TRAI’s New Rules for DTH operators, Full details

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New DTH Plans 

TRAI new rules for DTH and cable operators: TRAI’s new framework for DTH and cable operators comes into effect from February 1, 2019, under which subscribers will need to choose their own channels and packs. DTH providers like Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV, Tata Sky have already put out channel lists on their official websites.

So, what happens if subscribers do not choose their channel packs under TRAI’s new framework? TRAI previously said in a statement that the migration from the old framework after January 31, 2019, will be smooth and interruption-free and there will be no blackouts.

Subscribers whose monthly recharge date is ahead will be prompted to recharge under TRAI’s new framework on their upcoming renewal date. This will be communicated through SMS, on the company’s website as well as a dedicated channel number 999, which is running a demonstration video on how to choose channels and packs.

The new regulations will introduce efficient pricing for consumers. Broadcasters get to decide the new pricing for channels as well as channel clusters. Service providers need to pass on these prices to the consumers in the same way. They also have to offer TRAI’s new a la carte-based method to choose channels alongside their own custom channel packs. Customers can either choose operator-chosen packs or go for TRAI’s new a la carte system, with the latter promising reduction in TV bills.

Here’s a recap of all the changes that the new regulations have brought to the country.

How your TV viewing experience will change from February 

–A la carte system is now mandatory for all DTH service providers. They will have to offer consumers the freedom to create their own channels packs by choosing from individual channels.

–Channel prices are now dictated by broadcasters and need to be submitted to TRAI before being put into effect. Once a price is approved, DTH service providers will then be able to pass on the prices to consumers. Channel prices are listed on TRAI’s website.

–There’s a base package for all channel packs. TRAI has capped the prices for base packs at Rs 130 for all DTH operators. Each base pack will contain at least 100 channels. Consumers will also have to pay 18 percent GST above the base pack.

–The base pack can contain a combination of pay channels as well as free-to-air channels. All Doordarshan channels will be mandatorily available in all packs.

–Consumers can opt for additional slots that can hold up to 25 channels. Each slot price has been capped at Rs 25 plus the additional Network Capacity Fee. 18 percent GST will also apply to these slots.

–TRAI has capped the maximum price of all Standard Definition (SD) channels at Rs 19. Broadcasters are also offering their channel clusters that contain all their channels in various packs for subsidized prices.

–If you want to get a rough idea about your TV bill, you can head over to TRAI’s Channel Selector App for getting an approximate idea of your new TV bill. 

–If you are experiencing a faulty DTH connection, then DTH operators have to attend and fix the problem within 72 hours of reporting. Once the deadline crosses, operators will have to fix the problem without charging any money.

–Consumers can also decide whether they want to buy a Set-Top-Box (STB) or rent one. No DTH service provider can force a consumer to buy their STB. 

–If a consumer fails to choose the base pack by today, he/she may face disruption in services from tomorrow, i.e. February 1, 2019.

— If a consumer is a subscriber to a long term plan, he/she will continue to get the benefits of the pack. The benefits will be adjusted according to the new regulations.

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Source: Indiatoday

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12 Thoughts to “TRAI’s New Rules for DTH operators, Full details”

  1. Excellent idea
    TRAI has really taken the subscriber’s/ consumers interest into account, with great care. Otherwise even the reputable DTH service providers have been taking mean advantage of their subscribers.

    Now TataSky need to pull up their socks and pay adequate attention to the customers needs and not take advantage by charging fancy prices under the so called “Packages”

    Thanks to TRAI for the valuable service
    Best regards

  2. Nayeem

    How about a common illiterate or who doesn’t know how to operate’s very non logic implementation from TRAI or these operators.

  3. Ratan kumar Banerjee

    mail me new channel pakages of HD MOVIES

  4. Rang rajan

    Good for middle but farmers loan waive from taxpayers is a. crap

  5. shalini

    My few channels r not coming, registered mobile is with my hubby and he is in sail for 2 months, kindly tell us how to recharge my ethic account without registered mobile and what r the new plans


    This is all trash. I am fighting with DishTV since 09th Jan 2019 on Selecting and registering my Choice Individual Channels, and migration to my chosen new pack from 01 st Feb 2019.

    Its understood that the DishTV is not ready to obey the new Regulations of TRAI in implementation aspects. Instead of regular emails to DishTV, as well as to TRAI, nothing has been done. Still I am continuing my fighting

  7. Sharma

    Request RESULTANT Packs pl


    Each agency service provider is charging their own visiting charges for their tehnicians to assess the nature of fault in the telecasting systems.(example TATA SKY chargs Rs250/- )
    These levy should be reduced to Rs50/- .

  9. Somarajan

    As per this, the basic pack may contain pay channels as well as free to air channels and if the pack is below 100 channels then DTH operator can collect only Rs 130 + Taxes. How is that Tata sky is charging extra for all pay channels ( rs.130 + Tax23 + additional amount for pay channels) even when the no of selected channels are well below 100 nos in the basic pack formed by me. Actually the total cost has increased instead of reducing as claimed by TRAI. Can you give somke clarity on this

  10. kamal

    I want to subscribe for all channel in Tata sky inclujding English movies. How much it cost to me

  11. Sanjay shinde

    T R A I has extended true value for
    T V consumer.
    MY COMPLAINT IS AS FOLLOWS. I AM RESIDING at than satguru society West and cable service provider is Indigital service provider for my society and my neighbouring society My service provider is induge in illegal activity such as
    1. He is not having proper license to conduct the business in my society.
    2. He is charging 50/- RS for selected channel for viewing insipte when we can see that channel worth of less charges. he has fixed the channel fees as 50/- RS is the voilation of training rules and regulations.
    3.Last of many years he is charging 50 RS/- as service charge from every consumer.
    4. They used to show copyright. Movies and cricket match on local channel without permission of proper authorities.
    My request is to probe an proper investigation in my complaint as to meet justice.

  12. Pankaj Kumar

    I think TRAI should think again what it has implemented. I have tried in TATA sky as well as Airtel DTh to select channels. But ended up with a very high amount to pay and get very limited channels. For eg. I have selected some channels of my choice (very limited HD channels )which cost me Rs 550 /- including tax (HD packs goes even higher upto Rs. 750+). Earlier in same range I was getting all HD SD channels by taking annual subscription. So in my point of VIEW I am in loss after implementation of TRAI’s new rule. Thinking of switching to other options.

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