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Old 6th December 2014, 12:26   #61
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Thankfully TV services/ DTH are not very expensive compared to western nations where most people just use the internet to watch content.

Earlier I used to have 3 TV's working on one connection. With the advent of set top boxes, connection has been restricted to two Tv's since I have to pay full amount for the first Tv and half subscription for the second Tv. And again full subscription for the third Tv. I didn't understand that logic so gave up on the 3rd Tv.

The best thing right now is the HD recorder. All the things I want to watch are recorded and played later, fast forwarded or paused at my convenience.

And as far as I remember cable Tv was charged from its existence in India and dont think I have watched DD ever since.
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Old 6th December 2014, 15:28   #62
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This is what I conclude from this discussion, correct me if I'm wrong!
We are paying double the money:
1. To buy set top box
2. For watching advertisements

If we are paying money, then there shouldn't be any advertisement.

In actual sense, advertisers should buy us STBs and provide them free for lifetime.

The money we are spending, is going either into entertainment industry or into big company's account.

This is why farmers are dying of poverty and actors and industrialists are buying IPL teams worth hundreds and thousands of crores!!

Feeling enlightened!
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We are paying double the money 1. To buy set top box 2. For watching advertisements
I knew it would come to this, I didn't believe the hype of "digital" connection one bit. During that time the promotions for digital set-top box went something like this in a Hindi advertisement repeated every 15 mins:

# Jo channels apne select kiye hain, sirf aur sirf ussi ke paise dijiye (pay for what you choose) - True, only they didn't mention that the rates of all channels have zoomed.

# Har mahine bill payment ki pakkkkkki raseet (receipt) lijiye (receipted bills) - Wow! Sure, what next?

# Bill mein no jhanjhat, entertainment mein no rukawat (no problem of payment, no stoppage of entertainment) - There never was any stoppage & the problems have only now started.

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I feel sick to the stomach whenever I watch a cricket match on TV as they switch to playing advertisements for the slightest of reasons. Ball lost? Play ad. Someone hurt? Play ad. Replacement gloves? Play ad. Baller still walking back? Roll-up/Roll-in ads. Baller running in? Digitally convert the playground into a billboard.
I stopped watching cricket altogether for this reason, especially most of the ads are really stupid as if those brands are thinking I am a loafer. I watch football these days no ads during play, during break I switch it off. I don't watch anything else on TV these days.
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I've stopped watching DTH altogether. All content consumed at home is either streamed or downloaded.
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I stopped watching cricket altogether for this reason, especially most of the ads are really stupid as if those brands are thinking I am a loafer. I watch football these days no ads during play, during break I switch it off. I don't watch anything else on TV these days.
Please don't say it too loudly or they will somehow put in ads in the football matches too
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The best thing right now is the HD recorder. All the things I want to watch are recorded and played later, fast forwarded or paused at my convenience.
When you record a programme, do the ads also get recorded?
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When you record a programme, do the ads also get recorded?
Yes the ads also get recorded, but you have the convenience of fast forwarding those. Something that you cannot do when you're watching the programme real-time.
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As far as television is concerned, for last one and a half years TRAI has limited the advertising time to 12 minutes per hour, but I don't think there is any such regulation for radio content, that's why listening to FM is more painful than watching TV.
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When you record a programme, do the ads also get recorded?
Yes, the ads do get recorded but you can fast forward, rewind or pause and even skip. And once you stop watching midway, it has the option of resuming from where you left off.

Plus you can record a program while watching another one and even without recording it has about a 2 hour plus auto recording and live pausing!!

What's great is to watch hindi and regional movies where a 3 hour movie can be shortened to 2 hours after skipping the ads and the songs
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Not sure if it's technically possible, but wish to have something on the lines of MNP(Mobile number portability) for set top boxes too. I'm no expert but the apparatus looks the same for all the providers. If this is introduced, at least the consumers will benefit from the competition and stupid charges('HD access fee' and 'Premium HD channels') might be waived off.
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Not sure if it's technically possible, but wish to have something on the lines of MNP(Mobile number portability) for set top boxes too. I'm no expert but the apparatus looks the same for all the providers. If this is introduced, at least the consumers will benefit from the competition and stupid charges('HD access fee' and 'Premium HD channels') might be waived off
It is among TRAI's to-do list. Every so often they produce a working paper on this. Basically the hardware is all the same; the thing that is different is the add-on card which contains the key to decrypt the incoming signal (think of this as the SIM card equivalent).

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-...1-1273226.aspx
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TV and DTH as we know it on the brink of extension!

In another 2-3 years it would have changed so drastically we will have new set of complaints! Media better gear up for the new wave!
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Wow. Good to know. Thanks for the link It'll at least bring some options/benefits to the consumers considering the rising costs for DTH and the looting prevalent in the name of silly charges.
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Given that 25-40% of showtime....parliament)
Ever since we moved from Bangalore to Hyderabad in 2004, we decided no cable/dish etc. 10 years now and neither my wife nor me nor my kids miss TV.

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