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    Default DishTV vs TataSky vs BigTV

    OK. I have made an Excel Sheet that gives a comparison based on channel coverage only.

    1. Dish TV offers more in content
    2. TataSky offers better quality
    3. STB User Interface is better in TataSky
    4. Have not seen BigTV and hence cannot compare
    5. Quality "is not equal to" quantity
    6. All that glitters is not gold

    People can extend this discussion further. They can, for instance, comment on quality, service, support, web site, etc. on each provider.

    You can download the XLS, edit it (for genuine corrections and/or additions) but write your comments in the post only so that they are easily seen. I did not consider FTA and Regional channels. But you can comment on the same too. Someone can add a Sun DTH column in the XLS.

    p/s. Do not download the attachment to this post. The latest one is on post # 14.
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    Thanks for the list. I use dishtv and was planning to change to BigTV, but I guess I will wait. Music india channel is available for me in dish tv, channel 324.

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    Thanks for the correction. I shall wait for more corrections and then upload new version.
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    I visted each of the websites after seeing your post and I think TataSky's is the best and users friendly one. BigTV's website have good interface but you will get very little information out of it. Dishtv's website has almost everything you needs to know but you will need to have a user's manual just for the site(from my experience).

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    The DishTV payment site looks like it has been designed and written by college students who are on 6 months internship/industrial training. The rest of the web site is OK.
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    I added SUN DTH to the list. I got the data from a brochure (so don't know how accurate it is). I didn't know how to put that drop down menu. And I also didn't know what you meant by (1), (2), (3) etc.
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    (1), (2), (3), etc. are add on channel packages as mentioned in the summary below.
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    Thanks for explaining. It seems DISHTV is the one which provides most channels. Does any of them actually provide DVD (or atleast CD) quality video as they claims they does. I know DISHTV doesn't.
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    I love to go with latest technology as possible can.
    So I will go for Bigtv, its on MPEG4 technology.
    But still i will wait for few months.

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    Latest comparison.
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    Few corrections needed J4 X in Dish TV info:

    Bindas and IBN-7 channels are not available

    News 24 is available on Ch 575.

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    Thank you, navgemi. Corrected in my local database. Will upload later.
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    Thanks.

    Your latest update didn't have Total no. of channels. Please make a comparison including regional package. So that actual total channel can be shown. Also include Sun DTH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sureshkumaar1611 View Post
    Thanks.

    Your latest update didn't have Total no. of channels. Please make a comparison including regional package. So that actual total channel can be shown. Also include Sun DTH.
    OK. I will. But it takes a lot of time. So please bear with me.

    Update: Added some info about Sun DTH. But comparing Sun DTH with others is not fair at all. This is because Sun DTH caters for and provides South Indian Channels - many of which are not available in the other three. For South India, Sun DTH works much better as a package.

    Also added number of channels.
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    Red face Hi sureshkumaar1611

    Hi

    Actually i am also looking for the good DTH service can you allow me to download the excel sheet for verfication

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcrajiv View Post
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    Actually i am also looking for the good DTH service can you allow me to download the excel sheet for verfication
    Download is not prevented. Use the latest post (# 14) for this.
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    Wink how to download

    hi friends how to dowload the following attachments

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    just ... thanks for comparison

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    Thanx but Can any one tell me which DTH Service will be best in Hyderabad

    and thanx for the comparison
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    Quote Originally Posted by djfardeen View Post
    Thanx but Can any one tell me which DTH Service will be best in Hyderabad

    and thanx for the comparison
    Any DTH will be best for you provided you get the customer care that you desire.

    What has been compared is objectivity (things that can be measureable and ascertainable). Other items such as quality of service, transmission, etc. are variable and not directly mesaureable.
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    its not opening up..

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    J4X, few more small corrections in Dish TV :

    1.Total TV is available on Ch 568.I guess type also needs to be changed.It is a Hindi news channel.

    2.KBS worls is on ch.737.

    3.SS Music is one ch 808

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    Quote Originally Posted by navgemi View Post
    J4X, few more small corrections in Dish TV :

    1.Total TV is available on Ch 568.I guess type also needs to be changed.It is a Hindi news channel.

    2.KBS worls is on ch.737.

    3.SS Music is one ch 808
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    Plz tell me which DTH Service is best in Chennai based on quality ....
    plz respond me ASAP

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    Default dont go for BIG TV

    Friend
    my humble request is dont go for BIG TV
    I have very bad experience with that
    no proper response from customer care
    the listed channels will not come even after 3 months of installation
    In southern pacakage (Tamil) only sun, jaya, K TV and kalainger TV will come
    if u ask the customer care even for 3 months they will say only your problem is under solving status.
    So dont go for BIG TV particularly in chennai

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    How do you compare the Big tv's tamil package with that of other providers like Dish TV and Tata Sky?

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    I have not done the comparison - all other things (quality, customer service, etc.) being equal, the comparison can be made on the basis of cost.

    Check what is on offer from all and then decide. TataSky is superior amongst all DTH players in terms of service.
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    What has been written in the first post:

    1. Dish TV offers more in content
    2. TataSky offers better quality
    3. STB User Interface is better in TataSky
    4. Have not seen BigTV and hence cannot compare
    5. Quality "is not equal to" quantity
    6. All that glitters is not gold

    is so true. I just heard that Tata sky is adding more channels. That would just knock out competition as "quality would equal quantity". Wonder what the ambanis would do?

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    Heard Tata Sky is adding Raj Tv soon. So they may add many more tamil channels in future.

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    I have TATASKY and DD direct plus.Wonder why people don't like DD direct,the service is absolutely free and you get some cool music channels that don't run Ad's every second.
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    You can also go to and check out all the channel lists for almost all DTH providers in India in a nice matrix form. Not only this, you can also search what all packages are available for a particular list of channels. I found it really useful for deciding which DTH package would match my interests.
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    I dont think anyone watches doordarshan now a days. Its because of the quality of its programs. In pre cable days, the quality was very good like buniyaad, hum log, chandrakanta etc.... but now its nothing to talk about. so no one except people in villages will watch dd even if it is free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirzarocx View Post
    I dont think anyone watches doordarshan now a days. Its because of the quality of its programs. In pre cable days, the quality was very good like buniyaad, hum log, chandrakanta etc.... but now its nothing to talk about. so no one except people in villages will watch dd even if it is free.
    dont forget us ie Dish TV users we really need that channel at the time of Match... we dont get Neo Sports

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirankumargb View Post
    dont forget us ie Dish TV users we really need that channel at the time of Match... we dont get Neo Sports
    its really strange that Dish Tv has not yet managed to show neo channels ... this doesnt hurts much though coz the matches are also shown on doordarshan ...

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    Hi every1 !!

    I haven't used anyone of the services and planning to take 1 now. After seeing all the comparisons I think Dish Tv is good (quantity wise). Tata sky is good but the channels, the majority of people watch, are not coming together in 1 package. According to me Diamond Pack (220 rs + service tax) of Dish Tv is quite well and includes majority of channels.

    what You guys say ?? is this package good with in this rang of price??

    Nobody has told much things abt digital tv. plzz help me out to take better one.

    thnx..

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    Whatever you choose don't take DISHTV. It maybe cheap but you can not enjoy most of the channel due to poor (pixel) quality. Any channel with fast movement is really bad (Sports, music, Movie). I have one with Maxi 1 year. Thank God this month is the last month. I'll probably take BIGTV. It got Component out (probably for the future HDTV broadcast) and also it is with mpeg4, which is better than mpeg 2.

    FYI. I'm from Bangladesh. Also I'm in the video and computer business.I don't know about the customer care (I installed the dish myself) but last 1 year I never lost Signal from DISHTV even for a day.

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    Thanks for your efforts for giving basic info. by comparison. If you would have added the regional channels, will be better picture.

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    Thanks for the information. I'm using AirTel Digital TV. It is delivering much better picture quality than any other DTH. Also I have to use only single remote to control both TV and set top box.

    But I can't understand why I have to recharge it on every 15 days.

    Also Signal weakens for a few seconds during heavy rain or storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ejaz View Post
    Whatever you choose don't take DISHTV. It maybe cheap but you can not enjoy most of the channel due to poor (pixel) quality. Any channel with fast movement is really bad (Sports, music, Movie). I have one with Maxi 1 year. Thank God this month is the last month. I'll probably take BIGTV. It got Component out (probably for the future HDTV broadcast) and also it is with mpeg4, which is better than mpeg 2.

    FYI. I'm from Bangladesh. Also I'm in the video and computer business.I don't know about the customer care (I installed the dish myself) but last 1 year I never lost Signal from DISHTV even for a day.
    here only u guys fail, mpeg-4 is compressed file format which is used to broadcast on internet, so mpeg-4 doesn't give that picture quality as mpeg-2 gives

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    For HD broadcasts, the Indian DTHP's will have to switch to MPEG4 or incur huge costs for bandwidth.

    Till then the MPEG2 vs. MPEG4 debate will continue.
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    ^ thats true

    but in US they broadcast usin .mkv, and their channels are totally HD

    so their channels are named HD like this :

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    thanks for the post

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyof82 View Post
    You can also go to Tulna.com and check out all the channel lists for almost all DTH providers in India in a nice matrix form. Not only this, you can also search what all packages are available for a particular list of channels. I found it really useful for deciding which DTH package would match my interests.
    I tried to open this site but got "The page cannot be displayed" error. Any idea why?

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    Default Dish TV

    I am using Dish TV for the past 8 months and have not faced any issues, Dish TV provides full chanles but NEO Sports is missing hope they will add it soon, I also have Tata Sky+ @ friends house comparing both of them I can see Tata Sky 2% to 4% good on picture but rest of the things comparing to price and quality Dish TV makes a way ahead.

    Also do remmeber Dish TV is the first DTH in India and has a edge over other and has the maximum number of customers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamald View Post
    I am using Dish TV for the past 8 months and have not faced any issues, Dish TV provides full chanles but NEO Sports is missing hope they will add it soon, I also have Tata Sky+ @ friends house comparing both of them I can see Tata Sky 2% to 4% good on picture but rest of the things comparing to price and quality Dish TV makes a way ahead.

    Also do remmeber Dish TV is the first DTH in India and has a edge over other and has the maximum number of customers,
    It looks unlikely that Neo will ever come to DishTV. I have given up on that. I wish, I am proven wrong.
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    its years passed now, the NEO channel has started but still its not on DishTV, as j4kix told it will never come on DishTV. The same is also for HomeShop 18 Channel

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    not buying dish tv just because they don't have neo, thy should rethink their strategy about neo channels in a neo loving country.

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    guys how about updating DTH Comparison.xls
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    k. lets do it! and we'll make it sticky.

    but should we wait till every body launches HD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    OK. I have made an Excel Sheet that gives a comparison based on channel coverage only.

    1. Dish TV offers more in content
    2. TataSky offers better quality
    3. STB User Interface is better in TataSky
    4. Have not seen BigTV and hence cannot compare
    5. Quality "is not equal to" quantity
    6. All that glitters is not gold

    People can extend this discussion further. They can, for instance, comment on quality, service, support, web site, etc. on each provider.

    You can download the XLS, edit it (for genuine corrections and/or additions) but write your comments in the post only so that they are easily seen. I did not consider FTA and Regional channels. But you can comment on the same too. Someone can add a Sun DTH column in the XLS.

    p/s. Do not download the attachment to this post. The latest one is on post # 14.

    Please send this excel to my id sachin.londhe@gmail.com, i am unable to download this zip file.




    Thanks.

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    cable TV wala rocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by talktoanil View Post
    cable TV wala rocks
    It is an argued debate that Dth is posing a threat to the Cable industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    OK. I will. But it takes a lot of time. So please bear with me.

    Update: Added some info about Sun DTH. But comparing Sun DTH with others is not fair at all. This is because Sun DTH caters for and provides South Indian Channels - many of which are not available in the other three. For South India, Sun DTH works much better as a package.

    Also added number of channels.
    i m unable to open the comparison file.
    it seems to be corrupted or ??
    in excel it show junk characters.
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    Default Tatasky DTH HD & DVR

    Justforkix

    have been reading your posts and replies.

    have one question.

    i am new to this site and forum. do you have any info regarding when tata sky will launch its HD and DVR STB.

    a few of my friends are satisfied tatasky subscribers and hence i am leaning towards tatasky.

    Every dealer i visited in my town has asked me to steer clear off Big TV and most are not too enamored by airtel too in comparision to Tatasky.

    Thanks

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    TataSky already has HD services. It provides three channels - Discovery HD, NGC HD and Star Plus HD.

    I suspect that Star Plus HD is not really an HD channel but SD upscaled to HD by hardware.

    Regarding DVR-STB, there is TataSky+. But it is not HD compliant as yet (as far as I know). I tell many people to stay away from any type of DVR. It is fun for the first few days and then it is just used as a normal STB. Very few people have the patience to program the DVR to record stuff.
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    Hi J4X

    I can not open the zip file. I can download the zip and when I try to open it, it gives error "cannot open file ; it does not appear to be a valid archive. If you downloaded this file, try downloading the file again".
    I have tried several times but could not succeed.
    How do I open this zip file.
    Or can you send the zip file to nlravindra@gmail.com

    Thanks

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    I just downloaded the file in this post : http://www.indiabroadband.net/direct...html#post55726

    File has 8 errors but if you just let it open and ignore the errors it displays perfectly fine.

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    Hi Admin
    Same error and there is no file in winzip

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    Quote Originally Posted by N L Ravindra View Post
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    Same error and there is no file in winzip
    Please try now.
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