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Thursday, January 18, 2007
DishTV preview working - activation soon
I checked the DishTV services around 10 PM today - that's the day when the dish was installed on my rooftop. It was working! Initially I thought it was the full thing - all channels and whatnot. It turned out to be the preview, when I called up Customer Service, they said that they have not yet received the data from the dealer. No matter, I shall wait.

The interesting thing is the picture quality. My ancient AKAI seems to have been reincarnated! The picture quality is uniformly good on most channels I checked, and Bigg Boss, of which I was a regular watcher before CAS struck, looks much better with more details in the shadows and better skintones. The programme, though, has become a big bore.

DishTV has some games built in - everything looked boring, except for the racing game. Once I started it, it looked cheapo too. I mean ultra cheapo.

The Dish Interactive (I think that's what its called), was useful so you can browse through the headlines (in text) and choose channels from a pile of windows etc. Nothing overly exciting there, but seeing stuff from 8 channels on one screen gives you that cool high tech feeling.

What do I not like? The channels take a bit of time to change - less than a second - but its perceptible and irritating. The other is the remote -- useful alright, but it has to be pointed in the general direction of the set top box - point it at the TV and it may or may not work.

The radio channels are cute - some of them are channels I have not listened to since 10th in school. I even managed to hear a bit when the Malayalam radio channel announced her presence - one Sushama - after whom I think my dad named my sister. Or maybe it was another Sushama.

Will keep this updated as I learn more about the set top box, its functionalities, DishTV customer care and services.

To read the earlier parts of this long term review of DishTV DTH in India, click below:

DTH - all the posts

DishTV installation goes all fine
Dishtv installation and activation: Dealer does not pick up the phone
DishTV review Part 1: Buying DishTV in New Delhi

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