Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) – the regulator of the telecommunications
sector in India- has put forward a new tariff and regulatory framework for Direct-to-Home
(DTH) and cable services. The new framework aims to lower the cost of TV
viewing for consumers.
to the new regulations, a) Customer have to pay fixed Network Capacity Fee for
100 standard definition (SD) channels, b) Service providers can waive off or
offer discounts on NCF for the additional DTH connections, c) Service providers
have to provide an electronic programme guide with transparent display of rates
d) Customers can opt for channels via an a la carte list and make customized
packages, d) Customers need to pay only
for channels they subscribe for.
Crisil report has claimed that costs of TV viewing may rise by 25% under the new