DPO Packs Might Mean Cheaper DTH and Cable Bills for Subscribers Under New Trai Regime

Instead of going for individual selection of channels, or broadcaster packs, the subscribers who choose DPO packs might be enjoying more affordable monthly TV bills

By June 14th, 2019 AT 3:04 PM
Highlights
  • The DPO packs are arranged to keep in mind the viewing patterns, genres and other factors related to the viewers
  • DPO packs also provide more choices and discounts

Post the introduction of the new tariff regime in the DTH and broadcasting industry by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the consumers had to brush up on their concepts related to the pricing of channels. In days following the implementation of the new rules, the subscribers were required to migrate to the new channel packs and Trai framework. These consumers were presented with many choices like choosing individual channels and curating their own packs, going ahead with the broadcaster packs and lastly, they also had the option of choosing packs made by their DPOs. We have reasons to believe that choosing DPO packs is the most economical choice of all, and in case you are thinking of making tweaks to your channel selections, then here are a few reasons why choosing a DPO pack might make a difference in your monthly bill.

Pricing to be Divided into Two Parts

As such, now Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is allowing the subscribers to pay their bills in two parts – the first will be of content charges payable to the channel owners and broadcasters while the other will be in the form of NCF or Network Capacity Fee which will be paid to the cable operators for providing the channel slot. Now the viewers have choices between FTA (Free to Air) channels or paid channels which levy content charges.

Individual Channels and Recommended Packs

The base pack mandated by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India with 100 channels costs Rs 130 for the subscribers. On top of the individual channel offerings, broadcasters have created their own packs, bundling their channels and the DTH service providers have curated their channel packs which package channels from different owners. Besides these two, there is also the obvious choice of choosing individual channels. We decided to make a comparison between these choices to find out which is the better option. In case you have selected either one or are yet to make your choice, then this quick analysis will help you find better pricing for your particular channels.

We did a small overview of channels on D2h and Tata Sky across various genres. Firstly, we took a look at D2h Gold Telugu combo subscription which ships Telugu paid channels along with few Hindi channels and English channels as well. Some of the channels in this pack include Star Maa TV for Rs 19, Discovery for Rs 4, Gemini movies for Rs 17 and so on. On selecting channels individually, we saw that the total cost for all the channels came out to be around Rs 264.50. This total cost was divided between NCF and content charges for the respective pay channels, and it was also excluding taxes. While we visited the d2h official website, the D2h Gold Telugu Combo recommended pack was available for Rs 242, which is less than the individual selection of the same channels.

Few Broadcaster Packs Worthy of Subscription

Same was the case with Tata Sky, where we evaluated the Kids Mini HD pack and other English TV channel packs, which proved to be more beneficial when selected from the Tata Sky recommended packs. Another way is to choose the channels via the broadcaster packs. However, the problem with that is if someone wants to have a mix of Hindi entertainment channels, select infotainment channels and other sports channels, then they would have to pay for all the other unrequired channels from the particular broadcaster. Thus they will end up paying more. Although, there are a few broadcaster bouquets of less pricing like Discovery Basic with eight channels for Rs 9 and Turner family HD pack of Rs 14.75 with five channels which might be a good deal for the subscribers. Except for these few choices, the packs recommended by your DTH provider seem to be the best option to go as they come bundled with discounts.

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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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Hey chakri. Learn how to write article from Arpit. Copy paste karna band kar.

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i beg to disagree with the above observation.it will take us back to olden days,when DPOS coined some packs ,with unwanted channels and we were made to pay for them.Now,trais new rule,on paper,empowers customers,to choose their channels and pay for them.in my case,iam paying very much less,nearly 60 %of what i paid earlier.my only grouse is,even now,i cannot choose my free channels,as the all the operators have cleverly not provided a chance to choose our fta pack.and,there is no easy or transparent programme either to add,remove or delete channels.my repeated meassages havent borne fruit.i pin my faith only on telecom… Read more »

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