- Airtel Digital TV is also providing select regional channels without NCF charges
- The digital TV arm of Bharti Airtel currently has over 15 million subscribers under its belt
Cable TV and DTH subscribers are facing a lot of issues related to their TV subscription bill. Some complain that the new tariff regime introduced by Trai is increasing their monthly TV viewing bill, some say that it has reduced the same by a small margin. Every subscriber can reduce their TV bill by opting for the bundled add-on, combo packs introduced by the respective service provider. That being said, the curated add-on, combo plans by DTH operators offer a little amount of discount when compared to the individual channel prices. Popular Direct-to-the-home providers already rolled out several combo plans and Airtel Digital TV has now listed regional add-on packs starting at just Rs 7. These packs bundle the popular regional channels into a single pack, and on top of that, Airtel has discounted the plans by a small margin. These add-on packs from Airtel Digital TV can be activated via the My Airtel app or the company’s website without any hassle.
Airtel Digital TV Regional Top-Ups: What You Need to Know
Firstly, Airtel Digital TV introduced a total of 13 regional top-ups for various languages. The first one on the list is Bengali regional top-up which is priced at Rs 67, followed by Mini Bengali regional which costs Rs 42 per month. Then there’s a Gujarati regional top-up pack that costs Rs 7 as Airtel Digital TV has very limited Gujarati channels on offer. Moving on, we have Kannada regional and Mini Kannada regional priced at Rs 114 and Rs 86 respectively.
The list also includes other regional top-ups such as Malayalam regional, Mini Malayalam regional, Marathi regional, Mini Malayalam regional priced at Rs 84, Rs 54, Rs 53 and Rs 45. On the brighter side, Airtel Digital TV also launched regional top-up plans for Tamil and Telugu viewers as well. The Tamil regional top-up costs Rs 113, while the Mini Tamil regional top-up pack is priced at Rs 71. Lastly, we have the Telugu regional and Telugu Mini regional priced at Rs 135 and Rs 88 respectively.
Airtel Digital TV also revealed the complete list of channels these add-on packs come bundled with. For example, the Airtel Mini Tami Regional Pack priced at Rs 71 offers Sun TV, Chutti TV, Sun News, Star Vijay, Zee Tamizh, Raj Musix Tamil, Jaya Plus, Adithya and New18 Tamil Nadu channels for a month.
Do make a note that the DTH operator with over 15 million subscribers is yet to reveal top-ups for Hindi, English Sports and New Channels. There’s no timeline on when Airtel Digital TV will introduce the missing top-ups. In addition to these top-ups, Airtel is also displaying some suggested packs and it’s providing some discount on those suggested packs. It will be interesting to see if Airtel Digital TV provides any such discount with the regional top-ups.
NCF Charges Will Apply on Top of the Selected Combo Top-Up
As you might be aware of by now, Trai’s new tariff regime adds NCF charges of Rs 153 (it includes FTA channels) on top of Ala-Carte channels you select. The regional top-ups mentioned above fall under the Ala-Carte category, so additional charges of Rs 153 will be applicable up front. So if you select the Telugu Regional combo top-up, then the overall charge will come to Rs 153+Rs135 which is Rs 288. These charges are entirely reasonable, but for those who don’t watch the channels which come bundled with the Rs 135 pack, they can choose the channels individually as well.
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