TRAI gives OK to multi TV schemes, but price must be uniform

Media regulator TRAI clarified that nothing in the new tariff regime prevents cable and DTH operators from offering discounts on the network charges payable by customers. Accordingly, it said, some of the cable and DTH operators have restarted their discounted multi TV offers. The topic of ‘multi-connections’ — or multiple connections within the same household […]

Delhi HC rejects plea to censor Game of Thrones, other web series

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition by a lawyer’s organization, Justice For Rights, seeking censoring of online content such as Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Vikings and Sacred Games. The petition, filed late last year, claimed that such videos constituted “unregulated, uncertified, sexually explicit, vulgar, profane, and legally restricted content”. The lawyers wanted the […]

Mobile data prices down 96% under Modi

Prices of mobile data have crashed by 96% under Modi’s tenure, while those of voice services fell by 76%, according to data released by Department of Telecom. On average, 1 GB of mobile data used to cost Rs 254.95 in December 2014, DoT said, while its price has fallen to just Rs 10.91 for the […]

TV BLACKOUT: TRAI issues show-cause notice to DTH operator

Media regulator TRAI said it has issued a show cause notice to a ‘large’ platform operator for showing black screens to its customers during the migration to the new TV channel tariff scheme. It did not give the name of the platform operator, merely noting that it was a large one. TRAI, keen to avoid […]

TRAI disputes CRISIL report, says cable, DTH not more expensive

Media regulator TRAI today issued a clarification on a report by the research wing of credit rating agency CRISIL in which the agency had claimed that the introduction of the regulator’s new TV pricing norms will increase cable and DTH prices. CRISIL had taken the example of the most popular channels to arrive its conclusion […]

BASE PACK CHARGE: TRAI sets up call center for complaints, gives phone no.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has issued new directions to cable and DTH operators prohibiting them from forcing any channel other than Doordarshan’s on their consumers in the name of ‘base packs’ or ‘basic service tier’, and also set up a call center to deal with such complaints. The move comes in the wake […]

TRAI IMPACT: More HD channels coming to cable networks

The implementation of TRAI Tariff Order of 2017 from this month has increased monthly cable prices for many users, but it is also having a positive impact on the availability of premium and HD channels on several platforms. The new rules give all cable operators the ability to receive and distribute any channel they want […]

TRAI plan not activated? Try resubmitting the channel list

The rollout of the new TV channel pricing mechanism by the media regulator has led to many users facing a black out or being saddled with the wrong set of channels and packs by their cable and DTH operator. Even as the roll-out hits its fourth day, many continue to wait for their distributor to […]

TRAI PACKS: Channel selection page for Airtel Digital, Dish TV, D2h and Tata Sky

Many users of Airtel Digital, as well as rivals like Dish TV and D2h are facing issues with the activation of their new TRAI-compliant plans, with customer care officials not able to help in many cases. Unlike Dish TV and D2h, Airtel Digital users are facing more difficulties as the DTH provider does not have […]

TRAI PACK ACTIVATION: Dish TV, Tata Sky, D2h and Airtel Digital flooded with complaints on social media

Customers of DTH networks have been flooding social media, particularly Twitter, with messages of frustration as the implementation of the new TRAI rules on channel pricing hits its third day today. Among the DTH providers transitioning customers are Airtel Digital, Tata Sky, Dish TV, Videocon D2h and Sun Direct. Many customers are complaining of being […]

TDSAT refuses to intervene in TRAI’s channel pricing rules

Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, the appellate body for resolving industry disputes in the telecom and broadcasting sector, today refused to expeditiously direct the TRAI to implement the 85:100 rule to bring down the prices of individual television channels. TDSAT refused an early hearing in a case filed by cable operator Fastway Transmissions, which […]

TRAI TARIFF ORDER: Calcutta High Court lifts stay, gives breather to LCOs

The Calcutta High Court has vacated the stay it imposed on the implementation of the new tariff scheme by TRAI, even as it gave extra time for cable operators to negotiate a deal with their feed suppliers. The stay was imposed two days ago after cable operators said that the new rules would hurt them […]

Cable operators accuse TRAI of trying to hijack customers, HC orders stay

The Calcutta High Court said it will decide whether to lift its stay on the implementation of TRAI’s new TV channel regulations on Thursday after ascertaining if cable operators genuinely have a right and wherewithal to negotiate with their feed providers. The court came to this conclusion after the TRAI disputed the complaint given by […]

Tata Sky vs TRAI: Delhi High Court issues no stay

The country seems to be all set for the implementation of a new pricing regime for cable and DTH services from Friday, with Delhi High Court posting the next date in the Tata Sky vs TRAI case without any stay order on the implementation of the 2017 tariff order. Tata Sky, Bharti Airtel and Discovery […]

Pune Cable Operators fail to get stay on TRAI tariff rollout

The Bombay High Court refused to stay the 2017 TV channel tariff order by TRAI in a case filed by the Pune Cable Operators’ Association. The new tariff scheme is scheduled to come into operation from Friday across the country, except in West Bengal. The Pune Cable Operators’ Association tried to get a stay today […]

Calcutta High Court may lift stay on new TRAI tariff rules

Calcutta High Court will hear at 2 PM today an application by broadcast and telecom regulator TRAI seeking a vacation of the stay imposed on the roll-out of the new tariff system from Feb 1. The High Court had yesterday imposed a stay on the implementation of the tariff order after cable operators in Kolkata […]

TRAI TARIFF PLANS: How to deal with higher TV channel prices

With only 36 hours to go for TRAI’s deadline to implement new tariff plans for cable and DTH platforms in India, all DTH providers and most cable users are faced with the dilemma of how to choose the channels and packs they are going to watch in the new regime. The new system was supposed […]

TRAI TARIFF: Tata Sky waives network charges on some channels

With Sun Direct offering zero incremental network charge on all its channels, including free, paid and HD, market leader Tata Sky too is offering waive network charges, but only on select channels. As reported earlier, Sun Direct is offering all its channels without network charges, provided the user pays the minimum amount of Rs 130 […]

TRAI RULE: Sun Direct beats Tata Sky, Airtel, D2h by offering all channels for Rs 153 network fee

Sun Direct, the smallest of the six DTH players in India, has bowled a googly at its rivals like Tata Sky and D2h by offering all its channels at a network charge of Rs 154 only. In comparison, other DTH and cable firms give only the first 100 channels for Rs 154. In other words, […]

Tata Sky cancels all long-duration packs, yearly plans

Tata Sky, India’s second largest DTH provider, has canceled all the long-duration packs it was offering to consumers and will move the users to monthly packs. This applies to all its users, including those who purchased long-duration packs this week. Many users had got special offers on long-term recharges, such as those that are valid […]