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South Asian Indian Channels Directv vs Dish Network


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#1 OFFLINE   prashp1

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 07:49 AM

Which is better to get for Indian channels....Directv or Dish Network? I know the HindiDirect is 6 channels for $29.99 for Directv vs 12 channels for $54.99 on Dish Network. In India Star Plus is #1 channel for 5 years in a row, which Directv has. Now Directv has NDTV 24x7, Star News, and Doordarshan India too. Dish Network has Sony, Zee, TV Asia, Sharah TV and News, & movie channels. Please help. Thanks

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 08:11 AM

you'll soon also see Sahara Filmy on Directv as well, i think it might just be added to Hindi Direct Package. ur question depends what you want to watch, they offer some different programming.

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 04:19 PM

What happened to sahara filmy which was supposed to come in directv from this week?

Any update on this--when will it come and if yes will hindi direct pricing remain the same?

Thanks

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 04:51 PM

Which is better to get for Indian channels....Directv or Dish Network? I know the HindiDirect is 6 channels for $29.99 for Directv vs 12 channels for $54.99 on Dish Network. In India Star Plus is #1 channel for 5 years in a row, which Directv has. Now Directv has NDTV 24x7, Star News, and Doordarshan India too. Dish Network has Sony, Zee, TV Asia, Sharah TV and News, & movie channels. Please help. Thanks


I have both.

Actually, I have the HindiDirect from DirecTV. I truly appreciate the 24x7 news channels like NDTV on this. Plus, having DD India is great too. I don't care a bit about MTV Desi or have only marginal interest about Star Plus.

Then I have Sony+TV Asia from DISH as well. Other family members truly care about some content on Sony. I could live without it. Parents, when they're here care about TV Asia a lot, especially the classic movie/music stuff. Actually, I don't mind some classic movies on TV Asia once in a while either. I absolutely, positively dig classic Hindi music - Mukesh/Rafi/Mannadey etc. (Explains why I hate the MTV Desi stuff.)

Anyway, I don't end up paying a whole lot for both. DISH is my main platform for all programming, with above 2 channels added on. DirecTV is almost an a-la-carte, because I took the DirecTV Basic tier (only $10 a month) and tacked on HindiDirect to it. I don't waste any money on duplicate/redundant programming.

Cool thing about having both DISH and DirecTV is that it gives me great cricket PPV options in the future. Around the time Ashes start, I think I'll subscribe to DirecTV CricketTicket India Half. Then there are some cricket PPV events which are exclusive to DISH. If India are involved in any of them, or I just find them very interesting I might consider subscribing them as well.

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 11:31 PM

Chandu,

Iam somewhat similar execpt - directv is my base (english+hindi direct) and dish for sun tv (tamil channel)

NDTV is my fav channel and couple of good movies in star and sun.

As u said we can watch PPV cricket which comes on both channels but i guess directv is better in the sense champions trophy and world cup will be coming here.

My question now is:

do u have superDISH and if yes have u watched "south asia world" channel which i heard is very good (aka cnbc india)???

It used to come in superdish and now am not sure???

pls respond.

Thanks

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 07:39 AM

What happened to sahara filmy which was supposed to come in directv from this week?

Any update on this--when will it come and if yes will hindi direct pricing remain the same?

Thanks


It's coming VERY SOON.

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 09:09 AM

Sahara filmy is now going to be launched from Sept 14 or so I heard. Hindidirect pricing is going to change from what I heard, from $29.99 to $39.99. Also it will be availabe as a la carte for $19.99 I heard.

What happened to sahara filmy which was supposed to come in directv from this week?

Any update on this--when will it come and if yes will hindi direct pricing remain the same?

Thanks



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Posted 01 September 2006 - 05:40 PM

Chandu,

Iam somewhat similar execpt - directv is my base (english+hindi direct) and dish for sun tv (tamil channel)

NDTV is my fav channel and couple of good movies in star and sun.

As u said we can watch PPV cricket which comes on both channels but i guess directv is better in the sense champions trophy and world cup will be coming here.

My question now is:

do u have superDISH and if yes have u watched "south asia world" channel which i heard is very good (aka cnbc india)???

It used to come in superdish and now am not sure???

pls respond.

Thanks


No, I don't have SuperDISH, just a DISH 500 pointing to 119 (I think). And don't have CNBC India or South Asia World. Just those 2 channels I mentioned.

Also, if whatever this Sahara Filmy comes onto my Hindi Direct and I'm not interested in it, I won't be happy with an increased price. I'll let DirecTV know about it by dropping HindiDirect. Hopefully they'll provide it as an option to include it.

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 06:51 PM

I agree with you chandu.

I also wont be taking up Sahara fily if it comes with increased price.

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:00 PM

Sahara Filmy is now showing on channel 2008. Enjoy :)

Sahara filmy is now going to be launched from Sept 14 or so I heard. Hindidirect pricing is going to change from what I heard, from $29.99 to $39.99. Also it will be availabe as a la carte for $19.99 I heard.



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Posted 07 September 2006 - 12:15 AM

Chandu,

Have u subscribed to Tri series and/or champions trophy in E*?

DTV is expensive for champions trophy!!!!

Prash,
Thanks for the update

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 06:19 AM

So they don't have the bandwidth to add MTV-HD or National Geographic-HD, but they have room to add Hindi programming?!?!?

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 11:46 AM

Chandu,

Have u subscribed to Tri series and/or champions trophy in E*?

DTV is expensive for champions trophy!!!!

Prash,
Thanks for the update


DTV is $50 more expensive than Dish but if you speak to a CSR and point out that Dish is providing the exact same series for $50 less, they will give you a credit on your bill. It worked for me but I can't say if they will do this as a general rule.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 12:53 PM

So they don't have the bandwidth to add MTV-HD or National Geographic-HD, but they have room to add Hindi programming?!?!?

HD programming is carried on the 119 and 110 satellites, and (almost) all International programming is carried on the 95 sat-two completely different birds. BTW, I heard something about D* moving the last remaining Chinese package on the 119 to the 95 soon. Perhaps they are making room for the channels you seek (but I hope it'll by HGTV-HD instead of MHD!)

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 04:00 PM

Dish is giving champions trophy for $100 which is less than directv $200.

I have gone with dish.

Do you guys know about "south asia world" channel?

Prashp...can you contact the same directvguy which u did for sahara and let us know if SAW is going to come on directv???

Thanks for the response

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 05:18 PM

Sahara Filmy is now showing on channel 2008. Enjoy :)


Directv website has hindi direct II now. Which is priced at $39.99 with Filmy. Also you can get Filmy as a la carte for $19.99.

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 08:19 PM

Iam hearing that euronews is on the way in dish (probably 902)....any updates on this??

when is it coming and whether will it come in directv as well???

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 09:56 PM

http://indiantelevis...6/nov/nov38.htm

US on directv will follow UK on bskyb i guess???

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 11:17 AM

Cricket Plus is now showing on channel 2024. Enjoy :)

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 07:34 PM

Do you guys know about "south asia world" channel?

Prashp...can you contact the same directvguy which u did for sahara and let us know if SAW is going to come on directv???

Thanks for the response

South Asia World (SAW) is finished....

Details: http://www.dbstalk.c...ead.php?t=69879

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:39 PM

DTV is $50 more expensive than Dish but if you speak to a CSR and point out that Dish is providing the exact same series for $50 less, they will give you a credit on your bill. It worked for me but I can't say if they will do this as a general rule.


Praneeth,

Which satellite/channels was the Champions Trophy shown on on DTV?

As a displaced Aussie, I want to watch the Ashes, but I don't speak Hindi or other non-English languages.... so I don't subscribe to any international package, nor have a 36x24" dish. Up until Jan/Feb of this year, DTV's PPV cricket coverage was on Sat 101 (channels 117-119), so I got these with my standard DTV setup.

I didn't plan to subscribe to Champions Trophy, as I was travelling a lot, but when some prelim games were on, I couldn't find them on my guide. Has all the cricket migrated to Sat 95 now?

Just wondering if I have to get one of my spare 18" dishes pointed at 95, and multiswitch in the equation, before next Wed night!

Thanks

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 05:38 PM

Looks like Directv is giving Dish a run for its money in South Asian International programming:

CricketPlus is an awesome channel given free as part of hindi direct.

They have 2 hours same day highlights of all matches that are shown in DTV on PPV.

Also they are showing all time great classic cricket matches!!!!

Iam also hearing that Star Gold is going to come very soon (its coming to UK this month end) and when this happens....more customers will move to DTV sinnce

STAR (plus,one,news,gold) + NDTV+Cricketplus is much better than 15+ channels on E*


Also i see from satelliteguys (Scot) that some internationals from E* are moving to DTV...dont know which all..we need to wait and see

I have asked Scot for details and will keep u posted.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 08:15 PM

Hello all:

Good for DirecTV to launch the CricketPlus channel in the US.

So there hads been a lot of talk about wasting bandwidth of the DTV satellites. Now think about this, 120-180 channels for 40-50 USD/month, or 14.99/channel and more for packages for the international and PPC channels/ The margins and markups on these channels and cricket PPV events are much higher than the local channels/packages. ewer viewers maybe, but larger margins. Just plain common economic sense.

I do agree that the Cricket Plus channels should be offered a-la-carte. I have no interest in the Hindi programming package.

AS for cricket lovers and viewers, a coupld of questions:

I noticed that the Cricketplus.tv websitee listed the matches between India and South Africa, and the Ashes. Now are these live events or replays? I understand CricetDirect is shoing the Ashes and the India/South Africa live. Just trying to fugure out if I need on or both? wondering if I need one or both???

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 01:52 AM

Hello all:

Good for DirecTV to launch the CricketPlus channel in the US.

So there hads been a lot of talk about wasting bandwidth of the DTV satellites. Now think about this, 120-180 channels for 40-50 USD/month, or 14.99/channel and more for packages for the international and PPC channels/ The margins and markups on these channels and cricket PPV events are much higher than the local channels/packages. ewer viewers maybe, but larger margins. Just plain common economic sense.

I do agree that the Cricket Plus channels should be offered a-la-carte. I have no interest in the Hindi programming package.

AS for cricket lovers and viewers, a coupld of questions:

I noticed that the Cricketplus.tv websitee listed the matches between India and South Africa, and the Ashes. Now are these live events or replays? I understand CricetDirect is shoing the Ashes and the India/South Africa live. Just trying to fugure out if I need on or both? wondering if I need one or both???

Thanks.


cricketplus will show only highlights of ind sa and ashes.

the live matches are on PPV.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 09:49 AM

Hi all,
i'am trying to get some contact info either from Starplus usa or DirectvHindi to change the timings of Kaun Banega Crorepati, 10PM EST

Here on the East coast it air's at 10 pm WHICH IS NO GOOD. can't stay awake so late.
it not worth if we cannot watch such a good show so late , if any onelse are of the same opinion please help me find out the corroect contact information of the relay of this great show. we can put in a request for change of time.

i want to know who is the concern agency, whom we should forward our request is it DIRECTVHINDI OR STARPLUSUSA?

there is no starplus usa website they have UK but no USA?

help me out here ..................

oosha




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