There are four important direct to home (DTH) service providers in India – Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and d2h. But among these, Airtel Digital TV and Tata Sky are the most popular among customers. There is a competition between the two companies to provide the best service to the customers. Here we compare the benefits of both Airtel Digital TV and Tata Sky in terms of features, pricing and services.
Indian telecom giant Airtel offers three types of connections and set-top boxes, including HD-high definition, Airtel Xstream Basic and the most premium Airtel Xstream Premium. These set-top boxes are priced at Rs 1,300, Rs 2,499 and Rs 4,798 respectively.
The first set-top box, ie HD-High Definition, comes with Dolby Digital sound. Also, there is an option of Record and Play in it.
The second option, the Xstream, comes equipped with a host of smart features, including a built-in Chromecast. You can use your mobile phone as a remote and it also supports voice search.
Third is Xstream Premium which has over 5000 pre-loaded apps, including popular apps like Hotstar and Zee5. Many other features are common, as in the basic set-top box, but the premium costs more. Due to the subscription of OTT apps available in it and the premium service of Airtel, its price is high. All three set-top boxes are equipped with parental control feature.
If you go for Airtel’s HD set-top box, you will have to pay Rs 1,300 for the set-top box and monthly rental plan initially. Here you get five pre-built packages to choose from. The first pack is available for Rs 295, which has 84 SD and 8 HD channels. The second pack is priced at Rs 300, which gives access to 97 SD channels. The third pack is available for Rs 351, which offers 130 SD channels. The fourth pack is priced at Rs 375, which offers 79 SD and 14 HD channels. The last pack is Rs 620, which offers 108 SD and 46 HD channels.
Similarly, you can also buy Xstream Basic or Premium box. In this you will get a free rental pack of Rs 462 for 7 days. This pack offers 115 SD and 22 HD channels. However, after 7 days you will have to start paying the price of this pack. Additionally, the telco will also give you three OTT subscription options that cost Rs 499, Rs 849 and Rs 1,599 respectively.
Tata Play, on the other hand, also offers you three DTH options, including the Tata Sky HD set-top box, which costs Rs 1,499. It comes with 3D compatibility and supports Dolby Digital surround sound. The second option is Tata Sky Binge+, which costs Rs 2,999. The company offers built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant supported voice search remote. There are over 5000 apps available pre-installed from Google Play.
With the new connection, you get 6 months free subscription to a total of 10 OTT apps including Hungama Play, Disney+ Hotstar, ErosNow, SonyLIV and ZEE5. In addition, Prime Video membership is also available for free for 3 months.
The last connection is the Tata Sky+ set-top box which costs Rs 4,999. You don’t get any OTT subscription, but you will get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with Tata Sky+ when taking a new connection. In this box you can record up to 625 hours of live TV.
Additionally, it can even record the series for you on standby. You can pause or rewind live TV in this box. You can put a lock on any category or channel according to you. It also gives you the option to turn on or off the recording from the mobile phone. It is equipped with basic features like auto-standby, parental controls, Dolby Digital surround sound.
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