[Review] Comparison Between Airtel Digital TV (ADTV) and Tata Sky DTH Services in India
Here is another exclusive article for AskVG readers. It might become very useful if you live in India and planning to switch to or purchase a new DTH (Direct-To-Home) television service provider.
Today in this article we are going to write an exclusive review of Airtel Digital TV (ADTV) which is one of the most popular DTH service providers in India. We are also going to compare it with another popular DTH service of India which is Tata Sky.
Recently we compared Dish TV DTH with Tata Sky. If you didn't read the article, you can read it at following link:
In the above article we concluded that Dish TV is better than Tata Sky in number of channels, picture quality, etc but Tata Sky is better than Dish TV in recording feature.
Now lets see if Airtel Digital TV can beat Tata Sky or not!
Hardware, Software and User Interface
Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV are very similar in hardware as well as software. Both DTH services are using quite similar hardware and both provide good picture quality. Both DTH services provide built-in hard disks to record channel programs.
If we talk about the set top box software, its almost same in both DTH services. Actually both companies are using same software which has been developed by Cisco company in India, that's why you'll find quite similar user interface in both services.
If a person switches from Airtel DTH to Tata Sky or vice versa, he'll not face any problem as the user interface and features are almost same in both DTH services.
In fact all menu options are same and present in same locations in both DTH services such as recorder settings, user or system settings, etc.
UPDATE: The new Tata Sky HD+ Transfer box (PVR) now comes with brand new EVO12 EPG and UI which looks extremely premium and stylish.
The hidden secret trick to reinstall or update set top box firmware works fine in both DTH services as both are using same software.
So in hardware, software and user interface areas, both Airtel and Tata Sky earn equal points.
There is no doubt that Tata Sky's recording feature is excellent but Airtel also provides similar feature and functionality. Since both DTH services are using same software, recording functionality is also almost same in them. Airtel allows users to watch one and record one TV channel program or record two channel programs simultaneously. But Tata Sky allows users to watch one and record two other TV channels programs or record three channels programs simultaneously.
Both DTH services allow users to set series recordings in which you can set the set top box to automatically record all new episodes of your desired TV program.
UPDATE: Some Airtel users have reported that sometimes a few series recordings are automatically deleted from Airtel Digital TV set top box. It might be a bug in Airtel set top box firmware.
Here Airtel DTH is a clear winner. Airtel DTH remote is actually a universal remote and you can on/off your TV using Airtel remote. You can also increase/decrease volume of your TV set, Mute TV sound and use TV/AV options with the help of Airtel remote.
Airtel DTH remote can work for almost all brand televisions but first you'll need to program the remote and pair your TV remote buttons with Airtel remote buttons. To pair your TV set with Airtel DTH remote, you just need to follow some simple steps given at following link:
Its a quite handy feature as you don't need to carry 2 remotes with you whenever you are watching TV. A single Airtel remote can operate both set top box as well as your TV set.
Unfortunately this thing is not present in Tata Sky remote. Tata Sky remote is not universal but you can purchase a universal remote from Tata Sky but again you'll need to spend extra money for it.
UPDATE: Now Tata Sky new set top boxes also come with universal remote.
Also Airtel remote is light-weight and looks better than Tata Sky remote.
Number of Channels
If we talk about HD channels count, Tata Sky beats Airtel. Tata Sky provides maximum 81 HD channels, on the other hand Airtel provides only 65 HD channels.
NOTE: Since all DTH companies regularly add new channels, it would be better to visit following topic to know the current status of HD channels availability on various DTH services:
Airtel also provides one French GEC TV channel "TV5 Monde Asie" which broadcasts uncut and uncensored French movies. Since movies are telecasted uncensored, you may see a few adult nude scenes (such as topless scenes) in some movies.
UPDATE: Tata Sky has also added "TV5 Monde Asie" channel on May 05, 2016.
Picture quality in Tata Sky is slightly better than Airtel DTH.
Some Other Points Which are Worth to Mention
When you switch on Airtel DTH set top box, it starts with the same TV channel which you were watching last time. On the other hand, Tata Sky set top box always starts with channel 100 which is actually an advertisement channel of Tata Sky which becomes quite annoying sometimes.
Airtel DTH allows you to create 4 different profiles to store your favorite TV channels. On the other hand Tata Sky provides only one default profile.
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We can see that Airtel Digital TV is better than Tata Sky in almost each area. Hardware and software is same in both DTH services. User interface is also same but Airtel Digital TV has some plus points such as universal remote, more TV channels, etc which make Airtel DTH better than Tata Sky.
Which DTH service are you using? Feel free to share your comment with us...
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