Airtel Digital TV or Tata Sky: Which DTH Operator is Providing Better Long-Term Packs, Affordable STBs and More

Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV are currently the top preferred DTH operators in the country, thanks to their versatile offerings

  • Tata Sky has recently removed Multi TV policy and put itself in a tough spot
  • Airtel Digital TV has more than 100 long-term channel packs on offer

Airtel Digital TV and Tata Sky are the two leading DTH service providers in the country right now. However, both the operators have some negative points when compared to each other. In Tata Sky’s case, the company will be hit by the Multi-TV policy, while Airtel Digital TV is not known for providing support as good as Tata Sky. Airtel Digital TV has recently added several long-term channel packs to the portfolio and also reduced the prices of set-top boxes to compete with the competition. On the flip side, Tata Sky’ SD set-top box is now available at an all-time low price of Rs 1,399, something which new Tata Sky customers will be delighted to hear. If you’re a new customer looking to choose between Airtel Digital TV and Tata Sky, well read on this article to make your decision.

Discount on Set-Top Boxes

Following on the footsteps of Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV has announced a price cut on its set-top boxes. The DTH provider has announced that it has cut the prices of its STBs by Rs 200. This price-cut will be available on HD and SD STBs of Airtel Digital TV. Since the Airtel Digital TV customers are required to select a plan which is bundled along with the STB, therefore the pricing of the STB will depend on the plan which the subscribers choose.

On the other hand, Tata Sky has straightforward pricing for its STBs, and the DTH provider has introduced a new price-cut on its set-top boxes. After this price cut, the Tata Sky SD set-top box will be available for Rs 1,399 whereas, the Tata Sky HD set-top box will be available for Rs 1,499. Given this difference, even with the bundled plan, the Airtel Digital TV subscribers are likely to find their set-top box cheaper than the Tata Sky STB in almost all cases generally.

Long-Term Plans

When it comes to long-term plans, the clear winner in the competition is Airtel Digital TV as the DTH provider is shipping way more than 100 semi-annual and annual channel packs for the subscribers and it is doing so with a 10% cashback offer. The Airtel Digital TV subscribers will be able to avail as much as 10% discount on their recharge of a long-term offer while making payments from Airtel Payments Bank or Airtel Money.

Tata Sky, on the other hand, is offering limited long-term plan options to its subscribers. The DTH provider has not launched many plans which come with 6-months or 12-months validity. Also, the only long-term subscription plan option that Tata Sky is offering is through the Annual Flexi plan where subscribers pay for 11-months and get the 12th month free. The Tata Sky subscribers get to select from a substantially limited pool of long-term channel packs as compared to Airtel Digital TV subscribers.

Multi-TV Policy

This is again another area, where Tata Sky lags owing to its latest announcement about withdrawing the multi-TV policy. Now Tata Sky subscribers with multiple TV connections will have to pay individually for every subscription. Whereas, Airtel Digital TV subscribers are required to pay only Rs 80 as NCF for their secondary connection along with the content charges. This Rs 80 plus taxes will be the NCF for 100 SD channels. It is apparent that for multi-TV subscribers, opting for an Airtel Digital TV connection is a better choice.


Considering all the facts given above and taking into mind the recent price-cut on the STBs, the customers might find Airtel Digital TV to be a better choice in case you want to opt for long-term plans and especially for multi-TV connections. The latter is something which tips the needle more in favour of Airtel Digital TV as compared to Tata Sky. However, since this comparison does not take into mind service, and other offerings from both the brands, there is a chance that a Tata Sky subscription might suit your needs more.

Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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TATA SKY is the best compared to all.


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