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    Default Need sugestion For Buying D2H

    Hi all

    I m planning to new D2H on Ganesh Cahturthi For my led Tv 32"

    I Have choice

    Tata Sky Hd
    Videocon DTH HD


    Which is Best for My led ?


    Suggest Me friends. also tell me offers ganesh festivals.

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    Out if the two choices you have given, I think you should go for Tata Sky...

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    I diagree somewhat. Even though TS has good quality and customer service, it is THE MOST expensive DTH service in India. They have only 11 or 12 HD channels and charge Rs. 100 as access fee for HD. You need to have the SD channel also subscribed to get the HD channel, e.g., to get Star Cricket HD, you need to have Star Cricket. Next, because they are still using MPEG2 encoding, which requires more bandwidth than MPEG4 and having run out of transpoders on INSAT-4 and not able to migrate to G-SAT, the chances of new channels, especially HD, is as remote as finding a waterhole in the deep recesses of the Thar desert.

    Videocon d2h is better. Its picture quality is very decent, customer service is quite OK and they have 21 HD channels. They are also the cheapest amongst the lot. Things may change in future (for better or worse) but at the moment, they are the best bang for the buck.
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    OMG seriously Videocon has 21 HD channels, and I thought that Tata Sky is probably only short of about 2-3 HD channels.

    I change my opinion then, I would advise POWARAJ to get Videocon DTH!

    Actually correction, just checked its 22 HD channels.
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    Thats a massive difference. I dont really watch TV these days but it wont hurt to have so many HD channels to be on stand by I will check out the channels they offer in HD and see if I like them. I might switch from Tata sky to Videocon DTH if the choice of channels looks compelling enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Thats a massive difference. I dont really watch TV these days but it wont hurt to have so many HD channels to be on stand by I will check out the channels they offer in HD and see if I like them. I might switch from Tata sky to Videocon DTH if the choice of channels looks compelling enough.
    Not only a massive difference in terms of number of HD channels, the packages are cheaper too. However, I also heard that the STB is a bit lethargic - can't confirm though. Demo is recommended.

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    Thanks For all of u for suggestion

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    @ POWARAJ

    Dont forget to post your ongoing review on our forum once you get your new connection Every bit of info you provide will help others who are undecided. First hand info is always welcome.

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    So have you got your DTH connection? Which one did you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    I diagree somewhat. Even though TS has good quality and customer service, it is THE MOST expensive DTH service in India. They have only 11 or 12 HD channels and charge Rs. 100 as access fee for HD. You need to have the SD channel also subscribed to get the HD channel, e.g., to get Star Cricket HD, you need to have Star Cricket. Next, because they are still using MPEG2 encoding, which requires more bandwidth than MPEG4 and having run out of transpoders on INSAT-4 and not able to migrate to G-SAT, the chances of new channels, especially HD, is as remote as finding a waterhole in the deep recesses of the Thar desert.

    Videocon d2h is better. Its picture quality is very decent, customer service is quite OK and they have 21 HD channels. They are also the cheapest amongst the lot. Things may change in future (for better or worse) but at the moment, they are the best bang for the buck.


    WE had a conversation about a year ago and you felt Videocon was the best bang for the buck, nice that you still stand by it. I haven't taken a connection yet but now I seriously need one, given that cable needs a set top box and I don't want to use the same cable service for the second TV at home, not too happy with the local cable wallah anyways, so don't want more of his service, rather diversify it.

    Please let me know if your recommendation has changed. I know you initially had DishTV, then Tata Sky and was planning to switch to a new operator around December last year. Did you switch to Videocon or are you continuing with Tata Sky ?

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    Its good to see that a brand and its services have actually been maintained, yet in the advertising world its not that popular....or you can say its not needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    Its good to see that a brand and its services have actually been maintained, yet in the advertising world its not that popular....or you can say its not needed.
    Videocon and Dish TV definitely has the best collection of channels for the price. Tata Sky is slightly technologically superior, which again is very debatable. There's some of the opinion that Tata Sky's service outages during rains are the worst. DishTV has way too many customers than it can manage or maintain QoS for, that's my understanding in brief from what I hear about DishTV. Every one of these has problems during rains, there's no winner on this one. I guess no one has come up with any technological workaround to ensure smooth service during rainy periods. I did come across a few complaints about Videocon STB hanging up, not sure how serious that one is.

    I don't want to jump onto anything and then be stuck with a lemon for the period of my contract. If I have to switch, the price I pay upfront from STB, Installation etc. goes down the drain.

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    Switching to a new provider is not as simple as it sounds. There is a lot of upfront investment in terms of CPE, viz., the Dish/LNB, STB, VC, installation charges, extra cable charges, etc. The initial cost is nearly Rs. 2500 or even more. Some discount is given if you opt for a long term contract. There in lies the problem. Should I switch, bear new costs, get better(?) service, additional channels, etc. or stay with current? Then again, if I switch, what is the guarantee that what looks better today will be just as good or better 6 months/1 year down the line?

    I stand by my statement. A year ago Videocon d2h was the best in terms of package cost, number of standard channels, and especially number of HD channels. The PQ is at par with the rest and the best. I am happy that this is still consistent today. But who knows what will happen tomorrow? Maybe TS will improve, maybe DishTV will. Nothing is static. I am stuck with TS till end-Dec, 13. I will review my situation then. At the moment, TS Mega Pack with HD costs me Rs. 6400 for 365 days (Rs. 17.53/day). The Videocon D2H annual pack, in comparison, costs Rs. 5770 for 415 days (Rs. 13.90/day). As stated before d2h is cheaper, near same PQ, and more HD channels and is a clear winner.
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    You have a point Just4kix its not easy switching to another DTH provider, easier said than done! You have the new costs such as a new set top box, installation, blah blah, then plus you would have your old set top box stored up doing nothing.
    The new cost is something which at times gets missed out on, I mean you have a DTH service stick with it unless your not getting a channel you really want to watch or the service is absolutely terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Switching to a new provider is not as simple as it sounds. There is a lot of upfront investment in terms of CPE, viz., the Dish/LNB, STB, VC, installation charges, extra cable charges, etc. The initial cost is nearly Rs. 2500 or even more. Some discount is given if you opt for a long term contract. There in lies the problem. Should I switch, bear new costs, get better(?) service, additional channels, etc. or stay with current? Then again, if I switch, what is the guarantee that what looks better today will be just as good or better 6 months/1 year down the line?

    I stand by my statement. A year ago Videocon d2h was the best in terms of package cost, number of standard channels, and especially number of HD channels. The PQ is at par with the rest and the best. I am happy that this is still consistent today. But who knows what will happen tomorrow? Maybe TS will improve, maybe DishTV will. Nothing is static. I am stuck with TS till end-Dec, 13. I will review my situation then. At the moment, TS Mega Pack with HD costs me Rs. 6400 for 365 days (Rs. 17.53/day). The Videocon D2H annual pack, in comparison, costs Rs. 5770 for 415 days (Rs. 13.90/day). As stated before d2h is cheaper, near same PQ, and more HD channels and is a clear winner.
    415 days for the videocon package as opposed to 365 for the tata sky one, how's that possible???? Interesting enough.

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    You get 50 days extra on one year's subscription on Videocon d2h - check their website, go to packages and click on on long term plans. There is price protection during the entire year too.

    For TataSky, there is price protection also for annual mega pack. In addition, if there is any new channel introduction, it is automatically added - this works differently for Annual Megapack South and Annual Megapack ROI. With megapack, you get 12 showcase movies free. I did not find the 12 free movies very attractive because the same movie is released on regular channels within 2/3 weeks. The only benefit is ad-free viewing.

    Offtopic:
    I am not a fan of movies on TV anyway because:

    - movies are heavily censored, especially English
    - cuss words are filtered/beeped out for no reason; even the word 'sex' is a taboo
    - too many ad-breaks (on regular channels)
    - pop-up ad's while movie is running (on regular channels)
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    Same here, I watch mostly sports and business news on tv, a bit of regional stuff as well, that's about it. Yep found out the 50 day extra thingy on videocon
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    I wonder why Videocon dont advertise these kind of offers. You always see Tata Sky or Dish TV advertising their DTH services.

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    If the initial hardware costs were not this high I would have switched to videocon DTH. I am using Tata sky and have HD recording box and two HD boxes so it would be a lot of money to switch over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    - too many ad-breaks (on regular channels)
    My solution to this problem is that I always stay about half an hour behind Put the movie on record and only start watching about half an hour after its actually started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    My solution to this problem is that I always stay about half an hour behind Put the movie on record and only start watching about half an hour after its actually started.
    Very true. But I don't have a recorder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu800 View Post
    I wonder why Videocon dont advertise these kind of offers. You always see Tata Sky or Dish TV advertising their DTH services.
    Companies that don't go all out with their marketing spend offer better quality products, can say this from my business education and experience. Companies with products high on quality never have over the top marketing budgets. Toyota is one such example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Very true. But I don't have a recorder.
    There is only one movie channel that I ever watch and that is star movies HD and whatever movies that they show are shown repeatedly over and over again so having the recorder box is not hugely beneficial for me atleast. My little one does watch teletubbies that we recorded last year before the channel was shut down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by projenator View Post
    Companies that don't go all out with their marketing spend offer better quality products, can say this from my business education and experience. Companies with products high on quality never have over the top marketing budgets. Toyota is one such example.
    Hmm. If you think Toyota does not advertise (a lot), you should visit USA.

    Videocon d2h did plenty of advertising during IPL 6. They were one of the sponsors to the Mumbai Indians team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Hmm. If you think Toyota does not advertise (a lot), you should visit USA.

    Videocon d2h did plenty of advertising during IPL 6. They were one of the sponsors to the Mumbai Indians team.
    Well I have lived in US for more than a decade, studied, worked there. I strongly feel American car manufacturers advertise more than Toyota does and everyone knows how poor American cars are. I had the good fortune of visiting their plants in Flint, MI and Dearborn,MI and I was fully convinced that Indian labor, if trained similarly will do a far better job than American labor at those plants. In fact Toyota does not even spend on flashy sporty car designs to attract buyers. In today's world, you cannot do away with marketing, you have to beat your own drum somewhat, otherwise no one will even give you a damn. Another company SAS, a very quality workplace for IT folks advertises much less than Oracle. Samsung which has the biggest ad spend among mobile companies doesn't necessarily build the best phone, the S4 sales estimates has been revised down 30%. Going by build quality, HTC is better although Samsung might have better graphics (very debatable but let's give that much to Samsung for the sake of argument).

    It can't be stated as a hard and fast rule but generally speaking..............

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