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It's worth the price
Sep 10, 2006 03:05 AM 16059 Views
(Updated Oct 05, 2006 07:09 PM)

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It has been 2 weeks now since I got tatasky installed at my home and I must say it's been a marvellous experience till now.


Ok lets start from how I started:


Making the Choice


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I went to a dealer near my home. I got his address from tatasky.com . There were 5-6 dealer nearby but I choosed him cos he was the dealer of both dishtv and tatasky. So I went to this showroom and got the demos for both dishtv and tatasky. The first difference tht I noticed was picture quality was way much sharper and clear in tatasky than dishtv. I was there for abt 20 mins trying to choose one and I noticed tht dishtv got the picture freezed 2-3 time in 20 mins and tht day it was clear sky :( . I enquired abt the channels available on both and dishtv had whopping 150+ compared to tatasky 60-65 but I was told they will be soon keep adding them. Most of them I wanted were there except HBO so I thought I can live with it and opted for tatasky. So I paid the guy 4550 Rs and brought home the digicom(STB) and account recharge coupon (550 rs for 3 months). Tht dealer made the call to tatasky customer care and placed my order for installation.


Installation


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Inside 2 days I got call from tatasky customer care enquiring if I wil be available at home tht day. I was there so I asked them to come. They gave me 1pm timing and they were there at right 1 pm. There were 2 guys and they brought the minidish (60 cms approx in diameter ) and their equipments with them. So straight away we went to the roof and they started checking the signals. They were insisting tht they need 80% signal strength to start installation but it wasn't going above 75-78% cos of walls around (although dth could even work with 55-60% signals but they kept saying tht its company policy to not install at any location where they can't get 80% or above cos at time of rain it causes prob). Luckily at one place they got 83-84% signal strength :) . They drilled at 4 places on the wall and fixed tht dish on the wall.After installation of dish he landed 3-4 heavy punches to it just to show tht it will not move from its place even in case of storm. After installing dish they did the wiring. They neatly pinned up the wire to the corners. After wiring they attached tht wire to digicom and one wire from digicom to my TV. He called customer care and got my digicom activated. They r providing 15 days viewing without any recharge but after tht u have to use ur recharge coupon. Tht guy then have the demo of how the remote will work and other functionality. It was very easy to understand those functionalities.


Viewing experience


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The first pictures I got on my TV amazed me. I never knew cable can come so clear :) . Ur TV remote will be of no use after getting tatsky installed cos channels , volume can be changed using digicom remote. Their remote is so featured enriched. Also there digicom software is so cool. It groups the channles in different categories like entertainment, movies, sports, kids, news and knowledge, music etc. Under each category u can find channel names with the current show they r showing and u can even see wht will be next. It has a full listing of next 24 hrs.One can even set reminder for future listed program and it will remind u when tht progarm start by flashing a banner on the screen. Whenever a new channel is added or there is any info from tatasky the screen top displays a yellow envelope and the alert light of digicom starts up. U can read tht alert by pressing the yellow key. In last 2 weeks they have added 7-8 new channels so they r adding new channels as told by the dealer. One can also demand a movie but it is quite expensive 75rs. As per customer care rates will come down as the subscribers keep increasing. Now one can watch discovery, disney, nat geo etc in english or hindi. We can set the language and its very easy and very nice feature too. Then there is active feature . Pls read this abt more details on this feature : tatasky.com/tv_gets_actve.htm . Sry it will be very long to explain this feature. In short its a real nice feature. One can see scorecard , highlight, stats, graphics etc simuntaneously while watching a live cricket match. Few days back it rained very very heavily and the signals went down for not more than 1 min. It showed a blue screen and the software itself gets the signals adjusted and the picture was back as clear as ever. It kept raining for around 45 mins thtr heavy and signals never blinked again. One feature which I was most impressed with was the Program/Movie synopsis. It show the storyline of the movie Its very useful in deciding if one wants to see the movie. Impressive !!!


Pros


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  1. No more calling cablewalas to show star sports at the time of F1 or any other channel.




  2. No more bad picture quality and downtime.




  3. Right now its cheaper than cable rate. Not sure abt future.




  4. Stunning picture quality and its uniform on all the channels.




  5. Many new features which most of us haven't seen with local cable operator like active tv,






language change, Setting favourites, Program listing, Program/Movie synopsis and many more.




  1. Very helpful customer care.




  2. No loss of quality in reception at the time of rain.




  3. "State of the art" thing.






Cons


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  1. Few channels like bbc, hallmark still missing.... :)




  2. If u don't have MTNL or BSNL landline then u have to call chandigarh (STD) for any help. I have Airtel so I know . They could have provided a helpline number in delhi too.




  3. Movie on demand is expensive as of now.




  4. Total cost of 4500 Rs. Isn't it too much ?? Had it been lower they would have got many more subscribers by now.






Advice


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If u can spend 4500 rs then go for this. U will not be disappointed.


Note: I am attaching 2 images to provide u guys an Idea of functionality. Sry for bad image quality but I don't know how to get a clear image of TV screen using my digicam. It always come like this.


Edit : Zee channels r now also available . So now they have everything zee, cnn, hbo, cartoon network , pogo and many more :)


Cheers


Arun


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