15 May 2020
If you are planning to buy a new DTH connection or thinking of changing your current DTH provider, you might be wondering what will be the best choice for you. There is certainly not a single straight forward answer to this question as India has a number of DTH service providers in the market. These offer different types of set-top-boxes (STBs) packed with a host of features and they are priced accordingly.
This is the reason we decided to help you in your quest to find the best DTH connection for your family. In this article, we will have a look at four major DTH players: DishTV, Tata Sky, Airtel, and D2h (previously Videocon D2h). All these companies offer mainly offer Standard-definition (SD) and High-definition (HD) set-top-boxes.
The major difference between SD and HD STBs is in terms of video and audio quality. An SD STB offers content in 480p resolution (4:3 aspect ratio) and DVD-like quality. On another hand, an HD STB offers content in 720p/1080p/1080i resolution (16:9 aspect ratio) and superior sound quality technologies like 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, 7.1 Surround sound, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. These kinds of set-top-boxes are required for watching HD channels like Star Plus HD, Sony HD, Zee Cinema HD, Sony TEN1 HD, Star Sports 1 HD, and Discovery HD.
With basic details out of the way, let's talk about different DTH set-top-boxes and their pricing details.
|Audio Quality||Stereophonic sound||CD sound||Stereo audio||Basic sound|
|Price||Rs. 1,649||Rs. 2,000||Rs. 1,650||Rs. 2,020|
|Audio Quality||5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound||7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound||Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound||5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound|
|Other Features||TV recording, USB support||TV recording, 3D Ready||TV recording, USB support, 3D Ready||TV recording, USB support|
|Price||DishNXT HD for Rs. 1,690||
Tata Sky HD for Rs. 2,200 (no TV recording)
Tata Sky+ HD for Rs. 9,300 (TV recording with 500GB hard disk)
|Airtel Digital TV HD for Rs. 1,800||
D2h Digital HD for Rs. 2,220 (no TV recording)
D2h HD RF for Rs. 2,320 (with TV recording)
Now you know which DTH set-top-box provider what features and for what price. Your next question must be about channel packages and their pricing but due to recently announced TRAI rules, the difference among the prices of all DTH providers has shrunk significantly. These new rules allow users to choose what channels they want to watch and create their own pack.
If you have any more doubts or questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.