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16 Jan 2019

How to select the best DTH pack and save money?

TRAI's DTH rules: Everything you need to know

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has shaken up the entire broadcasting scene with a new set of DTH regulations.

The authority has introduced a fair pricing model to empower customers to pay only for channels they actually want to watch.

Naturally, this has tweaked DTH plans, with prices available for individual channels.

Here's a quick guide to help you understand the changes.

In context

TRAI's DTH rules: Everything you need to know
First, you should know about base packs

Base packs

First, you should know about base packs

According to the new regulations, all DTH providers will have to provide a base pack with at least 100 non-HD, free-to-air channels.

The maximum price of this pack would be Rs. 130 (plus taxes), but the channels in it could vary.

Even the prices of these packs could also be lower; Airtel, for instance, offers a base pack at Rs. 99 (plus taxes).

Plus, channel count in base packs could be higher

Further, do note that some operators may also offer more channels in their base packs owing to the element of competition. For instance, Hathway offers its 'Basic Service Tier' pack with 129 SD channels at Rs. 100 per month.

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Then, there are pay and bouquet channels

Along with the base pack of free-to-air channels, you'll also find pay and bouquet channels on offer.

Pay channels will be individual paid channels, while bouquets will be a discounted combo of these channels characterized by genre/language.

You could add these channels into the base pack, but do note that a bouquet of nine channels would be cheaper than buying the same channels individually.

Channel selection would play a critical role

Selection

Channel selection would play a critical role

Having said that, it is important to note that the base pack and channels you'll select will define your monthly bill.

As per TRAI, broadcasters (like Zee, Sony, Star) have listed as many as 535 free-to-air channels and some 330 paid channels, including both SD and HD options.

So, analyze the packs/prices carefully and go for only those channels you want to pay for.

Provisions

Important things to note

TRAI has set January 31 as the deadline for choosing channels/packs and migrating to the model.

After this, you might be pushed to a base plan, which won't have several pay channels and might disrupt television services in your home.

So, contact your operator for plans and pricing details; TRAI has even asked operators to show pricing on one particular channel, preferably on 999.

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Most asked questions

Has Airtel or any other operator developed any web portal for accepting individual channel subscription from customers?

What happens to the subscribers who have taken long duration packs which are effective beyond 31st January?

What are the new TRAI rules regarding Broadcasting and Cable services?

What are the best plans that Airtel Digital TV is offering?

What are the best channel packs on DishTV?

What is the last date for subscribers to update their subscriptions?

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Has Airtel or any other operator developed any web portal for accepting individual channel subscription from customers?

Asked on 17-01-2019 by J M Desai

Answered by NewsBytes

Most operators have listed their bundles. But, you can create your own channel pack from Channel selector web portal and submit it to them.

What happens to the subscribers who have taken long duration packs which are effective beyond 31st January?

Asked on 17-01-2019 by maxie pereira

Answered by NewsBytes

TRAI has extended the deadline for complete implementation of the new structure till March 31.

What are the new TRAI rules regarding Broadcasting and Cable services?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Vibhore Kapur

Answered by NewsBytes

As per the new framework, a distributor cannot charge users more than Rs. 130 per month for the initial one hundred SD channels. Moreover, a subscriber can choose any Free-To-Air (FTA) channel, Pay channel or bouquet channels.

What are the best plans that Airtel Digital TV is offering?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Aanya Das

Answered by NewsBytes

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 with popular channels like Star Plus, Colors and Zee TV priced. Airtel has also listed several HD and SD combo packs such as Cricket Combo SD Topup at Rs. 2.5 per day.

What are the best channel packs on DishTV?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Sai Tata

Answered by NewsBytes

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 0.1 paise 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.

What is the last date for subscribers to update their subscriptions?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Devansh Vyas

Answered by NewsBytes

Previously, TRAI had set December 28 2018, as the last date for subscribers to update their channel subscriptions. However, the nodal body has extended the last date to January 31, 2019.

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