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Cable TV to cost less: TRAI’s tariff order allows you to choose cable channels | The Financial Express

Digitisation of cable television distribution networks has resulted in improved capacity and quality of signals of television networks. However, concerns such as lack of choice for subscribers, and non-transparency in channel pricing and in the flow of subscription revenues across the value chain, continue to prevail. The Tariff Order by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) aims to address these concerns.

The TRAI’s Tariff Order covers the following:

The broadcasters have been mandated to declare the monthly maximum retail price (MRP) for each pay channel and whether a channel is a free-to-air (FTA) or a pay channel. The MRP is uniform across all delivery platform operators;
Bouquets cannot have any FTA channels and shall not contain any pay channel with monthly MRP greater than `19. In addition, bouquets cannot have standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) versions of the same channels;

All distribution platform operators (DPOs) have to provide a basic pack of 100 FTA channels for a maximum network capacity fee (monthly rental) of Rs 130. Additional channels beyond this will be charged in slabs of 25 SD channels at a monthly rental of Rs 20;

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Cable TV to cost less: TRAI’s tariff order allows you to choose cable channels – The Financial Express.

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