- Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV are offering free sports channels to their subscribers
- D2h has also listed regional language sports channel under this new move
With the new Trai tariff implementation already in the industry, the stakes have gone higher for the DTH providers. The cricket season in India has begun thus signalling a period of high time for the cable and DTH companies as the viewership and reach is going to witness a bump in the next two months. The companies are not leaving any chance in making use of this opportunity as we have already heard about Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV providing complimentary sports channels to their subscribers. On the same lines, we had heard about D2h providing regional language audio feeds to one of its sports channels. However, now D2h has come up with a new update in which it will be giving a chance to its subscribers to get sports channels with a two-month lock-in period to enjoy the Indian Premier League.
Sports Channels Starting at Rs 17 per Month With Two Month Lock-in
D2h has put out a poster giving out information about its latest offering for the cricket fans. Since almost all TV viewers watch IPL without exception, D2h is offering the option for subscribing to major sports channels for two months so that viewers will be able to enjoy these channels without any hindrance or long term commitment. All the channels listed by D2h for this offer are available at the rate of Rs 19 per month except for Star Sports 1 Tamil which is available for Rs 17 per month. Under English channels, D2h is offering Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sport Select 1 and Star Sport Select 1 HD. Under Hindi channels, D2h is offering Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD. The Telugu, Kannada and Tamil version of Star Sports 1 is also available under this offer.
It is worth noting that D2h has notified about a lock-in period of two months for these channels meaning that subscribers will have to commit to paying for at least two months when they select these channels. However, for people who are just interested in watching the Indian Premier League, the two-month lock-in period makes sense as they will be able to watch the entire series and then they can decide to conclude their subscription to these sports channels. Therefore, a subscriber wishing to watch Star Sports 1 HD will pay Rs 38 exclusive of GST over two months on top of their already existing subscription. To activate these channels on their subscriptions, the customers will have to dial the respective numbers for each channel through their registered mobile number to confirm their selection.
Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV Offering Free Sports Channels
On similar lines, Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV have also announced that they will be providing complimentary sports channels to all their subscribers until May 19, 2019. These channels would not only include major Hindi or English sports channels, but they would also include sports channels in regional languages as well.
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