- Airtel Digital TV subscribers can avail a secondary connection by calling up customer service
- D2h is charging Rs 50 as flat NCF from its subscribers for multi-TV policy
Shortly after the implementation of the new framework, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) introduced some other norms related to long term packs, multi-TV policies, and more. After this sudden price change, the DTH operators started putting out their multi-TV policies for the subscribers. One of the most popular DTH service providers, Airtel Digital TV has also announced its multi-TV policy for the subscribers and has noted that they will be charged Rs 80 as NCF (Network Capacity Fee) for the secondary connection. Other DTH providers like D2h and Tata Sky have also revealed their prices for multi-TV policy.
Pricing of Airtel Digital TV Multiple Connection
The crucial point to note about the multi-TV connections after the Trai mandate is that whatever discount the subscribers will enjoy will be on NCF only. There will be no discount for the consumers on the content charges which the respective channel owners levy. As such, Airtel Digital TV has announced that it would charge Rs 80 plus taxes for 100 SD channels as Network Capacity Fee (NCF) for all multiple connections getting activated under the same account. Additional NCF of Rs 20 will be charged for the subscribers for the subsequent slot of 25 channels which is the norm for standard first connection over the 100 channels.
Differences Between Multi-TV Policies
Now that we have noted the pricing of Airtel Digital TV’s multiple connections, it is essential to understand the there is some underlying difference between the policy of Airtel Digital TV and D2h regarding secondary connections. While Airtel Digital TV is not allowing any ‘mirroring’ of channels, D2h grants it with the connection, but this can be advantageous to the customers in case they want to activate different channels on the two connections. In case D2h subscribers want to do the same, they will end up paying more. On the other hand, the obvious advantage to D2h’s multiple connections is that the provider is charging a flat NCF of Rs 59 as network charge meaning that no matter what, how many channels you add, you won’t pay more than Rs 59 as NCF.
On the other hand, in case Airtel Digital TV subscribers add more than 100 channels, then they will pay Rs 128 after the Rs 59 discount instead of the base NCF of Rs 80 which is the price set by Airtel Digital TV for multiple connections. Summarising, in case you have an Airtel Digital TV multiple connections then turning off the additional channels would be a wise choice.
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