TRAI ‘s new Channel Selector application will help you calculate TV bills after January 31

To simplify the process of channel selection for the subscribers, TRAI has introduced a new application which will help the subscribers calculate the monthly rental of their chosen channels once the new rule comes in operation.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • TRAI has directed the subscribers to create their base package before January 31 to avoid disruption.
  • The top bar of the application will show you the MRP of the channels that you select.
  • The MRP will be updated every time you select a new channel.

Your TV bills are going to cost less from February 1, thanks to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) new rules that apply from the same date. According to TRAI’s new rules, subscribers are no longer obliged to buy the preset bouquet of channels offered by DTH providers. Subscribers are now free to choose channel in bouquet or on a la carte basis which would bring down the price of your entire TV bill.

TRAI has directed the subscribers to create their base package before January 31 to avoid disruption. The new rule brings a concept of base package which would cost Rs 130 maximum and include 100 SD free to Air channels only.

Despite TRAI laying down all the rules and regulations on its portal, it can be a little confusing for the subscribers to understand the prices of the channels especially with what the DTH providers are offering or what the broadcasters intent to offer with channel bouquet pricing or individual channel pricing. So to simplify the process of channel selection for the subscribers, TRAI has introduced a new application which will help the subscribers calculate the monthly rental of their chosen channels once the new rule comes in operation.

” With TRAI’s New Regulation for the Television and Broadcasting Sector having come into force, Consumers have the freedom to select Television (TV) Channels they want to watch. This Application will help you optimize the selection of your choice and also inform you about the MRP (Maximum Retail Price) of your selection. However, for exercising the choice of your favourite channels, kindly visit the website of your TV service provider or get in touch with your cable operator,” says TRAI on its web portal.

The subscriber’s fee to the DTH provider consists of two elements- one is the network capacity fee which is like the rental charge of your TV connection to your home and second is the price of the channels that you select. TRAI has put a capping of Rs 130 per month on the network capacity fee which includes the carriage of 100SD channels. There are free as well as paid channels. The TRAI application will show you the price of the MRP of paid channels in rupees per month whereas the free to air channels are free of cost.

How will the application work? The top bar of the application will show you the MRP of the channels that you select. The MRP will be updated every time you select a new channel. If you select a free channel that brings no changes to your network capacity fee, then the value remain unchanged. But if you add a paid channel to the same network capacity fee slot then the amount will increase. Just like your online shopping cart, you can also select or remove channels from your choice list. Once your list is ready, you can view it by pressing on ” view your selection.”

TRAI’s new application will also suggest the subscribers to opt for subscribers if they are offer, thus, helping subscribers reduce their monthly bill. Subscribers can also download or take print out of their channel selection along with the modified price of the channels.

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