After the new regulatory regime for DTH came into effect this month, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has clarified that it is up to the service provider to offer a discount on the base price of a second TV connection.
With effect from February 1, Trai has made it mandatory for all DTH, cable and multi-system operators to offer a base pack of 100 channels at ₹130 plus taxes. Consumers have the freedom of choosing any TV channel in that list of 100 channels.
In a recent statement, the market regulator has clarified that its regulations do not stop operators from offering discounts or lowering the network capacity fee for a second or subsequent connection in the same household.
Trai has, however, warned operators that such discounts should be offered uniformly in a location and declared transparently on the company’s website.
The clarification came after some subscribers raised the issue regarding the price of multiple TV connections in one home.
Trai’s new tariff order and regulatory regime for the broadcast and cable sector enables consumers to opt for channels they wish to view and to pay only for them. It had said every channel should be offered a la carte, with a transparent display of rates on an electronic programme guide. The new framework came into effect from February 1.
So far, about nine crore out of 17 crore TV homes have made their channel preferences to onboard the new tariff regime, according to a PTI report.