- The DPO recommended packs are custom made by the DTH providers considering the choices of many subscribers.
- The choice might be more economical than individually selecting channels or going for broadcaster packs.
After the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) announced the new tariff regime and the regulatory framework for the broadcasting and TV industry, all the DTH and cable TV subscribers got engaged with the migration of subscribers to the new channel packs and channels. However, the question was looming in the minds of subscribers as to what packs they should choose during the migration or whether they should curate their own packs. Even now, if you have migrated to the new channel packs, you might be looking at a chance to reduce your monthly bill and it is quite possible that you can do that by selecting DPO packs instead of going for broadcaster packs or making your own selections.
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.
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.