Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been regulating Telecom & Broadcasting Services to protect the interests of Broadcasters, MSOs, Cable TV / DTH Service Providers & Subscribers / TV Viewers over the years.
TRAI has played an important role in shaping the regulatory and policy framework governing the sector by making timely interventions through regulations, tariff orders, directions and recommendations to the Government.
TRAI received several complaints from consumers wherein they have shown concerns about the mandatory DD channels within one hundred channels. They are of the view that since Network Capacity Fee (NCF) is prescribed to cater for 100 SD channels capacity, subscribers must be allowed the freedom to select 100 SD channels. Mandatory 25 channels of DD are an additional burden on the consumers. They are of the opinion that either customers should be given freedom not to choose any DD mandatory channels or these channels should be over and above the 100 channels selected by the subscriber.
The Authority observed channels notified by Central Government to be mandatorily provided to all the subscribers, any change in the rules made by MIB cannot be superseded by the Regulations. However, the Authority may give recommendations after due consultation process on this issue. Another way of solving this problem could be that as there is no additional cost on Distribution Platform Operators (DPO) in offering these 25-mandatory channels over and above the 100 channels chosen by the subscriber in the Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of Rs. 130/-particularly looking at the trends where large number of Free To Air (FTA) channels are being provided by few DPOs without any additional NCF over 100 permitted channels. Therefore, these channels can be excluded from the 100 channels for which freedom has been given to the subscribers.
In this regard, all Stakeholders’ View are solicited. They may also provide their Comments / Views on any other relevant issues.
Written Comments on the Consultation Paper are invited from all the Stakeholders by 16th September,
and Counter Comments if any to be submitted by 30th September 2019.
This TRAI’s Consultation on Revision to the New Tariff Order is going to be closed very soon.
So finally this is a good opportunity for all the Cable TV Operators to claim 100% Network Capacity Fee (NCF) which they feel that they should receive and for this claim all Cable TV Operators should now send email to Shri Arvind Kumar, Advisor (B&CS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, at these E-mail Ids: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
To View Complete Information on Consultation & Comparison of Prices of Channels declared by Broadcasters in Old Framework and New framework.
Please Click Here Consultation Paper No.: 10/2019, Dated 16th August, 2019.