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After TataSky, Airtel launches la carte options

After TataSky, Airtel launches la carte options

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel’s DTH service, Airtel digital TV on Tuesday said it will offer its subscribers the option to pick and choose channels they wish to watch.

“The initiative will empower the Airtel digital TV customers to create their own channel packages, with cost of individual channels starting from 3 onwards," the company said in a statement.

It, however, added if a customer opts for the a la carte option, there would be a minimum charge of 150 plus service tax or actuals whichever is higher.

“The early introduction of our a la carte offerings enhances choice and convenience for our customers who can now either go in for a la carte or choose from our wide range of monthly base packs, or have a mix of other channel packs on a base pack," Bharti Airtel director and CEO (DTH Services) Ajai Puri said.

Airtel digital TV has over 4.9 million subscribers, said it has announced the a la carte pricing of all the 198 linear channels available on its platform, effective from 1 January, 2011.

Currently, rival TataSky offer the a la carte option.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had set a deadline of 1 January for DTH and IPTV operators to offer a-la carte channels on their platforms.

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