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New broadcasting regime to cut down tariff by 15pct - Trai

Misc News - Published on Thu, 07 Feb 2019

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ET Telecom reported that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said that the new tariff regime for the broadcasting sector would reduce monthly subscription cost by nearly 15% in metropolitans, and consumers would be fully protected and freely exercise their choice.

Trai chairman Ram Sewak Sharma said that “We expect bills will go down. Everything will be determined by market forces and there was no upper cap while the content pricing is under forbearance."

The regulator has asked the direct-to-home and multiple system operators to migrate to a new regulatory framework from February 1, 2019.

Citing statistics based on 1.5 million viewers’ choices, provided by the IndusInd Media & Communication Limited, Mr Sharma said that the average revenue per user was, however, reduced to 10% to 15% in metropolitans and up to 10% in the Digital Addressable System notified areas under phase -III and IV.

With the new norms, a consumer in Mumbai could save INR 54 on a monthly basis and would have to pay INR 271 from the earlier INR 325 while consumers in Delhi who pay INR 303 per month would have to pay INR 267 only.

Crisil Monday said that based on the current Trai pricing, the monthly TV bill could go up by 25% from INR 230-240 to INR 300 per month for viewers who opt for the top 10 channels.

Mumbai-based research firm further added that regulator’s new regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable services industry was intended to usher in transparency and uniformity, with greater freedom of choice to viewers.

The regulator has, however, rubbished the claims made by the firm, and beilves that the finding was based on mere assumption.

The top official said that “Crisil is a highly professional body while its report was based on assumption. They have taken the input of top 10 channels, and the computed value of multi-language channels in addition to those which offer similar content."

Mr Sharma argued that it was highly unlikely for a subscriber to watch content in different languages as well as the two channels having the same content.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Thu, 07 Feb 2019
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