Friday, October 20, 2006

DishTV Bonanza fro Jaipur Viewers

Residents of the Pink City, Jaipur in Rajasthan are all set to get a Diwali Bonanza from DishTV India. Dish TV India has offered 125 channels for a price of just Rs80. This is for existign as well as new subscribers.

Dial in your customer care and get the discount if not already applied on your billing cycle.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Hollywood Movies on Demand on Dish TV India

DishTV India has launched Hollywood Movies on demand in India, in association with Bune Vista Company, the distribution arm of Walt Disney.

DishTV India already has very few selected bollywood movies on demand at Rs40 per movie which can be viewed within a period of 24 hours. Hollywood movies will be available at a price of Rs50 per movie and have a viewing time of 24 hours. If you get a DVR, you can probably backup the movie for few days until your gal friend or kids watch the same. If you find this service expensive, then check out SeventyMM and CatchFlix.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Tata Sky sends Notice to Sun TV

Tata Sky Dish TV which was launched in Mid-August are hugely optimistic about their service. They will invest Rs3,000 crores in the next 4 years.

Sun TV, owned by IT Minister, Dayanidhi Maran's younger brother, has refused to share their content with Tata Sky. Tata Sky TV has sent a notice to Sun as Sun is sharing their content with DD owned DTH and not with Tata Sky. Bold and beautiful move from the house of Tatas :-)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

DishTV India - A Bad experience

In response to "Dish TV or Triple Play", here is a bad consumer experience and review of Zee's DishTV quality of service and customer satisfaction.

It took 15 days and numerous phone calls to the shopkeeper, service center, Zee head office, n number of sales people, technicians to get them to come over to my home and install the DISH TV antennae. DISH TV phone helpdesk standard response was that they don’t handle setups and I should talk to the dealer. Dealer said talk to service center. Service center said they’re sending the guy and never sent him.

This was not the end of another week passed before the maxi service got activated. This too after tons of phone calls where I was always told it would be taken care of, but never happened.

Now the BIG shock….I expected good quality Video, somewhere near DVD quality since this being digital n all….No such luck…this is a majorly compressed MPEG2 video feed !! It is worse than VCD quality. Sound is near MONO unless you use headphones. I thought that signal strength maybe causing this, but I had 75-76% signal, which DISH TV tech said was the max he had seen himself. people usually get 60-65%.

Damn !! My cable looked and sounded so much better with full bandwidth, and this DTH looked like small video clip made full screen on my 29 inch TV. I guess it’s passable on smaller 21′’ screens but looks bad and patchy on a 29′’.

My advice…don’t go for this DTH hype till they improve their service.
P.S. another thing…they recently did a software upgrade and dumbed down the set top box. now you cannot make any system changes and can’t even see the signal strength. The channel surfing has also become a pain..instead of quickly shifting between screenful of channel menu, now I have to scroll through each and every channel to reach the desired channel. Their telephone support says there is no way to go back to the old firmware. They claim this new one is very user friendly. How is it user friendly when the users don’t like it?? their active channels are just marketting hype to attract new customers comparing their service with TATA SKY. No one watches their silly active patchwork.

I don’t know about TATA SKY but DISH TV will give you that cheap “quantity and no quality” feeling that reliance CDMA phones gave. I don’t think TATA SKY would be any different.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Dish TV now wants a discount on Star Bouqet - LOL

Earlier, TDSAT had favourably ordered Star TV to share its content & channels with Zee's Dish TV. Star TV agreed to the same but now Dish TV wants it at a 50% discount to the rates Star is quoting. Star has offered the same rates as it is currently offering its cable operators.

Zee's argumnet is, some years ago Star had voluntarily offrered a discount for Direct to Home operators. Zee is known for such issues, do I need to say more ?

Friday, July 14, 2006

TDSAT orders Start TV to Provide content to Dish TV

In a landmark judgement by TDSAT, Star TV was ordered to provide and share all the content to Dish TV without any bias of DTH or Cable. Insiders speculate that Star was unwilling to share the content with Dish TV owned by Zee Tele group. It is well known fact that Tata & Star are ina joint venture for DTH in India under the brand Tata-Sky. I will leave it upto the readers to guess who had an upper hand in this shady decision not to shae the content, Tata's or Star ;-)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Welcome to DishTV India

DishTv India is a subsidiary of Zee TV. Dish TV crossed 900,000 subscribers in March 2006, according to Media Partners. It claims to add 3,000 subscribers a day currently and expects to close with 1.5 million new customers over the next year.