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Best DTH as per 'Living Digital' Magazine

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    Default Best DTH as per 'Living Digital' Magazine

    Living Digital (LD) is a monthly publication by CyberMedia India Ltd. It talks all about Electronic Gadgets/Gizmos, etc. Everything from TV, Mobile Phones, Games, to buying/maintaining tips are discussed in this mag. It costs Rs. 50/- and I highly recommend it to everyone.

    But lest I digress, I am not here to offer free publicity to this magazine.

    In the Dec issue, LD discusses the DTH scene in India. It compared the five DTH operators - DishTV, TataSky, Sun Direct, BigTV and Airtel Digital. Here are some excerpts:

    DishTV
    Pros:
    Neat Top-up Packs, Max recharge options, low cost
    Cons: Customer Care, Neo Pack missing
    Rating: 90%

    TataSky
    Pros:
    Sky's international experience, STB interface, interactive services, customer care, TataSky+
    Cons: Missing Zee Sports, Tard expensive
    Rating: 90%

    SunTV
    Pros:
    Simple base packs, lowest initial cost, excellent for South India
    Cons: Many sports channels like ESPN-Star Sports, Neo, etc. missing
    Rating: 60%

    BigTV
    Pros:
    Impressive channel line up, Lots of PPV movie options
    Cons: BigTV logo intrudes viewing, STB glitches/slow channel switch, poor Customer care
    Rating: 60%

    Airtel Digital
    Pros:
    Universal Remote, Best STB - remembers last channel, Worlspace Radio
    Cons: Boasts "HD Ready" but no component out
    Rating: 100%

    p/s. I somehow question this 100% rating for Airtel Digital. In my opinion, it is too new to have a judgement like that.

    There were many things discussed and put forth:

    a) MPEG4 has no advantage over MPEG2 in terms of viewing quality. This is what I also have been saying all along.
    b) For most operators, the CC numbers look like toll-free, but they are not.
    c) BigTV logo appears on the top left corner of the screen and this impairs viewing lighly.
    d) DishTV provides best and most convenient recharge options - 7 in all that includes Credit Card, online banking, Recharge voucher, Easybill, Home Pickup (in some cities), Money Order, and DD. Next best is Tatasky.
    d) Airtel Digital produced the best quality on flat panel TVs

    What LD recommends?
    1. Look for channels what you wish to watch and then compare the package cost. Do not go by the number of advertised channels.
    2. Confirm many times on hardware (CPE) warranty and repair costs.
    3. For first time buyers, LD recommends Airtel Digital or TataSky. DishTV is also recommended because it has many flexible plans to suit the budget
    4. If you are already having a DTH connection, LD does not recommend you to switch at all unless you have a serious issue with your current provider or not getting the channels you want. They say that CPE interoperability is in the offering and once that happens, you could switch.

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    Nice info

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    Yes. But the info is just an abridged copy of LD magazine article. What do you think?
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    thanks .. very helpful

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    Yes, it is a nice info. Thanks.

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    i always thought airtel was gonna offer something good... but its a waste with no component out!
    wtf is HD ready then? ... why is every1 trying to fool the general public around here

    they always do something to turn you off... ALWAYS!

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    thank you... Kix Good Info..................

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    What they said about TataSky is 100% correct. TataSky is a bit costly compared to others.Other than that, TataSky is the best. Missing Zee sports is not a big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rameshjeee View Post
    What they said about TataSky is 100% correct. TataSky is a bit costly compared to others.Other than that, TataSky is the best. Missing Zee sports is not a big deal.
    ya really, i don't even watch any cricket so it defo doesnt affect me ... so i guess tata sky is the way to go.

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    To make a clear distinction between TS and DishTV, here is a list of exclusive channels:

    Channels exclusive to TataSky:
    BBC Entertainment, bindaas, Headlines Today, Jetix, MH1, Metro Nation NDTV, Neo Cricket, Neo Sports, UTI Business News, UTV Movies, World Movies

    Channels exclusive to DishTV:
    9XM, B4u Music, Boomerang, CNEB, DW-TV, E24, etc, KBS World, Live India, MGM, music India, NHK, SS Music, TBN, TCM, Toon-Disney, Voice Of India, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Zee Music, Zee Next, Zee Premiere, Zee Smile, Zee Sports

    Assumptions:
    1. If you are a TataSky subscriber, you are subscribed to Super Saver Pack, Lifestyle Gold, Sports Gold, Sports Platinum, and Ten Sports (a-la Carte) @ Rs. 380 pm.
    2. If you are DishTV subscriber, you are subscribed to Platinum pack, Starry Pack and CNBC Pack, @ Rs. 377 pm.
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    You Rock mate was wondering which provider to choose i had zerroed it on Airtel
    thanks

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    Default Not switching..

    hi, thanks for the information STB/equipment being under interoperability. I am using TataSky and i am satisfied except on price. I am getting tempted to switch to airtel for their universal remote support :-) Now, I will not switch for the timebeing.

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    Default Hard to trust!

    Really never trust magazine articles, its always the research that is helpful.
    If you look at all the service providers there is a interesting pattern; like one provider having a certain feature/quality/service which the others dont have so in my opinion companies do this to avoid competition amongst themselves just like you'll always get a copy of resource hogs like McAfee/Norton with new Windows PC. [Just like that: "If microsoft was replaced by a rocketing OS like Ubuntu then really all these companies would die flatout"]

    AGAIN it seems like that Airtel is the best out there but if to choose between TataSky and Airtel you should go with Tata(Sky as it is the best buy in every aspect. I'm saying that coz I own a Airtel already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady911 View Post
    Really never trust magazine articles, its always the research that is helpful.
    If you look at all the service providers there is a interesting pattern; like one provider having a certain feature/quality/service which the others dont have so in my opinion companies do this to avoid competition amongst themselves just like you'll always get a copy of resource hogs like McAfee/Norton with new Windows PC. [Just like that: "If microsoft was replaced by a rocketing OS like Ubuntu then really all these companies would die flatout"]

    AGAIN it seems like that Airtel is the best out there but if to choose between TataSky and Airtel you should go with Tata(Sky as it is the best buy in every aspect. I'm saying that coz I own a Airtel already.
    Eggggzzacctlllyy what I said in fine print!!

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    p/s. I somehow question this 100% rating for Airtel Digital. In my opinion, it is too new to have a judgement like that.
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    I am hearing a lot about Airtel's crappy CC service ...... surprising result ....it seems like they decided to outsource their CC service for DTH

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    tata skys costumer service is sooooooooooooo bad they added a few packges which i didnt want and said there is no account balance
    im planning to change to air tel due to its universal remote and more channels

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    I am surprised. Although a DishTV user myself, people have always said good things about TS' customer service.
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    Any similar review on IPTV. presently we have Airtel and MyWay (BSNL/MTNL) in the market.
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    IPTV is not doing good right now.

    1. People do not understand what it is.
    2. Those who do, do not trust it.
    3. Airtel has low penetration in terms of telephone lines.

    That's why there have been no reviews/comparison. Will see if there is one and post it. All are welcome to do so, in fact.
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    how about updated review...

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    thanks for the post

    I needed it the most

    really interesting post and news
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    Unhappy Dish TV Dosen't have chanal in it's list

    Dish TV Dosen't have chanal in it's list like colors and more

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    The channel "Colors" is very much in the list of channels available on DishTV. Which country are you from?

    "Neo Sports" and "Neo Cricket" are the only major mainstream channels not available on DishTV. But then there are some channels on DishTV not available elsewhere. But this is true of all DTH providers. Every provider has one or two channels that are exclusive.

    p/s. Mainstream means not regional.
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    Default I am from India

    I was searching for DTH service, and in dish tv's web site colors channel is not listed, that's why i am saying that.

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    Vasundhra probabbly forgot to update it or is that neo for dish tv?

    Dish tv does provide colors channel.

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    OK, But Still confuse between "tata sky" & "airtel digital tv"

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikas_meshram View Post
    OK, But Still confuse between "tata sky" & "airtel digital tv"
    Colors channel is listed in the DishTV as an add-on a-la-carte channel (Vasundra updated the web site. LOL.)

    If it is selection between TS and Airtel, I think you should go with TataSky.
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    sorry, it's confusion between "Dish TV" & "Airtel Digital TV"

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    Go for DishTV. It is way cheaper and quality/service is also decent.
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    Guys, i still have that good ole cable TV. I am charged Rs 150 for Rs50 extra for an extra TV connection. Is it worth upgrading to a DTH ?? I have a 32" Full HD LCD and a 42" HD ready TV (2 years old). Would i see a significant change in quality? I did not start a new thread as this thread is anyways about the Best DTH.

    Channels i cant miss are : ESPN, STAR Sports , Neo cricket, discovery, HBO , Zcafe , CNN IBN

    Channels my family cant miss are : Star Plus (bleh !) , Colors (irritating !), Star one, NDTV

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    Here are the main reasons why I switched to DTH inspite of the higher cost:
    • All channels having crystal clear clarity especially in terms of video
      • Today cable TV is digital and things may be different. But three years ago, we never used to get consistent clarity on all channels
      • I like watching Discover/AP/NatGeo. The cable guy always used to put them on UHF with snowy picture and Hindi language.
      • Yeah. I was exactly as SRK portrayed on the DishTV ad.
    • Freedom from arbitrary changes in channels
      • The cable guy used to change channels arbitrarily. Channels used to appear and disappear because the cable company did not pay dues (remember ESPN/Star Sport row with cable providers)
      • Channels used to be sorted randomly. Till today one channel was one frequency, tomorrow different.
      • Lots of useless channels because the cable guy had to cater to people from all communities.
    • Ensuring that I can watch TV (even during power outages)
      • In those days, we used to have power outages for 3 hours daily but scheduled at different times in different areas.
      • So if in my house, I did not have power from 12 PM to 3 PM, the cable provider did not have power from 3 PM to 6 PM. A six hour TV outage.

    There are a few others too.
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    Preity Good information...

    Request inputs for the updated on new genration DTH with HDMI and interoperatability(Switch to any service provider with the same set-up box), their buying cost and installation, etc.

    By the way I required latest research on the Best DTH, as I am new buyer.

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    Can any one update the DTH provider name, channel list, purchase price & monthly chages. That will easy to everyone to choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abani View Post
    Can any one update the DTH provider name, channel list, purchase price & monthly chages. That will easy to everyone to choose.
    Good point. Why don't you take the lead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarK View Post
    ya really, i don't even watch any cricket so it defo doesnt affect me ... so i guess tata sky is the way to go.
    Tata sky is good until it comes to their service. Once the service is down it stays that way for a long time, they are least bothered.
    I have taken the annual mega packs, and hence doomed until the year end.
    Wouldn't recommend Tata sky, their service is poor in Bangalore. And never take an annual scheme, with monthly scheme at least they may get back to you in a month.

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    @Coucheallu
    It is probabbly a local problem. Here in Delhu Tata sky support is "very" prompt. I have never had downtime so not sure how they respond to such complaints but when I called them to change the location of a settop box (within the same house) they were very prompt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coucheallu View Post
    Tata sky is good until it comes to their service. Once the service is down it stays that way for a long time, they are least bothered.
    I have taken the annual mega packs, and hence doomed until the year end.
    Wouldn't recommend Tata sky, their service is poor in Bangalore. And never take an annual scheme, with monthly scheme at least they may get back to you in a month.
    My experience with TataSky has been excellent also. I am on annual mega pack. First, I rarely have to call them for anything. Monthly invoices are sent to email. A couple of times I had to call them for service related issues which were resolved promptly. Once I had to reserve an appointment for slight shifting of terrace dish and this was done judiciously. So I guess that what you are experiencing is a highly localized phenomena in the space-time continuum.

    But I do have other issues with TataSky.

    1. They are currently the costliest and provide the least number of channels (especially HD).
    2. Being on annual mega pack is no more attractive as they are hardly adding any new channel (which is the main advantage of annual pack).
    3. If I wish to switch, I can't do that right away.
    4. Though PQ is excellent, I am somewhere not getting the value for money feeling.
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