Sun direct today launched the first ever HD experience in Direct to home services called, Sun direct HD. It boasts wide variety of features including many firsts.
Due to its High definition (HD) feature the picture clarity will be five times that of a normal TV. Also the images will be sharper than others making television viewing more thrilling. It has a 16:9 wide aspect ratio which nicely suits with most of the HDTV’s.
It powers a 5.1 channel dolby digital surround sound which promises a theatre like experience in your house.
At present, only
Tamil and Telugu channels are supported with HD quality (there are 8 HD channels including 4 English channels). Efforts are being put in to add more channels to the list.
In order to view HD content with this set top box you need to have a HD capable TV set.
The advantages of having a HDTV is, it will have 5 times more pixels than a normal TV which makes the images look sharper. Also the resolution must be set to 1920×1080 pixels to take full advantage of Sun Direct HD.
The price of Sun direct HD seems to be way too much compared to other normal Direct to home services. But since these are just initial days of HD TV viewing, I believe the prices will come down in the future.
The HD set top box is priced at Rs.9999 plus additional taxes that are applicable.
Installation charges are Rs.1250 (plus taxes), HD content access is charged at Rs.100 per channel per month along with a basic Package of Rs.499 for 5 months (Minimum hire period).
So all in all, to watch a single Tamil or Telugu channel with High Definition experience, you have to cut down your pocket weight by nearly Rs.11850 plus all extra taxes that are applicable.
And some 30000 or 40000 Rupees to buy a High definition TV if you don’t have it now (it is not mandatory to have a HD TV but its useless to buy a HD Set top box for a normal TV).
Update: The prices have indeed come down. You can get a Sun Direct HD (with recording) for just Rs.2290 plus 2 moths free subscription to super value pack.