- Airtel Digital TV recently reported a subscriber base of 15 million
- Airtel has already started migrating customers who exercised their options under new Trai tariff regime
Airtel Digital TV has unveiled regional top-ups based on the new pricing scheme introduced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Overall, Airtel Digital TV has launched more than ten regional top-ups for various languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu and others. However, Airtel did not introduce any Hindi and English regional top-ups which is underwhelming. The prices of these top-ups vary and NCF charges of Rs 153 will be applicable on top. These top-up packs can be activated via My Airtel app at the moment and users can also do it via Airtel Digital TV set-top box itself, of which the procedure is detailed over here. Talking about the regional top-ups, it’s a good move from Airtel Digital TV to come up with something users wanted as the current channel selection process is cumbersome via the company’s website and mobile app.
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.
Having said that, Airtel Digital TV is yet to reveal the complete list of channels which come bundled with these regional top-ups. We’ll bring an updated article once the service provider releases the complete list. 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 once Airtel reveals the full list of the channels included in the regional top-ups, consumers will get full clarity.
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