DishTV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV: Comparing DTH offers, packs and plans
Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV Offers, Packs, Channel Price List, Plans: The DTH and broadcasting industry took a sudden shift in pricing and monthly plans under the new tariff regime in the country implemented by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The new rules require the consumer to select individual channels and pay for only those channels which they really see or want to see.
While the rules were aimed at empowering the consumer and decrease the monthly subscription cost, the unfamiliarity with the new rules resulted in some users ending up charged extra than what they were charged before.
DTH service providers like DishTV, Tata Sky, and Airtel Digital TV have come up with curated base and regional packs that users can choose as per their requirement instead of manually adding channels and calculating the monthly charge by adding channel charges and the network capacity fee (NCF). We are comparing the base plans and regional packs from DishTV, Tata Sky, and Airtel Digital TV along with the channel pricing, NFC charges and Broadcasters packs across the three DTH service providers.
DishTV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV: Offers
For the DishTV consumers, 25 DD channels (FTA) are mandatory to add in a pack. While these channels do not cost, users are left with a choice to fill only 75 channels for the initial NCF charges of 100 channels. But DishTV is a good choice for those who want only FTA channels as the service provider offers all the FTA channels for NCF of Rs 130 (plus taxes).
For consumers having more than one TV connection under the same account in a home, Airtel Digital TV has reduced the NCF to Rs 80 (plus taxes) for the first 100 SD channels. Additional NCF of Rs 20 (plus taxes) is applicable for subsequent slots of 25 SD channels above 100 channels mark.
Tata Sky is offering Flexi Annual Plan, where users get one month of free subscription on the recharge of 12 months. Consumers will have the option to add or drop channels from their pack at any time.
DishTV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV: Curated packs
DishTV has curated some packs for its subscribers to save them from the hassle of selecting individual channels. Its Swagat pack costs Rs 213 (plus taxes) and includes Hindi entertainment channels (like Sony, SAB, Bindass, &TV), Hindi movie channels (like Zee Cinema, UTV Movies, Max 2), Music channels, Kids channels along with Infotainment, Sports, Business and some other channels.
The DTH service provider also offers curated packs targeted at the regional audience like Swagat Bangla (Rs 208) that includes a similar category of channels as the Swagat pack but includes eight Bangla channels. The list of curated packs is too long to include in this article.
Airtel Digital TV shows only the usual broadcasters pack and FTA bouquets at its website. There are no curated packs to be found at the website except at the new connection page. When users select to buy a new connection, they are presented with five options of packs to start their connection. The lowest pack, priced at Rs 127 (plus taxes), offers 81 channels. It includes 15 Hindi Entertainment channels, 12 Hindi Movies, 10 News channels, 10 Kids channels and others.
There is a 91 channels pack priced at Rs 139, a 120 channels packs priced at Rs 295, another 120 channels pack priced at Rs 380 and the most costly 150 channels packs, priced at Rs 452.