Best DTH Service To Choose In India[2021]

Best DTH in India: Review of top DTH service [2021 Updated] | Best DTH In India

Hello readers,
We know Indians have been very fond of using DTH service, marking the first place in the world for using this service.

So, to all those DTH users, this is a complete guide on How to choose the best DTH service in India according to your own conditions and preferences.

Please continue to read until the very end so that you yourself will be well-capable to choose which ‘Direct-To-Home’ (DTH) is most suitable for your needs.

A Direct-to-home or DTH service is a television broadcasting service provided to the end customers who are us, the public. 

The aim to provide this service is straightly to serve the people with the maximum variety of information of events or incidents happening all around the world through numerous channels and that too with a minimum of the cost, so that, the information reaches to every home possible.

Now, that one is capable of this service, why not they customize it according to their interests and of course their budget. This facility is the main ingredient of the purpose of these DTH services.

Enough of the intro here, now let us move on to the solution of our problem which is to choose the best DTH service depending on our preferences.

Here we present you the complete guide which will help you clear your mind from the confusions regarding the various DTH service providers in India.

Best DTH Service in India: Review Of Top DTH Service


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Started in December 2004, DD Free Dish DTH, earlier called by DD Direct+, is a service provided by Prasar Bharati. It is a FREE DTH service provided all over India.

Although this DTH may not be the most popular among HD channel lovers or the variety channel pack lovers, it is at the top of the list at it provides free service and what is better than the deal which constitutes all the necessary basic channels including news, some daily-soap programs or regional channels with no Monthly subscription. (yes, you have to pay only for the set-up for receiving this DTH service.)

The whole DD Free Dish set-up comprising of the Dish Antenna, Set-top Box(STB) and the Remote, is only a one-time investment and anyone can buy it easily from the local market around or online as well in just a nominal cost. 

This service does not need any local cable operator to be accessed, and rather the channels are telecast directly through the satellites.

The set-top box required for receiving this service will be a Free to Air(FTA) type of set-top box(STB) and not any other type of STB will be required. 

However, to view the HD channel in the DD Free Dish, you may require a MPEG-4/HD set-top box, otherwise, for receiving encrypted TV channels, you will require iCAS SD set-top box authorized by Doordarshan, but it does not support the HD channel. 

It depends on the choice of the user. The set-top boxes price ranges from ₹500-1500/-, depending upon the type
and purpose.

Below are some parameters on which you can easily decide whether this is the service you want in your home. You can also go on to their official website to know more about DD free dish:-

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Best DTH in India

The second best DTH service in India which is in our list is Jio DTH service by Reliance Group and the reasons behind this are the facilities and offers they provide with this. Who does not want a High-Speed Broadband Service along with with the DTH service and that too with Full HD channels?

As we all know, Reliance always launches any of its service or product with some BIG OFFER creating a big stir in the market. Like in this case, the company has launched a “Jio Welcome Offer” for the first time users of this service which includes 3 months free trial.

You may be getting worried that this service does not yet surround you unlike the other old and prominent DTH services but do not be worried if it is not yet, it will be in a couple of months or even a little more. 

It is said that Jio DTH has been started in some metropolitan cities and that too not on a large scale. Although, the bookings for the same have been started. But, you can always have the patience for something special and advantageous.

The difference between this DTH service and the other DTH services available in the market is that to avail Jio DTH service you do not need an antenna for receiving the signals, rather applying to broadband connection is all you will need which includes the router and the set-top box. 

Hence, you get both the facilities of high-speed internet of around 1GBps(1000 MBps) as well as watching TV with high-definition channels, supporting online streaming in 4k HD quality. The system will support HD gaming quality also.

The prices and plans are not yet confirmed in the market but there have been some announcements by the company on the same.

Here are the expected features of Jio DTH:

No. of channels– 300+(including HD channels).
Minimum price– approx. 50 rupees.
No. of pack types– 10

(Note:- These facts are not yet officially announced, rather are just expected.)


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Tata Sky is one of the leading brands for providing DTH services in the country and has also titled as No. 1 DTH provider in 2019 based on certain facts. It was launched in 2006 jointly by Tata Sons and Twenty-First Century Fox.

Being the first to introduce the facility of customisation of channels in the form of ‘pick and pay’ packs according to the user’s interests and to provide its customers with 4K set-top boxes, it has gained a commendable customer base by providing these valuable facilities to the public.

Tata Sky also gained its popularity and became the current best DTH service in India due to some of its other amazing and much-needed features such as Personal Video Recorder(PVR), having distinctive features so that you can pause, record and also rewind your Live TV screen, remote record facility, and more.

Apart from this, Tata Sky was the first to launch its own interactive series services like Tata Sky Fun Learn classes, Tata Sky Dance Studio, Tata Sky Smart Games, Tata Sky Vedic Maths, Tata Sky Cooking, Tata Sky Comedy, Tata Sky Music, Tata Sky Fitness and much more.

The HD Tata Sky set-top box price – around ₹1,399/- (the new customers of Tata Sky DTH service have to only purchase the HD set-top box) 

Following table describes some main points which you should consider in this process:-

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Airtel Digital TV was started in October 2008 by Bharti Airtel. It is one of the leading brands in the DTH service providers.

This service also supports the customization of channels depending on the interests of the customer and so the price value also changes accordingly.

The types of packs including the number of channels provided vary according to the regions or states.

The set-top box supports high-quality videos along with a good quality surrounding (Dolby surround sound) sound and not to forget the video recording facility.

The price of Airtel Digital TV set-top box starts from ₹1750/- onwards.

Here are some details about Airtel digital TV to look at while deciding:-

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5. DISH TV (

Best DTH in India

The parent company of D2H (which we will discuss further) and Zing Digital which is a regional content telecasting brand, Dish TV was started by the Zee Group in October 2003. Although, it is now been operated combinedly by the Zee Group and the Videocon group.

Being the oldest in the field, Dish TV has grown a huge no. of customer base and also due to the varieties in set-top boxes like DISH HD + with Recorder, Digital Set-Top-Box with Recorder, etc., to improve the streaming quality for the viewers.

The price of the digital set-top box starts from ₹1,399/-.

Take a look at the below table to get basic details on Dish TV:-

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6. d2h (

Videocon d2h is a popular DTH service provider in India, being the first service provider in this field to launch the first 4K Ultra HD Channel. This was considered the best DTH service in India of its time.

Also, d2h has won many renowned awards in this area like ‘Asia’s most promising DTH brand’ in 2013, 2014 & 2015, ‘India’s Best Brand 2014 by Economic Times’ and many more. But, this group has been merged with the Dish TV DTH service in September 2018.

d2h provides its customers with its own services like Movies Active, Movies Active HD, Dance Active, Bhakti Active, Ibadat Active, Cooking Active, Music Active & Evergreen classic etc.

It has launched a d2h Stream set-top box used to upgrade your TV to a smart one. There are more such types of set-top boxes offered by d2h like Digital set-top box, Digital HD set-top box, HD RF set-top box (with a magic stick variant also).

The price of the digital set-top box starts from ₹1,499/- and goes up to ₹6,050/- depending upon the set-top box quality type and the subscription benefits along with it.

Here are some facts to check upon while deciding the DTH service for you home or you can straightly go on their official website given below:-

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best dth in india

Started in December 2007, Sun Direct is the DTH service provider giving more emphasis on the interests of the southern part of the country, but also covering a large variety of regional languages like Kannad, Tamilian, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, and Bengali or so.

Sun Direct supports two types of set-top boxes- Sun Direct SD+ set-top box for standard definition streaming and Sun Direct HD+ set-top box for high definition video streaming.

The price of the Sun Direct SD+ set-top box- ₹1,799/- and Sun Direct HD+ set-top box is available at ₹1,999/-.

Read below-written details to have an overview of the facilities provided:

Best DTH in India


Here is a detailed guide for you to choose the best DTH provider in India(2020), amongst all these options, and I hope you will have been now able to decide it on your own that what type is the best for you. 

All the basic facts and details have been provided in this article for you ease in this mind-wrecking process. So, enjoy watching TV with your own-chosen DTH provider and never complain!

Hope you liked it and had something out of it. Thanks!

Note:- The facts stated above have been taken from different sources and does not comply for being 100% accurate, though the discussions above were reliable. It is possible that there may be some changes in the facts or details listed above.

Ritika Bharat
Ritika Bharat
Chief Editor & Technical Content Writer at BrainyWit

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