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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

#4 OFFLINE   Chandu

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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.

#7 OFFLINE   prashp1

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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

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