- Airtel Digital TV is currently leading the chart with more than 100 long-term channel packs on offer
- Tata Sky is still providing the Flexi Annual plan to its subscribers
DTH operators Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and D2h have introduced long-term channel packs under the new tariff rule by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Tata Sky is providing a Flexi Annual plan which allows users to get up to 30 days of extra free service and Dish TV also has a similar offer. Airtel Digital TV, on the other hand, is leading the pack with more than 100 long-term channel packs as we have listed in this article. Dish TV, on the other hand, is offering up to 30 days of extra service to the subscribers under a new offer. After the new tariff rule, it was very tough for DTH operators to provide long-term plans, but Trai has ordered them to reintroduce the plans and consumers are benefitted with the move.
Up to Five Months Free Recharge from D2h
When it comes to long-term subscription plans, there is no DTH provider which has currently surpassed D2h’s offer. As per D2h’s listing, the provider is giving away seven days of additional subscription on a 3-month plan, 15 days of additional subscription on a 6-month plan, 30 days of additional subscription on an 11-month subscription plan. Additionally, the provider is going a step ahead by offering 60 days of additional subscription on subscription plan of 22 months, 90 days of additional subscription on long term subscription of 33 months, 120 days of additional subscription on 44 month long subscription plan and lastly 150 days or five months’ worth of free additional subscription on subscribing to D2h’s services for 55 months.
Dish TV Offering Up to 30 Days of Free Recharge
Dish TV’s structure of offer is quite similar to D2h’s, but it has an upper cap on the number of free days it is giving away on long term recharges. Subscribers will get seven days of additional subscription on a 3-month subscription plan, 15 days extra on the 6-months subscription plan and 30 days of subscription fee on an 11-month plan.
Tata Sky Offering Up to 30 Days of Free Recharge Days
Tata Sky’s offering is quite different from the above offers given by Dish TV or D2h as Tata Sky subscribers will have little choice between various subscription periods. Tata Sky’s scheme has been named as Flexi Annual plan as the subscribers will be able to get 30 days extra on subscription of Tata Sky annually. To avail this offer, Tata Sky subscribers will have to deposit the annual subscription amount in their Tata Sky account beforehand and the extra credited days will then be available to the subscribers during the year-end of their subscription.
Airtel Digital TV Offering More Than 100 Long Term Plans
The DTH arm of Bharti Airtel, Airtel Digital TV, is leading the chart with more than 100 long-term channel packs to the subscribers. Yes, you heard it right. Airtel Digital TV subscribers can choose the long-term plans from the self-care portal without any hassle.
Delhi HC New Order Puts Long Term Plans in Jeopardy
It is also possible that due to the new order which Delhi HC passed regarding the long-term packs might make them obsolete again. Trai has been locked in a legal battle with Tata Sky, Sun Direct and other broadcasters and DTH operators in the Delhi High Court and there has been a new order from the bench which overrides the Trai May order directing the DTH providers to reinstate long-term packs. Now that this new order is to be followed by the companies, it is possible that they may do away with LDPs again.
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