- TRAI’s new rules for TV channel broadcasting will come into effect from February 1.
- The new plans will enable users to pay for channels that they watch.
- Will new DTH Channel rules make TV watching cheaper or more expensive?
TRAI’s recent mandate of reducing cable and DTH bills will go into effect from February 1, 2019. Most DTH service providers are announcing the new channel prices and under the new rules, there is now a mandatory Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of Rs 130 + taxes, total not exceeding Rs 154, that will accommodate 100 Free-to-Air (FTA) channels. If one needs to add more channels, they will need to pay an additional Rs 20 for adding 25 more network capacity. The DTH provider Sun Direct was reported to have waived this NCF for users who go above 100 channels and TelecomTalk reports that now Tata Sky has also done the same, but only on select pay channels. This means that some pay channels can be added to the user’s current NCF quota without increasing its cost even if the channel count crosses 100.