Overview of TRAI DTH regulations
The subscribers are free to choose from bouquets and ala-carte channel options.
While TRAI mandates that all DTH service providers must offer a base pack, the TV subscribers have also been asked to create their base pack before January 31 to avoid disruption of service. The chosen channels will be available to you from 1st February, 2019.
What is base pack? In plain words, it is the mandatory purchase that every TV subscriber has to buy in order to view TV. In order to view TV, a subscriber must choose at least 100 channels in the base pack. As per the TRAI new rule, the price of the base pack should not exceed Rs 130. TRAI says that base back is not only what the DTH service providers offer. It can also be created by the consumers. A subscriber will have option to make their own pack of 100 SD channels. It can include free channels as well as paid ones. The maximum price of this pack will not be more than Rs 130 plus taxes. Here is what TRAI says:
"Consumer has complete freedom to choose their desired 100 Standard Definition (SD) channels within the network capacity fee of maximum Rs 130. The desired channels could be in a-la-carte free to air channels or pay channels or bouquet of pay channels or any combination thereof. The choice completely rests with the consumers."
TRAI also gives you the flexibility to add extra channels over the base pack. You can opt for additional channels on a-la-carte basis by paying for a slot.
Each slot can contain up to 25 channels and will cost as much as the sum of the individual prices of each channel chosen separately along with the taxes. more
As far as the DTH is concerned , the first 100 channels that will consist of 25 DD Channels and 75 to be chosen as slabs of 25 each will cost Rs. 153 including 18% GST . If another 100 is chosen as slabs of 25 each A Net Work Capacity Fee [NCF] of Rs. 20 will be charged in addition to the channel fees. So 200 channels, that is 25 D.D. Channels and 175 chosen channels will cost a consumer Rs. 300 per month. It sounds good , but we also land up with channels that we may not be opting as it comes in Slabs .
Cable TV also , the choice is done the same way with an additional benefit of choosing and paying individually for each channel per month basis and also opting out . more