With just a week to go till the February 1 deadline for the implementation of new television tariff norms comes around, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has ruled out any further extensions in the roll-out date. TRAI’s statement this week comes after speculation that another extension might be in the offing since cable TV operators have been raising concerns about getting all consumers on board on time.
However, TRAI in its statement said that it sees “no reason” to do so. “The Authority reiterates that there is no reason to consider any extension in view of the significant momentum in obtaining the choices and the assurances of all the service providers. The subscribers who exercise their option within the prescribed time will be migrated from February 1, 2019. All subscribers are requested to exercise their option immediately without waiting for last minute,” said TRAI.
The regulator also noted that as per data available with it, over 40 percent of Cable TV and DTH consumers have already submitted their choices and opted for relevant plans under the new tariff mechanism notified by the authority.
“TRAI has launched web portal www.channeltariff.trai.gov.in containing ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, rates of all the pay-TV channels on a-la-carte and the bouquets of pay channels offered by the broadcasters, etc. It has also launched a web portal www.channel.trai.gov.in to help consumers to select the channels of their choice and estimate their monthly bill,” noted the regulator.
Tata Sky releases the price list
DTH operator Tata sky this week finally released the new price list for channels it will provide under the new tariff system after receiving a show-cause notice from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for a lack of initiative in informing its subscribers of the new broadcast tariff regime. “… Tata Sky has put its subscribers in a situation of great difficulty despite no fault of theirs by not complying with the provisions of the new regulations and the tariff order,” Trai had said in the notice. Tata Sky consumers can now log on to www.mytatasky.com or www.packselection.tatasky.com to modify their existing packs and packages and select the new bouquets and packs under the latest TRAI guidelines.―The Indian Express