Which is the best satellite television in Chennai?

(Last Updated On: February 3, 2008)

One of the things I’m yet to get sorted after moving to Chennai is selecting a good source of entertainment.

In Kerala, I had experience using Asianet Cable TV as well as Tata Sky satellite television. Asianet, as a matter of fact, was good, since it had all the “required” channels and had good customer service. While Tata Sky, (I took it earlier when it was launched) though boasted of DVD quality pictures and everything, did not have all the channels that I required. A monthly subscription charge of Rs.250 and installation charge of Rs.4000 was reasonable for the quality it delivered. I have a cable connection, but the quality is stupid and the channels available are limited.

I hear that in Chennai the SUN network has a new satellite television network, much like the Dish TV, which is cheap(monthly Rs.75 plus taxes!!) and shas more channels. In Kerala the cable operators union have not allowed this network to launch itself. Well, considering that the Reliance Fresh outlet was smashed up by “anti social elements” in Kerala, I think that’s normal. Kerala’s society is not welcome to new ideas and in a way is a very insecure one as it is, I must say.

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 Well, Dish TV is a good one I heard,  not because Shahrukh is endorsing it, but the number of channels are more on it? But why is not everyone talking about it? In my apartment, I went to the terrace to investigate which is a popular one and clearly Tata Sky stood out with a 3-1 domination(1 was Sun Direct). There were no Dish connections at all. So I have to keep that aside, unless someone convinces me that Shahrukh khan is right – wish for more!

So ultimately it boils down to two choices.

Tata Sky  or Sun Direct

Tata SKy – Not recommended. Higher price. Less channels.

Dish TV – Uncertainty on number of channels and price, poor popularity.

Sun Direct – Great price. Uncertainty on availability.#


Do you guys have some recommendations?


  • Hi Karthik,

    I am using Dish TV. Its good. The only reason I subscribed Dish TV is to watch sports. So I am very much comfortable and happy with Dish TV and it also has a lot of other channels (which I don’t wish to watch or rather dont have time). When I enquired about Tata Sky, I found out that they have cleverly mixed up their packages so that you need to subscribe for the full package if you need to watch all the popular channels. With Sun Direct, you can view all the Sun group channels and other free channels only… Nothing beyond that.

  • Thanks Prem. But in fact that confuses me again. 🙂
    I’m not a hard core sports enthusiast but I follow cricket, so does Dish TV has any exclusives on cricket? I guess not.
    And SUN direct has only the south channels? 🙁 That’s sad.

  • Sun is a relative new one…so one cannot say about its uptime…also it does not telecast some good competitors’ TV like vijay TV..Even Raj network is not available on Sun…

  • Hello,
    I’d suggest you to go for Dish TV. Statistics say that Dish TV’s the most subscribed DTH network in India, witha whooping 55% market share. The decision you reached by checking the dishes at the top floor of your flat isn’t exactly true, for that matter.

    Btw, Sun DTH is now available in Kerala too. It was launched roughly a month ago. Didn’t hear of any labor problems as you’ve mentioned.

    Btw, I’m Prasanth’s friend and co-worker. 😀

  • Hari, I finally made up my mind for Tata Sky.

    DTH – Not too many people around me preferred it. They are not aware of the stats probably.
    Sun – They have only local tamil and mallu channels here in Chennai. No hindi/eng chanels yet.
    Tata Sky – Better off.

    Thanks for the suggestions Hari.

  • Hi Everyone,
    I am planning to return to Chennai from Canada and planning to bring a Plasma TV.
    Here I am seeing with NTSC and I was told in Chennai telecasts are in PAL colour system. My question: Is there any possible or I can use this TV.
    Thanks for the help

  • Hi all,
    According to me all the DTH are bad. They have to give the service to us free of cost. bcoz they are earning a lot in ads and all. We are customers by viewing their TV. I read in an article about the exploitation by the DTH service providers.

  • Video con Dish TV is worst. always says Technical Error and customer complaints are not taken up seriously.

  • Dish TV sucks mighty… lousy service, uninformed customer care and total unprofessional…

  • airtel dish tv is the worst worst worst worst worst worst worst network in the satellite tv