Direct-to-Home connections are quickly replacing traditional cable and digital TV. The audience base of DTH services is growing at a faster rate.
An analysis of the two industry pioneers Dish TV and Tata Sky will help to get an insight. After the acquisition of Videocon d2h in the year 2018, Dish TV became the largest DTH provider in India. Tata Sky is a joint venture between the Tata Group and 21st Century Fox.
Firstly, we will consider the price range of the connections. Dish TV offers the most economical and best DTH connections. The set-top box price of Dish TV starts at Rs.1700/-. Tata SKY’s SD Set Top Box starts at Rs. 1800/-. The HD set top boxes with in-built storage of both the connections are of premium range. Picture quality is one of the most important determinants of any TV network connection. Dish TV offers both standard and high definition picture quality. It offers better signal strength during heavy rainfalls and other weather turmoil. Tata Sky offers a resolution of both 480p and 1080p picture quality and an aspect ratio of 4:3.
Dish TV offers customized plans at affordable rates. It offers subscription packs for 3months, 6months and 12 months. Their base packs start at Rs.85/- monthly. Their bestselling channel packages are Swagat, Bharat Pack, Super Family, Maxi Kids, Super Sports, World HD and Titanium. Their HD plans are Game On HD and Full On HD. Any HD Add-Ons start at Rs. 21/-.
Tata Sky offers channel packages starting at Rs.99/- per month. My 99 Pack is a very popular economical pack. Any HD channel can be added to an existing subscription. Now you can watch Live TV recording on your mobile, tablet or laptop on both My DishTV App and the Tata Sky App. Both the providers are offering Live TV recording feature. Tata Sky is a pioneer in live TV recording and it comes with inbuilt storage. Dish TV offers to record, but you can’t record one channel while watching another. Tata Sky has a customer base of 10 million subscribers. Dish TV has a customer base of 28 million subscribers. Its audience base has increased after the merger with Videocon d2h. Dish TV offers the highest number of channels i.e. over 387 different channels including 50+ HD channels. It offers a huge collection of music, news, entertainment, sports, and adventure channels. It also offers the highest number of regional channels in Telegu, Tamil, Punjabi, etc. Tata Sky offers attractive channel packages like Dhamaka pack, South special, Dhamaal English, Bumper and many more with 234+ channels.
This information will enable you to choose the best DTH connection as per your preference and budget. You can choose a base channel bouquet and customize it by adding channels.