Reliance Big TV, yesterday announced a new DTH plan to lure the subscribers in the country. The struggling DTH arm is claiming to offer up to 500 channels which also includes HD channels free for one year. Customers across the country can pre-book a new Big TV set-top box starting today through the company's official website. However, do make a note that the offer can be availed depending on the stock availability. “Reliance Big TV is going to mark the beginning of a new dawn in the way Indians have been accessing entertainment on their TV sets,” director of Reliance Big TV, Vijender Singh, said in a statement.
Reliance Big TV stated that the company has come up with this offer to make a mark in the Indian DTH industry and also to fulfil the Indian government's Digital India initiative. Under this new offer, the company will be providing its latest HD HEVC set-top box, which also offers an additional set of features such as YouTube, recording of TV shows, schedule program recording and so on.
But there are some catches with this offer though, like every other offer from other companies. Here are the five things you should know about the Reliance Big TV's free DTH service offer.
1) Customers Have to Pay an Upfront Amount of Rs 1,999
A customer who's looking to avail this offer has to pay an upfront amount of Rs 499 while booking the STB from the company's website. But this amount is to just confirm the booking. Once the STB arrives on your doorstep, you have to make an additional payment of Rs 1,500 on receipt. An installation charge of Rs 250 will also be applicable.
2) Free Subscription for One Year
Once after you get the subscription by paying the Rs 1,999 upfront amount, customers can enjoy free DTH services for one year without any requirement of topping up the DTH account.
3) Rs 300 Per Month Starting the Second Year
After the completion of one year, customers need to pay an amount of Rs 300 per month to enjoy the subscription to all channels. Do make a note that a monthly recharge should be done to get the services effectively free.
4) Recharge Rs 7,200 to Get the Refund of Rs 1,999
As stated, from the second year, customers need to recharge the STB with Rs 300 every month to enjoy the services. After continuous recharges of 24 months (two years), the company will issue a refund of Rs 1,999, which was paid at the time of purchasing the STB.
5) Cashback Will Be in the Form of Recharge Value
Unlike the cashback offers run by telecom operators, Reliance Big TV will be refunding the amount of Rs 1,999 in the form of account recharge value. However, we do not have any details about how the Rs 1,999 refund will be issued- the entire amount at once or in the form of monthly value.