Watching TV to be cheaper

  • DTH service providers will still be able to provide packs, but with revised prices.
  • TRAI has capped the price for each channel that a broadcaster can announce to Rs 19.
  • With prices for individual channels listed, consumers will get to choose and pay only for those channels that they wish to see.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, or TRAI, has come up with new regulations to make DTH TV more affordable. The regulation will come into effect from February 1 and will require subscribers, as well as DTH service providers, to adapt to the new system. The new regulation is expected to make DTH television cheaper. It was first brought into effect from December 29.

The new regulations from TRAI will make for the most cost-effective solution for Indian TV viewers. The new system focuses on letting users pay only for those channels that they want to see. This way, consumers aren’t wasting money on channels that they don’t prefer watching. The new regulations will change the base prices of several TV packs and service providers will have to implement the new plans to existing consumers from February 1.
What will change according to new DTH plans

— The new regulation, notified on December 29, 2018, requires broadcasters to list the prices of their channels. Every broadcaster will require to list the price for its channel.

— With prices for individual channels listed, consumers will get to choose and pay only for those channels that they wish to see.

— DTH service providers will still be able to provide packs, but with revised prices. This should result in cheaper bills than before.

— TRAI has mentioned that operators will have to ensure that there’s no blackout period during the transitional phase.

— TRAI also says that consumers shouldn’t experience a disruption in services on account of the transitional phase. Service providers will have to maintain a consistent and normal service until January 31 and during the transition period.

— Service providers will have to pay at most a sum of Rs 130 for 100 Standard Definition (SD) channels. Any customer who opts for more than 100 SD channels shall be required to pay additional network capacity fee for the 25 additional channels in each slab with at a maximum price of Rs 20 per slab. These are costs excluding taxes.

— TRAI has capped the price for each channel that a broadcaster can announce to Rs 19. This price excludes all taxes.

— Service providers can’t charge consumers more than what the broadcaster has announced for its channel.

Which DTH service providers will be affected by the new regulations

The new DTH regulation implemented by TRAI will be implied on all DTH players in the Indian market. Service providers such as Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2H, Dish TV and other local DTH service providers will have to revise their rates according to the new regulations.