TRAI's new regulatory reform (Represntational Image)
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently under the new framework made a consumer-friendly move, which would enable customers to buy and watch only those channels which they like. It means if you like to watch only music channels on your TV, you can subscribe only music channels along with the base pack. As per a report by BARC, more than half of the viewers watch around just 30 channels which are scattered over different packs, which ultimately leads to costly monthly packages. The new order by TRAI will take place from December 29 and the consumers will have to pay just Rs 130 for 100 free-to-air (FTA) channels as their base pack. With the base pack, consumers can select different channel bundles for each month.
How much will you have to pay per month?
A consumer will have to pay for the base pack of 100 FTA channels for Rs 130 + taxes. However, these channels won’t be consisting popular channel by major broadcasters including ZEE TV, SONY TV, ColorsTV and Star Plus.
TRAI believes that this move will give more power to the consumers and will also promote affordability. But some industry experts don’t agree with this and think that this will ultimately lead to costlier packages.
However, TRAI on Wednesday said, ‘’The Authority has noticed messages circulating in media that there may be a black-out of existing subscribed channels on TV screens after Dec 29. We would like to clarify there will be no disruption of TV Services due to implementation of the new regulatory framework’’.
Here is the list of select value pack to be added with the base pack:
ZEE Entertainment – Rs 45 for 24 channels
SONY Entertainment – Rs 31 for 9 channels
Star India – Rs 49 for 13 channels
NDTV – Rs 3.5 for 4 channels
TV Today Network – Rs 0.75 for 2 channels
Discovery Networks – Rs 8 for 8 channels
Indiacast – Rs 25 for 20 channels
Times Network – Rs 7 for 4 channels
Disney – Rs 10 for 7 channels
Turner – Rs 4.8 for 2 channels
Viacom 18 – Re 1 per day