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Good service, but did you read the fine print?
Sep 10, 2006 03:00 PM 9725 Views
(Updated Mar 11, 2007 02:04 PM)

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Update on tata sky customer helpline on 11 Mar 07:


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I paid Rs 550 thru indiaplaza.in on 9th March and got a confirmation and order no. I still haven't received the email with pin no after 2 days. Last time I had received the email quickly enough.


On calling tata sky helpline no, I spent 20 min in total with 2 people on the phone, and the person told me that it takes 48 hours (!) for email to come normally. Of course, the credit card payment has been instantaneous! Finally he gave me phone no of Indiaplaza.in to contact them about this. (Does it remind of 'sarkari' office culture -- waste customer's time, and then push them to the guy on next desk).


Even though I use tata sky, I feel a bit vindicated to see that only 63% users recommend tata sky as of today. This was much higher almost 100% I think when I wrote the original review below.


-Vivek


--------------------Original review below--------------------


I have no complaint against program and signal quality of tata sky's channels. Though a whole package of zee (and cnbc channel) are still not there, we hope to see them soon in tata sky's bouquet. But this review is more on my personal experience with installation, and more so with the very dubious subscriber agreement which you may be signing up without reading it in full. As for me, I have a running service since yesterday even though I have compained to tata sky and not signed the subscriber agreement. My status is like mythical 'Trishanku' who is neither here nor there. Pls read on....


Tata sky has recently launched the satellite tv service, and I gladly ventured to subscribe for the service, having experienced good results with a trial run Hathway's digital cable service.  The only difference is that Hathway is still delivered through cable operator, and hence we are dependent on vagaries of power supply issues.  Otherwise, both services need a settop box.


When we saw an arranged from Tata sky in our apartment complex, it seemed to have more features than Hathway's.  e.g. Active News, which can show 3-4 small news panels on TV screen, and one can jump from one news channel to another, or just watch the latest headlines in one of the panels.  That seems a nifty way to catch up with latest news.


Gladly I opted for the service, but there were then quite a few hitches on the way.  For one, I was told by their helpdesk person that the cable settop box (called digicomp by tata sky) will be my property, and I can even transfer to another person.  Reassured, I purchased a digicomp box from a dealer and called tata sky for installation.  She also clarified that the subscription form to be filled after installation was just a formality, and did not divulge the details of the subscription contract.  This was to become a thorny point later.


Now the installation was somewhat long drawn affair.  Tata sky insists on using their own cable rather than linking up with existing cable.  They say the signal will not be as good on any other cable.   I asked them to link up and show if there was any distortion on TV, but they did not do that.  On the other hand, one of the technicians pulled up our existing cable (with honourable motive to put tata sky cable in its place) and damaged it inside conduit, so nothing more could be done about it.  After repeated visits, it became clear they will not or more likely could not repair that damaged cable inside conduit, so we allowed them to put another cable in its place and route it along the walls.


So, ultimately with more than 6 hours of on premises and building work, the cabling was done.  The TV demo worked as expected and picture quality was superb, as I expected it should be for a digital service.  Then came the shocker.  I had been told initially that the digicomp will be property of owner.  But point 11 in Terms and Conditions of subscription contract clearly says that the digicomp and remote will be taken by tata sky on deactivation of service.  To make it worse, point 17 which is termed "Data Protection" should actually be named "Data Broadcast".  It says that tata sky may use your viewing habits and information, and may also share the information with third parties.


Rather than signing up, I called tata sky call centre again, and the guy and his senior both tried to insist that the subscription form is a "formality", and I need not worry about digicomp box etc etc.  But the guy did not even have Terms and Conditions with him or probably made an excuse about that.  After much discussion, he said that the service will not be activated till the issue is resolved, which I said was perfectly ok by me, since I could wait for a few more days, having waited for 3 days for installation issues already.  All this happened after 11:00 pm in night, with installation technicians waiting.  Ultimately, I signed up their work order and also wrote that only installation is complete, and the subscription issues are pending still.


But what do I see next morning -- the service is very much active, there is an alert message, and in subscription menu, I see a debit of Rs -6.57 starting from previous day (or rather late night).  This means tata sky has started the service WITHOUT a signed subscription form with them.


I expected a lot from the service, but such issues have marred the whole initial experience.  I am still paying to the existing cable operator.  Let's see what tata sky does about the issues raised by me. If these are resolved as per initial promises made to me, then I may change my recommendation to yes. Till then, it must stay as no.


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