The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's new DTH regulations will come into effect from today(1 February 2019).
With the new rules coming into play, users will get the freedom to select what channels they want to watch and only pay for those channels. These channels can be found in two ways: via an 'a la carte' option - that allows users to pick and pay for channels individually; via a 'bouquet' option - that allows users to pick channels from a pool of pre-selected channels from the broadcaster.
A consumer will need to pay a network capacity fee of ₹130 for 100 channels.
As of Wednesday about 62% of the over 100 million cable TV consumers and 30% of the over 70 million DTH subscribers had registered their channel choices under the new tariff guidelines.
TRAI had a meeting with stakeholders including broadcasters, MSOs, and DTH operators on Thursday. “All service providers have confirmed their readiness to migrate to new framework w.e.f. 1st of February,” the regulator said in a statement.
The new regulation makes it mandatory for the service provider to offer every channel on an a-la-carte basis.