Direct to Home has evolved from the cable television and has its own advantages and disadvantages. While most of the households in India are still using the cable network, it makes sense to decide whether to move to the DTH technology of viewing television or not. Given below is a summary of the plus and the minus of this system based on which users can take a call.


  • No interruptions in viewing programs until and unless there is a power cut in the locality and your television is not connected to a back up like inverter or generator. Since the technology works on receiving transmitted data from geostationary satellites with no intermediary in between signals flow continuously and uninterrupted. Also the chances of service or signal breakdown are rare. This happens only when there is high speed wind blowing or during cloudy weather. Even these intermittent transmissions happen for few minutes and are rectified quite quickly.
  • Highest possible resolution of pictures, sound, videos is available through DTH technology only. This is because of the compression and encryption of signals at the satellite and decryption of the signal at the receiver end.
  • DTH signals that are transmitted from the satellites placed at great heights from the earth’s surface reach almost all places on the Earth’s surface. This then becomes an important factor for the technology to be immensely popular in a country like India with multiple geographical contours and majority of people living in rural parts that are still considered backwards in terms of development.
  • Flexibility of choosing TV channels as per one’s choice is a big advantage here. There are no limitations and one can keep adding new channels to the existing package. All at a price of course.
  • Online DTH recharge is another big plus point of this technology with many popular resellers like Phonepe, Mobikwik and Paytm that enable immediate recharge with minimal waiting time.
  • Many of the DTH operator provide for interactive and live shows cookery, new updates, acting and singing classes and other such value additions.


  • The initial set-up cost of DTH is expensive than the cheaper cable network where there is absolutely zero set-up charge. For a country like India where managing the basic needs is still a struggle for majority of citizens, this is a costly option.
  • DTH recharge subscription fees to keep the channels running is again a costly affair vis-à-vis the cable network. Also if only applies for more personalized channels, he/she ends up paying much more compared to the cable costs.
  • Another big disadvantage is the unavailability of local channels on DTH. Especially for rural and semi-urban areas, people still love to switch on their favorite channels in their local mother tongue. Cable network caters better on this front.

Analyzing one’s requirement before getting into the buying mode is important. Since this is a technology that will be used at home, it is a good idea to find out what other family members want and think about the DTH technology.