TRAI plans to regulate HD, SD channels’ subscription charges

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Telecom and broadcast regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to review the freedom given to direct-to-home service providers in deciding subscription charges for high-definition channels.

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While the first HD channel was launched in 2010 with Movies Now HD, general entertainment channels (GECs) like Star Plus and Zee TV too launched their HD channels in 2011. As of now, there are about 40 HD channels in the country and DTH operators charge a premium price for them compared to normal standard definition (SD) channels.

“TRAI is mulling reviewing forbearance regime on HD channels. consultation paper on the same will be floated next month,” an official source said.

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It has not found much difference between SD and HD viewing experience, the source said adding, “there is little difference in the number of commercials”. The decision has been taken as the regulator does not find much difference between the SD and HD viewing experience  the report adds.

 

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