The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) tariff order on channel pricing and packaging will come into play from January 1, 2019. As part of the new pricing system, the consumers will be able to choose the only channels which they want to watch, and they won’t be forced to pay for the channels which are bundled unnecessarily by the DTH providers. DTH provider will also have to ship a base pack to the subscribers which will not be priced more than Rs 130 plus tax. The users will have the power to add or subtract any channel to their base pack. Apart from the base pack, the DTH providers will also have to provide top-up packs to the subscribers which will consist of 25 SD channels, which will be entirely chosen by the customers.
Another facet of this new pricing is between the DTH providers and the channel owners. Trai has now mandated that the channel owners will be required to declare a single price for their channels plus one price for the package of channels. These prices will be applicable for all DTH and cable providers.
TRAI tariff order summary