As per an Economic Times report, your TV viewing is set to get cheaper as the TRAI is mulling issuance of a consultation paper with an objective to lessen monthly DTH and cable bills of consumers. In accordance with the officials cited in the report, the new tariff plans that came into effect from February this year failed to reduce monthly TV bills and did not worked as what was in fact planned.
"A consultation paper is in the works on reducing the broadcasting tariffs," an unnamed Trai official told ET. "We will have to see what kind of mechanism can be adapted to do so," he added, without providing particular ways in which the TV viewing will go down for consumers.
But even as few of the broadcasters that pricing does not comes within the regulations of Trai, the regulator clears that it always had the right but earlier allowed market forces to decide the pricing. In a new move, however, the regulator intends to provide more transparency in respect of individual channel pricing and thought the step will reduce TV viewing bill.
Nonetheless, there has been all round confusion regarding the implementation of the new rates, plus the move has in fact upped the bill for consumers.
"The aim was to make TV channel pricing more transparent and to give control of channels to the consumers while making it more affordable... but it did not pan out that way," the official mentioned above said.
Channels which are part of the bouquet cannot be priced over Rs. 9 while for the premiere channels there is no cap.