Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI amends the Tariff Order, Interconnection Regulations and Quality of Services Regulations of 2017 for Broadcasting and Cable Services sector. TRAI has published it on its website with necessary guidelines.
So the expense of watching channels on television is going to be cheaper in 2020! Be it Cable or DTH, viewers will enjoy the equal price-cut. TRAI confirms this on the very first day of the year. And, of course, you call it a new year gift from TRAI.
Experts think that the latest guidelines will oblige the viewers’ interest if you compare it to the previous one from TRAI. Let you know precisely, what changes TRAI has made!
It is clearly noticeable that viewers have to pay much more when they select a television channel as an ala-a-carte instead of the same channel as a part of the curated pack by the DTH companies or as the bundle pack by the Broadcasters. Basically, TRAI wants to reduce the difference. TRAI has ordered all the Broadcasters, MSOs or DTH companies to update the prices of al-a-carte and bundle packs on their respective websites and apps between 15 and 30 January.
According to TRAI’s new guideline, viewers will enjoy 200 SD channels for ₹130 (GST extra). However, viewers have to pay no extra NCF or network Capacity for the Doordarshan channels.
If all the 200 SD channels are free-to-air viewers have to pay maximum ₹160 in a month. On the other hand, viewers can enjoy pay channels up to 200 by paying extra charges along with the NCF ₹130 (GST extra).
Also, TRAI has significantly informed that how al-a-carte rate and bundle rate of channels will be regulated. Here we do not write much on this because miscommunication results in misconception in the readers. Rather, we provide all the documents in the end.
Finally it important to add that those who have multiple connections have to pay 40% or ₹60 as the NCF (GST extra) for the second and third connection.
To see the Guidelines released by TRAI go to the next pages…