DTH over ca­ble

DIGI­TI­SA­TION OF CA­BLE TV GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO MOVE TO DTH FOR ITS HD OF­FER­INGS. BUT HOW DO DTH COM­PA­NIES STACK UP AGAINST EACH OTHER?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY JOEL RAI

Ca­ble TV has to be digi­tised. Why not change to DTH? But it’s not so sim­ple. You have to find out what DTH ser­vices are of­fer­ing be­fore you take a de­ci­sion.

Govern­ment pol­icy has moved the un­reg­u­lated ca­ble tele­vi­sion busi­ness from the grey area to one where ev­ery­thing is in black and white—ex­cept, of course, the im­ages. Come June 30, 2012 and house­holds will have to have their home en­ter­tain­ment stream­ing in via the set-top box. The local ca­ble op­er­a­tors can no longer just wire up your TV with a strand from the spi­der’s web on the roof. The pro­grammes have to be manda­to­rily routed through a set-top box. Qual­ity of both video and au­dio on ca­ble TV will im­prove with digi­ti­sa­tion, but it still will not meet the stan­dards set by hi-def pro­gram­ming pro­vided by chan­nels on di­rect-to-home ser­vices. So should you choose to ig­nore the ca­ble­wal­lah and opt in­stead for DTH, here is dis­tilled in­for­ma­tion on which com­pany of­fers what. Read care­fully and de­cide. And while you are at it, you might want to learn that “true HD” is pro­gram­ming that is cre­ated in Full HD 1080P res­o­lu­tion (broad­cast usu­ally in 1080i). In con­trast, many pur­ported “HD” chan­nels pro­vide fare up­scaled from stan­dard def­i­ni­tion and, there­fore, are poorer in both im­age and sound qual­i­ties than true HD.

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