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?
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.