Telecom regulator TRAI may soon to give good news to crores of cable TV and DTH users. If you are also worried about the high bills of Cable TV and DTH, then soon its bills can be reduced further.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to re-review the broadcasting and cable industry tariffs after frequent complaints of users getting expensive bills. Let us remind you that a new cable TV and DTH rule had been implemented from February 1 this year. In this, service providers cannot be charged extra NCF within Rs 130 (without GST). This means that if a user wishes to select more free-to-air channels as part of their subscription, they can do so within the Rs 130 per month subscription and not have to pay any extra NCF (which is charged at Rs 20 per 25 channels subsequently).
TRAI has released a new consultation paper, so that all problems related to broadcasting and tariffs can be resolved. TRAI had prepared a new regulatory framework for cable TV and DTH earlier in March 2017, which was implemented after 29 December 2018. After implementing and analyzing this new regulatory framework, TRAI came to the conclusion that with the introduction of the new regulatory framework, transparency in channel prices has come down and disputes between stakeholders have been reduced.
According to TRAI, even after the new regulatory framework was officially implemented, many TV consumers have not got enough freedom to choose the TV channels of their choice. The authority said that many service providers offer a discount of up to 70 percent on the bouquet, due to which users are not able to choose the channels of their choice. TRAI said on 16 August that due to the considerable discount on the bouquet of channels, there is a ban on choosing channels with the freedom of customers.
Earlier, the authority has filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding the channel bouquets should not be priced lower than 85 per cent of the sum of the MRPs of all the channels in the pack.However, the Supreme Court rejected the TRAI’s plea. TRAI also said that from the fees announced by the broadcasters under the new regulatory framework, it is clear that the discount on the bouquet package is up to 70 per cent of the sum of charges from different channels. This shows that there is no restriction on discount for the bouquet package because service providers charge misleading charges for different channels.