TRAI Changes DTH Rules, Tells Operators To Offer 200 Channels At Rs. 130

After changing DTH regulations massively last year, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is once again redoing the DTH and cable TV rules. The TRAI has said that the amendments in the price would make DTH services more user-friendly for the customers.

In the latest amendments to DTH and cable TV regulations, TRAI has cut the prices of the Network Capacity Fee (NCF). For the unknown, NCF is an amount that you must pay to the service provider per month to keep your cable or DTH connection on.

DTH and Cable TV Regulations Changes

Previously, a total of Rs. 130 had to be paid in order to enjoy free-to-air channels. Consumers had access to 100 free-to-air channels as of now. Consumers need to pay more in order to watch additional channels over this.

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As per the revised pricing, now consumers will be entitled to get 200 channels for the same price of Rs. 130. The best part about the revised regulation is that it will exclude all the free to air channels that have been made compulsory by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 

DTH rules

Click here to check the full list of free to air channels that are currently made compulsory by the I&B department.

Besides increasing the number of channels, TRAI has also capped the amount that consumers have to pay monthly to access all the channels available on their platform at ₹160. 

TRAI has also pinpointed that the channel bouquet offered by the operator shouldn’t be 1.5 times more expensive than the sum of those selected channels when bought under the a-la-carte way. 

TRAI also highlighted that those channels priced at more than Rs. 12 won’t be considered for a bouquet and have to be purchased separately.

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Implementation Date

TRAI has mandated all broadcasters to announce their new pricing structure by January 15th. The operators are required to show the updated prices by January 30. Consumers will be able to see the new changes reflected from March 1.

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