The best DTH service in India depends on that features or experiences you are looking for and hence, the answer to this query is subjective. There are six major DTH providers in India, all competing for your attention and business: Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital TV, Videocon d2h, and Tata Sky . Dish TV was the first major provider and has benefited from the early mover advantage. But while Airtel, Reliance, and Videocon matured late, they also offer better technology and more channels. They are more aggressive and flexible and offer the consumers value for money.
Best Indian DTH satellite TV service
On the DTH TV technology front Airtel Digital TV , VideoconD2H and TataSky are the best Indian DTH satellite TV service having MPEG-4 with DVB-S2 technology. Reliance Digital and Sun Direct TV uses MPEG-4 but they rely on DVB-S1 technology. That leaves DishTV who uses older MPEG-2 Technology. The main disadvantage of using the older MPEG-2 technology is that it becomes much costlier for them in Satellite Transponder costs, because they can transmit only about half the number of Channels per Transponder when compared to MPEG-4 users. The quality of the TV picture with both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 is about the same. This means that for DishTV they will have to incur more expenses to rent transponders on satellites, but since DishTV has a much larger subscriber base compared to other DTH providers, they do not mind. For dishTV to switch to MPEG4 technology will be a very costly affair, because they will need to change the set top boxes of all their subscribers.