TRAI‘s new framework wor DTH and Cable operators came into effect today. Under the new framework, users will have to choose their own packs and channels. DTH providers like Airtel, Dish TV, and Tata Sky have already put out their channel lists on their official websites.
TRAI has previously affirmed that the migration from the old framework after January 31 will be smooth and interruption free with zero to none chances of a blackout. If users fail to choose channels under the new regime connections will not be terminated, said sources at Airtel.
Subscribers who have their monthly recharge date ahead of the given date will be prompted to recharge TRAI’s new framework on their upcoming renewal date. TRAI will inform users through SMS, through the company’s website and on its dedicated channel number 999. The channel is currently running a demonstration on how to choose packs and channels.
The customers who have already paid for beyond monthly subscription, DTH providers are under discussion about the step that will be taken to reimburse the situation. Although the sources have confirmed that there will be no blackout, it seems highly unlikely that the deadline will be pushed any further since the original deadline was December 28, 2018.
In December, TRAI extended its deadline of December 28, 2018, to January 2019. The new framework allows users to choose their own channels and packs and pay only for the channels they choose.
Customers can choose 100 base channels(more channels can be added although it will increase the prices) from a range of free-to-air channels(which are free). Customers can also pick their favorite paid channels or the broadcaster bouquet.
The base pack will include 100 channels and will be available for a fee of ₹130/month. The base pack will only include Standard Definition channels. Customers can choose any 100 channels among a variety of free-to-air channels.
The base monthly fee for 100 channels is common across all operators, which is 130+ 18 percent GST adding up to ₹153. Those who add more than 100 channels to their pack will need to pay ₹20 extra for 25 channels. Most DTH operators have listed their own set of channels to make it easy for users to choose.