DTH or HD DTH?
Standard Definition DTH or High Definition DTH which one to go for? Choose between existing DTH and latest HD DTH satellite service by comparing pricing, hardware, STB, picture quality, sound quality, etc.
DTH or SD DTH
|1.||Concept||SD DTH or Standard Definition DTH is the existing traditional DTH, where the set top box delivers the standard video resolution. SD DTH is commonly referred as DTH only.||HD DTH or High-definition DTH, as the name suggests, means high definition video output, where the set top box is ready to deliver HD Content.|
|2.||Hardware||Cable service as the name suggests, requires running cables to the end consumer. Its terrestrial nature unfortunately brings in geographical limitations.||DTH service reaches the remotest area easily as cables are eliminated. The DTH dish receives signals directly from the satellite, so has greater geographical scope.|
|3.||STB||DTH set top box normally does not have the capability to scan and deliver HD channels.||HD DTH set top box scans and delivers both HD and non-HD channels.|
|4.||Channels||More number of channels available these days is in the typical non-HD format.||As of today, the number of HD channels is less but as the product is gaining momentum, the bouquet of HD channels is also increasing.|
|5.||Aspect Ratio||SD DTH has 4:3 aspect ratios, which means the screen is square-like.||HD channel content is formatted for 16:9 aspect ratios. This means that the screen is rectangular for wide angle viewing. So you see more parts of the picture and not a square picture that is stretched.|
|6.||Picture Resolution||DTH has the standard 480p picture resolution.||High Definition DTH has 720p, 1080p and 1080i picture resolutions available.|
|7.||Picture quality||DVD quality picture or depending on your DTH service provider.||HD DTH provides roughly 5 times better picture quality then that of Standard Definition DTH.|
|8.||Sound quality||DVD quality sound or depending on your DTH service provider. Good enough sound quality but inferior to HD surround sound.||HD DTH also brings in surround sound, resulting in superior sound quality, which can be truly experience with a home theatre system.|
|9.||Pricing||Comparatively less expensive||Expensive, though many HD DTH service providers are coming up with promotional offers.|
|10.||Future concern||There is a good probability that the prices for DTH will go down as HD DTH conquers the field.||There is a good probability that the initial HD DTH prices might go down but the monthly recurring cost might increase with the increase in the number of HD channels.|
|11.||Popular service providers||DD Direct+, Videocon D2H, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Dish TV, Reliance Big TV, Airtel Digital TV, etc.||Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Dish TV, Reliance Big TV, Airtel Digital TV, etc.|
Honestly, I truly enjoy high picture and sound quality, unlike my parents, who don’t even differentiate between the two. Though HD DTH brings in superior quality compared to the typical DTH, it surely hurts our pockets! I would say if you are willing to spend and don’t have any DTH service yet, then go for HD DTH. The prices for HD DTH are getting more competitive and it appears that down the line this technology will stay. Especially the way things are moving faster in this DTH world, there is a great probability that HD DTH will offer more options and soon become a successful part of most Indian households.
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