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Value-for-money DTH HD plans

Value-for-money DTH HD plans

DTH service providers offer a very different set of channels as part of their high definition plans. We go through these plans and find out which one is the best for you.

What’s the point of splashing out on a high definition (HD) television set and using it to only watch standard definition channels? Or even picking a DTH provider that is only offering a handful of HD channels? The plans might be a bit more expensive, but it can vastly improve your viewing experience, particularly if you’re watching sports, the Discovery Channel and sci-fi movies. Here are the HD packages offered by DTH operators:

DTH service provider’s HD plans

DTH provider Cost of HD box HD Channels Cost of channels HD Pack/Access Fee Total per month
Airtel Rs6,440 18 NA Rs175 Rs175
Dish TV Rs3,099 24 Rs599 NA Rs599
Reliance Rs4,990 8 Rs499 Rs84 Rs583
Sun TV Rs2,290 8 Rs335 NA Rs335
TataSky Rs6,190 12 Rs228 Rs100 Rs328
Videocon Rs6,590 22 NA Rs389 Rs389

From the table above, its quite apparent that Airtel provides the best plan for HD channels. TataSky, the next best on the list, is still quite a distance away from Airtel in terms of its value for money. Reliance, on the other hand, after bundling high definition channels with other SD channels, provides the most expensive HD plan for the least number of channels.

HD channels provided
Airtel: Colors, Sony, Star Plus, Star World, Zee TV, Movies Now, Star Gold, Star Movies, Zee Cinema, Zee Studio, HBO Hits, HBO Defined, Star Cricket, ESPN, Sony Six, Discovery, History Channel and National Geographic.
Dish TV: Life OK, Colors, Sony, Zee TV, Star Plus, Star World, Movies Now, Star Movies, Zee Studio, Zee Classics, Star Gold, Zee Cinema, HBO Hits, HBO Defined, Sony Six, Ten HD, Fox Traveller, Nat Geo Adventure, Nat Geo Music, Animal Planet, National Geographic, History Channel, Discovery and CNBC Prime.
Reliance: Star Plus, Zee TV, Star Gold, Star Movies, Ten Sports, ESPN, Star Cricket and National Geographic.
Sun TV: Star Movies, Zee Studio, Discovery, National Geographic, Gemini TV, K TV, Sun Music and Sun TV.
TataSky: Colors, Sony, Star Plus, Zee TV, Star Movies, Star Gold, ESPN, Star Cricket, Discovery HD World, National Geographic and M Tunes.
Videocon: Colors, Life OK, Sony TV, Star Plus, Star World, Zee TV, Movies Now, Star Gold, Star Movies, Zee Cinema, Zee Studio, ESPN, Sony Six, Star Cricket, Ten Sports, Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic, Travel XP, 3D Active, CNBC Prime and M Tunes.

To find which DTH option gives you the best sports channel package, go here.

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