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Telecom regulator TRAI has revelaed the list of maximum retail prices of pay channels for subscribers. The new tariffs will allow subscribers to have the option to pay for only those channels they want to watch at an MRP that has been decided by the broadcasters. Major broadcasters like Star, Viacom and Zee have announced the prices of groups, with each containing different channels for specific prices.
The new pricing is a way for customers to save money on channels they don’t watch. Usually, DTH providers offer plans that have a bunch of channels grouped together for a specific price.
In the new price list, HD channels are priced higher than SD channels. The prices ranges from Rs 19 for Star Plus to Rs 0.5 for ABP Ananda. Most entertainment channels are priced higher in the neighbourhood of Rs 8 to Rs 15, while news channels are available for a lesser price.
The new price regime needs customers to select at least 100 channels, out of which 26 are mandatory Doordarshan channels. The approximate total for such a package should cost Rs 130 plus 18 percent GST. The other government channels are free-to-air (FTA) and users will have to pay Rs 20 additionally. Save for the 26 Doordarshan channels, subscribers can select any channel they wish to watch.
The new tariff regime by TRAI requires broadcasters to draft price per month for the channels. The order also allows broadcasters to bunch channels together for a specific price. The price of the bunch, however, cannot be below 85 percent of the sum of the price of the channels grouped in the bunch.