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Haven't seen one yet so cant comment. Even Sun people dont have any clue about and with the price point they have its very very pricey and has just 2 HD channels that too tamil.
So till they make the market, dont even think about them
Sanjay, I disagree with you. Whats the point in putting HDMI in a STB when the quality is below DVD quality.
Tell me something, with the existing PQ which is not even DVD quality you dont need HMDI at all. Though many advertise as DVD quality, it is much much inferior to DVD quality except for few channels. You can search our forum about this and we discussed this in detail.
Just bcos you have HDMI in your STB one is not going to get quality picture, until and unless they start transmitting 720p (actual 720p) or 1080i.
Infact, even when they start HD, if they transmit 1080i, even then Component is good enough but cable quality makes a difference so HDMI is better bcos of that.
So in sense, HDMI is not an requirement for any DTH operator until and unless they start doing doing. Till then Component is more tha enough. So I am not surprised they didnt go with HDMI as it makes no business sense in the current market .
However, purely from marketing POV they could make some moolah by advertising as HDMI box and calling it "future". Im sure there will be takers (misinformed, nevertheless) .
However one thing I always wondered. HDMI and Composite both can do 1080i, but dont you think HDMI is better owing to the fact that the video is infact in DVI format, where as Composite is analogue (which gets back to digital domain, thanks to a DNIE/Intelligent frame/Xd/BE processing)? So, perhaps some degradation to be expected?
For common wealth games there will be hd transmission, maybe Airtel / Tata sky will offer.
Btw the new airtel pvr boxes will come with HDMI (maybe it can support HD also).
Lets wait. I don't see anyone with an Sun HD or any screen shots of it( I think it is like the dish tv dvr box which no one saw).
Also I read news that Discovery HD as been cleared for broadcast in India.
Regarding the Cable STB, it depends on the cable provider, if his channels are not encrypted (which I doubt) you can get generic cable boxes with component and tune channels.
Why even with Tata sky + you can tune to free channels of other providers (DD mostly).