Tata Sky No Longer Fixing Channels Under Lock-in Period, Customers Can Now Easily Cut Costs

Tata Sky has flipped on its decision of introducing lock-in period on pay channels and channel packs thus making a decision in the direction of consumer interest

Highlights
  • The only lock-in period will be on Tata Sky services and that too for a day
  • The exception will be Tata Sky Bollywood which will get a lock-in period of 30 days

After the introduction of the new regulatory framework in the TV and broadcasting industry by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) the subscribers were forced to migrate to the new channel packs. Many thought it as a nice opportunity to switch operators, and thus they migrated to new DTH providers amongst which Tata Sky seemed to be one of the most popular choices of consumers. However, only a few weeks later Tata Sky introduced a 30-day lock-in period on its pay channels and channel packs thus disappointing some users. Now the subscribers, who wanted to drop some channels midway couldn’t do so. However, it seems that Tata Sky has finally heard its subscribers and has removed the lock-in period from its channels and channel packs.

Tata Sky Lock-in Period Only for Tata Sky Services

As per this new information, which we also personally verified, Tata Sky has officially removed the lock-in period on all of its channels and channel packs. Even in A-la-carte channels, the subscribers would be freely able to add and drop channels without worrying about the lock-in period. Similarly, the curated packs, add-ons, broadcaster packs will not come with any lock-in period. But, it is also worth noting that Tata Sky has said that the one day lock-in period policy will remain in place for Tata Sky Services like Tata Sky Fitness and others.

We verified the news and found that the lock-in period won’t be levied on any channel or channel packs except the Tata Sky Services, where Tata Sky Bollywood will come with 30-days lock-in period whereas other Tata Sky services will come with a single day lock-in period. With this new policy in place, users can be sure that they won’t be billed for a channel in case they subscribe to it for a day and then remove it from their subscription.

Dish TV Lock-in Period and Tata Sky Smart Packs

It is worth noting that during the first week of April, Dish TV had first announced the introduction of the lock-in period for the channels. However, a lot of viewers had expressed their views saying that such a rule would be a hindrance to the new framework. But then, only a few days back on April 23, Dish TV also did away with the lock-in period for its channels and channel packs.

A few of the DTH service providers had also introduced lock-in period for the sports channels given the cricket season. Recently, Tata Sky has also added a bunch of Smart Packs for its subscribers like the Hindi Smart plan of Rs 249, Punjabi Smart plan for Rs 249, Gujarati Smart plan of Rs 249 and more. Further, to maintain its stronghold in the market, the provider is also currently running a referral scheme for its subscribers, where they would be able to earn Rs 300 per successful referral.

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