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Games magic: Even DD goes HD

delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2010 23:46 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
Commonwealth Games 2010

Commonwealth Games 2010 will be available on high definition (HD) mode, considered best in the world, through Direct To Home platforms to millions of viewers across India.

India’s national broadcaster Doordarshan has decided to launch the country’s first indigenous high definition channel on its Direct To Home Platform, DD Direct, on September 1 to broadcast the Games, which would be shared free of cost with other DTH operators. Already, foreign channels such as National Geographic and Discovery are available on HD mode.

It is part of the government’s decision to telecast the games on high definition (digital) quality for which the Central government has provided a budget of Rs 120 crore. Four high definition studios are ready at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkatta to enable the broadcast.

"We are already in talks with Airtel, Reliance. Sun TV and Tata Sky for sharing the content free of cost," said a senior Doordarshan official.

Sun TV is already providing high-definition enabled signals while others are in the process of doing the same.

"We are confident that most DTH viewers would be able to watch the Games on high definition."

To view the high definition signal, your television should also be HD compatible. Or else, the viewers will have to buy a special set top box to make their television high definition compatible.

The official, quoted above, said that most plasma or flat screen television sets are HD compatible.

To ensure that the signal of the games is of high quality, the DD has decided to launch a new channel to show games on HD for DTH operators. This new channel will be available on DD Direct, other DTH operators and satellite linked cable operators. Prasar Bharati, which governs DD, has already signed an agreement with a consortium headed by UK based SIS TV for production of majority of events on high definition quality.