Up until now, DTH and cable operators had an upper hand in deciding the costs that a TV viewer had to incur through a month, or a year if you are getting the annual package. But from February 1, it's going to change because new DTH rules are coming effect that will let TV users in India, pick, choose and subscribe to channels they want to watch.

Usually, the DTH service providers designed channel packs in such a way that the consumer had to pay for those channels that they actually never watch. This system puts the viewers at a disadvantage. After several considerations, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to shake up the existing system and modify it in a way that favours the consumers. Hence, TRAI's new regulations for DTH came into effect from December 29, 2018, and all service providers have a deadline until January 31, 2019, to meet them.

The new regulations aim to offer a fairer scenario for consumers of DTH and cable connections. The regulations mandate that consumers will pay only for the channels that they want to see and not end up paying unnecessarily for those that don't matter to them. Additionally, the pricing will be kept under check by the broadcasters, which translates to fair pricing for all. There's also a base price that consumers need to pay in order to enjoy their service without interruption.

If you are not able to grasp the new changes, we have simplified it for you to understand the new regulations better.


The new system focuses completely on offering a fair pricing model for both the consumers and the broadcasters. The service providers will now have to comply with the requirements of both the parties.

Under the new system, consumers will have to pay a basic amount for 100 Standard Definition (SD) channels.

 The base pack will cost maximum of Rs 130 plus taxes and will include all the Free-To-Air channels. But do note that this is the maximum price that can be charged for the base pack, which will have Free-To-Air channels. The actual price is likely to be lower because DTH service providers like Airtel Dish TV and others will compete. For the same reason, they are also likely to include more than 100 channels in the base pack. For example, Airtel and Hathway have already announced a new base price for100 Free-To-Air channels and it costs Rs 99 plus taxes.

 Apart from the base pack, consumers will also get an option to subscribe to a different pack that DTH service providers will prepare to target different segments. For example, Tata Sky has a Rs 560 plus taxes plan called Ultra that will give users access to 261 HD and SD channels, including channels that are not Free-To-Air. Similar packs will be offered by other DTH providers like Airtel and DishTV..







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