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Lately, DTH has been creating a buzz as TRAI came up with the latest set of regulations that will reduce overall DTH and cable TV bill paid by users. The regulatory unit came up with fixed channel pricing and made it possible for users to choose the channels that they need and pay only for these channels.
As per this rule, users had to choose the channels that they need before January 31. And, the rule will come into effect on February 1. In an attempt to make it easy for users to select the channels, TRAI launched a new Channel Select app. This app will give an approximate idea of the TV bill. It will also show the breakdown the packs and channels that were chosen with the taxes.
As a user, you will definitely be benefited by TRAI's new regulations. It will lower your overall cable TV and DTH bill. But it is quite confusing for many to comprehend, which is why TRAI has come up with the app for better clarity. The Channel Selector App is free and lets you get a rough estimation of the amount you will pay for the channels after February 1.
If you are confused, here we have come up with the details regarding the same. Do check out!
Base pack costs Rs. 130
The base pack lets you choose up to 100 channels wherein you will pay Rs. 130, which will cost Rs. 154 with 18% GST. You are free to choose free and paid channels. Notably, all the 25 Doordarshan channels will be bundled already, so you have to be careful to restrict your choice to 75 channels, be it free or paid.
If you want to add only FTA (free-to-air) channels, then you need not pay any extra cost for the channels. You just have to pay Rs. 154 (Rs. 130 base pack cost + 18% GST). But if you add more paid channels, then here's how much you will pay based on your choice.
Notably, if you are choosing a family plan with channels across genres such as sports, kids, GEC, music, movies, news, etc., then you might get a higher bill. So, get to know the rough idea of your DTH bill from the table below. We have given only English and Hindi channels of select genres here. You will find the pricing differ for various genres and languages.
|A la carte channels||Price (Excluding GST)|
|All SD sports channels||Rs. 331|
|All 10 sports channels||Rs. 349|
|All 5 SD English GEC channels||Rs. 203|
|7 HD English channels||Rs. 241|
|All SD English and Hindi GEC channels||Rs. 347|
|All HD English and Hindi GEC channels||Rs. 401|
|All SD English and Hindi music channels||Rs. 160|
|All HD English and Hindi music channels||Rs. 165|
|All SD English movie channels||Rs. 236|
|All HD English movie channels||Rs. 338|
|All SD English and Hindi Lifestyle channels||Rs. 160|
|All HD English and Hindi Lifestyle channels||Rs. 166|
|All 10 SD English news channels||Rs. 187|
|3 HD English and Hindi news channels||Rs. 174|
|All SD English and Hindi cartoon channels||Rs. 206|
|3 HD English and Hindi cartoon channels||Rs. 179|
*GEC stands for General Entertainment Channels
New channel pricing
Click here to know the list of paid channels and the respective pricing of each channel from here. Do note that, these are the pricing of the channels across India and will not differ from one region to another.
Pay Rs. 130 and enjoy 100 channels
According to the regulator, the base pack of Rs. 130 (which will be Rs. 153.40 including taxes) can be chosen to have 100 free SD channels. Also, you can choose free channels, paid channels or a combination of free and paid channels for the base pack cost. If you choose more paid channels, then you have to pay the cost of the channel.
Cost will increase with number of channnels
There are a total of 534 free-to-air channel and users can select up to 100 free to air channels for just Rs 150 (Rs 130 + Rs 20 GST). Users can pay Rs 170 (Rs 150 + Rs 20 GST) to select up to 150 free to air channels.
TRAI launches Channel Selector App
Using the TRAI Channel Selector Application, users can create sort of a playlist with at least 100 channels, instead of selecting an already available package from the service providers.