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The full form of DTH is “Direct To Home”. Today there is a lot of competition going on between a lot of big companies to highlight their DTH service as the best service in India. Some of the current DTH providers in India are Reliance BIG TV, Airtel Dish TV, Sun direct, Tata sky etc. A lot of competition is going between them to capture more and more Indian market share which is one of the largest in the world.
In my home I have Tata sky connection. But earlier I used to have simple cable connection provided by cable service providers, Which is still more famous in many parts of India. So since I have used both the services I better about their pros and cons than anybody who have only used one i.e. either the DTH service or the cable service. So I would like to bring to your notice some of the pros and cons of both of them.
First of all cable is still more famous in large parts of India like in villages or small towns, Where these DTH service has not become a trend yet. Some of their benefit is that they are cheaper as compared to the DTH service. Also they provide a wide range of channels which is not provided by the DTH service providers. For example, in my TATA sky connection only star sports and ESPN are default sports channel. So if you have to watch a match on star cricket or ten sports you have to take their sports pack. Similar is the case with other service providers (I don’t know which channels they provide because I have TATA sky connection).
So certainly cable service is cheaper than DTH service.
Also in DTH service suppose yours validity is for 30 days from the date you made the payment then on the 31st day or after some grace period they will cut your connection so you have to recharge as soon as your advance gets over. But in the cable service you can pay even pay afterwards if you have a good relation with the cable operator. There is no fixed time limit.
But DTH service have some advantages too as compared to cable service. First of all there are many added functionalities in the DTH service. For example in TATA sky there is TATA active service through which you can record a live match or any program of your choice and watch it whenever you want. So for example if you have to go to office and it’s a day night match in India, you will miss all the action if you have a simple cable connection, but if you have a DTH service(TATA sky connection) you can record it and watch it whenever you want. It is also helpful in situation like suppose two of the best program are coming on two channels at the same time but you can watch only one so what you can do is record the other at the same time and watch it in your free time.
In DTH service there are also additional facilities wizkids, travelguru etc. where you can teach your kids general knowledge or math or you can plan your travel. Also you can pay your monthly payments for the DTH service online. Also there is a facility like ‘”i” button in TATA sky which provides you with information about the current program and future programs also. So you can plan your day according to it (for example if you want to watch a particular movie which will be shown on some channel).
One more advantage is there that you can take one DTH connection and can have multiple connections from it , if you have multiple TV at some extra cost. Also I feel that quality of the picture is better than that provided by cable connection.
So now I have given my experience of both of them as I have used both. Now its up to you to choose any one of them