The age of Netflix and OTT platforms is here to stay, yet over 70 million Indian households still subscribe to DTH (Direct-To-Home) television service as of 2020. With new regulations and advancements being launched by TRAI for increased viewership and revenue, it seems like DTH is a strong opponent to the fresh players in the market. Gone are the days when one had to call their cable provider each month to recharge for uninterrupted viewing.

The major players of the broadcast networks along with leading mobile wallet platforms have made it quite easy for viewers to access their membership and make changes as per their time and convenience. To recharge your DTH every month, you can still call the operator directly, provide them with the subscription number, and transfer the amount to the Point of Contact.

Or rather than going through a phase of missed calls and miscommunication, you can refer to the following quick and effortless ways for a DTH recharge:

  1. Online DTH recharge: With the world now running online, why should a simple DTH recharge stay offline. For recharging your DTH online, all you need to do is visit the website of your DTH operator like Airtel, or Tata Sky, etc. Head over to the DTH tab and recharge by just entering your subscription number, registered mobile number, or smart card number. Enter the relevant amount, and pay online either via card, or UPI platforms. It is just that easy. All the major operators provide this facility. You need to conduct a search on your default search engine to visit the website.
  2. DTH operator mobile applications: If going to the website is a cumbersome task for you, go ahead and download the mobile application to recharge your DTH on the go. Most of the leading DTH operators have a mobile application available. You can download the application from the play store or the iOS store. Let’s say you have an Airtel DTH connection. You can download the mobile application Airtel Thanks or Airtel Lite for recharging your DTH. Airtel Thanks mobile application includes a wider range of Airtel services whereas Airtel Lite- fast and seamless is solely dedicated for your recharge needs.

    Similarly, Dish TV also has its own application. The recharge option is right on the home page of the app. It also records your last recharge amount corresponding to the number of networks you have on a registered mobile number.

    The DTH mobile applications offer you diverse options when it comes to payment mode.

  3. Payment Banks/platforms: Keeping all the options aside for DTH recharge, digital payment banks or platforms are the most preferred and convenient options for quick and easy recharge. Paytm, Airtel Payments Bank, and PhonePe are the leading applications used for recharging DTH.

    Supporting over 6 DTH operators, Paytm offers its users a bug-free and seamless platform for recharging DTH. You can maintain a certain amount of balance in its digital payment for faster payments. One of the oldest in the market, Paytm is a trustworthy application to perform any transaction.

    Airtel Payments Bank is yet another trustworthy application for all your recharge needs. The focus here is to offer users a one-stop platform for all their utility/recharge payments. The application is extremely easy to use and has a great UI (User Interface). You can recharge for any of the leading DTH operators using Airtel Payments Bank. With over 10+ crores downloads and counting, this is the application to trust.

    PhonePe is claimed to be one of the most used recharge services platforms. PhonePe has gained popularity due to its perfectly designed application and a responsive customer care team.

    Digital Payments banks are a fantastic way to recharge your DTH as you can always apply a coupon code to avail yourself of extra discounts. Moreover, you are also eligible for various cashbacks once you recharge using the platform. Their Pay Later option is also worth exploring.

  4. Auto-debit feature: Another way to hassle free monthly recharge payments is the auto-debit feature offered by many DTH operators. Both Airtel and Tata Sky have the auto debit feature which allows users to link their source of payment, say a debit card for selected plans. Once your DTH recharge is over, the said amount is deducted automatically from your account, and you can enjoy uninterrupted viewing. The hassle of recharging every month is removed with the automatic deduction feature.

    You can activate the auto-pay feature by consulting the customer care of your DTH operator who will guide you accordingly. You need to create and approve an auto-pay mandate.

    Contact your DTH operator to understand the terms and conditions carefully before activating the auto-debit feature.

Thanks to a world running online today, users today can sit at any corner of the world and still meet their payments on time. India’s leading operators like Airtel, Tata Sky, Dish TV, etc., are heavily digitizing and automating their processes for a seamless user experience. Now you need not wait for your DTH provider to do a simple DTH recharge. It is all available at your fingertips. All you need to do is tune in and stay connected.