The ongoing West Indies vs India series is being Telecast in Ten Cricket. Now they have come up with a High Definition channel Ten Cricket HD, which is telecast in 1080i and 5.1 surround sound. This channel is currently available on the following DTH:
Now it is available in TataSky as well.
But no signs of this channel in TataSky, BIG TV, Videocon and Sundirect yet.
Dish TV TruHD claims to have added 30 channels. But the truth is they have only 3 channels in HD quality 1080i with 16:9 apspect ratio:
1) Nat Geo HD
2) Discovery HD
3) Movies Now HD
The ESPN HD and Star Cricket HD are also real High definition channels. But they are available only for some events like ICC World cup.
The remaining 27 channels are just upscaled ones. You won’t find any difference in quality( may be they are slightly better than Dish TV SD channels due to higher bit rate) . If you compare them to Tata Sky SD channels, they will have same quality. So don’t get fooled by the 30 HD channels news.
The Ultimate DTH Channel list comparison chart with the respective channel numbers is available below. This covers Tata Sky DTH, Airtel Digital TV, BIG TV, Sun Direct and Â Videocon D2H.
This spreadsheet has comparison of the channels in following categories:
1) Bangla(Bengali) Channels in DTH
2) Bihari CHannels
3) Devotional Channels
4) Educational Channels
5) English Entertainment CHannels
6) English Movie CHannels
7) Gujarati Channels
8) Hindi Entertainment Channels
9) Hindi movie Channels
10) Hindi News Channels
11) Infotainment Channels ( Knowledge)
12) International Channels
13) Kannada Channels
14) Kids Children Channels
15) Lifestyle Channels
16) Malayalam Channels
17) Marathi Channels
18) Music Channels
19) Hindi News Channels( including Business Channels)
20) North East Channels
21) Oriya Channels
22) Punjabi Channels
23) Sports Channels
24) Tamil Channels
25) Telugu Channels
26) Urdu Channels
Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam,Kannada,Gujarati, Marathi ,North East Channels are Regional Channels.
If there are any discrepancies please let me know , I shall update it.
Update: For for Latest High Definition DTH Prices and Latest offers refer: HD DTH Comparison: TataSky HD vs Airtel HD vs Dish TV HD vs BIG TV HD vs SunDirect HD
The latest entry cost and offers of Indian Direct To Home Services are given below. These offers may include the Set Top Box, Installation and free monthly package subscriptions:
Please check the official sites for current offers as they change the offers on a weekly basis.
1) Tata Sky: Official Offers At TataSky
2) Dish TV: Dish TV Offers: Platinum offer. For other offers just select the offers section from their home page.
3) Sun Direct DTH: The latest SunDirect Price Plans and offers.
4) BIG TV DTH: Latest BIG TV prices & offers
5) Airtel Digital TV: Airtel DTH offers
6) Videocon D2H DTH: D2H Videocon offers and promotions
Dish TV DTH has a special service for viewing TV inside car. They have a special antenna that receives the Satellite signals even from a moving car. The regular DTH expects exact alignment of the Dish; otherwise it will not receive the signals.
How the DTH inside car works:
A special antenna is installed on top of the car which automatically tracks the satellite. This special dish is connected to the Set Top Box from it to the AV port of teh LCD screen inside car.They offer 100+ channels with other Active services like Movie on Demand and Games.
The exact price for this service is not published. To get the cost of this service contact their Dish TV customer support.
The problem with any subscription services like DTH,Cable is that, you will be charged the full mount even if you do not use the service. When you go on a holiday for few weeks or month you want to stop paying the daily amount deducted by the DTH operator. Now this has been made possible by the few Indian DTH operators.
How to stop service temporarily in TataSky:
Tata Sky has launched a service through which subscribers can save subscription fees while going on their annual vacation.
â€˜Once-a-Year Subscription Holiday Offerâ€™ allows subscribers to temporarily disconnect all Tata Sky services for a minimum of 5 days to a maximum period of 15 days. Just call TataSky Helpline and ask to suspend.Make sure if there are fee associated for this as they seem to charge Rs 20/- for this.
Suspend Airtel Digital TV without paying for that period:
Similar offer is available with Airtel DTH service. Call up the customer care and notify them to stop the service for certain period. They can suspend the service for a minimum 30 days and maximum 90 days. But if you want to resume your service even before the period you asked them to suspend, you can do that by calling the customer care again. They will reactivate. But this can not be done every time you go on a vacation.
Stop paying Dish TV Temporarily:
Dish TV DTH service can also be suspended temporarily. Call up the customer support. They will do it for you.
SunDirect, BIG TV, Videocon D2H does not seem to have this temporary suspension service at the moment. This page will be updated once they have such service.
Dish TV DTH Customer Care Number, Email and other support details are given below:
For Bulk/ Corporate inquiry, mail us at:
||sms DISHTV to 57575.
SMS dishtv <call me> to 57575
To do state prompt call back,
This service is available only for RMN subscriber
||Dish TV India Ltd. FC – 19,
Sector 16 A, Film City,
Noida, Uttar Pradesh,
Pincode – 201 301
|Customer care number
||0120-2550000 (From all phone lines),
1860-180-3474 (Only for BSNL/MTNL lines),
|From all non BSNL/MTNL lines
||Northern India:Â 011 -60013474
Southern India:Â 044 -60013474
Eastern India: Â Â 033 -60013474
Western India: Â 022 -60013474
|For getting dishtv in your vehicle
To enjoy call at local charges dial your State Capital STD Code followed by this number, Accessible from all non BSNL/MTNL phone lines*
|Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir ( STD )
|West Bengal, AssamÂ (STD) , Bihar
|Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh
||0755-6001347, 0771-6001347, 0674-6001347
|Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa
||079-60013474, 022-60013474, 0832-6001347
|Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka
|Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal
|Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana (STD)
||There are no toll free number for Dish TV Customer care
Customer Care details of other DTH: Tata,Airtel,Sun.BIG,Videocon
If you are a Tamil TV Viewer and looking to buy a DTH service, you might have the following questions:
- Is [intlink id=”72″ type=”post”]Sun Direct[/intlink] the best DTH service for Tamil viewers as they give lot of ads in Sun Network channels?
- Which DTH has the highest number of Tamil channels: Sun Direct or [intlink id=”476″ type=”post”]BIG TV[/intlink] or Videocon DTH ?
- Does [intlink id=”77″ type=”post”]Tata Sky[/intlink] has all the important Tamil channels even if it does not all the channels?
- Which DTH service has Raj Digital Plus and Zee Tamil? Dish TV or [intlink id=”153″ type=”post”]Airtel Digital TV[/intlink]?
- Who has the maximum number of Tamil Music channels?
Find it for yourself in the latest and updated Tamil channel list comparison chart:
Some key points to note:
- Zee Tamil,Raj Digital Plus and SS Music are only available in Dish TV
- Channel UFX available only on BIG TV
- BIG TV has maximum number of Tamil channels( as on August 2010 )
DTH services like Tata Sky , Airtel, BIG TV, Sun Direct, Dish TV and Videocon DTH offers high quality Video and audio than regular Cable TV.
But these DTH has it’s own disadvantages as well. These DTH have bigger problem during rainy seasons.Â This is more apparent in TataSky and Dish TV which started earlier. Though all DTH has problems during rain, old TataSky /Dish Tv subscribers face the problem even during less rain. This is because earlier installation used smaller Dish.
The new DTH and even TataSky are now installing 25% bigger dish to the new customers.
If you face severe issues during Rain like “No Singal”, you need to request them to change to the bigger dish.
This will not 100% solve the problem. But, the channels will be available most of the time. Only during heavy rains it will display the “No Signal” message.
Indian DTH services has many channels with multiple languages: English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
The audio language from English to Hindi, Hindi to Tamil, English to Telugu, English to Tamil can be easily changed in most of thsi DTH.
In TataSky, when viewing the channelÂ just press the green button to change to the language of your choice.
In Airtel Digital TV , press the blue button to change language.
In Dish TV, Press the button with the ‘speaker mark’ or A LANG button on your remote, the language will change automatically, from English to Hindi / or to the available audio on the channel.
Sun Direct has poor support in this: Press Audio Button in the remote -> from the menu select-Right -> and the language will be English.
Similar options exists for other DTH services: BIG and VideoCon D2H