Welcome to this page “DTH New Rules by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India).” There are several customers who don’t know about these new rules or partially aware about them and want to know the full information. So, I am here with the full information right at this page. At first, you have to understand, are these new tariff plans beneficial for the customers or not. So, we will analyze the things point by point.
Till now, the broadcasters (Example: Sony, Star, Zee etc.) were not directly responsible to broadcast their channels to us. Distributors (Example: Local Cable Operator or DTH operator, DEN etc.) purchased the channels from Broadcasters and then they made their own packages or bunch of channels which the customers had purchased. In this whole process, the distributors played the role of mediators and made money as per their own terms. The customers were forced to pay for those channels also which they don’t want to see because those unwanted channels were also in the package.
Scenario after 29th December 2018:
Now, as per the new rules of TRAI, the role of distributors is restricted by some terms and conditions mentioned below:
- Now, from 29th December 2018 , the customers will be allowed to pay for only those channels which they want to watch.
- But, there is a condition that every customer should have purchased the space (Network capacity) for the minimum 100 channels in Rs. 130 per month.
- If you want to watch only free to air channels, you have to pay only the network capacity fees Rs. 130/month.
- But, if you want to watch the paid channels, then you have to pay the extra charges of those paid channels as per the fees decided by the broadcasters.
- There is one more condition that the customers will have to take 26 pre-decided Doordarshan free to air mandatory channels by TRAI. It means out of 100 channels, customers can take maximum 100-26=74 paid channels. If they want to see more than these 74 paid channels, they have to select the slot of 25 channels and have to pay 20 per slot of 25 channels.
- It means our total cost will be:
“Rs. 130 (Network Capacity Charge) + Charges of paid channels only if you selected the paid channels + 18% GST on total amount”
- In simple terms, we can say, if Sony Entertainment television decided to take Rs.19 for Sony Channel, Star India Private Limited decided to take Rs. 19 for star plus channel and you want to watch these 2 paid channels with 98 free to air channels then you have to pay:
“130 (Network capacity charge) + 19 (for Sony) + 19 (for Star Plus) + 18% of total amount”
The above charges are valid only for SD (Standard-Definition) channels. If you want to watch HD (High-Definition) channels then the below logic will work:
“1 HD channel= 2 SD channels”
“Network capacity of 100 SD channels = Network Capacity of 50 HD channels”
- Here, the customers have choice to take 1, 2, …… , 74 paid channels or he/she can make the bunch of paid channels, he/she want to watch. Customers can also pick the bunch of channels provided by the broadcaster and can also add the separate channels. But, if you exceed the limit of 100 channels, then you have to pay accordingly.
Description of Cost of Channels:
For all the distributors, the cost of each and every channel is same. It means the costs of same channels are same for Airtel TV, Tata Sky or any other distributor.
The maximum cost of a channel = Rs. 19
The minimum cost of a channel = 50 paisa
List of the charges of new channels: Click Here to Download the List
Why TRAI implement these new set of rules:
At the beginning of this page, I have mentioned a point, are these new rules beneficial for the customer or not. Here is your answer: TRAI found in its survey that maximum viewers watch 50-60 channels on an average and pay for those channel also which they actually don’t watch but present in their package. As a result, in the favor of viewers, TRAI suggests the set of these new rules. So, in short, we can say, if you are used to watch 50 channels on an average, these rules are beneficial for you. But, if you want to watch more channels, then you are at loss.
Notice that, TRAI and the distributors have dispute in the price of single channel and in bunch of channels and they are in Supreme Court for the judgement. Till now, to take bunch of channels is more affordable for customers than to take single channels. For example: Star India Private Limited provides Star Plus channel in Rs. 19 and the bunch of all Star channels in Rs. 49. So in customer point of view, to take bunch of all star channels will be more convenient. If Supreme Court will give its judgement in the favour of TRAI, then to take separate channels will be more convenient to the customers.
An Average Estimate of Price for an Average Viewer:
For bunch of SD channels:
Sony + Zee + Colors + Star
Rs. 31 + Rs. 45 + Rs. 25 + Rs. 49 = Rs. 280 + GST = Rs. 330.40
For bunch of HD channels:
Sony + Zee + Colors + Star
Rs. 63 + Rs. 60 + Rs. 25 + Rs. 85 = Rs. 363 +GST = Rs. 428.34
New Update from TRAI:
TRAI extends the date for customers to choose one of its new tariff plans till 31st January 2019.