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Cable TV Operators Fail to Implement Changes as Consumers Complain

Highlights
  • Trai’s NTO 2.0 is predicted to scale back the costs of month-to-month TV subscriptions
  • Cable TV operators fail to implement the brand new modifications introduced by Trai
  • Right now, broadcasters are going towards Trai in varied native courts

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) launched new amendments to its National Tariff Order (NTO) 1.0 initially of this yr. The sector regulator ordered broadcasters, Cable TV & DTH operators to implement the brand new guidelines by March 1, 2020. However, the NTO 2.0 guidelines are but to carried out by broadcasters and Cable TV operators. DTH operators, alternatively, have efficiently carried out new NTO 2.0 guidelines proper on the deadline. While broadcasters together with Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) are preventing for reduction from the brand new guidelines at varied native courts, it’s unknown why Cable TV operators aren’t implementing NTO 2.0. In the previous, now we have reported that Siti Networks and Thamizhaga Cable TV Communication Pvt Ltd (TCCL) have launched the brand new guidelines, nonetheless, a number of customers of the previous are nonetheless dealing with points.

Cable TV Operators Not Following Trai’s Orders

This isn’t the primary we’re seeing Cable TV operators not following the principles of Trai. The NTO 2.0 brings loads of modifications reminiscent of 200 FTA channels at Rs 130, lowered NCF for Multi TV customers and extra. Cable TV customers have been ready for the implementation of latest guidelines by their respective operator, however there’s no luck for now. Siti Networks has up to date the brand new NCF expenses on its web site, however in actuality, the state of affairs is de facto totally different.

One of TelecomDiscuss reader named Jitendra Dhingra termed the implementation of NTO 2.0 by Siti Networks as false. He went onto say that Siti Networks’ staff are unaware of the brand new guidelines and there’s no replace on when the Cable TV operator will make modifications to the platform. Having mentioned that, the web site of Siti Networks show the brand new NCF costs in accordance with Trai’s NTO 2.0.

Besides Siti Networks, different fashionable Cable TV operators like Hathway, Den Networks, GTPL Hathway, Asianet Digital and so forth are but to announce revised NCF.

For the unaware, the Trai had urged all of the operators to implement modifications as per NTO 2.0 by March 1, 2020, regardless of the continuing tussle between the regulator and broadcasters.

Trai NTO 2.0: What Are the Changes Brought?

Going by a latest survey, the National Tariff Order 2.0 will deliver down the month-to-month Television subscription costs by at the very least 14%. As a part of the brand new guidelines, subscribers of Cable TV and DTH firms will get 200 FTA channels within the base NCF slab of Rs 130 (excluding expenses). Post 200 channels, DTH firms have diverse NCF as much as Rs 160 (excluding taxes).

Besides, Multi TV customers profit probably the most with NTO 2.0 as Trai urged the DPOs to cost simply 40% NCF from the first connection’s NCF. “Network Capacity Fee, per month for each additional TV connection, beyond the first TV connection in a Multi TV home, shall be forty per cent of the Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of the parent STB. The STB with a maximum number of channels would be treated as Parent STB,” famous Siti Networks on its web site.

For instance, in case your main connection’s NCF is Rs 153 (together with taxes), then the Multi TV NCF can be Rs 61.36 (together with taxes).

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