Television viewers in India will soon get to choose a minimum of hundred Free to Air (FTA) channels at a maximum retail price of Rs 100, as per new tariff rules for Cable TV announced by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday.
According to the regulatory framework for Digitalised Cable TV brought out by TRAI to safeguard consumers’ interests, cable operators will have to mandatorily offer a Basic Service Tier (BST) to viewers throughout the country. The BST would consist of 100 Free to Air channels including 18 mandatory Doordarshan channels plus the Lok Sabha channel.
The TRAI tariff order lays down that apart from the mandatory channels in the BST, cable operators and Multi System Operators (MSOs) will have to provide customers a minimum of five channels of different genres:
General Entertainment Channels(GEC) in English, GEC- Hindi, GEC – Regional, Music, News, Movies, Sports, Kids Infotainment, lifestyle.
Customers can also choose another option which includes some pay channels and pay a monthly price upto Rs 150, according to the the TRAI rules.