The triple benefit Airtel IPTV is now available for users in the NCR region viz Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida and will soon be available in areas of Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. With Airtel IPTV you get the benefits of telephone, Broadband and Television on a single line.
The plans start from as low as Rs.399 per month and the fastest plan is worth Rs.1899 per month. With the IPTV you also have the advantage of seeing latest movies on a pay per view, subscription or promotion basis.
The Basic plan, called as Premium pack contains 135 channels and gives you access to movies worth Rs.150 for the first 3 months. The speed and data transfer in this plan is according to your DSL plan. Activation cost is Rs.3999 (non wi-fi version costs Rs.3499)
The second low price plan is the Magic@Home value plan which costs Rs.999 per month and plays 135 channels. You also get the same movie benefits as in the previous plan. You also get Unlimited Data transfer and an Airtelmail ID in this plan.
Activation charges are the same as the above plan.
The next plan is the Magic@Home 384 plan which costs Rs.1299 which gives a speed of 384kbps and unlimited data transfer. The installation charges are Rs.2499 (Non wi-fi version costs Rs.1999)
The next plan is the Magic@Home Turbo plan which according to me the best plan available. Even though it costs Rs.1499 besides installation charges of Rs.2499, its speed is 512kbps in day time and 1gbps at night which is at least needed for you to view TV un-interruptedly. Otherwise, you may see buffering more than the actual program.
All plans come with standard 135 channels that contain most of the famous channels unlike in the DTH services where to include one additional channel you may have to change to a heavier plan.
The channel list include Pogo, CN, Nick, Disney for Kids
Zee tv, Star one, 9x, zoom, colors, star plus, ndtv imagine, sony, sab, sahara one, bindaas star world in Entertainment category
Nat Geo, Discovery, History, Animal planet in Infotainment category
Zee cinema, HBO, Z studio, UTV movies, Star gold, star movies, Set max, AXN, Filmy, Sony pix, Zee MGM, Zee studio, B4U movies under movie category
Channel V, MTV, Vhr, 9xm, B4U music, Yo music, Music India in music
NDTV profit, NDTV 247, CNN-IBN, Times now, Aaj tak, India TV, Star news, NDTV India, IBN 7, CNBC TV18, CNN, BBC, CNBC Aawaj, Lok sabha, ETV bihar and Rajasthan, TV9 telugu, etv 2 under news
Ten sports, ESPN, Neo sports, Star cricket, Star sports, Neo cricket, DD sports in Sports category.
Update 2013: If you currently just have an airtel Broadband connection, you can get ipTV by topping up with Rs.249 every month. This can be done on any plan. But do note that data for streaming will be consumed from your existing broadband plan.
The triple play plans have also been revised in 2013. For Bangalore, there are now 2 plans, Rs.1099 (112 channels) and Rs.1199 (146 channels) per month. Both these plans are unlimited, with 2Mbps speed till 10GB and 256kbps from then.