The new rules for DTH and cable operators by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) come into effect on February 1, with January 31 being the new deadline for customers to choose the channels for which they wish to pay.
The premise is that these new DTH rules will make your cable television bill lower, at least from what it used to be. Here are three things to keep in mind about the new DTH, cable operator rules by TRAI.
February 1, 2019 is when the new DTH packs come into play
TRAI’s notice issued on December 28, revised the deadline to January 31. The earlier deadline for migration was December 29, 2018.
The notification reads, “Provided further that all distributors of television channels shall offer and obtain the option for subscription of new packs, plans or bouquets from the subscribers in compliance with the provisions of these regulations on or before 31st January, 2019 and shall ensure that services to the subscribers are provided as per the new packs, plans or bouquets opted for subscription by the subscribers only after 31st January, 2019.”
This means the new plans will come into effect from February 1, 2019. TRAI has said that cable operators, DTH providers need to assure there is no blackout of television for customers, and that the transition should be smooth.
TRAI’s order also says that no service provider can disconnect any signal/feed to a subscriber till January 31, 2019 on the pretext of implementation of new regulatory framework.
Base subscription is Rs 130, channel prices capped at Rs 19
With the new rules, customers now have to pay only for the channels which they watch. Many DTH operators like Airtel, DishTV, etc have already put out the base prices of each channel. TRAI says the idea with the new framework is that consumers will be able to choose to pay for channels of their choice on a-la-carte basis or in form of bouquets made by broadcasters as-well-as by the distributors.