There are 7 Direct-to-home connections available in the market, it can be difficult choosing the suitable one. On the face of it, all DTH providers seem to providing more or less the same features. We generally tend to buy the one that is suggested by our friends or colleagues or the one that advertises locally through newspaper inserts.
It is however imperative that in order to gain the maximum benefit at the best prices, the following points need consideration before making the final choice of the new DTH connection.
- The available packages and channels are important consideration. We do not compare the initial price of the Set top box and the dish antenna while taking decision to finalize one of them. What we forget to consider is the monthly fee or the DTH Recharge value that one would need to pay. To calculate the same it is important to draw a list of channels that you and your family watch regularly. Read through the package details of all the major operators and see the one that fits with your channel list. Sometime the channel you want is not there on the DTH operator’s channel list or not part of any package and has to be added on an additional cost. Either ways understanding what the operator offers versus what you want and then studying the applicable prices will help one to take a decision.
- The set top box type: there are 3 set top boxes available in the market – SD which stands for Standard Definition; HD meaning High Definition and 4K that stands for Ultra High Definition. Remember each one has a different price. While choosing the set top box, it is important to understand the compatibility of the set top box with the TV you own. A SD box goes with a CRT Television, the HD is good for LED LCD type and the 4K one fits only with the 4K television.
If you are planning to change your television, keep the factor in mind. If you have a 4K TV, needless to say you must go in for the 4K box even if it is costly and has fewer channels of this quality currently but things are looking to change soon. Also if you want additional features like recording using a USB port or simultaneous recording facility then you need to accordingly shortlist the service provider because not all of them are providing these services currently. Price is also an important consideration here.
- Warranty and Customer support: Most of the DTH operators provide for a year-long warranty. The inclusions in the warranty are an important feature to consider. One can get these details by calling the customer support. Customer support is also vital to clear off issues related to payments, relocation and realignment in case of wind and storm or other such scenarios. An efficient customer support will process all such request promptly and on time. Speaking to your close knit circle and referring to online guides for feedback on customer support is a good idea.