Trai Issues Reminder to Subscribers for Migrating to New Plans, Tata Sky Subscribers Still in the Dark

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has been pushing DTH subscribers and cable subscribers to upgrade to the new tariff plans before the February 1 deadline. The regulator has been putting out notifications for the subscribers in every form and is requesting the subscribers to contact their respective provider to transition to the new plans and select their channels. However, even with so much going on, India’s largest DTH provider Tata Sky has not listed its channel packs and pricing and has asked its subscribers to wait for “tariff order to become applicable” and for “channel prices to be finalised”.

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Tata Sky Delays Implementation of Tariff Framework

With such situation, subscribers of Tata Sky have been rendered helpless, and the court has also even warned Tata Sky that if it does not go ahead with the implementation of the new tariff scheme, then it will risk blacking out the screens for its subscribers. Trai gave an entire month’s period for the subscribers to complete the migration process, but two weeks of that period have already lapsed. In its latest reminder, Trai said, “Subscribers are requested to exercise their options well before January 31, 2019, to continue to view their favourite channels. Subscribers are also advised not to wait for the last minute to avoid any inconvenience.”

However, there has been no update from Tata Sky hinting towards when it plans to implement the new tariff framework. Also, the subscribers of Tata Sky have been worried as to when they will get to migrate to the new plans in such a short time. Tata Sky’s scroll currently reads, “After the new Trai tariff order becomes applicable and the channel prices are finalised, we will contact you and migrate your plan.” Tata Sky has further added, “This could take a few days. Till we connect with you, enjoy your current plan at the existing prices.”

Legal Struggle Delaying Implementation of Trai Scheme

There is also the legal point of view to consider in the entire affair about Tata Sky’s delay in Tariff implementation. It is worth noting that the DTH provider remains bound in a legal tussle with Trai in the Delhi High Court. The provider had reached the court asking for an interim stay and an extension of the tariff implementation deadline. The stay was granted, and no action was taken on Tata Sky even with a delay of ten days. However, the interim stay was only valid till January 10, and on Friday, the High Court clarified that there would be no further relief for Tata Sky. The court also warned Tata Sky of blacking out screens of its subscribers if it does not implement the new framework.

There have also been petitions filed by Airtel Digital TV in the Delhi HC, and in the Madras High Court by Star India. Madras High Court had also struck down on one of the provisions of the Trai order, after which Star India had appealed in Supreme Court, only to be dismissed on the grounds that Trai was well within its right to regulate the pricing of the individual channels. There is also a hearing next week in the SC with Trai, where the apex court will clarify whether it will uphold the curbs on differential pricing of channels and packs, if so, then the implementation of the entire tariff scheme will become much easier and it will result in a sharp decline in channel prices.

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37 Comments on "Trai Issues Reminder to Subscribers for Migrating to New Plans, Tata Sky Subscribers Still in the Dark"

 

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Rakesh Singh
January 14, 2019 11:00 am 11:00 AM

We will see actual picture from 1 Feb 19, as per TRAI chairmen if some one has long duration pack, he will continue watching it till the expiry of pack, so all operators are pushing to activate long duration pack. This is the reason operators are waiting till the last moment i.e 31 jan 19. We will be able to see all available option and clarity on how to migrate on new packs after 31 Jan 19 only.

Kingston
January 13, 2019 3:26 pm 3:26 PM

TRAI Support jio’s iptv service. That’s why these changes. They will create price hike then they will provide cheap price by jio. So that jio can gain more customers.

January 13, 2019 6:19 pm 6:19 PM

The changes apply to Jio as well, the TRAI tariff order applies to all digitally addressable services including cable tv, DTH as well as IPTV which jio is using. So jio is not exempt from the ruling, then how is it partial towards Jio?

Rinu
January 13, 2019 6:13 pm 6:13 PM

Exactly

KGF (Kolar Gold Fields) | Magnum Opus of India
January 13, 2019 4:37 pm 4:37 PM

Literally every service provider have no control over the prices. The rates are determined by the channel owners. This was done to stop the incessant fighting and disconnection of sports channels every single time. Whatever Jio offers, the same can be offered by DTH and cable as well. Jio must pass on channel costs as is to the customer. Learn something before spouting propaganda bs.

Santosh
January 13, 2019 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

Can I choose all sports like star, ten… All sony, star, zee channels in free 100?

KGF (Kolar Gold Fields) | Magnum Opus of India
January 13, 2019 4:38 pm 4:38 PM

Yes. Only channel costs have to be paid extra. I suggest that everyone should leave out pay channels for a month so that the prices will come down. Ad revenue is the base of all channels and they wouldn’t want a reduced market share for pittance in subscription money.

January 13, 2019 2:08 pm 2:08 PM

Sure u can by paying the applicable rates for those pay channels. Your NCF will remain 153 including taxes.

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