Let's know DTH !
DTH is an abbreviation for Direct To Home. DTH provides direct to home service of television. Every individual has his own dish which acts as a receptor of satellite programmes in every house.
DTH has made it possible for the broadcasters and the consumers to have a direct relationship with each other. No local cable operator is required any longer to distribute services and progammes to the consumer's house.
DTH service network consists of the following components :-
1. A broadcasting centre
6. DTH receivers
How does DTH work ?
The Ku-band transponders are leased from the satellite by the DTH service providers. The audio signals, video signals and data signals are converted into digital format by the encoders and mixed by the multiplexers. A dish antenna and a set-top box is placed in every house and building which is also the user end. These dish antennas and set-top boxes decode and the channels are viewed on T.V..
DTH is better than cable TV because DTH service is available even in the remotest parts of the world as it is directly associated with the satellites and no wires or cable operators are needed in the scene. Also, a DTH user can navigate nearly 750 channels.
SEVEN BEST DTH SERVICES IN INDIA :-
1) Dish TV
A creation and division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Dish TV is Asia's largest and World's Third largest Direct To Home entertainment company . Dish TV was also declared India's leading and most trusted direct to home brand by the 2014 Brand Trust Report.
Dish TV was founded on 1st October 2004 and since then has been providing high quality , high definition entertainment to its users. Dish TV uses tri-satellite technology to provide incredible and amazing picture quality.
Dish TV has 525+ channels , various unmatchable programmes and service packages. Dish TV has brought about unthinkable changes in the DTH world.
The next name in the list of the best DTH service providers, TataSky, is no less than Dish TV or any other successful DTH brand in India. TataSky is the joint project of Tata Sons (60%), 21st Century Fox (30%) and Temasek Holdings (10%). TataSky is the first DTH service provider to provide 4K set-top-boxes to its users.
It was founded in the year 2004 but launched in 2006. TataSky provides DVD quality pictures and CD quality sound. The Customer Care functions 27x7 for its users.
TataSky has 400+ SD channels excluding the 68 HD channels in various languages and genres. The active programmes are a special feature of TataSky.
3) Airtel Digital TV
Airtel Digital TV is a project of Bharti Airtel. Airtel Digital TV has been working tremendously to increase and redefne its services continuously which has made it possible for the DTH to come under the list of the top seven DTH in India.
Airtel Digital TV was founded in the year 2008 . It has more than 10.07 millions users.
Airtel Digital TV has introduced the country to HD set-top boxes and has become the first Direct to home service provider to do so. It has 350+ channels with HQ and HD pictures and sounds.
4) Sun Direct
Sun Direct is an Indian Direct To Home entertainment operator which is a joint venture of Sun Network (80%) and Astro Group (20%). It is enlisted under the best DTH service providers of India.
Sun Direct was founded in the year 2007. It was ranked as -
• The leading DTH provider with 3 million subscribers in the year 2009.
• The second largest DTH service operator of India in the same year.
• Sun Direct became the Number one DTH service provider of India with 5.8 million users and subscribers in 2010.
It offers 200+ languages in various linguistic languages.
5) DD Free Dish
DD Free Dish more popularly and originally known as DD Direct Plus is India's first and only free service provider. It was started by Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan).
DD Direct Plus started functioning in the year 2004 on the 16th of February. It is a free to air DTH service provider.
DD Free Dish offers 64 TV Channels and 29 radio channels which are likely to be increased upto 105 SDTV channels and 40 radio channels in a few years.
6) Videocon d2h
Videocon d2h is one of the best and largest DTH service providers in the country. Videocon d2h is a Subsidiary of Videocon group.
Founded in 2009, videocon d2h is the fastest growing DTH entertainment provider. Videocon d2h is -
• applauded for bringing 1000 GB High Definition Digital Video Recorder to the country
• the first DTH service operator to provide Radio Frequency Remote Control to its consumers.
Videocon d2h has 11.87 millions subscribers. It offers more than 525 channels and 42 HD channels .
7) Reliance Digital TV
Launched by the Reliance Group Of Industries, Reliance Digital TV is also a leading DTH service provider. It offers amazing picture quality and an excellent sound quality to its users.
It began operating in the year 2002 and since then is one of the favorite choice of Indians in the DTH industry.
Reliance Digital TV offers 350 + channels and games and music channels as add ones as well. It has 4.9 million subscribers in the country.