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Compare HD Setup Box Price/Plans - Tata Sky/Airtel DTH/Videocon D2H/DishTV

04 February 2019 21

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.

Standard Definition (SD) Set-top-boxes Comparison
DishTV Tata Sky Airtel D2h
Picture Quality 480p 480p 480p 480p
Audio Quality Stereophonic sound CD sound Stereo audio Basic sound
Aspect Ratio 4:3 4:3 4:3 4:3
Price Rs. 1,649 Rs. 2,000 Rs. 1,650 Rs. 2,020

High Definition (HD) Set-top-boxes Comparison
DishTV Tata Sky Airtel D2h
Picture Quality 720p/1080p/1080i 720p/1080p/1080i 720p/1080p/1080i 720p/1080p/1080i
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
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
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.



Compare HD Setup Box Price/Plans - Tata Sky HD/Airtel DTH/Videocon D2H/Dish TV
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My experience with Dish TV has been remarkable...value for Money...Tata sky is worst...Minimum money and maximum channels by dish tv...I am using dish tv last 7 yrs and really good...picture quality provided by all dth is almost same...so here main comparision lies in Money vs value we get...others charge money only for their ads:)
dikhavo pe na jao...apni akkal lagao...


Airtel Customer Sercice is 2rd Class and Hidden cost. 1ST They give best offer then they cont... the same offer by charging per day. My Plan was 179 the i was charged 533 per month and in Rs.179/- all fack channel.AIRTEL CCUSTOMER SERVICE IS WORST.....


About tatasky I got poor service while installation ,also hd pack is too much costly than videocon d2h which is 175 pm with additional hd recharge


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