Simplifying Tata Sky – Package Calculator
I recently got Tata Sky and I love it. It is definitely better than the ‘dabba’ cable.
However Tata Sky has one major flaw – Channel Packages.
Normally cable operators charge you a fixed monthly fee and in return, you get (theoretically) all the channels.
But Tata Sky has this concept of ‘Packages’. In theory it is supposed to give the control in the hands of the customer. You select the channels which you want and pay only for those channels.
But in reality, the system is hopelessly complicated.
i’ll read later, show me the app first!
I’ll try to show you a simplified picture -
They offer 6 main packs:
South Sports Pack – It is a bare bones pack with only handful of hindi channels, lots of news channels, several ‘knowledge’ channels and true to its name – couple of sports channels.
Dhamaal Mix Pack - It contains all the hindi daily soap channels as well as all hindi movie channels. Rest of it is very similar to South Sports Pack.
Dhamaal Cricket Pack – It is similar to Dhamaal Mix Pack but it comes with Star Cricket and Neo Prime.
Metro Pack – It is an intermediate pack with a good mix of channels.
Supreme Sports Kids Pack - Supreme Sports Kids Pack contains all channels included in Dhamaal Mix Pack plus it contains all sports channels (excluding Ten, Ten Action and Ten Cricket), Music channels (including VH1) and Kids channels (CN, Nick, Pogo, etc).
Grand Sports Pack - This is the biggest pack and comes with the all important English entertainment and movies channels. It also includes all the channels from Supreme Sports Kids Pack.
You can select 2 free language packs (eg. Marathi and Hindi) with all the above packs. You can choose 2 from 12 such ‘Regional Packs‘.
Along with these packs you can also buy packs of music channels, english movie channels, HD channels etc. In all there are 14 such ‘Add On Packs‘.
To make things even more confusing, you can buy individual channels but the total minimum cost has to be at least Rs 155.
Read more about them here.
In a world where people find it difficult to choose between ‘chocolate’ and ‘vanilla’ flavored ice cream, deciding a Tata Sky plan seems like mission impossible.
Being the simple guy that I am, I decided to make an app which would do all the number crunching for me and tell me the best (read Cheapest) plan for the channels which I select.
Introducing ‘Tata Sky Package Calculator’:
You do have a fair idea of which channels you watch. Simply select those channels in the app and when you have selected all the channels which you want, hit the ‘Continue >>‘ button.
The app tries all possible combinations of 6 main packages + 12 regional packs + 14 Add On packs + individual channels and will pick the one with the lowest cost.
If you are happy with the plan, you can also send an email to Tata Sky reps to tell them to modify your package from the app itself. Just make sure, you have your ‘Subscriber No.’ in hand.
*I don’t work for Tata Sky nor is this an official Tata Sky app. I made it for myself and it worked. I’m sharing it in the hope that others may find it useful.
Remember with great power comes great responsibility!
Here is a video, which shows the steps:
Sathya Narayanan Subramanian from Coimbatore tried it and it helped him save money on his Tata Sky bill. He says:
I got all the best channels which myself and my mother wanted at a low cost for this month… Was shedding more than RS 400 per month for it and now its as least as RS 260 …
May be you too should give it a try.
Here’s a photo.
enough talk, show me the app!