After February 1, 2019, subscribers will be pay only for the channels they have chosen to watch on their dish TV or cable connection, rather than being bound by packs decided by the DTH companies or cable operators.
TRAI’s new regulatory tariff for DTH, cable operators comes into effect on February 1, 2019 with the deadline for subscribers to choose their new channels as January 31, 2019.
As pointed out, the Delhi High Court’s decision will be crucial. If court stays the new tariffs, then it means the companies will have to implement TRAI’s new regulatory model, otherwise risk a penalty from regulatory.
For users, after January 31, they will only pay for channels which they have chosen. The base pack can have 100 channels with a network capacity fee of Rs 130, plus the cost of paid channels and 18 per cent GST.
In this 100 channel list, if you add paid channels or channel bouquets (where broadcasters have clubbed several channels together for a monthly price pack), then the cost is higher than Rs 130 (exclusive of taxes)
According to TRAI, “Earlier people were being unnecessarily loaded and forced to pay for numerous unwanted channels that he or she never even watched. Through bouquets, the broadcasters and cable distributors such as DTH companies and cable operators were pushing too many channels on the people.” The new exercise, which Trai says is
aimed at driving in transparency in the broadcasting sector and giving more power to TV consumers, is aimed at weeding out the unwanted channels.