New DTH Rules

TRAI Chairman R S Sharma had earlier this week said the regulator will shortly begin
TRAI Chairman R S Sharma had earlier this week said the regulator will shortly begin "audit" of subscriber management and other IT systems of errant operators. (Reuters)

TRAI pulls up Dish TV; seeks compliance with new DTH rules

  • TRAI has received complaints that Dish TV is forcefully offering a bouquet of free-to-air channels with no choice to subscribers
  • TRAI said most of the times, consumers are not able to contact the toll-free number of Dish TV India to express their grievance

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According to the new Trai regulations, all DTH operators will have to offer a base package of 100 channels at a maximum price of  ₹130, excluding GST.
The petitioners claimed that the terms and conditions are heavily titled towards the MSOs
Tata Sky hopes to reach all its customers within a week (iStock)

New TRAI rules will change your Airtel DTH, Tata Sky, Dish TV plans in 2019

Whether you are a DTH or cable TV subscriber, your TV bill will not appear the same from February when the new regulatory regime, as mandated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), kicks off. The regulatory body has come up with a set of rules which changes plans, packages and pricing of TV channels by all operators like Airtel DTH, Tata Sky, Dish TV, Hathway Cable, Siti Cable, Sun DTH, etc. The new tariff order by TRAI, in most likelihood, will reduce the price you pay for watching television if you make a judicious choice of channels. After the TRAI order, not only have all broadcasters like Sony, Star, Zee, Discovery, Disney, National Geographic and Sun TV announced individual pricing of all their TV channels but they have also come up with bouquets of several channels at discounted packages. 

A smart TV is defined by its operating system, the ability to connect to the internet and run internet-enabled services. Photo: iStock
A smart TV is defined by its operating system, the ability to connect to the internet and run internet-enabled services. Photo: iStock

Trai issues notice to Tata Sky over new tariff framework

  • Tata Sky said it is going live with the system on its website and app to assuage concerns, and changes will be visible shortly
  • Trai said the new regulation, the tariff order is a comprehensive code and no service provider can work in isolation

Both Tata Sky and Airtel’s base pack starts from ₹99 per month. Photo: MintPhoto: Mint
Trai has instructed the DTH service to furnish a schedule of activities by Wednesday evening.
If you carefully choose TV channels according to new 2019 packs, your DTH bill may be even less than the present. The TRAI order is applicable to all operators including Airtel DTH TV, Tata Sky, Dish TV and Hathway Cable. Photo: iStock
If you carefully choose TV channels according to new 2019 packs, your DTH bill may be even less than the present. The TRAI order is applicable to all operators including Airtel DTH TV, Tata Sky, Dish TV and Hathway Cable. Photo: iStock

Reduce your TV bill on Airtel, Tata Sky, Dish TV, Hathway after new TRAI order

After the TRAI order, all broadcasters like Sony, Zee, Star, Discovery, Sun, Turner and Viacom have declared prices of their individual pay channels as well as those of bouquets. Here are 10 things to know about selecting new 2019 plans on Airtel DTH, Dish TV, Hathway and other cable operators.

Both Tata Sky and Airtel’s base pack starts from Rs 99 per month. Photo: Mint
Cable operator Hathway, whose basic plan starts from Rs 100, has both individual channel prices as well as genre-based packs. Photo: Mint