Comparison of SD DTH Services in India

If you are a person who is not satisfied with their old cable connection or Current DTH Operator, Then You are on the right place. Today we are going for a Comparison of SD DTH Services in India for you .

The reason for most people not satisfy with their old cable connection are:-

  • You are paying for those channel, you never watch
  • Your cable connection signal lost many times
  • Poor Picture Quality

The reason for most people not satisfy with their Current Satellite TV or DTH connection are:-

  • High Channel Package Pricing
  • Poor Picture Quality
  • Your Favorite Channels are not included in Your DTH Provider Package

So lets discuss about best DTH Service in India in depth.

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Comparison of SD DTH Services in India

So now you want to shift to DTH for superior picture quality and audio, Now the main question arises, which DTH operator is best to choose. Previously when DTH services were introduced in India, things were much simpler. There were just two DTH service providers namely Dish TV and Tata Sky so choosing between the one or the other was easier for the DTH customers. Today the scenario is completely changed, as there are number of DTH service providers in the Indian DTH market such as Sun Direct DTH, Reliance Digital TV, Airtel Digital TV, Videocon D2H, besides Dish TV and Tata Sky. They all are established and added many features in past couple of years.
When you compare all the DTH service providers, you will notice that there are lot of variations in the cost, features and quality of customer service. You will also find lot of variations in the monthly channel packages offered by each DTH service provider.

So we will discuss on various points to compare DTH Operators.

DTH Price (DTH Entry Price)

  • In terms of Entry Price, Reliance Digital TV is the most competitively priced service provider for Rs. 1590 Entry Price. Tata Sky Set Top Box Prices Starts from Rs. 2090. There are lots of online shopping DTH offers available in the market. You have to also consider DTH price comparison of all DTH operators before purchasing in local market or shopping online.Dish TV Packages
    DTH Operator Entry Offers (SD Set Top Box)
    OperatorsRest of India OfferSouth India Offers
    dish tvRs. 1999(Monthly Subscription Charges Extra)Rs. 1999(1 Month South Family Pack+ 2 Months Neo Sports& Ten Cricket Free)
    Tata SkyRs. 2090(Standard installation
    + 2 months Grand Sports Pack
    + 2 Showcase movies)
    airtel digital tvRs. 2090(2 Month Free Subscription Worth Rs.430)Rs. 2050(2 Month Free Subscription Worth Rs.450)
    VIDEOCON D2HRs. 2000 (Inclusive of Installation & Activation charges. Subscription to any pack for a minimum period of 1 month is necessary to activate the box.)Rs. 1990 [1 Month of New South Silver Pack
    (Inclusive of Installation & Activation charges)]
    Reliance Digital TVRs. 1590(1 month Silver Sports Pack+ Any one Regional Pack)Rs. 1590(4 month Value Sports Pack or 3 month Bronze Sports Pack+ Any one Regional Pack)
    sun directRs. 2090(Including Installation)Rs. 1890(USB Recording, Including Installation)
  • Rest of India Package – But in terms of package, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Videocon D2H, Reliance Digital TV Package starts from Rs. 220 per month. Dish TV price for lowest subscription package(Chota Pack) is Rs. 99, but Basic Pack is of Rs. 190 including 3 Sports Channel. Sun Direct would fall under the higher end of the pricing scale with package starts from Rs. 270.
    DTH Operator Packages (Basic SD Package per month)
    OperatorsRest of India PackagesSouth India Packages
    dish tvRs. 190 (Chota pack also for Rs. 99 with few channels)Rs. 170
    Tata SkyRs. 220Rs. 170
    airtel digital tvRs. 220Rs. 175
    VIDEOCON D2HRs. 220Rs. 165
    Reliance Digital TVRs. 220Rs. 220
    sun directRs. 270Rs. 155
  • South India Package – Now Lets Take a Look at South India Subsription Package for different DTH Operators. Dish TV packages and Tata Sky Package price Start From Rs. 170. Videocon D2H is just lower then these two DTH companies, here price starts from Rs. 165, but has good variety of channels. Airtel offers Rs. 175 for minimum South India Monthly pack. Reliance Digital TV has highest price for south starter pack, which is Rs. 220. Sun Direct DTH is undoubtedly winner in this category, with price starts from Rs. 155.
  • Add On Package – Tata Sky offers the Best add on packages, Dish TV gives many impressive scheme regularly. Reliance Big TV has many channels for Movie Showcase. But Logo size on screen is negative point for Reliance Big TV. Videocon D2H, Airtel Digital TV also has fair amount of Add On packs.
  • You need to carefully review the cost , DTH service providers will club the cost of STB or set top box, dish antenna and installation charges. Some of them also include free monthly packages. You must therefore take into consideration all the factors and you should not therefore blindly compare the price. Airtel Digital TV also gives Universal Remote.

Games and Active Services

Some people may not take care about games and active services, when buying DTH, but many people needs extra features. So you should compare Active services before buying Active services. Some services are free, while some are paid services.Tata Sky Set Top Box

Multi TV Connection

If you have more then one TV in your house, then you can save some bucks by taking multi TV connection, various DTH providers has different Plans for Multi TV connection. You have to install one Dish Antenna on your roof, and you can add maximum 4 TV connection with current technology. and for every 2nd, 3rd, 4th connection you have to pay less compare to your Primary connection and you will get all channels of your primary packs to your other multi TV connection.

Airtel Digital TV


You can also install single Dish antenna to your building, and can connect multiple TVs. This is called Multi Dwelling Unit. Many operators offer Multi Dwelling Unit.VIDEOCON D2H

Signal Quality and Technology

The second important factor is signal quality. For most of us who have been used to cable TV, DTH services in general will come as a great treat for the eyes. Among the DTH service providers Videocon DTHAirtel Digital TV, Sun DTH and Reliance Digital TV uses MPEG-4 technology, which gives better compression for Signal, So DTH Providers will be able to provide more bandwidth, which is not directly related to picture and audio quality. But helps to increase number of channels, and also increase signal quality. Tata Sky and Dish TV are also started migration from MPEG-2 technology to MPEG-4 technology. Airtel Digital TV wins the race among all these operator in terms of signal quality, picture quality and audio quality. Tata Sky also has excellent PQ and SQ. Videocon D2H has 3D ready STB, which is a unique feature.

Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

All DTH Providers offering Digital video recorder with some extra amount except Videocon D2H, Although Videocon has DVR facility for HD subscribers. So you can record your favorite program on entertainment channel when watching cricket on any sports channel. Airtel DTH provides you the facility to record program from anywhere via mobile with GPRS facility. Tata sky DVR can record programs by mobile and Internet. Currently only Dish TV offers Unlimited Recording facility for SD STB, where you can attach hard drive or USB Pen Drive to USB port to record programs.

VideoconDTH offers various products on discounts (Satellite LCDs, Satellite DVDs, Satellite TVs), which have in built SET TOP boxes. So there is no need to purchase SET TOP boxes separately.

Dish TV, the country’s largest DTH operator, proposes to launch Conditional Access Modules (CAM) in May that would help subscribers of other DTH players to switch over to the company’s platform at a lower price. If you are not happy with your Direct-To-Home ( DTH ) service provider, you could soon switch over to another without discarding your set-top box (STB) and the dish.

Dish TV and Airtel Digital TV also has options for moving vehicles to add STB, so that you can enjoy your favorite programs when you are travelling.

Customer Service
In regard to customer service, Airtel DTH  ans Tata Sky is highly coordinated. Videocon DTH, Reliance Digital TVand Dish TV customer support needs improvement in this area. Hope, now you can easily choose your suitable DTH operator with your suitable services. Mostly all operators are also on social media so you can easily contact them. Few DTH Providers are offering package change, or remove feature online directly from your account. So you can add or remove any package or channel online without contacting customer care. Videocon D2H still have not started add or remove any package via online interface. You have to contact Customer Care to add or remove package.
DTH Operator Comparision - Rest Of India (Overall Rating out of 5)
DTHdish tvTata Skyairtel digital tvVIDEOCON D2HReliance Digital TVsun direct
Audio Quality455443
Picture Quality455443
Signal Quality455543
Channel Availability544532
Package Cost533543
Entry Offer444554
Active Services554432
Customer Service455433
Average Rating4.3754.54.3754.53.752.875
Reliance DTH
DTH Operator Comparision - South India (Overall Rating out of 5)
DTHdish tvTata Skyairtel digital tvVIDEOCON D2HReliance Digital TVsun direct
Audio Quality444445
Picture Quality444445
Signal Quality444435
Channel Availability433525
Package Cost544535
Entry Offer444454
Active Services554432
Customer Service455434
Average Rating4.254.12544.253.3754.375
All Indian DTH Providers has their advantages and disadvantages. So before buying any DTH service, you have to check various things i.e. your region(Rest of India/South India), Budget, Picture and Audio Quality etc. All mentioned features and ratings are according to our opinion. These details may vary according to time or may be different for different person.
Hope you like our Comparison of SD DTH Services in India, Please share your valuable feedback to improve this article in comment section. Tell about which is the best dth service in india according to you.

Disclaimer: All information in these comparision has been compiled from their respective official websites or through public domain sites and leading newspapers. Although, We have taken reasonable efforts to  and provide you with accurate information, but assumes no responsibility for the accuracy (or inaccuracy) of the Information and would advise you to verify it from the official product provider. If you are an DTH operator or would like to update or change information, or would like to advertise on our site please contact us

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