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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come up with a new regulation, which gives an option for consumers to choose and pay only for the channels that they are interested.
TRAI's new tariff rules
- Consumers have to pay a fixed price of Rs 130 per month, which includes 100 free to air channels
- Consumers can pay Rs 20 or more to access 25 standard definition channels
- Broadcasters cannot bundle pay channels with the free channels
- High Definition channels cannot be bundled with standard definition channels
According to the new regulations from TRAI, users have to pay a base price of Rs 130, which give access to 100 free-to-air channels. On top of that, users can pay separately for select channels. Here is the list of popular channel packs and prices per month.
- Star base-pack with (SD or standard definition) for Rs 49 or premium back for Rs 79. The regional star packs start at Rs 39 and go up to Rs 69
- Zee base-pack for Rs 45 and standard pack for Rs 68
- Sony's pack of 10 starts at Rs 55 and HD channel pack for Rs 116
- Sun Network's basic-pack starts at Rs 30 and goes up to Rs 65 for up to 25 channels
- Viacom's base-pack starts at 36 and goes up to Rs 58 for the ultra package. India major regional pack starts at Rs 79
- Cartoon Network, Pogo, WB, and CNN starts at Rs 4.8 per channel and goes up to Rs 16
- Disney broadcasting channel starts at Rs 5 per channel and goes up to Rs 15 with one pack of all channels for Rs 10