Which dish TV is best in India
Dish TV is the common name for Satellite TV or Direct to Home DTH TV in India. The TV channels available on the 7 DTH services are all almost the same TV channels but under different channel numbers. What sets them apart is the technology that they use for transmitting the Satellite TV signals which makes one DTH service better than the other in terms of picture quality. Some of the important factors to consider are the signal strength, but since all the seven have good signal strength within India, this should not matter to someone residing in India. The other important aspects to consider are compression tecnologies used like MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Please visit our dedicated website for DTH Dish TV in India for more detailed analysis of DTH Dish TVs in India: www.BestDTH.com
Compare DTH Dish TV channels in India
We have a list of the 7 DTH Dish TV operators in India now and clicking on any of their names in the list below will take you to some details of their operations in India.
- Airtel Digital TV
- Reliance Digital TV (Reliance BigTV)
- DD Direct+ now renamed as ‘DD Free Dish’
- Sun Direct TV
All DTH connections in India are paid service with monthly charges, except for DD+ which is FTA (Free to Air). As mentioned before, the Channels provided by all DTH TV providers or operators are all almost the same. So to compare DTH TV connections in India, we have to look at their services and quality of the equipment they supply.
Indian DTH satellite Dish TV service with best technology
On the DTH TV technology front Airtel Digital TV, VideoconD2H and TataSky are the best having MPEG-4 with DVB-S2 technology. Reliance Digital and Sun Direct TV uses MPEG-4 but they rely on older DVB-S1 technology. That leaves DishTV who uses older MPEG-2 Technology. The quality of the TV picture with both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 is about the same, but with older technology you need more bandwidth and hence much higher costs to rent transponders on satellites. For dishTV to switch to MPEG4 technology will be a very costly affair, because they will need to change the set top boxes of all their subscribers.
Airtel digital TV
Airtel digital TV belongs to Bharati Airtel, the Company which runs the Airtel Mobile Telephone services.
Airtel started its DTH Satellite service in 8 October, 2008. Airtel Digital TV uses MPEG-4 with DVB-S2, the best Satellite DTH technology to date. The signals of Airtel Digital TV are transmitted through the INSAT-4C Satellite at 74°E and also the SES-7 Satellite at 108.2°E. This is the link to the full list of TV channels on Airtel Digital TV
Reliance Digital BigTV
BigTV of Reliance was launched on August 19, 2008 and was called Reliance BigTV then. Now the name has been changed to Reliance Digital. Reliance uses the MEASAT-3 Satellite at 91.5°East for its broadcasts and employs the MPEG-4 technology. This is the link to the full list of TV channels on Reliance Digital TV
DD Direct+ renamed to 'DD Free Dish' - Doordarsan Free to Air Channels
DD Direct+ now renamed to "DD Free Dish" is the DTH service of Doordarshan, the Indian Government owned Broadcasting Corporation. DD Direct+ is a Free to Air (FTA) Service, which means that anyone in India can fit a small dish Antenna and receive the TV pictures for free, instead of paying the monthly fees charged by other DTH players. DD Direct+ now offers 57 television and 23 radio channels. This is the link to the full list of TV channels on DD Direct+ TV
DishTV India DTH service
DishTV is the first DTH operator in India. DishTV is a division of Zee Network Enterprise (Essel Group). DishTV uses MPEG-2 digital compression technology, transmitting from NSS-6 Satellite at 95.0 deg. E. Dish DTH was launched in 2004. On 28 Dec 2010 Dish TV announced that they have taken additional transponders on Asiasat Satellite. Since NSS-6 and AsiaSat Satellites are positioned close by, it allows existing customers to get the signal from Asiasat also. Since Dish TV uses the older MPEG-2 technology, DishTV needs to increase its transponder capacity at great expense due to the fact that MPEG-2 compression only allows half the number of channels per transponder when compared to those using MPEG-4 Compression. This is the link to the full list of TV channels on Dish TV India
Sun Direct DTH
Sun Direct DTH is an Indian DTH TV service concentrating on the South Indian Languages, especially Tamil. It was started in 2005 and uses the Insat-4B Satellite at 93.5°E and also the MEASat-3 at 91.5°E. SunDirect DTH has the distinction of being the first in India to use MPEG-4 compression technology for its digital transmissions. This is the link to the full list of TV channels on Sun TV India
TataSky DTH Service in India
TataSky is a partnership between the TATA Group (80%) and STAR Group (20%). STAR is a leading media and entertainment Company in the world. STAR’s parent company, News Corporation, owns BSkyB of UK, Sky Italia in Italy and Foxtel in Australia. TATA Group is one of India’s largest and most respected business conglomerates. TataSky DTH uses INSAT 4A Satellite at 83.0°E. TataSky DTH Services were launched in India in 2006. Tata Sky uses MPEG-4 digital compression technology. This is the link to the full list of TV channels on TataSky DTH TV India
VideoconD2H DTH service in India
Videocon DTH uses the Singapore Tel Satellite ST-2 at 88 deg. east for its transmissions. Videocon DTH makes use of the latest technologies for its DTH transmission - MPEG-4 with DVB S2. Videocon group is one of the largest Electronic Consumer goods manufacturer in India and is an Indian Multinational Company with interests all over the world. This is the link to the full list of TV channels on Videocon D2H TV India
Full list of channels on each DTH Service
For more detailed information on all aspects of DTH Dish TV and also to get a list of all Satellite TV channels available in India through DTH services in India, please visit our website www.BestDTH.com