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3 Reasons Why TRAI’s New Cable TV Rule Is Fair

New Cable TV Rules by TRAI will help consumers aware of the MRP of each channel and based on their preferences, they can choose the ones they want to actually watch.

TRAI has mandated every broadcaster to reveal the MRP of each channel,
thereby making it transparent, and clear.

You can checkout the MRP of each pay channel, which includes HD channels as well, and checkout all the Free to Air channels, to make an informed decision.

Under TRAI’s new rules, broadcasters such as Star, Zee, TV18 can create their own packs and bouquets for the end-users and consumers. However, there is a catch.

In their bouquets, they cannot include a channel whose retail price is more than Rs 19.

This is the reason that broadcasters have capped the maximum retail price of channels to Rs 19, and this includes HD channels as well.

This is one major reason why overall expenditure of watching cable TV is all set to come down in coming days, simply because there is no channel (SD or HD), whose cost is more than Rs 19 per month.

As per a survey by BARC India, which was mentioned by TRAI as well, an average household watches, on an average, 50 channels in a month. The survey said that 90% of the household wil watch/flip max 50 channels.

Rs 130 (plus GST) has to be paid anyways, to any cable operator/DTH provider, as network connect fees. 100 Free to Air SD channels can be availed under this charge of Rs 130. The consumer can now choose the cable operator which provides their most favourite channels as FTA, and save money by only paying Rs 130 plus GST for a month.

In case they want to watch other channels, then for 25 channels, only Rs 20 has to be paid extra. Even with an average price of Rs 10 per pay channel, the consumer will only pay Rs 100 for 10 pay channels and Rs 130 (plus GST) for FTA channels.

Hence, Rs 250 comes to be an average cost for cable TV, per month for a household now.


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  1. Dear TRAI,

    I am not well in English , but we need clarification , currently we pay only 200 inr for cable for almost 200 channels from cable provided , hence forth we have to pay 250 inr more , what is this ? within a months each broad caster may rise the request to increase subscription , once if law passed whom will monitoring this system , all favour for corporate system .

    i am from south . i have less knowledge in Hindi, if i see some other state indian channel , may possible to know is culture , food, language,etc. next generation may lose this opportunity , we no need to subscribe for other state channel, because we have to pay additional ,

    final thing is , if cable or dish operator neglector failure to service, whether we a right to ask TV channel or TRAI.


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