Trai Tariff Regime: Where Do Best Fit Plans Fit In the Entire Picture and How Do They Work?

For the subscribers of DTH and cable TV services who did not make the switch to new channels or channel packs, Trai introduced the best-fit plans

Highlights
  • It is possible to change the selection of best-fit plans later
  • Trai has sent out notices to cable TV operators, and DTH providers for strict following of the new rules

The new tariff regime made it necessary for the subscribers of DTH or cable TV services to migrate to the new framework by selecting their channels or channel packs. However, a few days later into the implementation of the new rules, Trai realised that there was a small segment of people who hadn’t migrated to the new channel packs or simply weren’t able to do so. To fastrack the implementation of the new framework and to automatically migrate them to the new framework, Trai decided to move these subscribers to “best-fit plans” which were curated and had the similar channels as their current pack and were priced the same or lower than their current bill.

What are Best Fit Plans?

While almost all the subscribers were making the switch to the new Trai new tariff based channel packs, there was the question of some subscribers being left out since it was the subscribers who would have to make the channel selection. The reason for this could simply be lack of awareness about the new implementation or merely the lack of general know-how about how to go on with the transition process like it was the case with a lot of customers in the old age group. However, it was also necessary that no subscriber face any disruption in their TV subscription while the new tariff regime goes into implementation. To make sure, Trai introduced the Best Fit Plans.

The Best Fit Plans are the plans which will be curated by the DTH provider or the cable operators for the subscribers in case they do not make the switch to the new channel packs or make their customised selection by choosing individual channels. If that happens, the subscribers will then be automatically be hooked up with their Best Fit plans which will closely resemble their present channel pack. Now the critical phrase to note here is “closely resemble” as there is a possibility that while curating your Best Fit Plan, some channels might be dropped. However, the silver lining is that the cost of the Best Fit Plan will not exceed your current monthly subscription.

Best Fit Plan Curation Parameters and Eligibility

The Best Fit Plan will be curated based on different parameters, on the genre of channels which you are watching, regional language and much more. Depending on that, you could be supplied with a channel pack which very closely resembles your current subscription.

If you wonder whether you will have to encounter a Best Fit plan when you turn on your television screen the next time, then it depends whether or not you have made the switch to the new Trai tariff regime. If you have successfully logged in to your DTH operator’s website, or in the case of cable TV operators, filled out a physical form, then you won’t have to worry about lost channels or paying for a different Best Fit Plan. However, if you have not yet made the switch to the new tariff regime, then there is a chance that you have already been upgraded to a Best Fit Plan. To change your channel selection, you can visit the DTH operator’s website and then curate your subscription either through DPO packs, individual channel selections or broadcaster packs.

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Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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