All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) members have decided to provide up to 150 standard definition (SD) channels for network capacity fee (NCF) of Rs 130 plus GST to reduce the monthly TV bills of Subscribers / TV Viewers.
AIDCF members include Hathway Digital, DEN Networks, InDigital, Siti Networks, GTPL Hathway, Fastway Transmission, UCN Cable, Ortel Communications, ICNCL, Asianet Digital & Kerala Communicators Cable.
This decision by AIDCF members will result in savings of Rs 40 for Cable TV Subscribers. Generally the subscribers would have paid Rs 170 + GST as Network Capacity Fee for availing 150 SD channels.
AIDCF president SN Sharma has written to the TRAI secretary informing him about the federation’s decision. This move will come as a major relief for the regulator which has been under criticism ever since the New Tariff Order (NTO) has been implemented.
He said that the members of the association have agreed to charge Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of Rs. 130 (excluding taxes) up to 150 SD channels for those subscribers who renew their channels/bouquet/DPO packs on or before the due date.
As per the existing regulation, the Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs) have to provide 100 SD channels including mandatory DD channels for NCF of Rs 130 plus GST.
AIDCF is India’s apex body for Digital Multi System Operators (MSOs). The members of the federation have a combined market share of more than 80%.