A lot has happened in the tech, DTH and telecom industry over the last six days. We started the week with DTH subscribers noticing a change in their channel pack as the new Trai tariff regime has been fully effective and operators are moving the subscribers to Best Fit plans without any customer's approach. Moving on, we exclusively reported that BSNL has launched its 4G services in 25 towns of Telangana circle, and at the same time, the telco is considering voluntary retirement scheme which may result in over 50,000 BSNL employees losing their jobs. At the end of the week, we had major news from Netflix which has started testing weekly plans in India to lure more subscribers; Netflix's weekly plans start at Rs 65 which is affordable for Indian consumers. Also, Apple Music has slashed the subscription prices following Spotify and YouTube Music's launch in India.
DTH Subscribers Noticing Change in Their Channel Packs
Back in February 2019, Trai has set a deadline of April 1 for consumers to choose channel packs under the new tariff regime. While DTH and Cable TV operators kept on informing subscribers to change their channel pack, some subscribers did not exercise which resulted in operators moving them to the Best Fit plans as suggested by Trai. That being said, a lot of consumers are complaining on social media portals regarding their channel pack's change.
Netflix Weekly Plans Launched
Netflix is arguably the best content streaming platform right now and it also got Indian consumers attention with series like Sacred Games, Selection Day and more. But the subscription prices of Netflix are very high for Indian consumers. In order to solve that, Netflix launched an affordable mobile-only plan last month priced at Rs 250. And this month, it has brought in weekly plans at a starting of Rs 65. The base Rs 65 plan allows users to watch in one screen at a time, and yes, these are mobile-only plans. The other weekly plans are Rs 125, Rs 165 and Rs 200.
D2h Long-Term Offers Launched
D2h, the popular DTH service provider has brought in LTR (Long-Term) offers to its subscribers. D2h is providing up to five months of free service to the users on choosing long-term plans of 55 months. It's good news for the subscribers who're looking for long-term plans under the new tariff implementation.
BSNL Accepts for Voluntary Retirement Scheme
State-run telco, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has been in the news for all the wrong over the last few weeks. According to various reports that surfaced online last week, BSNL is looking to opt the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), meaning over 55,000 employees in the company will risk their jobs. Right now, DoT is said to write a letter to Election Commission seeking for the approval on the VRS scheme.
Samsung Launches Galaxy A20 in India
Samsung has been very aggressive in India this year. In just four months, the South Korean company has launched seven smartphones under Rs 20,000 with the latest one being the Galaxy A20 that's priced at Rs 12,490. The Galaxy A20 offers an HD+ screen, 4000mAh battery and dual rear cameras. It can be purchased across offline stores in the country.