When it comes to satellite TV companies, there are three major players in India right now namely Dish TV, Tata Sky and the new entrant Big TV. Here is a comparison of their features and functionality.
In terms of the number of channels available, Big TV and Dish TV seem to be doing better than Tata Sky. In comparison between Tata Sky and Big TV, Tata Sky failed to provide 31 channels such as Kairali, Firangi, Sahara National, Bindass Movies, Zee Premier, Music India and many others, just to name a few channels. In terms of regional channels, Big TV scores top points while Dish TV lags behind a close second.
Tata Sky has the largest number of Active Services compared to the other two companies Big TV and Dish TV. However, according to users, the Active Services are not worth all that investment and instead the company should focus on increasing regional channels at the same cost.
Classification of packages
One significant advantage that Dish TV has over the other two companies is that they have not started classifying packages like the other companies have. Tata Sky has been famous for classifying its various packages, which can be cumbersome to users at times when they want specific channels.
Tata Sky has the best signal quality, when compared with the other two companies. The STB interface provided by Tata Sky is also comparatively better than both Dish TV as well as Big TV.
Dish TV seems to be having some of the best packages and cost effective rates currently. They have an annual subscription package costing just 3990, for which a user can get STB free of cost. They also seem to have included more music channels as well as movies in their packages. Special mention needs to be made about the Maxi package, which has many movie and music channels included. Hence, they are enjoying a good popularity with users. Overall, Dish TV offers good money’s worth compared to both Tata Sky and Big TV. One aspect that needs mention here is that Tata Sky has recently removed the cricket channels and made it an optional package. Hence, people who do not like cricket or sports based channels can now opt out of it.
Tata Sky has a referral scheme going on currently, where a person who refers someone will get two months’ viewing of the channels free of cost while the person referred will get a month’s view of channels free.
In terms of technology, Big TV seems to fare better than the other companies do. It has MPEG4 technology, which means the video quality will be excellent.