Subscribers to get all free-to-air channels for Rs a hundred and sixty per month: TRAI’s new tariff framework
The Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI) on Wednesday introduced amendments to the regulatory framework for cable and broadcasting services.
These amendments are aimed at making greater channels reachable to cable TV users at plenty decrease subscription rates.
The new regulations are part of the adjustments the regulator has made to its 2017 tariff order for broadcasting and cable TV services. They will be high quality from March 1.
The regulatory body has constant Rs one hundred sixty as the minimum month-to-month subscription price for shoppers to get right of entry to all free-to-air channels. For customers with multiple TVs and extra than one TV connection with different name of one person, they will be charged a most of 40% of declared Network Capacity Fee (for the secondary and TV connections).
The regulator has additionally revised the maximum NCF costs to Rs a hundred thirty for 200 channels. The charge is extraordinary of taxes. This package will now not encompass the channels declared mandatory via Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. TRAI has additionally allowed Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs) to give discounts on long-term subscriptions which have six months validity or more.
According to TRAI, the sum of the a-la-carte prices of the pay channels forming part of a bouquet in no case shall exceed one and a half instances the price of the bouquet of which these pay channels are a section of.
The a-la-carte quotes of every pay channel (MRP), forming section of a bouquet, shall in no case exceed three times the common price of a pay channel of the bouquet of which such pay channel is a part, it said.
The telecom regulator said broadcasters can solely consist of solely these channels which have an MRP of Rs 12 or less in the bouquet. The regulator stated it has additionally considered the difficulty of broadcasters involving huge carriage rate being charged with the aid of DPOs.
A cap of Rs four lakh per month has been prescribed on carriage fee payable through a broadcaster to a DPO in a month for carrying a channel in the country, the TRAI said.
The Authority has additionally considered giving greater flexibility to DPOs to area the TV channels on Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and mandated that channel of a language in a style will be kept collectively whilst setting channels on EPG. Such EPG lay out is to be mandatorily mentioned to the TRAI and no change in this can be executed barring prior approval of the Authority, the declaration said.