Tata Sky will soon launch a set top box which will let you record HD content. The Tata Sky+ HD PVR (Personal Video Recorder) set top box will carry a price tag of Rs. 3,999.
This should come as a good news for cricket fans because they can record the World Cup games they are forced to miss in HD! The Tata Sky+ HD PVR set top box will have a storage space of 500GB and will feature all the HD channels that are currently available on Tata Sky, such as, National Geographic.
It must be noted that, currently, the only HD channel available on Tata Sky are Discovery, National Geography and Star Plus. But, you have an HD on demand option and special sporting events are also streamed in high-definition mode. Related: Doordarshan HD channel in India for CWG
Also, you will have to pay Rs. 30 extra for the HD pack per month, over and above your monthly plan. However, even if a channel is not in high-definition resolution, you can still record 625 hours of content.
The new Tata Sky set top box can stream hi-definition content in 1080i resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which will avoid stretching of images on similar-shaped LCD TVs. Tata Sky+ HD also supports 7.1 channel audio output with Dolby Digital Plus, if you have the setup to output it.
The new HD set up box by Tata Sky offers features like pausing or rewinding live TV, different play-back positions, series link, resume recording after power cut and environment-friendly auto power standby. Tata Sky subscribers will also be able to watch one program and record another one simultaneously. Also see: 3D TVs tempt Indian buyers
Announcing the device on the eve of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Tata Sky CEO Harit Nagpal said, “In a country where cricket is nothing short of a religion, Tata Sky will immensely enrich the experience of cricket aficionados by offering them the highly anticipated sporting extravaganza on HD. With a focused objective to enthrall the Indian viewers, Tata Sky is introducing yet another ground-breaking technology – Tata Sky+ HD at an unmatched price point. This offer will be a sure-fire hook shot among the subscribers with a promise to bowl them over with the ultimate viewing experience.”