Moving along with the new regulatory framework constructed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), major DTH operators in the country have now announced their new channel pack pricing. Airtel Digital TV and Dish TV are among the first DTH operators that have published the prices of individual channels.
Cable TV distributors and multi-system operators (MSO) such as Den Networks, Hathway Cable, and Siti Cable have also revealed their updated packs and started showing charges for individual channels to follow the latest regulatory framework.
Among the major DTH players, Dish TV has published a list showing the channel-wise pricing on its service. The operator has segregated the available channels on its network on the basis of genres. While the list is populated with a large number of free-to-air channels, it includes various paid channels as well.
The list provided by Dish TV highlights channels from various genres, such as English News, Hindi Movies, Lifestyle/ Fashion, and Sports. Further, Dish TV has highlighted different packs from broadcasters. There are packs such as Hindi HD Premium, Hindi HD Value, and Telugu Value from Star India; Times Bouquet 1 HD and Times Bouquet 2 HD from Times Network; Turner Family Pack and Turner Kids Pack from Turner International; and Happy India 31, Happy India Platinum, and Happy India HD from Sony Pictures Networks.
Apart from different monthly packs, the cable service providers and DTH operators in India are likely to kick off a monthly charge of maximum Rs. 130 to offer 100 free-to-air channels. The TRAI has mandated that the free-to-air channels under the monthly cable bill will be chosen by consumers.