Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI’s) new rules for cable and direct to home (DTH), have come into effect from February 1st, 2019.
Till February 1st users had to pay for the complete package designed by the cable operators and the DTH service provider’s, even though they didn’t watch all the channels in that package. It was paying money for the channels you don't watch. But, this is not going to happen anymore. With the new rules in place, you can select the channel of your choice.
As per TRAI's new rules, you can select and pay only for the channels which you like. You can remove the channels which you don't watch from your current package.
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1. As per the new rules, you will be charged a base monthly subscription fee of Rs 130 for 100 channels. An 18% GST will be charged on Rs 130. So, the monthly subscription fee will be around Rs 153 including tax. This includes free to air channels like Doordarshan. If you want to add more than 100 channels to your pack, you will have to pay an extra Rs 20 for 25 channels.
2. TRAI has capped the channel price to Rs 19. But, one High Definition (HD) channel is counted as two Standard Definition (SD) channels, so prices of some channels could be high. There is certain free-to-air channels for which you don't have to pay money.
3. Now, you can choose only those channels which you like from the a-la-carte list. The operators like Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Hathway, and other cable operators have listed out individual channel prices on their website. Channels price listed on website are inclusive of tax. You can choose the channels you like and create your own monthly pack.
4. Choosing the channel of your choice does not mean there will be no packages provided by the broadcasters. There will be packages listed by the broadcasters. But, these packages are not custom made for each consumer.
The question among many customers is will this new rule bring down TV bills. But, as per the report by rating firm CRISIL, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s new regime for cable operators and DTH will not actually reduce bills for customers. The Analysis by CRISIL says that new rules will benefit popular channels and OTT (Over the Top) platforms.
“Our analysis of the impact of the regulation indicates a varied impact on monthly TV bills. Based on current pricing, the monthly TV bill can go up by 25% from Rs 230-240 to Rs 300 a month for viewers who opt for the top 10 channels, but will come down for those who opt for top 5 channels,” says Crisil senior director Sachin Gupta.
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