India’s leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) operator Tata Sky has discontinued its standard definition set-top box from 5th February 2020. The SD box is now no longer available to purchase for new connections. After this decision, Tata Sky now has 4 STBs for new customers which includes Binge+, HD, 4K and HD+.
The SD connection was priced at Rs 1399 and both HD and SD boxes were sold at the same price because in January Tata Sky dropped HD connection cost from Rs 1499 to Rs 1399.
Tata Sky SD set-top boxes provide DVD picture quality and PCM sound. These boxes don’t bear any HDMI port, connection is made only using RCA cable. However, discontinuation of SD box should not affect old CRT television users as the HD box supports both HDMI and RCA connection.
A Tata Sky representative said, “Effective 5th February 2020 our SD box will not be sold as a DTH connection, customers can purchase HD connection which is available at Rs 1399”
Tata Sky HD STB is 3D compatible, provides Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, supports 16:9 aspect ratio and gives up to 1080i resolution pictures while none of these features are present of the SD box.
Prices and availability of other set-top boxes remain unchanged, those who have already booked SD connection will get it installed within the given time frame but no new SD STB orders will be taken. The operator will continue to provide warranty and spare parts for its existing SD users.