DTH industry is growing day by day due to digitization, but simple DTH connection is no more fashionable. Day by day number of users also increases and they are opting for high definition LCD/LED TV's, the DTH service providers have to move out to HD DTH connections. That offer better picture and sound quality with some interesting features to take viewing TV at different level.
There are so many service providers like TataSky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV, Reliance Digital TV, Videocon D2H and SunDirect which offers high definition DTH services.
All providers have different schemes which vary from normal STB to HD STB and the number of channels also varies provider to provider. Some provider offers DVR which means Digital Video recorder, which lets you to record your favourite programs. They also provide you some stunning features enable you to pause, forward/rewind live TV.
So, selection of HD DTH connection can be a difficult task as HD STB's are priced higher than standard STB's. The number of channel also varies from operator to operator. So you need to be cautious before spending your money on these connections and must ensure about the service you are opting for.
Let's take a look at how much a new HD DTH service providers will satisfy your requirement and your pocket as well.
Undoubtedly Tata Sky provides you best DTH service in India in terms of quality of service or customer support. They offers 24x7 customer support, if you are getting any problem related to hardware or quality just call, they will send engineers to solve the problem.
Also, you need to pay an extra money as HD access fee of Rs.100/month in order to view the HD channels included in your package.
Tata Sky offers 12 HD channels at present, which include Sony, Colors, Discovery, National Geographic, Zee TV, ESPN, M Tunes, Star Gold, Star Plus, Star World, Star Movies and Star Cricket.
• Tata Sky HD: A new Tata Sky HD connection is available for a minimum price of Rs.2,829 which includes the installation charges, one month of free Supreme sports kids pack and a one month waiver on HD Access fee.
• Tata Sky+ HD: A Tata Sky+ HD connection is available at Rs.6,190 and along with offering HD channels, this connection would enable you to pause, record and rewind Live TV.
Airtel Digital TV
Airtel Digital TV is a better value in terms of money in comparison to Tata Sky but enjoys the same. Quality of Service is little bit better than Tata Sky, but Airtel too, offers quite impressive customer service.
Beside HD quality you don't have to pay extra fee and you can chose the channel which you wish to subscribe too, and just pay for that.
Airtel offers 14 HD channels at the moment which include Sony, Colors, Discovery, National Geographic, Zee TV, Star Gold, Star Plus, Zee Cinema, Star World, Star Movies, Ten, History, Z Studio and Movies Now.
• Airtel Digital TV HD: This service is available at Rs.2,790 and it includes free installation along with one month free subscription of economy sports pack.
• Airtel Digital TV HD+: This service is available at Rs.2,999, you can buy the Airtel Digital TV HD+ connection which let's you pause, forward, rewind or record live TV. You need external storage device.
• Airtel Digital TV HD Recorder: Available at Rs,6,440, Airtel Digital TV HD recorder offers all the functions of Airtel Digital TV HD+, without the need to any external storage device.
Dish TV is a more economical, if your pocket is not allow for more then it will be a better option. The customer service of Dish TV is good but can't be comparable to Tata Sky and Airtel.
Dish TV offer more than 40 HD services, but ensure before subscribe the channels.
Dish TV offers 14 HD channels as of now which include Sony, Colors, Discovery, National Geographic, Zee TV, Fox Traveler, UTV Stars, Z Classic, Animal Planet, Ten, History, CNBC Prime, Sony Six and Movies Now.
• Dish TruHD+: It is available at a price of Rs.3,498 and offers recording of Live TV along with pause, forward/rewind, by just add an external storage device. The price is inclusive of installation and one month subscription to any HD pack that Dish TV offers.
Videocon D2H available at cheap cost yet offers good packages. Videocon has an advantage, as it offers the maximum number of HD channels in India. The quality of service might not be the best, but is satisfactory.
Videocon D2H offer 22HD channels at present, which include Sony, Colors, Discovery, National Geographic, Zee TV, Star Gold, Star Plus, Zee Cinema, Star World, Star Movies, Ten, History, Z Studio and Movies Now, Star Cricket, ESPN, Sony Six, Travel XP, CNBC Prime, M Tunes, Life OK and Videocon's 3D active.
• Videocon D2H HD Digital Set Top Box: Available at Rs.2,590 Videocon D2H comes with a one month free platinum HD pack subscription along with two months of free D2H cinema.
• Videocon D2H Digital Video Recorder: This set top box is available at Rs.6,490. They offers recording of live TV along with pause, forward/rewind, etc. It is complemented by 500GB in-built storage drive, in which you can stores 775 hours of recording.
Note: Above mentioned price is subject to change by the providers so you must ensure before getting subscriptions