So finally took the plunge for DWN..
the local cable was horrendous.. one hour came and other gone.. it was hell for family...
Dish tv has no PK channels, and the 13 available arent good enough...
so DWN was the only option... called them, ordered HD box, and a year subscription for 14.5k in total... a long "Baans" to fit the antenna cost 300 and 150 for the clamps.. wire was free as much as needed.. so 15k, and we now are booked with DWN
the installer was very well mannered, technical enough, and efficient.. came same day, was helpful in going and buying a long baans for the antenna... you have to provide the fitting aparatus, so if you have a 20 feet pole, you are good to go, nothing else needed..so atleast installation was a breeze... all done in an hour.
1st month impressions.
the quality SUCKS.. its worst that those old vcd with camera prints stretched on pc monitor to compensate black bars.. horrible horrible quality... blocky, grains, washed out... for a Digital service charging 500rs per month, , this is very very bad... its bright though...and our tv was Great enough to make those pathetic results watchable... a lesser tv and it would be sucking ass..connected via the hdmi cable that came with the box.
i set it to 1080p, as p should be better suited to lcd than i... no diference in quality , since the original signal is crap.the signal strength is 100%, as we live in a reasonable area within coverage..
The Remote is so ugly, and horrible looking.. Silver??? the HD box looks ok, but again, SILVER???? atleast the remote buttons are well placed and the replacement remote is only 300 rs, so thats a relief..
As shauk said, menus are horrible too.. setting up channel list is a pain in the butt... and behold.. if light goes while watching, the channel list is reset... Faaaak...
the audio is ok.. loud and clear on majority channels.. most indian channels are from dish tv service, so they have better reception than others...
the HD channel list is now 5 channels.. 3 Star channels, 8x HD and ten sports HD..... the HD channels really look good.. and thats what its basic service should have been.. doesnt take much frequency and bandwidth to enhance quality.... and luckily hd channels make watching it on big tv worthwhile..
The plus side: Channels list is great.. has channels for EVERY taste, and has USB recording which we wont be using , but its there.. a huge variety of sports entertainment and movies drama, all local and indian channels, discovery and Nat geo etc.. the website doesnot have any channels list.. everyone should mail them to provide you the channel list.. its almost 85 channels i think with 5 HD channels.
overall, with such pic quality , paying even 300 is excessive.. but since there is no competition and atleast its on 24 hours with good audio, we are ok with what we paid for.. the 1st year bundle package makes the deal better fo 1 year as it costs now 330 per month instead of 450..