TRAI has brought new tariff regulation in cable tv/ DTH/ broadcasting industry.
3 major rules in this regulation are :
- All paid channels prices must be declared individually by each channel broadcaster on it’s website. Thus forcing them to free to air regime in long term. Max of Rs.19 can be charged for any single channel.
- Max Rs.130 per each 100 channels can be charged by DTH/cable tv providers as access fees, regardless that channel is paid or free. Thus limiting their capability to charge for channel.
- Max 20% commission can be offered by broadcaster to DTH/cable tv providers. Again limiting their profit making capability.
- Heavily favouring bundle or triple(net+phone+tv) service providers who can charge for other things like broadband or phone service.
For customer point of view user would get more choice making capability. For lower customers with package of upto Rs.200 would suffer a little. For middle end subsriber for package of Rs.200-500 would benefit the most as their bill would come down. While higher end package customer would gain only if they don’t spoil themselves and opt for all the packs.
CHANNEL LIST of Varius DTH providers (opt for any 100 from fta channels or any paid channels for which broadcaster fee to be paid extra).
The DD channels which were hitherto free have been made chargeable now indirectly. If one sees the list of free channels, the charges for each channel is shown as “0”, including DD channels. A sum of Rs.130 (plus GST ?) was made almost as base charges for 100 so called free channels. I do not know by what mathematics, one hundred zeros would add to 130 !
I feel that many people may not be interested in all the DD channels. As 25 DD channels were made mandatory, there is choice for selecting free channels for only 75.
Also, the GST is very high and it may please be brought down to 5%.
After the TRAI Rules have come, the Cable TV charges have gone up almost by 100 % or even more which made many people think twice now.
The concerned authorities may please reconsider the issues and make the Cable TV more affordable.
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