TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) announced new framework on 28 December 2018. From 29th December, TRAI launched new tariff plans for TV Channels in India. The Broadcaster has already uploaded rates of A-La-Carte and Bouquets. The DTH Operator i.e. Airtel, D2h Videocon, Sun Direct TV, Tata Sky Ltd, NXT Digital, Cable TV Operator – Hathway, Digi Cable, Siti Cable, DEN, GTPL, CCN DEN etc.
TRAI has introduced network capacity fee (NCF), which is applicable from 29th December 2019. The consumer has to mandatory choose “Basic Service Tier Pack” launched by TRAI. In this 100 free to air (FTA) TV channels are included in the Basic Service Tier with minimum monthly recharge of Rs 130 +GST (18%).
Taking FTA channels is the choice of subscriber but not mandatory except the mandatory channels of MIB. If Subscriber chooses pay channels, applicable MRP is payable in addition to the network capacity fee.
AS PER GOVERNMENT MANDATE A NEW TARIFF REGIME WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM 29th DECEMBER 2018 (Network Capacity Fee) Just Pay Rs. 130 /- & Get a Bouquet of 100 FTA Channels
- Pay Additional Rs. 20 /- for Next, 25 Channels and so on…. *Taxes Extra
- Select Your Favourite Channel & Pay as Per its Fixed MRP …*Taxes Extra Freedom to Choose Your Favourite Channels & Bouquets
What is Network Capacity Fee
The TRAI Network Capacity Fee’ means the amount, excluding taxes, payable by a subscriber to the Distributor of television channels for distribution of TV channels subscribed by that subscriber and it does not include subscription fee for pay channel or bouquet of pay channels, as the case may be. It is a kind of monthly fixed charge for a service. TRAI has prescribed a ceiling of Rs. 130/- per month for
use of network capacity of a distributor for providing 100 channels to a subscriber.
In addition to Network capacity fee as explained above, you have to pay charges for pay channel as per MRP declared by the broadcaster. However, Distributors of television channels has the freedom to fix the Distributor retail prices of a-la-carte pay channels for their customers by offering a discount on the MRP of pay channels declared by the broadcasters. The DRP cannot exceed the MRP in any case.
MRP available at respective broadcaster website
www.startv.com ; www.sonypicturesnetworks.com ; www.zeeentertainment.com ; www.indiacast.com www.disney.in ; www.discoverychannel.co.in ; www.timesgroup.com ; www.sunnetwork.com www.jayatvnetwork.com ; www.rajtvnet.in ; www.ndtv.com
Annual subscription charges are paid by a subscriber in advance?
In case a subscriber has availed any scheme with advance charges paid for future lock-in period like an annual plan the distributor shall continue to provide services for such committed period without any increase in price/charges and without altering the other terms of subscription.
The distributors cannot make any changes that entail any disadvantage to the subscriber in such cases.
However, if the subscriber wants to switch over to a new package after 1st February 2019 then the proportional balance amount of existing package as on the date of switchover may be adjusted for the new package prices after 1st February 2019