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TRAI's new DTH regulations

The base pack will cost maximum of Rs 130 plus taxes and will include all the Free-To-Air channels. But do note that this is the maximum price that can be charged for the base pack, which will have Free-To-Air channels. The actual price is likely to be lower because DTH service providers like Airtel Dish TV and others will compete. For the same reason, they are also likely to include more than 100 channels in the base pack. For example, Airtel and Hathway have already announced a new base price for100 Free-To-Air channels and it costs Rs 99 plus taxes.

The most significant part of the new DHT rules from TRAI that come into effect from February 1 is the a la carte rule. This is where the fun is. What TRAI is doing is that it is asking DTH service providers to unbundle everything and let TV users create their own channel packs, whether that pack has two channels or whether it has a thousand.

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