TRAI RULES: Broadcasters announce 300+ channel packs, Star highest at 72, TV18, Zee at 50

An analysis of over 300 channel packs and plans announced by prominent broadcasters like Star, Zee Entertainment, Sony, Sun TV and TV18 under new TRAI tariff rules reveals that Star has the highest number of such packs. The company, which has only 43 pay channels, has managed to create a whopping 72 packs and plans […]

TRAI says no more postponement, urges consumers to move to new channel packs without delay

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the agency that oversees the telecom and media sector in India, today refuted rumors that the implementation of the tariff order has been postponed beyond February 1 and asked consumers to move to the new plans without leaving it for the last moment. The clarification came in the wake of […]

TRAI List: Tata Sky leads with 92 HD Channels; Airtel Digital, Sun Direct edge out Dish & D2h

India’s major DTH broadcasters have declared their channel lists and prices under TRAI’s new tariff rules, and an analysis of the same reveals that Tata Sky continues to be undisputed king of HD Channels in India, followed closely by Airtel Digital and Sun Direct. Dish TV and D2h, meanwhile, have slightly less comprehensive lists of […]

TRAI RULES: Sony launches new, cheaper channel packs under Happy India

Sony Pictures India has become the fourth broadcaster to revamp its channel packages under new TRAI rules, responding to market conditions. Broadcasters like Zee, Times Network and TV18 had earlier tweaked their channel prices to make them more affordable and accessible to users. With Sony also tweaking its packages, Star India remains as the only […]

Tata Sky, Airtel Digital could benefit from new TRAI rules on channel packs

The curious case of the missing Star India channel packs on DTH platforms like D2h and Sun Direct has pointed to the position of relative strength enjoyed by platforms like Tata Sky and Airtel Digital in the new TRAI regime. Under the new rules, distribution platforms like Tata Sky, Dish TV and Sun Direct are […]

Sun Direct lists new channel packs under TRAI rules, Star plans missing

Sun Direct has become the third DTH service to announce its list of supported channel packs and their prices. As expected none of Star’s channel packs are available on the platform. With this, only Airtel Digital and Tata Sky remain to reveal their channel packs and pricing under the new TRAI rules. As for Sun […]

TRAI Rules: D2h announces list of channel packs; Star missing

A day after publishing individual channel prices, D2h, formerly known as Videocon D2h, has published its list of supported broadcaster packages. What is most remarkable about the list of over 100 packs is that none of them are from Star India. Other networks, such as Times, Discovery, Sun TV and Zee are very well represented […]

Airtel Digital DTH reveals new channel prices under TRAI rule

Airtel Digital has become the latest DTH operator to update its channel prices according to the new TRAI rules. With this, practically all DTH and bigger cable companies except two have come out with new plans and prices to comply with TRAI’s tariff order issued in July this year. Even as Airtel Digital updated the […]

Dish TV reveals new packs and channel prices under TRAI rules

Dish TV, India’s largest pay TV platform, today unveiled the list of channels, packs and prices available on its platform under the new TRAI rules. Like other competitors, the company has largely stuck to the prices and packs announced by broadcasters like Star India and Zee Entertainment, and does not offer much by way of […]

TRAI Tariff Rules: Operators publish list of Free FTA channels in India

With the deadline for cable and DTH players to publish their channel packs and prices only a few hours away, operators have published lists of free channels as well as pay channels available on their platforms. Free channels, also called FTA or Free-to-Air, are the ones that any DTH or cable subscriber can activate without […]

After Siti & Den, Hathway reveals prices of new TRAI plans & channel packs

With just six hours remaining for the expiry of TRAI’s deadline for the announcement of new channel packs and prices, three of India’s biggest cable networks — Den Networks, Hathway Cable and Siti Cable — have announced their new plans and details. The latest to do so was Hathway Cable, which has given two separate […]

All cable, DTH firms to unveil new channel packs today

All cable and DTH players, including Dish TV, D2h, Tata Sky, Hathway, Den Networks, Airtel Digital and Sun Direct, have been directed to reveal their new TV channel packs and prices by end of day today. In an update posted on TRAI’s website on Friday, the regulator reminded cable and DTH companies that they must […]

TRAI PLANS: Channel prices cut as negotiations drag on with DTH, cable cos

Even as cable and DTH companies prepare to pull most of the expensive channels out of their base packs from December 29 over pricing issues, three broadcasters — Times Network, TV18 and Zee Entertainment — have reduced or rationalized their channel prices and packs. While Times Network has cut the price of 10 out of […]

LIST: Discovery, Turner, Times Group & Disney announce channel packs & prices

Several smaller broadcasters, including the Times Group, Discovery Communications, Disney, Turner International and Raj TV have announced channel packs and prices under the new TRAI tariff scheme applicable from December 29. Unlike the bigger names like Star, Sony and Zee, the smaller companies have announced lower prices — both for individual channels as well as […]

LIST: Sony Pictures unveils 6 channel packs in SD, 4 in HD

Sony Pictures Networks India, the company runs popular TV channels such as Sony Entertainment Television, Max, AXN & Ten Sports, has unveiled a clutch of channel packs ahead of the December 29 deadline by the TRAI for the introduction of new tariff plans. SONY’S UPDATED PACKS CAN BE SEEN HERE The key difference between Sony’s […]

TRAI says new tariff regime gives more power to LCOs

Smaller cable operators in India don’t have anything to worry from the implementation of the new channel pricing order from December 29, broadcasting regulator TRAI said, adding that the new regime will enhance their flexibility and standing. The clarification comes in the wake of worries by some sections of the cable industry that the new […]

TRAI writes to broadcasters on dual pricing of DD Free Dish channels

Broadcast regulator TRAI said it is examining the issue of broadcasters like Star and Zee supplying some of their channels free of charge to Prasar Bharati’s DTH service Free Dish, while charging money for the same from subscribers of private DTH and cable operators. Several broadcasters had declared their free channels as ‘pay channels’ ahead […]