet HD World , FYI TV18 HD in Videocon D2H ?

  • dishtv added ----- Star Sports Select HD1

    @Aniket Dutta
    DishTv is buying Videocon D2H , & deal will be compleated in few weeks

    I think then they will make all other HD channels avalible .

  • DishTV HD quality is the worst among all. Star Sports Select HD1 added today but quality seems to be like SD channel. Also when I replaced Videocon D2H with DishTV, initially I thought it was my mistake to observe the low picture quality of DishTV HD channels. But again I recharged Videocon just to check. HD quality is uncomparable for these two. Videocon HD is way better, cleaner and sharper.

  • Reliance digital added MTV Beats HD and removed MTV Indies HD

  • you should also consider the number of Dolby Digital channels on platform for ranking in case of TIEs

  • Do you have any idea if Airtel will add Zee Talkis Marathi HD, SAB HD, ANIMAL Planet HD, TLC HD or these channels will never add on airtel? Please let me know. OR best way switch to TATA sky.

  • Dear VG,

    In the List of HD Channels while FYI TV18 HD and Jaya TV HD is Not Available on Any of the DTH platforms As this list ,so Painstakingly made by You is for the DTH HD Channels Subscribers, kindly consider removing /deleting these 2 Channels from this list as these channels are either not available with the DTH platforms or Not available in the HD Format

    Regards

  • Zee Bangla HD is going to be launched on 20th November 2016.

  • Its official. Videocon d2h to merge with Dish TV to create a TV distribution behemoth. Following the closing of the proposed transaction, the merged entity will be renamed as Dish TV Videocon.

  • Dish TV and Videcon d2h now merged how long will I take the Dish TV HD Subscribers viewers to get the 19 unavailable HD channels in its platform ??

  • VG

    It'll take some time in merging and completing the official formalities. Only then we can expect addition of all remaining channels.

  • Dear VG,

    On the Merger of Dish Tv and Videocon d2h and what has transpired from the Interview to CNBC TV18 last weekend, Dish TV India Managing Director Jawahar Goel said

    1 ) “The two brands Dish TV and Videocon d2h will continue to operate as distinct brands in the market,”

    2 ) Goel pointed out that the merger will likely take around seven to eight months.

    In view of the above , any hope on the early addition of non-available HD channels on Dish TV can be laid to rest, at least for seven to eight months. Though Dish will add the HD channels that is in Dish /Zee stable like Zee Bangla HD , Zee Bangla Cinema HD and other regional channels ,in HD formats, for which they have obtained licence from Min. of I & B

    Regards,

  • VG

    ^^ Absolutely correct.

  • Hi,
    Zee Marathi HD going to be launch on 20th Nov 2016. Will it be available on Airtel digital tv? Please let me know.

  • Has Dish /Zeel Taken over Reliance Digital TV ? As per media reports ,Zee, through two different corporate entities, take full control of the general entertainment TV business and 49 per cent stake in the radio business of the Anil Ambani-led Reliance ADA group.

  • Hey VG !!

    TATA Sky Added two hd channels last wek, i received notification but not remember ..

  • VG

    ^^ Those were Zee Marathi and Zee Bangla.

    @AMIT MITRA
    Yes. Thats true.

  • Sir,
    When add 4 k in any DTH Service

  • When will Ten Golf HD get Avilable on Videocon D2H ????

  • HI,
    TATA SKY seems best with maximum numbers of HD channels.
    But which company providing best service for 3D Channels?

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