TRAI plans to regulate HD, SD channels’ subscription charges

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.


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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December 29, 2014 12:20 am 12:20 AM
Nobady cares , if you just google inurl:rtsp:// or rtsp:// aajtak you will get lots of links that works for free. there is no use of charging 60 for a channel. it’s like you get a water but it’s salty . if you use 1gb data pack a month (3g) and watch a particular channel for an hour your 1 gb get consumed ! that means you paid around 200 for data+60RS Channel charge=260 so if you want to actually use your phone as a tv you have to pay 200*30 = 6000rs per month ! wow that’s stupidity !… Read more »
December 28, 2014 10:09 pm 10:09 PM

Its high time TRAI should take some step.

December 28, 2014 7:30 pm 7:30 PM

Now a days there are plenty of ads in news channel also so paying money to watch ads…never.I have a FTA receiver to cater to my needs.