New rules of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) for cable companies and DTH (Direct To Home) operators come into effect on 1st February 2019.
Now January 31st is the deadline when all the companies are supposed to comply with these new regulations and subscribers have to choose their pack of hundred or more channels.
TRAI also has launched a new channel selector application on its website to ease some of the confusion and help customers optimize their choices.
Here’s how you can choose the hundred channels on TRAI’s channel selector application –
The advantage with the TRAI channel selector application is that it has all MRP of each and every channel as well as the bouquet pack listed out here.
Here users can create their own list of hundred channels and then go to the website or call up the customer care service of their DTH Company or cable operator and then go with the final selection.
When you start TRAI’s channel selector, it will ask you name, state, languages and interest in terms of television channels.
The languages and channel interest will help the application determine what kinds of television channels you might subscribe to.
This will create a dummy pack of sorts for you, so you don’t have to stick with this.
After you know all the information, TRAI’s application creates a pack of hundred channels for you.
So you can choose to reset all channels and create your own pack from scratch as well.
The application shows what your bill will look like. You can choose from high-definition (HD) or standard definition (SD) content.
Remember each HD counts as two SD channels in your pack of 100.
As the user selects the channel, the MRP at the top is updated if you select a free channel then the inclusion of this channel will affect your network capacity fee, which is Rs. 130 per month.
However, if you add a pay channel or a bouquet, which has a monthly cost then the price of your monthly pack will increase and that will be reflected at the top.
Users can then rely on this list while selecting their pack from the DTH Company or their cable operator.
TRAI’s website also has an option for you to download or print this list, so that when you are calling the customer care service of say Tata Sky or Airtel, you can read out which channels you want.