New Year Pain: Watching Kaun Banega Crorepati, Saregama, Saas-Bahu, Naagin, others to cost more
As per the new rules, people will have to now pay even for watching free-to-air channels. The new rules will come into effect from February 1.
DTH rules 2019: Blame a decision of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), watching television channels will become costly in the new year. As per the new rules, people will have to now pay even for watching free-to-air channels. The new rules will come into effect from February 1.
Here's how the new rules will affect you:
Favourite programmes to cost more: You will have to pay for watching favourite TV programmes like Kaun Banega Crorepati, Saregama, Saas-Bahu and Nagin on your favorite channels. 18% GST is charged on cable and DTH services.
The new rules will be applicable to DTH, cable operators and broadcasters. As the TRAI directions, customers will have to select their favourite channels. Now, television channels have started fixing their rates and informing people through ads.
Double cost! For up to Rs 250, people get most of their favourite channels and programs. In rural areas and small towns, this cost may go up to Rs 400-500 per month.
Users will have to now pay network fees.
That means, they will have to pay Rs 130 for free channels, Rs 180 for their favourite channels, and Rs 100 as network fees. An additional 18% GST will also be charged, taking the total to around Rs 450. For sports and HD channels, the monthly cost may go up to Rs 600.
New rules: DTH and cable operators must give information about MRP of the channels in the User Guide. All cable operators and cable companies will have to follow the guidelines, failing which they may face TRAI action.