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Making your own DTH pack

Making your own DTH pack

It’s quite likely that you watch no more than 20 channels, but have opted for a package that gives you 200 channels. We tell you how much you would save by going a la carte.

If you bought a direct-to-home (DTH) connection after the government wiped out cable completely, chances are you were hasty about picking your plan. Looking for the same experience as your cable operator was providing, you probably simply picked the package that was offering the similar wide range of channels. If you’re on Tata Sky, it’s quite likely that you’ve picked the Grand Sports package, which offers up to 138 channels for Rs410 per month. If you’ve since been complaining about how you’re paying for too many channels you don’t watch, here’s a solution:

A la carte packs
All DTH operators give you the flexibility of picking exactly what you want for a good price, provided you don’t want too many channels. In the following two tables, we’ve picked 20 popular channels across genres that would appeal to English- and Hindi-speaking audiences. By our calculations, you could even save over Rs1000 a year on your DTH bill if you make the switch. Find out whether it will work for you.

English channels

Channels Airtel Reliance Tata Sky Dish TV* Videocon Sun Direct*
ESPN 35 30 29 40 30 30
Star Sports 30 25 29 0* 30 30
Ten Sports 20 25 30 35 20 0*
Ten Action 15 30 25 0* 20 0*
Discovery 20 16 22 0* 20 20
History TV 10 NA 17 11 15 0*
NGC 8 16 8 0* 15 8
Star World 7 10 20 25 10 8
Zee Café 10 16 20 0* 10 10
Cartoon Network 15 16 18 0* 15 15
HBO 20 20 30 30 20 20
Zee Studio 10 10 10 0* 10 12
Warner Bros. 10 10 15 0* 10 12
Star Movies 15 16 30 0* 20 20
TLC 12 16 20 0* 10 0*
Sony (Set) Pix 15 16 17 0* 10 12
BBC World News 7 10 5 25 5 0*
CNN-IBN 8 10 8 20 10 0*
NDTV 24×7 10 10 5 0* 10 0*
VH1 4 10 5 0* 5 0*
Total price (monthly) 281 312 363 186 295 197
Compulsory base pack NA NA NA Rs170 NA Rs155
Total cost Rs281 Rs312 Rs363 Rs356 Rs295 Rs352
Package price 430 499 482 420 395 352
Annual savings Rs1,788 Rs2,244 Rs1,428 Rs768 Rs1200 Rs0


0* is included in the compulsory base pack

Hindi channels

Channels Airtel Reliance Tata Sky Dish TV* Videocon Sun Direct*
ESPN 20 30 29 40 30 30
Star Sports 40 25 29 0* 30 30
Star Cricket 40 30 30 25 35 30
Ten Cricket 30 30 30 30 30 0*
Discovery 20 16 22 0* 20 20
History TV 10 NA 17 11 15 0*
NGC 15 16 8 0* 15 8
TLC 12 16 20 0* 10 0*
Cartoon Network 15 16 18 0* 15 15
Star Plus 20 20 17 0* 20 18
Zee TV 15 20 13 0* 15 18
Colors 20 20 19 0* 20 0*
Sony TV 15 20 19 0* 20 18
Sahara One 10 10 18 0* 10 8
SAB TV 18 16 13 0* 15 15
Star Gold 10 16 16 0* 15 15
Zee News 10 10 8 0* 5 0*
Aaj Tak 10 10 7 0* 10 10
NDTV India 5 5 5 0* 5 NA
IBN 7 5 5 5 0* 5 0*
Total price (monthly) Rs320 Rs311 Rs326 Rs106 Rs320 Rs217
Compulsory base pack NA NA NA Rs170 NA Rs155
Total cost Rs320 Rs311 Rs326 Rs276 Rs320 Rs372
Package price Rs430 Rs499 Rs440 Rs420 Rs395 Rs372
Annual savings Rs1,320 Rs2,256 Rs1,368 Rs1,728 Rs900 Rs0


0* is included in the compulsory base pack
*with Sun Direct and Dish TV, you are required to buy a base package even with the a la carte option

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