Find the cheapest D2H packages and discover the top DTH services that offer HD, SD, 2K or 4K set-top boxes here in this article. Tata Sky, Airtel, and Videocon are the top D2H providers. The companies use top-class latest INSAT, SES-7, and ST-2 satellites respectively for delivering MPEG-4 quality DTH services to the user’s premise. Their HD set-top boxes support surround sound technology.

Today, we’ll compare the features, plans, and pricing of Airtel DTH, Videocon, and Tata Sky. Thus, if you’re planning to buy a new DTH connection, go through this article.

Top 3 Best DTH in India: Tata Sky vs Videocon D2H vs Airtel

3Airtel DTH

Airtel direct-to-home service was launched in 2008. It has around 10 million subscribers. It allows you to watch 385 channels. Airtel DTH features 3 interactive services too. Airtel offers universal remote with its set-top box.

This remote is powerful and you can use it with your television as well as the box. Just like the above DTH provider, Airtel allows you to choose between SDTV, HDTV connection. The company is working on a 4K set-top box.

The picture/video quality in Airtel DTH is decent. Unlike TATA sky, there’s no official page for Airtel DTH. If you’re having issues with the signal or video quality, you’ll have to call the customer care center. You can also drop your complaint on the official Airtel India page.

Device type Pricing Features
HD recorder around 6400 3D support and 750 hours recording
Digital TV plus below 1500 (subscription amount for 45 days) universal remote/unlimited recording/playback control
HD 1500 Dolby digital plus surround

2Videocon D2H service

Videocon is a well know television, DVD player and smartphone manufacturer. It started offering direct-to-home television services in 2009. According to this Wikipedia article, Videocon has more DTH subscribers than Airtel. VD2H uses MPEG-4 video format and Dolby sound technology.

The UX that comes preloaded with the set-top box is as attractive and intuitive as that of its competitors. Videocon D2h features 500 channels. It allows you to connect wireless headphones. The auto and video quality in this DTH service is up to the mark. The plans and pricing of Videocon D2H are much cheaper than its rivals. People using this DTH provider are satisfied with the services offered by it.

Set-top box type Pricing in Rs Features
4K Rs 6500 and above Ethernet and USB connectors/60 FPS playback frequency/Mosaic support
HD DVR From Rs 6800 onward 1000GB storage memory/Slo-motion support
HD Starts at Rs 1700  DVD quality channels
Digital Within 1500 to 6500 Multi-language/preview screen/Active channels

1Tata Sky DTH

This company was incorporated in 2004, and I was one of the first 1000 customers of this service. I have been using TS for 11 years and have never felt the need to switch to Airtel or any other D2H company.

Last year, I upgraded the SDTV connection to HD. Packages from this DTH provider starts from Rs 99 onward (for 122 channels). Apart from 296 channels, TS offers active music, cooking, games, fun, and learning English services. In this package, you’ll be provided 20 Doordarshan and 59 regional channels.

The customer support is excellent. If you’re facing any problem, post your query online of Tata Sky FB  page or call the CSE. Your problem will be solved within 2 or 3 days. Sometimes, it doesn’t take more than 24 hours for the same. The good thing about TS is that you can modify or drop packages online on its official website. You don’t have to call the customer care center to add new channels. Here are the latest TS plans and pricing.

In the last few months, Tata Sky has added a lot of new channels to its existing packages. It has also revised the subscription cost of each package by Rs 20.

Connection type Pricing Installation charges Features
Plus Transfer Within 9300 to 14000 NA Activation voucher and free packs
4K Starts at 6400 Standard charges 1 HD access and ultra-free packages
HD plus recorder Around 11600 Not available Pricing covers the annual fee for HD and grand sports pack
HD 1800+ Rupees N/A As above
SDTV 1600 N/A  Free sports Dhamaka pack for 1st month

Comparison of best DTH services in India (2017)

Tata Sky Recharge Packages

Name Recharge amount No of channels
Ultra 560  214
My99 99  185
Dhoom 215  201
Bumper 425  177
Mix 270  150
Sports Dhamaka 380  163
Dhamaal Kids 350  167
Dhamal Mix 285 154
South special 230  133
South sports special 290  137

View newest plans here on the Tata Sky website.

Videocon D2H package list

Name Price Channels
Platinum HD 650 439
Platinum 500 407
New Diamond Pack 435 400
New Gold sports 365 352
Gold kids 320 200+
Maxi 305 340
Super Gold 275 335
Flexi 99 Over 100

See latest D2H plans here on the official Videocon website.

Airtel DTH packages

Plan name Price Channels
Value Sports Prime 285  140
My Sports (South) 276  225
My Sports (Rest of India) 366  150
New Mega 477  270
My Kids 321  147
My family (South) 333  245
My Plan 199 INR 199 137
My family (Rest of India) 477  173
South max 172 187
My Plan 99 120

Check latest plans here on Airtel website.

You can recharge your DTH account online via mobile wallet apps available for download on the Apple iTunes store or the Google Play store.

Want to buy DTH online at the best price?

Operator  MRP   Where to buy?
Tata Sky Rs 1540 Amazon
Videocon D2H Starts at Rs 2000 Amazon
Airtel DTH 1300 Rs Onward Amazon

Conclusion: Videocon D2h has the best plans among the other 2 DTH services that we have covered in this article. Its set-top boxes are priced in the same range.

The Videocon D2h is a good choice if you are planning to switch from Airtel or Tata Sky. If you’re happy with your existing DTH provider, don’t waste your money. Upgrade to 4K or HD DVR for a better experience.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Kesavan Pillai

    I can’t understand one thing.
    Most of the people are complaining about Tata Sky, Airtel, and Videocon so which DTH provider should I opt for? Has any company introduced 4k HD DTH service in India? If possible pls guide.

  2. Sasanka Sekhar Panda

    I am using TATA SKY since last 7 years and subscribing their high end package having ID no- 1047531494. Sorry to say that, the behavior of customer care executives is worst. They are behaving very rudely & adamant. Can you believe that, they are not updating my recharge amount. Every time the facility in annual mega pack keep changing without informing the customer. Price also too high. While going to charge this year I came to know about a -ve balance. I don’t know with annual mega pack recharge how I accumulate -ve balance. They have disconnected my service on very next day of expiry. Now i am also not able to see the recorded programme also. When I called the Customer service center, payment of -ve balance is compulsory for me without conveying the reason.
    So I have decided to switch over for other service provider. My sincere request , Please do not use TATA SKY.

  3. Krishna Kumar Tiwari

    Videocon d2H is the worst. They ask you to pay money for solving the problem. The technician fixes the problem but issues still occur. The company is hungry only for money.

  4. Kailas

    Videocon d2h is the worst service and support. We have a common society antenna / dish. I am renewing it consistantely for 3 year with platinum HD plan. I never got a clear transmission and HD quality expected. First year their service centre said they will improve. Next year, they responded that your connectivity seems a issue, checked the same after days of delay and responded that the wire connecting my point and junction has some problem. Thus, replaced at my cost. They took service charge for site visit whereas ideally for platinum hd subscriber it is free support. I replaced the wire, but still the issue persists. Recently, my connection suddenly got disconnected, when enquired, their support staff very arrogantly responded that your connections is disconnected,. When enquired reason, he did not readily knew. Then he checked the system and again arrogantly replayed that you have not renewed. When questioned why I was not intimated over the call, sms, email via set top box service, they were not aware again. Took 15 mins hold time to check and replied, because you are a common antenna subscriber, such communication won’t go. Is there a logic? Antenna is just the connection medium, individual subcription matters and needs to track separately; now I am frustrated and looking out for better service provider.

  5. Munusamy

    Videocon d2h is the one and only worst d2h provider in India, Tata sky is best DTH in India

  6. Geetha

    Have tried Tatasky for 5 years, big cheats. Switched to Videocon, starting no worries, gradually all our favorite channels were blocked while useless channels like Naaptol, Gemporia are played, big cheats here too. We are charged for channels we do not want to watch, even Epic channel was pulled out. No response to emails. Calls to call centers do not help either.

  7. Tarun kumar

    I’m using TATASKY for last 5 years. And it is a horrible experience for last 4 years. They are unable to fix a simple problem of fixing a dish. They fixed it with some bricks & stones. Can you believe this. Even I ve monthly subscription of about ₹650.

  8. Ron Grewal

    I have been using Videocon for 2 years and before that i had Airtel. I have Platinum HD so all HD channels. I love it, no complaints. Hd quality is same as Airtel but far better SD quality and you get unlimited recording via usb.

  9. Sumit

    Videocon D2H is worst one.. all useless channels.. like Russia news is free.. and some very good channels like V, ZeeQ etc are not available.. No option for daily recharge.. Cheat

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