New Delhi: With high definition technology catching the imagination of premium quality video and audio lovers, direct-to-home service provider Dish TV will launch high definition (HD) platform by the end of this year.
The company, which recently announced free set top boxes (STBs) for its subscribers, has plans to introduce the latest Motion Picture Expert Group 4 (MPEG) technology enabled STBs along with the HD platform for broadcasting. It is also holding talks with TV channels for production of HD content.
“We will launch HD platform along with MPEG 4 coming Diwali for the subscribers. We are also talking to a 2-3 TV channels and get into commercial arrangements for High Definition content,” Dish TV Managing Director Jawahar Goel told PTI.
High definition content, whether images or videos, have greater resolution than traditional standard resolution. The images and pictures appear more clear and sharp.
The sound quality is also enhanced.
Existing DTH players Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia, which are soon expected to announce their entry into the domain, are also equipped to provide HD platforms to its audiences.
“We have the HD technology ready with us, but there is no content in India at the moment. We will bring the technology in the market whenever the market is ready for it,” Tata Sky Chief Marketing Officer Vikram Mehra said.
Similarly, Bharti Telemedia Executive Director N Arjun said, “The equipment which we are using is HD enabled, at the moment we will launch the service in standard definition but going forward will bring in HD.”
MPEG 4 can provide 30 per cent more channels than the present technology. On MPEG 4, 21-22 channels can be beamed, on the other hand only 16-17 channels can be beamed by MPEG 2.
Besides HD, the service providers are also expanding their offerings by introducing digital video recorders which would enable the consumers to record the content as and when desired.
Towards the end of this year, Dish TV would launch its Digital Video Recorder DVRs, while Tata Sky would introduce Personal Video Recorders PVRs in the market.