New TRAI rules: Here's a look at revised channel packs
Following the new rules prescribed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for broadcasting services, several DTH operators and cable TV operators have announced updated pricing for individual TV channels. TRAI has also extended its previous deadline of December 28 to January 31 for consumers to select TV channels of their choice. Here's more about the new TRAI rules and updated channel packs.
About TRAI's framework for Broadcasting and Cable services
The framework, which was first announced by TRAI in March 2017, allows users to individually select and pay for channels they want to watch every month. As per the new rules, a distributor cannot charge users more than Rs. 130 per month for the initial one hundred SD channels. Further, a subscriber can choose any Free-To-Air (FTA) channel, Pay channel or bouquet channels.
Airtel Digital TV: Channel price list
Airtel has listed its channels into an a-la-carte section and combo packs. For a-la-carte packs, subscribers will have to get a base pack worth Rs. 150 with popular channels like Star Plus, Colors and Zee TV priced at Rs. 22.42 each per month Airtel has also listed several HD and SD combo packs such as Cricket Combo SD Topup at Rs. 2.5 per day.
Here's a look at Dish TV's channel list
Dish TV has separated channels under genres such as English Movies, Hindi Movies, Infotainment, Kids, Sports, Music, Lifestyle and more. The list has several free-to-air and paid channels with the price range starting from Rs. 0.1 to Rs. 19. Moreover, Dish TV has also listed several HD channels as well as regional channels in genres like Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and others.
DEN, Hathway, and Siti have also announced their updated packs
Hathway has listed several combo packs such as Royal HD which is priced at Rs. 466.10 per month and Basic Service Tier with 129 channels at Rs. 100 per month. Likewise, Den Network has listed packs that range from Rs. 4 and Rs. 145 while Siti Cable is offering subscribers combo packs which start at Rs. 52 and go up to Rs. 166.