Trai Asks Customers to Choose Channels Under New Cable TV Regime by January 31

Telecom regulator Trai has given time till January 31 for consumers to opt for channels of their choice under the new framework for broadcasting and cable services. “We had a meeting of broadcasters, DTH operators, and MSOs (multi-system operators) today (Thursday). Everyone confirmed their readiness to implement new regulations. However, they requested that some more time may be given to seek options from subscribers for smooth and interruption free migrations,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Secretary S K Gupta told PTI.


Accordingly, distribution platform operators (DPOs) have been permitted to seek options from consumers till January 31 and customers will be migrated as per their choice from February 1, he added.

The new framework allows consumers to select and pay only for the channels they wish to view and requires TV broadcasters to disclose the maximum retail price (MRP) of each channel and that of bouquets.

The telecom regulator had earlier asserted that the implementation of the new framework would lead to lower prices for TV viewers and slammed the “misinformation campaign” being carried out by some to fuel “hyperbolic fear” among consumers. Trai Chairman R S Sharma had earlier this month, said the regulator was working to ensure a smooth transition to the new framework without causing any disruption for consumers.

The Supreme Court had recently dismissed a plea challenging the Trai’s March 2017 regulations and tariff order, relating to fixation of charges for free and pay channels.

Furthermore, a couple of days ago, Trai promised that customers would not face any issues during the transition. Furthermore, there won’t be any blackout on channels which you’re paid to watch now. Several analysts are predicting the new tariff regime will help the local players and the long-validity plans will be benefitted. At the moment, consumers are baffled as they are still wondering on what the new regime actually is. Trai is conducting various programmes to give an idea about the tariff regime that comes into place on December 29.

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December 29, 2018 1:58 pm 1:58 PM

Network capacity charge RS 130 if I want to insert my paid channel within 100 channel they say no and charge extra
Where is freedom to choose
Total fake body

KGF (Kolar Gold Fields) | Magnum Opus of India
January 2, 2019 11:37 am 11:37 AM

Who said no? Fake news.

December 29, 2018 11:55 am 11:55 AM

This is all being done to promote jio home tv connection which is soon going to be launched

KGF (Kolar Gold Fields) | Magnum Opus of India
January 2, 2019 11:38 am 11:38 AM

Even Jio cannot give you for less than what the channel owners have declared. Jio can only lessen the rates through carrier charges which is maximum 153rs for 100 channels. They can give this for 50-100rs.

Kiran Kumar
January 3, 2019 4:22 pm 4:22 PM

DPOs can charge lower (Distributor Retail Price) than the declared MRP by the channel owner

December 29, 2018 12:51 am 12:51 AM

There will be a huge hike in package price.. and date will be extended months after months (at least till loksabha election)