There has been a tussle going on in the DTH and broadcasting industry regarding the long-term channel packs which the subscribers were enjoying before the implementation of the new Trai tariff regime. The controversy regarding these long-term plans has been brewing in the industry ever since the telecom regulator implemented by this new regulatory framework in India. While the entire matter concerns the subscribers who were previously hooked on to the long-term plans, the subscribers who have already migrated to the new Trai based channel packs can get access to different offerings from the DTH operators which might sweeten the deal similar to how long-term plans used to do for them before the Trai regime.
Legal Row on Long-Term Plans and Latest Verdict
The major DTH service providers, D2h and Tata Sky came up with some attractive long-term offers for their subscribers after the implementation of the new Trai tariff regime. As for the subscribers who were enjoying the benefits of the long-term plans which they had previously subscribed, the party ended for them at the start of August as Airtel Digital TV started migrating these subscribers to monthly channel packs. As you would expect, the subscribers were not pleased about it. Also, Trai has tried fighting the matter in court where Tata Sky had moved against the regulator. In Delhi HC, the Trai’s directive of allowing the long-term packs to function uninterrupted was ruled out, and it was stated that everyone be shifted to the new Trai based channel packs and new pricing.
D2h Long-Term Plan With Up to 5 Months of Free Service
Out of all the DTH service providers, D2h has rolled out the most attractive long-term subscription plan for the customers. As part of this offer, the subscribers with the 3-months plan enjoy 7 days of free subscription, with 6-months plan enjoy an additional 15 days of subscription, with the 11-months plan, they can get up to an additional 30 days of subscription free. With the 22-months subscription plan, consumers can get up to 60 days of free subscription, with the 33-months plan they get 90 days of free subscription and lastly with the 44-months plan, subscribers can avail 120 days of additional free subscription, totalling up to 5-months.
Dish TV Long Term Plan with Up to 1 Month of Free Service
When it comes to Dish TV, the platform is offering lesser options as compared to D2h. However, even then, subscribers who opt for the 3-months plan get 7 days of free subscription, who opt for the 6-months plan get 15 days of subscription, whereas, with the 11-months plan, subscribers can get up to an additional 30 days of subscription free.
Tata Sky Annual Flexi Plan
Tata Sky is also offering a long-term solution to its subscribers, and it is in the form of Tata Sky Annual Flexi plan. This plan offers the subscribers one extra month of service when they deposit 12-months worth of Tata Sky balance on their Tata Sky account. Previously, the benefit amount used to be credited at the end of the year. However, now the benefit amount will be credited to the subscribers’ Tata Sky accounts in 48 hours only.