161 responses

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    T.N.ADAK
    July 30, 2012

    I watch yours articles about DTH & Digital Cable, congratulation to you, go on go on for need.

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    sandip kumar dutta
    July 30, 2012

    good write-up and in short well explained, will help consumer to take right decision as this article will help them to compare plus minus of both plus if anyone requires 2 + connection can make both combination. please put such informative articles in future. all the best

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      July 30, 2012

      Thanx 4 the appreciation!! That was exactly my intention to give an impartial outlook to the whole scenario.

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    Shantanu Chatterjee
    July 31, 2012

    Fantabulous!!! proud of you brother… wish you all the best.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      August 1, 2012

      Thank u very much!!!

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    Praveen
    August 1, 2012

    Very Nice & useful compare between DTH & Digital Cable, it very detailed post, i like your post, thanks for sharing useful post.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      August 2, 2012

      Thank u very much 4 your valuable comment. Its a pleasure that u liked the post!

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    Lohit Malviya
    August 26, 2012

    Actually In clarity Cable TV is far ahead.Actually if you are a photoshop artist you can trace this very quickly. Cable TV is exactly what is filmed and what you see.But in case of DTH,they post process the film ( Dust and scratches filter like in photoshop).
    If you want to see this live : go and watch some indian serial ,you will be able to see fine texture on skins of actors not in DTH which is cleaned up like chinese skin.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      August 29, 2012

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Really appreciate your observation.
      I have even observed that if you watch cricket or football in a big screen LCD TV then the ball loses its shape in case a DTH connection is used. However the shape remains more intact in case of cable connection.

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    rajesh chhabra
    August 29, 2012

    Bro, very useful article. you compared both options nicely. I wanna know one thing , is there any solution to connect 2 tv with single line.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      August 29, 2012

      Thank u very much! Your appreciation means a lot.
      Well, unfortunately u can’t connect 2 televisions with single line, because if you do so both the tvs will show same channel just like it is done in the tv showrooms. And as they send encrypted signal, so u will need a set top box for each tv.

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      Chih-Hao Hung
      December 2, 2012

      Unless, your DTH operator adopts SCR(Unicable) LNB for your dish antenna as well as DTH Set-To-Box can support that.

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    Ravi Gopal
    September 11, 2012

    Good article, effective and very crisp.
    I’d like to know one thing…. Can we purchase digital box for cable TV separately or should we buy it from cable operator? Will that box work with all cable networks whenever we change to new place? like we connect wireless modem internet cable.
    If it can be purchased separately and fixed the please provide some good digital box names.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      September 13, 2012

      Thanx a lot!!
      For now cable set top box are not available in shops, u have to buy it from your cable operator.
      No, Cable set top box will not work with all cable networks. Just like a TataSky box will not work with Airtel connection. For example, if you are having a Siti Cable set top box & u go to a new place where Siti Cable connection is available, then u need not worry. But if your new locality provides Digi Cable or some other cable connection, then you have to buy a new Digi Cable Set top Box and the old one will be of no use.

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        Anand
        October 22, 2012

        Hello Sourav,

        Thanks for the article. I was looking for a similar comparison. But Is it not a disadvantage to have different Set top boxes for different cable operators.
        Also I have another question, Are the Set box from DTH and from digital cable are different.? For example., I already have a DTH connection from Airtel. Do I still need to purchase a separate Set top box for local cable operator? If the technology about encrypting the signals is common why cant the set top box..?
        Thanks & Regards,
        Anand.

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        October 23, 2012

        Hello Anand, Thanx for ur appreciation!
        Yes, u r right. Its a big disadvantage that the set top boxes of every DTH & Cable operators are different.
        No, U cant use ur Airtel STB for a cable connection. Yes, i agree that the technology is about encrypting the signal, but the encrypting algorithm for every DTH or Cable operators are different. So, u cant use one’s STB for the other!!

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    Sushil Chopra
    September 22, 2012

    Thanks for the information Saurav. But it seems you missed out on one point..Digital cable should need one STB for any number of tv sets in a home whereas you might require as many STBs as your tv sets in case of DTH.Besides concealed connections for the cable tv will go waste. Am I right ?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      September 22, 2012

      Hi Sushil, Unfortunately NO. Once digitalization gets compulsory after October 31, 2012, u will need 1 STB per TV in your house even for digital Cable which is same for any DTH connection as well. For example : 3 TVs will need 3 STBs even for Cable connections.
      This is the main reason why digitalization is happening, so that Govt. comes to know exactly how many viewers r there & get the tax for each viewer from the cable operators, who earlier could have easily tampered the number of viewers to save tax!

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      September 22, 2012

      Thanx 4 going through our article Sushil. Yes, u r right about the fact that if some one has a concealed connection for cable Tv before hand, that might go waste

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    Aravind
    September 29, 2012

    I think of getting a cable set top box.i mostly watch all channels and sports.so i want cable set top box to be sold quickly as possible to four states.plz i request you to do this.

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      p v narasimharao
      February 3, 2013

      is set top-box and led TV require voltage stabilizer or not ? which is the best voltage stabilizer? Whether there are any norms from Govt for minimum news channels based on language for dth or cable ? What is the radiation released by the set top box?What are the norms for set top box radiation?

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        February 3, 2013

        Normally set top-box and led TV does not require voltage stabilizer. If the voltage in your area is too low & flactuating, then you can use a stabilizer.
        No, there are no norms from Govt. for minimum news channels based on language for dth or cable! I don’t have the answer to your questions about STB radiations. You can google them!

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    Manoj Roy
    October 1, 2012

    Very good and informative article. Thanx

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 2, 2012

      Thank u! Your appreciation is an inspiration!!!

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    Sachin
    October 2, 2012

    Hi Regarding the Set up Box Quality. I don’t agree that DTH made Boxes are of perfect Quality. The Quality of making is almost Same. Like Hathway gets it from Humax and Even Tata Sky Boxes are Produced by Same Company.
    I’ve Heard less STB’s Failing of LCO’s than DTH one’s.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 3, 2012

      Hello Sachin, Thanx for sharing your experience!
      Well firstly i never said that DTH STB’s are of perfect quality, I meant to say that all DTH STB’s are of a standard/satisfactory quality which is not the case with all cable operators. Hathaway is a famous & renowned cable connection which provides good quality STB’s/service as u said, but this is not the case with all cable connections. I have come across many cable STB’s from small cable connection providers in kolkata which are not up to the mark!

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    RENJITH MATHEW
    October 4, 2012

    HI,Sourav,I am running a cable TV network in Kerala .I have a doubt,whether the rate of dth and digital cable will be same after digitalisation?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 4, 2012

      Hello Renjith, Well after digitization, charges of digital cable might increase as cable companies have to pay exact taxes to Govt. for every subscriber they have & build an infrastructure for CAS system but still it should be less than DTH as DTH companies have extra expenses like satellite transponder charges etc. But we have to wait & watch till digitization comes into effect to know about the exact scenario!

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    sai
    October 13, 2012

    DTH boxes are to be Returned to the Company Back if they are not used for long time. Read the Conditions. You buy Box for 3k and still the Box is owned by the company a Recent case: http://bit.ly/RiM3dp

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    Francis
    October 14, 2012

    Thanks a ton Sourav…..exactly what i was lookin for to help me in selection

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 15, 2012

      This is what we write for. Ur appreciation means a lot!!

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    gaurav
    October 19, 2012

    tks , but i need comparisoon between All DTH service provider. If with you plz mail.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 20, 2012

      Unfortunately we don’t have any article on DTH comparison yet. If there is any question you have in mind about anything related to DTH operators, you can ask me here.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 27, 2012

      To get clear & impartial comparison between all the DTH services in India. Visit the following link :
      http://www.webadvices.com/2012/10/dth-services-comparison-india.html

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    Amit V.
    October 19, 2012

    Sourav, this is a really good article.
    You mentioned at the start about CAS. Could you tell how its gonna work ? And will this be provided only by Cable operators ?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 20, 2012

      Thanx a lot..
      CAS means Conditional Access System which means user should be able to watch & pay only for the channels of his/her choice & discard the channels he/she doesn’t want. (A customer will not have to pay for the channels they don’t subscribe to.) This facility is already provided by all DTH operators. Now, Cable operators will also have to start this service.
      Whether you take a DTH connection or a digital Cable connection, each customer will have a subscriber ID & will have to choose the channels of their choice against their ID. You can add/remove channels whenever required.

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        Amit V.
        October 24, 2012

        Thanks for the info on CAS.
        If we buy DTH then it would come with an antenna whereas in case of Digital Cable there is no antenna. If my understanding is correct can you tell us if there a risk of TV getting damaged due to lightening during rains in case of DTH?

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        October 24, 2012

        Hello Amit, Yes your understanding is fully correct.
        No, in case of DTH there is no extra risk of your TV getting damaged during lightening. There is always some risk though whether you use Cable or DTH. But in my opinion DTH is safer!

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        DP SINGH
        January 10, 2013

        Hi Sourav your view for risk of TV getting damaged during lightening some how wrong. cable Boxes and DTH boxes are runs by 18 volt which is LNB Voltage . So risk is same for both and for your knowledge there is A Diode called TVS ( transient-voltage-suppression)DIode used in maximum BOXES either DTH Or Cable Box for High surge voltage.

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    Deepesh
    October 22, 2012

    Good Presentation….
    Can u provide rating, then it would help more.
    And also provide your view for the same

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 23, 2012

      Thanx Deepesh!!
      What rating do you want? Rating of DTH service providers? If yes, then in short, i can advice you to choose between Airtel or Tata Sky. Both are almost same in terms of quality & service, just see their packages & choose the DTH whose packaging suits you the best.
      My personal preference in decreasing order would be :
      Airtel -> TataSky -> Videocon -> DishTv.
      If u r from south, then u can go for SunDirect.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 27, 2012

      Hello Deepesh,
      To get clear & impartial comparison between all the DTH services in India. Visit the link given below :
      http://www.webadvices.com/2012/10/dth-services-comparison-india.html

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    Shiva prakash
    October 24, 2012

    Thanking you for a good informative article

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 24, 2012

      You are most welcome!!

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    Tarun
    October 26, 2012

    Thnaks Sourav,
    it provides relevant info, especially helpful as i am making a decision to buy DTH or digital cable..
    it was so confusing reading various other sites / bogs…thnaks again for this impartial neutral info.
    keep up the good work.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 26, 2012

      Thanx!! & most welcome bro!!!

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    kalyan
    October 27, 2012

    How about the channel switching speed, i am annoyed by the channel switch speed on my airtel DTH takes around 2-3 seconds to see the picture on the next channel while on cable i can quickly go through very fast b/w the channels seeing the picture ??

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 27, 2012

      Hello Kalyan,
      Even the cable STBs take lot of time to switch from 1 channel to the other (same as your Airtel DTH). Tata Sky is the fastest in this case. Channel switching in TataSky takes less than 2 seconds.

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    Ajay Sheth
    October 27, 2012

    It is mandatory to fix set up box before 31st Oct.2012 even than most of the consumer has not taken decision till 27th Oct. 2012. Actually all consumers should boycott TV for 15 days. Let them loose their TRP. They should be more
    worried rather than consumers. All TV channal should be free to the consumer who are earning crores of rupees by way of advertisement.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 30, 2012

      Hello, Mr. Ajay.
      Actually its the Central Govt. of India, who has made Digitization compulsory. The TV channels are not responsible for this!

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    ANKUR CHAKRABOTY
    October 29, 2012

    Dear Mr. Sourav , I am a kolkata based subscriber . I had seen that most of the regional channels r not being broadcasted (bengali) like TARA MUZIC, TARA NEWZ ,OM Bangla etc.. on DIsh TV. When govt .of india had made decision for compulsary digitalization either by CAS (set top box) or By DTH then what is wrong with DTH companies who r not broadcasting channels. every viewer has right to view channels whether it is broadcasted in cable tv STB or DTH ?
    Pl. reply.
    Partiality keno ?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 30, 2012

      Hello, Mr. Ankur. In Point no. 8, i have already mentioned the fact that Cable has got much more Regional channels than DTH. I totally agree with you on this.
      But the fact is every DTH company or Cable operators have the sole right to add/drop any channel. Govt. can’t interfere in this. DTH companies broadcast channels after considering many things like, the viewership, the business background of the channel etc. whereas Cable operators instantly add new regional channels as soon as they are launched. And this is not just the problem with Dish TV, its with every DTH service. All the DTH services have less regional channel than Cable.

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    Pritesh Dave
    October 30, 2012

    Hi Sourav,

    Awesome article!!! Why doesn’t the search engine rank your article high (had to go through but of idiotic articles :( ).

    I am planning to go with Airtel DTH and have got a LCD. Is there any relation between the type of connection (DTH, Cable) and television (CRT, LCD, LED etc)?

    Regards,
    Pritesh.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 30, 2012

      Hello Pritesh, Thank you very much!!
      No, there is no relation between the type of connection & TVs. Any type of connection (DTH or Cable) can go with any type of TV (LCD, LED, CRT).

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    Dhawal
    October 30, 2012

    Nice post & comparison … God Bless !

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      October 30, 2012

      Thanx a lot…!!

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    Someone
    November 4, 2012

    Good job yaar ! Like your approach regarding spreading computer literacy for some reason .

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 5, 2012

      Thank u very much!!
      Just found that people really lacks knowledge about digitization & are being fooled by service providers. Whenever i hear such things, i feel cheated myself! So, thought of writing this article. Actually am very passionate about this!!

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    rahul
    November 6, 2012

    Superb Article!!!!!
    I recently bought a LED Full HD 3D TV. So planning to shift from normal cable TV to Digital cable TV or DTH HD STB.
    Have below queries in making decison:
    1) As you are saying some of the local cable operators HD STB’s are not up to mark, is buying DTH a safe approach or is there any way to check the clarity of Digital Cable Box before buying it.
    2) Reliance says all its 250 channels are upscaled and are HD like quality. So I want to confirm from you whether this would be an added advantage as i would be watching on Full HD TV.
    3) Most of the DTH Setup Boxes are 3D ready. I am not aware whether Digital Cable STB are 3D supported. If 3D comes in future, whether this would be an advantage?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 7, 2012

      Thanx!!
      1) All DTH STBs are of good quality, in case of Digital Cable, some cables have good quality STBs, some don’t. So, if you buy Cable HD STB, then ask for a demo from your local cable operator first. If you are satisfied, take it. HD in Cable will be cheaper, but i feel DTH HD quality is a bit better than cable.
      2) Yes, up scaled HD will be better to watch compared to normal channels in your full HD TV, but it will not be of “TRUE” HD quality.
      3) No, even I haven’t heard of any cable HD set top box being 3D ready. Its difficult to predict future, but yes 3D ready DTH boxes will be advantageous if 3D channels come in future!
      If you are confused about which DTH to choose, you can visit the link below :
      http://www.webadvices.com/2012/10/dth-services-comparison-india.html

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        rahul
        November 7, 2012

        Thanks for the reply….
        But Whether Digital Cable HD STB’s would have true HD channels like DTH guys…If yes how many true HD channels would cable operators would be having?

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        November 8, 2012

        Yes, Digital Cable also have true HD channels.
        The number of true HD channels being shown by a Digital Cable provider varies from one provider to another. You have to check with your local cable operator to know the exact number of true HD channels they telecast.
        For DTH providers, you can check their websites. Like Videocon gives 22 true HD channels, Tata Sky gives 11 etc.

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    Vishnu_Karthik
    November 10, 2012

    DUDE @Sourav !

    you’re wrong in many parts let me explain

    I have experience with TataSky& Reliance their Customer Care SUCKS ! their employees in Customer care Don’t know remotely anything about my Problem !

    and Second i HIGHLY Disagree on the part where you said that “firmware & hardware are of very good quality”

    The Firmware in DTH box is crap it so slow that it looks like i’m using M.S Dos and it gives me errors every now and then the BOLD Reliance/tatasky Logo is annoying

    you point “Quality of set top boxes -HIGH” Is stupid

    the box is crap its gets heated and switches off everytime that isn’t quality you’re LYING !

    and thanks to your article that now i realize that Digital Cable operators exist in India i sincerely hate Dish TV’s and i’m really annoyed to see my brother buying those stupid cards

    and you point in the table “Easy managing of packages” almost made me laugh as DTH essentially restricts you to packages Cable just gives you everything there’s no contest !

    sorry if i sound a little rude i’m in a bad mood..

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 10, 2012

      @ Vishnu,
      You have the right to disagree with me partially or fully, but u don’t have any authority/right to be judgemental. They are my personal opinion & nobody should disrespect them. I respect your opinion & welcome you to share your experience so that people know both sides of the story.
      1) You may have bad service experience with Relianc. Rliance doesn’t even advertise their own product, have the lowest DTH market share, have the least connection/recharge outlet, poor infrastructure & thus poor service. So, buying Rliance was your own foolish decision for which u faced the consequences!
      2) Your personal poor experience does not mean that the whole company/industry is bad. U buy any product from the market & there will be some satisfied & some unsatisfied customers. Unfortunately in this case you are highly unsatisfied with the DTH services for which one can only give you sympathy for the bad experience you had.
      3)Your box may switch off now & then for over heating problem, but this does not happen to every1. The quality of DTH boxes are better than many cable STBs in the market & never gives error if u know how 2 handle them. At least current TataSky STBs are not slow at all.
      4) Cable is giving all channels now, but soon it will introduce packages in 4 metropolitan cities as CAS system has taken effect from 1st Nov, 2012. Then managing of packages will not be easy in cable connection as most of them don’t have any website or 24hr helpline.

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        Abhi
        November 18, 2012

        Vishnu_Karthik is correct, i have very bad experience with customer support of TATA and Reliance. The customer himself has more knowledge than the support people.
        If you have a problem, cable guy solves it in 5 mins to 30 mins. Cable guy also knows what exactly the problem is and will keep you informed about every thing. With TATA and Reliance, god is your only support, keep praying. Once TATA had kept me without internet for 3 months, after which i turned to cable wala for internet too. TATA also charged me for those 3 months. With Cabel guy, you can just walk to him and catch him, you can not walk to Tata and Ambani’s home to talk about your problems.
        Cable guy provides more stuff for less price.

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    Nityanand
    November 13, 2012

    difference between cable box set box and d t h set top box and which is the best for led tv

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 14, 2012

      Hello Nityanand,
      Cable Set-top box is just a box connected to your TV which transmits digital signal through local cable connection. DTH (Direct to Home) service typically refers to satellite TV broadcasting directly to a dish antenna on the roof of one’s house which is connected to your TV through a set top box.
      For LED TV, i would recommend you to go for any DTH HD (High Definition) connection.
      If you need advice about which DTH to choose, you can visit the link below :
      http://www.webadvices.com/2012/10/dth-services-comparison-india.html

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    abhinav agarwal
    November 18, 2012

    thnx man for this info….i was desperate about which service i shld go for u gave me a clear cut knwlg about these things….

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 19, 2012

      You are most welcome!!!

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    sabari
    November 19, 2012

    i’m very thank full to you sir. i was wandering what to choose. now i got cleared. but there is one question how many hd channels will be available in digital cable and will it be a hd channel. i really appreciate your caring about customers fooled around. hope to get more like articles from you.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 19, 2012

      Hello Sabari,
      Its my pleasure & you are most welcome! Thank you very much for your appreciation.
      Yes, Digital Cable also have true HD channels. The number of true HD channels being shown by a Digital Cable provider varies from one provider to another. You have to check with your local cable operator to know the exact number of true HD channels they telecast.

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    Bhagwan
    November 20, 2012

    Your article on DTH and cable is very informatory and is very much useful to the persons in these metros.In this context, I want to know, if I buy a TV in USA with NTSC system, will it work with DTH set top box in India, where it is a PAL system.

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    Guest
    November 28, 2012

    Do you know if I can connect digital cable (like DIGI cable) directly to my TV, instead of through DIgital cable guy’s set top box? My cable guy gave me a box that can only connect using composite connection (yellow, red & white). Is this normal. (TV model LG 55LM7600). I think there is loss of picture quality in doing this.
    Thank you.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 28, 2012

      Dear Guest,
      Yes it is normal. STBs can only be connected using composite connection (yellow, red & white).
      If you are a resident of 1 of the 4 metropolitan cities, then using set top box is mandatory. Otherwise, you can directly take out the input cable that is going to your STB & connect it to your TV (by passing the STB) like we normally did in analog cable connection when there was no STB. But in this way you will receive only Analog signal & will be able to see only as many channels your TV have. Suppose your cable operator provides 400 channels, but your TV fits only 100 channels, so you will be able to view only 100 channels.

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    Sadek
    November 29, 2012

    Thanks for this useful comparison. Can you tell us what definition (I mean resolution) does Digital Cable provides to it’s users?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 29, 2012

      Thanx bro,
      I think its 576i (PAL, 720 × 576 split into two interlaced fields of 288 lines). Though am not too sure about this!

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    Venkatesh
    November 29, 2012

    Hi Sourav,
    Thanks for your detailed Report on DTH & Digital Cable. Similar to datacard (unlocked) dongles where you can select your service provider, GSM Service in Mobiles where consumer can select the service provider, Can there be a Set Top Box, where customer can own it and select the Service provider, If we wants to change the DTH provider, just throw away their SIM and buy another providers SIM. Whether the Consumer will have this rights in future?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 29, 2012

      Hello Venkatesh,
      Thank you very much!
      I & almost all the people would dearly love such an STB, but unfortunately such kind of STBs does not exist. It is not possible at the moment because all the DTH providers use different encryption techniques, software & firmware not compatible with one another. And the technology used in case of DTH & Digital cable are also completely different, so such kind of STBs are not easy to manufacture & obviously does not exist at the moment but we do not know what future holds for us! Lets be hopeful that one day such facility will come into existence!!!

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    Ranjen
    November 30, 2012

    Hi Sourav,
    I have a few questions:
    Since I have paid for the DTH STB does it not belong to me. What is the law in this regard as the contract is silent on this ownership issue.
    I had airtel DTH. They tracked my frequently watched channel and 1 fine day they stopped it. When I spoke to customer service they said that the packages have changed and I had to go for a more expensive package. What action can I take against Airtel!
    Any option for changing the DTH service provider without buying a new STB.
    I wish to watch only the free to air chanels both national & international. Can I get a view card for this and install in my STB.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      November 30, 2012

      Hello Ranjen,
      1) See in some case after paying the money, you gain full ownership of the STB, but in some case you do not. It depends under which offer you have bought it. Like i saw an add of Airtel where they were giving STB for free if you pay them Rs 4800/- & it was a 2 year contract. In that case the STB was a property of Airtel, not the buyer. So, the terms & conditions vary from offer to offer!
      2) Packages & their rates are liable to change anytime at the sole discretion of the company without any prior notice to the customers. So, unfortunately you cant take any action against Airtel for this!
      3) No, unfortunately its not possible to change service provider without changing the STB. If you wish to watch only free to air channels, you can buy DD DIRECT (India’s only free DTH service). Only once you have to buy the STB & there after Rs 0 rental/month.

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    lg
    November 30, 2012

    GOOD INFORMATIVE ARTICLE

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      December 2, 2012

      Thank you!!!

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    Thomas Mathew
    December 1, 2012

    Dear Sourav Chatterjee,
    Thanks. Presently I have cable connection but since the operator insist for set-up box: I wanted to have a comparison and I think I am satisfied.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      December 2, 2012

      Thank you!! Its a pleasure that you liked the post..

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    B S Saluja
    December 2, 2012

    Dear Saurav,
    Presently I am in USA and having a TV with ATSC/QAM tuner. I have read some where in web advice that Dish TV (in India) works with NTSC tuner (imolying that will not work with ATSC/QAM). During discussion here with some salesman, I am advised by him that if I am to use DTH service in India, the tuner does not matter, as the reception in TV will bye-pass the tuner and video will be played directly through HDMI cable.
    I request to please confirm, if he is right and whether I will be able to use the TV with DTH services,even if TV is not having PAL or NTSC tuner.

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    Akash Dey
    December 9, 2012

    One the best article I have ever read. I had few questions but after reading it including the comments section all were resolved. Wonderful Sourav.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      December 9, 2012

      Thank you very much Akash! This is what we write for & this is our inspiration. Happy to satisfy readers like you!

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    Mahesh
    December 15, 2012

    Hi Sourav,

    Your opinion in details about DTH is really unbiased one and excellant info provider. Before reading this, i was nothing for DTH and became a kind of expert after your doc.

    I stay in JP Nagar, Bangalore (South India), Question is whether to go for DTH or IPTV as i guess future would be IPTV (one solution including Broad band, Digital TV with HD)? Pl. suggest the same. Also, service provider (if available) and price tag is really helpfull in taking the decision.

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    sbalamurugesan
    December 20, 2012

    Mr.Sourav: You have done a good job (but I don’t think your aim to become an infoscion is a good one). From whatever you have written, it seems an average household in any of the 4 metros will do good to keep their cable connection.

    Why not post a similar article on Plasma, LCD, LED, HD, 3-D televisions?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      December 20, 2012

      @ Mr. S Balamurugesan,
      I have written that i am a future Infoscion because, i have already been recruited by Infosys & waiting for my joining!

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    Fazal
    December 25, 2012

    Hey great article Sourav.. I’m from North Bengal & my cable operator has already started selling locally assembled STB’s (for anywhere between Rs.1000-2000) though digitalization is yet to come into effect here.
    Is he doing this to make a quick profit & increase hidden customer base before CAS is implemented? Is it mandatory to purchase cable STB from your local cable operator?
    Also can I connect local digital cable to an external tv tuner (mostly used for monitors/computers) & watch channels in AV mode on my crt tv without cable STB?

    • "
      Sourav Chatterjee
      December 26, 2012

      Hello Fazal,
      I know CAS has not come into effect in your area, but getting an STB is not a bad idea. In fact, I will advice you to get an STB as it will give more channels & better picture.
      Secondly, i don’t think he should charge more than 1000/- as the original MRP of STB is 800/-. So, he can charge bit extra as an installation charge.
      Yes, if you buy an STB, then you have to buy it from your local operator only!
      Basically TV tuners are broadly classified into Analog, Digital, Hybrid and combo tuners. So, it will depend on what type of TV tuner you buy. Many TV Tuners have inbuilt analog to digital converter in them. So, you can watch through TV tuner directly by connecting it to the coaxial cable wire but this can be done only until CAS comes into effect. Once CAS comes into effect, you will need a Set top box even to watch it via TV-tuner card.

      • "
        Fazal
        December 26, 2012

        Hey Sourav Thanks a ton for the prompt reply & great advice.
        I currently use an iBallClaro TV 18 USB TV Tuner stick with analogue cable for my lenovo netbook. After CAS is implemented & cable is routed through STB how can i use the same with the digital cable. Do i need to switch over to some DVB compatible USB TV Tuner or will the same old tuner work through the digital cable STB? Do i need some converter cable/ adapter to connect from cable STB to USB tv tuner then? (Lots of queries about digitization!)

      • "
        Sourav Chatterjee
        December 27, 2012

        I just checked out the specifications of your TV Tuner & found that “This USB TV tuner also comes with a Composite and S-Video input to connect DVD player, VCD player or other compatible devices”. So, even after Digitization you will be able to use this card. Now you directly put the co-axial cable into the TV tuner. But after digitization, you have to bypass it via STB. So, the co-axial cable will go @ the back of STB as input, from the STB output will come out as a composite wire (combination of 3wires red, white & yellow). This will go into the TV tuner card from the place where you now connect your DVD/VCD. If there is no input slot in your TV Tuner card to take these composite wires as input, then you have to change your Tv Tuner.

      • "
        Sourav Chatterjee
        December 27, 2012

        However, the statistics of your TV Tuner shows that it supports “Composite and S-Video inputs to connect DVD player, Set Top Box etc.” So, it should work fine & i DON’T think you will need to either change your TV tuner or will need any converter or adapter.

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        Fazal
        December 29, 2012

        Thanks for the hard work & time you put in to help me out.

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    Vikram
    January 3, 2013

    Hi, sourav. Good article. We recently bought lg 42lm6700, a 42 inch 3d led hdtv. We’ve upgraded our tv almost after 10yrs. I have a question here. We live in Hyderabad and We have the regular cable connection which is the same from past 15yrs. In this new tv, with this connection, the channels look pixelated and some what blurry. I tried a 1080p movie by inserting a pen drive in it. It plays great. So do you think we have to buy some DTH service? And what does these set top boxes used for? My friend says there’s not much difference in clarity for him with or without set top box who owns a dth service and a hdtv. I’m really confused as what will fix my problem now. Can you help me in understanding this technology?

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      January 4, 2013

      Hello Vikram,
      You need to get an HD connection. You can go for either HD Digital Cable or HD DTH service. The true HD channels will play great but other channels will look pixelated in both cable & DTH. Set top box(STB) is nothing but a device that passes digital signal to your TV. Without STB you receive analog signal. With STB you will receive digital signal which is much better.
      My advice is you must immediately shift from analog to digital connection otherwise you are insulting your TV 😉 Ask you cable operator to bring a HD STB to your home & give demo. If you are satisfied keep it otherwise go for any HD DTH service. If your cable operator does not provide HD channels, then go for HD DTH only.

  44. "
    Carey Lawrence
    January 7, 2013

    This might not be the ideal place to request this, but I’m trying to find a reliable shop to repair our television online and and have no method to find out who is the very best. I uncovered this website which is I find reliable and wanted to see if any person has any reviews on them. Richmond TV Repairs. http://richmondtvrepairs.com
    Please help me with this as my wife and I have been struggling to find a good/reliable shop to repair our television.

    • "
      Sourav Chatterjee
      January 7, 2013

      Hello Carey,
      I myself have never come across this website before. However, I visited their website now but its hard to comment on its reliability from just a website!

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        Rakesh
        January 11, 2013

        Hi,
        Interesting post was wondering how our TV consumption has changed post digitilisation .I for one have started to watch more movie channels, would be interesting to get people’s feedback :)

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        Abhishek
        January 12, 2013

        for a 32″ lcd wich connection would b good????
        hathway hd or airtel hd?????plzz reply

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        January 13, 2013

        Hi Abhishek,
        See as far as only the HD channels are concerned, Airtel HD will be better, but overall for (both HD & non HD channels) i think Hathaway HD will be of better quality.
        Its purely my opinion. You are advised to consult it further before making any decision!

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        Abhishek
        January 13, 2013

        thanks for suggestin..
        i hv sd connection of both hathway nd airtel…..
        i m technically poor….
        i want to upgrade for hd but confused….
        economically which one is better??
        also i want best quality….plzz help

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        January 14, 2013

        I think they do provide 5.1 sound but can’t confirm you as i did not find any such specification in their website! So, please confirm this before buying.

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        Abhishek
        January 16, 2013

        for 32″ hd ready lcd hich stb wud b best?????
        hd or sd……….????
        plz reply

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        January 14, 2013

        I think Hathaway will be more economical than Airtel, specially in case of HD channels.

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        Abhishek
        January 14, 2013

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH

      • "
        Abhishek
        January 14, 2013

        does hathway provide 5.1 sound…..??i m from delhi….

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        January 16, 2013

        Obviously HD!!!

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        Abhishek
        January 17, 2013

        is there any improvement in sd channel quality with hd stb………?

        there is only 16 hd channels in hathway and most of the channels r sd…
        so wud it b good to upgrade in present scenario…..???
        plzz help

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        January 18, 2013

        SD channels will be of same quality whether you use a SD STB or HD STB.
        Yes, HD packages are a bit expensive but if you are not concerned about the money then upgrading to HD is a good option as those 16 HD channels will be of very high picture quality which will bring the best picture out of your TV. Secondly, the number of HD channels will keep on increasing every year!

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    Arulalan
    January 12, 2013

    Truly painstaking work by an intelligent person, followed by a very informed discussion. As an environmentalist, I am concerned about the government’s decision to force the vast majority of people to take to set top boxes which they did not have before. Can you tell me how much power a set top box consumes? Does the government have any other agenda, apart from tax revenue, in forcing this on a common man who did not ask for it? While this increases his electricity bill and damages the environment, is there any social benefit in this total switch to digital?

    Sorry if this query sounds a little off the mark to you.

    • "
      Sourav Chatterjee
      January 13, 2013

      Hello Arulalan,
      The electricity that an STB consumes is negligible. But if you consider the total time you watch TV in a month, it will surely add some extra amount to your bill!
      The only benefit that you get as a consumer is good quality pictures, random access to channels, freedom to add/drop channels & more no. of channels.

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    Mitesh
    January 13, 2013

    Hi Sourav
    Do you know whether with the digital cable in metro cities, is it possible for the cable operators to know which channel am I viewing? Does the set top box transmit this information back to the provider? I think, in DTH since the communication is with satellite, this does not happen. But does it happen in the new digital set top boxes?

    Thanks.

    • "
      Sourav Chatterjee
      January 14, 2013

      Hello Mitesh,
      I am not sure about this. But i don’t think that the information that which channel you are viewing currently will go to the cable providers.
      But yes, the channel providers come to know exactly how many people are watching their channels.

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    Ibtihaj
    January 16, 2013

    Nice article Mr. Sourav, I am using an Digital cable TV set top box and observed the clarity is very fine comparing to a set top box, i feel i get 720p clarity; however, I am facing an issues. I get some horizontal lines waving in background and get a deep irritating base when I increase the volume of my LCD. Not sure if I have to change my Hwuei Set top box from Hathway. If anybody facing similar issues and rectified it please advise me the same.
    Thanks.

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      January 17, 2013

      Hello Ibtihaj,
      I can’t say about the picture problem. But about the sound problem, i can suggest you that don’t keep your TV’s volume high constantly & control the volume from STB. In this case you will get a deep irritating base. In fact you can do the opposite!
      You can keep your STBs volume high & control the TV’s volume or you can keep both TV’s & STB’s volume to some optimum level & control both TV & STB’s volume to get better sound quality. This may solve your sound problem to some extent.

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        Abhishek
        February 1, 2013

        hi saurabh,there is no avalability of hathway hd.so i want to opt for dth hd.
        plzz suggest which one is best…???
        airtel or videocon d2h….??
        your suggestion will b final for me….plzz help

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        Sourav Chatterjee
        February 1, 2013

        If you want a comparison, you can visit the following link :
        http://www.webadvices.com/2012/10/dth-services-comparison-india.html
        See Videocon has got cheapest packages & they also offer highest number of HD, regional, sports & other channels.
        Whereas Airtel is a bit more expensive & offers less channels compared to Videocon, but the service quality is better in Airtel.
        So, if money is your priority choose Videocon.
        If service, choose Airtel.
        Now you have to decide.
        My advice is that, you can go for Videocon, its not that bad in service i think, but take some first hand experience from people/ friends if anyone uses Videocon. Also see the demo of their picture/sound quality in the shop & see if you are satisfied! Videocon packages are better than any other DTH without any doubt.

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    Abhishek
    January 16, 2013

    thanks alot……sir…
    now i hv clear decision to upgrade to hathway hd……..

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    Pramod
    January 29, 2013

    Very interesting and useful. Just only one thing. I understand that videocond2h for sure offers 1080p, 60 hz and can be used for all imported tvs as well.
    do you have any info on sun direct hd???? do they also support same??

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      RK Das
      February 6, 2013

      No Idea about the Sun Tv. My friend is using Sun Tv but it seems the quality and the service is not good

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    p v narasimharao
    February 3, 2013

    1)what is the amount of sound generated by set-top box? Is the sound generated is continuous or with frequent gaps? clearly inform the fact.
    2)What is the amount of heat generated by set-top box?
    3)What is electricity consumed by the set -top box ? 4)comparison of the all characters of the set-top boxes(model and company) wise?
    5)What is the distance to be kept set-top box from the floor to, reduce thermal and electromagnetic radiation

  51. "
    RK Das
    February 6, 2013

    Hi Sir,
    My name is RK Das and I am from Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) I wanted to go for a Dish Tv so can u please suggest me which one should I go for as there is many dish are available in market; and we love to watch all hindi channels.
    Thanks/Regards;
    R.K Das

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    Sourav
    February 10, 2013
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    Amol
    March 4, 2013

    Hi Sourav, I have one doubt, I am planning to buy a DTH box, but need to connect it wid my PC as there is no TV, can i do that?? if yes then how??? Please reply…

    and of course hats off for all ur research on Cable and DTH… got all my queries satisfied…..

    • "
      Sourav Chatterjee
      March 5, 2013

      Hello Amol,
      Yes you can, but you have to buy a TV tuner card that takes composite connection (combination of 3 wires red, yellow & white) as input because the output from the DTH Settop box comes as a composite connection.
      If you buy a HD DTH connection then the output from the STB will be a HDMI cable which can be directly inserted to your PC/Laptop if your laptop has HDMI port.

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    pavan
    March 10, 2013

    Simple and informative explanation Sourav ji. iam from hyderabad and was in confusion regarding this DTH/ cable tv set tob box and now i got clarified.

    i have one doubt here……do we need to buy the settop box on our own or does the cable operator arrange that on a price?

    what do you personally recommend ….DTH/ CABLE TV?

    • "
      Sourav Chatterjee
      March 11, 2013

      Hello Pavan,
      You have to buy the STB. However, local cable operators at different places may have different schemes.
      I personally recommend Digital Cable as it is cheaper than DTH & gives more channels & more local/regional channels. Also Digital Cable does not get disrupted during rain!

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    Dheeraj
    March 11, 2013

    Hi Saurav,
    Very informative article! Thanks for the information.
    I have a query. Acording to you there is no much difference in the video quality of DTH and cable tv set top box. But recently I got a STB from a cable operator and some of the channels are of very poor quality in 40inch LED. They play as if we are playing a video shot on a poor quality mobile phone.
    Is there any way I can improve this quality?. If I ask the cable guys to fix it, will they be able to do it or I have to live with this? There is no sharpness in most of the channels. Tried all the settings on the TV but no luck.
    Please suggest.
    Thanks
    Dheeraj

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      March 11, 2013

      Hello Dheeraj,
      Yes, i have seen video quality of Digital cable is poor in rural areas but better in cities. Yes, you can ask your local cable operator to fix it & replace the wire with a good quality wire that leads to the STB. Also ask him to check if there is any cut in the wire that is coming to the STB from outside.

  56. "
    Nitika Satya
    March 12, 2013

    can you pls give a comparison of videocon and tata sky dth services

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      March 12, 2013

      Hello Nitika,
      Please visit the link below, which will give you a detailed comparison between all the leading DTHs in India.
      http://www.webadvices.com/2012/10/dth-services-comparison-india.html
      Videocon has cheaper packages, gives more number of channels & more HD & regional channels. Tatasky has better quality & much better service, Packages are bit expensive, very slow in adding new channels, less number of channels & less regional channels.

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        Sourav Das
        March 17, 2013

        Nice Article, very informative and easy for taking decission,

        But still now the rates are not clear and final, which required to disclose before the set-top put in to action.

        Bad Govt. policy

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    Sam
    March 17, 2013

    Thanks for the great article, Sourav,

    I have a question about my existing hathway box. You can see the picture below:

    http://images02.olx.in/ui/11/38/27/1342001951_412903127_1-Pictures-of–want-to-sell-my-hathway-set-top-box-6-months-old.jpg

    This is how this box works, analog cable connection comes to my house and goes into that box and from box to the TV. And, TV is set in AV mode. Basically this box provides more channels. And, does not work without local cable connection. will this box still work after the digitization? I live in Hyderabad. I couldn’t seems to find the answer to this question. Please help. Let me know if you need any information from me.

    Thanks in advance for your help and for the great comparison article.

    Sam

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      Sourav Chatterjee
      March 18, 2013

      Hello Sam,
      Yes it will work. Those who don’t have that box & are watching through cable directly will have to buy it. You need not worry!

      • "
        Sam
        March 21, 2013

        Thanks for the reply Sourav, appreciate it. Actually, I have two TVs in home. Only one of them has that box. And, the other TV is directly connected to the analog cable. Since you are sure that it would work, I can now buy that box for other TV as well, probably before the prices of those boxes goes high :)

        Thanks again for your prompt reply.

      • "
        Sourav Chatterjee
        March 21, 2013

        Hi Sam,
        See i only told what i understood from that picture! Though i am 99% sure that the STB will work even after digitization still you should once again cross-check it with the cable operators who are supplying that box.

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    kiran
    March 22, 2013

    Nice article , i appreciate your work ,brother

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    Syeda Sadia Mahreeen
    March 25, 2013

    I have a Dish TV (DTH) set top box at my home. can i use this to connect to digital cable tv

    • "
      Sourav Chatterjee
      March 25, 2013

      Hello Syeda,
      No u can’t!

  60. "
    vishal
    March 29, 2013

    This is first time, I am filling Feedback form just to appreciate your article ! Thanking you for Fantastic information & explanation !
    Regards,
    Vishal Bhame
    M.Tech(E&TC-Microwave)
    PICT College,Pune

  61. "
    Muthu
    April 5, 2013

    Hi,
    If i’m going to give more than one connection in the Home . Which one is best ?

  62. "
    tulika
    April 6, 2013

    Hi

    Digital Set top box of hathway (via cable operators) will give better result in Sony Full HD TV.

    I M PLANNING TO BUY FULL HD TV .

    PLS SUGGEST

  63. "
    Mohan
    April 9, 2013

    DTH setup boxes economically high prices then the cable another thing you can play 2-3 tvs with same connection of cable but now you have need to install different setup boxes for tvs in different rooms. I place order for DTH setup box online at snapdeal

  64. "
    RAM
    April 13, 2013

    Good article.. I live in hyderabad but within 2 yrs i will shift back to chennai.. so from Cable or DTH STBs which one will be the best option for me.. ??

  65. "
    ganesh
    April 15, 2013
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    virendra
    April 15, 2013

    I want to know how to find whether a mobile supports indian languages before buying it because many times even shopkeeper selling mobile dont know this fact.

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    Saurabh Dua
    April 28, 2013

    Hello Sourav!

    Iam trying to scour a consensus over my practical experience with LCD, LED & a ‘so called’ digital quality of Signal!

    Earlier, when we used to be with CRT TV Set, the Image quality was widely perceived to be much more Crisp & Sharp, with a well defined edges & boundaries of a Televised character.

    However, with a same quality of Signal(through Digital Set-top Box), our Brand New LCD & LEDs have left us pondering that whether we really made a ‘Smart’ transition!?

    Image(& even Sound Clarity) of these new variants stand nowhere near to the one what we have been used to! Picture Quality is SMUDGED, appears Blurred quite often. The experience is very much similar to, as if watching Youtube Videos on a full-screen mode!

    The farther you move away from Screen, impact of Smudged picture quality appears to cool off a bit. Nevertheless, the settings such “Sharpness” hardly appear to make any impact on moving a slider from least to the Max. !?

    What Iam sure is that the shared experience is certainly NOT a perception, but a full conscious driven TRUTH!

    Could you please help decipher this ‘Mystery’…!?

  68. "
    shrikant tillu
    April 28, 2013

    Dear Sir,
    Your article is very good and informative.I am in Pune and I could not yet decide whether to have add on DTH or settop box from the cable operator because I have got one other connection of Tata Sky with one additional connection.
    The cable operator shown me the box with printed thereon “MPEG 4” whereas on the set top box there was no mention about it and in the Manual it was mention as “MPEG 2”. Please elaborate this aspect. The set top box is with recording facility but on Pen drive and there is no built in hard disk.
    Thanks in anticipation.

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    Fazal
    May 21, 2013

    Hey Saurav

    this one’s from North Bengal once again.
    I finally settled for a VIACCESS cable STB from my local cable operator. It provides recording facility on a flash memory drive. But when I am recording one channel I cannot watch other channels. Do I require a ‘dual tuner’ STB to enable me to watch another channel while I’m recording another? Can I do anything to make this possible on the STB I have already purchased? Is there any Software/Hardware that I can use?

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