DishTV Announces its Next-Generation STB Called DishNXT HD; Removes SD-HD Channel Divide

In sync with the vision of expanding HD TV experience and making it accessible to all, DishTV Asia’s largest DTH brand announced exciting new offers and initiatives today. As part of its festive announcement, DishTV has launched an innovative ‘HD for All initiative.’


While competition/market charge access fee to provide HD channels, DishTV will now give popular HD channels access to all subscribers. DishTV also unveiled its new generation HD STB (Set-top Box), ‘DishNXT HD’. With this move, all boxes provided by DishTV are now HD enabled to eliminate the SD-HD divide. “All these efforts are aimed at empowering subscribers to enjoy and embrace HD experience,” said the company in a press statement.

This is a further step up in customer initiatives, which the company started with the partial adoption of TRAI tariff order. HD access for all follows the recent launch of ‘Mera Apna Pack’ that allowed customers to choose their favourite HD channel for just Rs. 17 + GST.

“This is in line with TRAI objective of empowering consumers and providing content as per customer choice. With this innovative proposition, DishTV becomes the first DTH player in India to offer HD channels with all its popular packs. Now effectively for as low as at Rs.169+ tax, customers can experience HD viewing,” added the press statement.

Extending a holistic HD viewing experience, DishTV also unveiled its new generation cardless Set Top Box, DishNXT HD. With the ability to give 5 times better picture quality, whole new User Interface and graphics and multilingual support, the new box comes equipped with an integrated smart chip technology to enable users to interact and tune-in to their television in a smarter way. The cardless feature eliminates the need of a separate viewing card for clutter-free experience and faster performance.

Speaking on this mega announcement, Mr Anil Dua, Group Chief Executive Officer, DishTV said, “HD space has been fast evolving, making significant in-roads into Indian households. With a sharp focus on HD, this move aims at bridging the gap between the SD and HD subscribers and taking away the inhibitions involved in switching from SD to HD. Our endeavour is to increase affinity with our audiences by providing them HD viewing experience. This launch of ‘HD for all initiative’ and also the new DishNXT HD STB will lead to a rapid rise in HD consumption. It will also encourage subsequent upgradation to full HD experience, thereby expanding overall HD viewership and boosting our revenues.”

DishTV also said that at present, there are 12.8 million HD households. With the potential of having 25-30 million HD subscribers in the next five to six years, this presents a huge opportunity for DTH players.

Speaking on the new product, Mr Sukhpreet Singh, Senior Vice President, Marketing, DishTV said, “As part of our festive offering, this latest innovation has been designed keeping in mind the evolving needs of our discerning customers and to enable an end to end entertainment experience. With new clean, intuitive user Interface, fast navigation and ease of controls, DishNXT HD is a game changer in the Direct to Home entertainment, offering unmatched HD TV viewing experience.”

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September 24, 2017 9:28 pm 9:28 PM

Now all we need is our archaic channels to upgrade to HD cameras.

September 24, 2017 8:05 pm 8:05 PM

This is the step in right direction. They should also switch all Set-top boxes to HEVC (h265 codec). h265 provides 50% bandwidth reduction for almost similar quality. This will increase channels capacity and prepare us for 4K content. Advertising your service as Full HD is old news and does not hold any marketing prominence. 4K is the future.

Sabyasachi Mishra
September 24, 2017 6:51 pm 6:51 PM

There are some gaps in the article. May be the author does have sufficient details or Dish Tv might not have announced. The missing elements in the article are : 1) How Dish TV will give HD channels to everyone? 2) Will the new SET Top box will be free and will be given to all the viewers? 3) If no, then terms and conditions? Please elaborate on these issues as I am No HD Dish Tv viewer with Platinum Sports plan.

September 24, 2017 10:30 pm 10:30 PM

It is being offered to north India customers for new connections,only 7 HD channels are offered free,may be a gimmick to aquire new customers,all are fearing Jio

Sunny | Lucknow
September 24, 2017 9:45 pm 9:45 PM

Box is not free, costs Rs.1750 & they’ve added 7 HD channels in most of the SD base packs. Now on they will have only one STB i.e. HD one. UI is quite good & sleek in this new box though.