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The cost of watching TV channels will be reduced, the MRP of TV channels will not be more than Rs 12

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TRAI has demarcated the MRP of individual channels included in any bucket. From March 1, their MRP will be up to Rs 12, which is currently up to Rs 19. The regulator has also imposed two conditions for making buckets, which will keep the discount on channel buckets up to about 33 percent.

  • From March 1, their MRP will be up to 12 rupees, which is currently up to 19 rupees.
  • TRAI has also imposed two conditions for making buckets, which will keep the discount on channel buckets up to around 33%.
  • The MRP of the a-la-carte channel cannot be more than three times the average price of any channel in that bucket.
  • 130 rupees a month for up to 200 channels and Rs 160 for more than 200 channels

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has changed its tariff order for the broadcasting and cable services sector. Under this, cable TV subscribers will be able to watch more channels at a lower price. The first tariff order was implemented in February last year. The new change will come into effect from March 1.

Demarcation of TV channel bucket MRP

As per the changes, TRAI has demarcated MRP of individual channels included in any bucket. From March 1, their MRP will be up to Rs 12, which is currently up to Rs 19. The regulator has also imposed two conditions for making buckets, which will keep the discount on channel buckets up to about 33 percent. The first condition is that the MRP sum of all a-la-carte channels in a bucket cannot be more than one and a half times the price of that entire bucket. This means that if a broadcaster is offering a bucket of 10 channels at Rs 100 a month, MRP of all 10 channels cannot be more than Rs 150. These broadcasters will have to change the price of the channels and the bucket price.

The price will not be more than 3 times

The second condition is that the MRP of any a-la-carte channel cannot be more than three times the average price of any channel in that bucket. For example, if the average price of channels in a bucket is Rs 3 (obtained by dividing the bucket price by the number of all channels in that bucket in MRP), the MRP of any one channel in that bucket cannot exceed Rs 9.

Channel buckets limit also fixed

Earlier broadcasters were giving consumers an average discount of 35-55% on the channel buckets against the total a-la-cart price of all the channels in those buckets. TRAI had said that broadcasters misused flexibility in bucket discounts. TRAI has also capped the total number of buckets per broadcaster according to the total number of distribution channels of the broadcaster. Thus, if a broadcaster has 12 channels, it cannot offer more than 12 buckets.

Two slabs for NCF

TRAI has also made two slabs for Network Capacity Fee (NCF). 130 rupees a month for up to 200 channels and Rs 160 for more than 200 channels. Customers currently pay an NCF of Rs 130 for up to 100 channels and beyond that, they pay an additional Rs 20 for every 25 channels.

Mandatory channels will not be part of NCF

Apart from this, the regulator has decided that the channels which have been declared mandatory by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will not be counted in the number of NCF channels. Apart from this, TRAI has also allowed distribution platform operators (DPOs) to give concession on long term subscription ie six months or more. Also, in households with more than one TV, NCF on the second connection will not exceed 40% of the first connection.

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