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Hathway, DEN, Siti reveal packs under new TRAI tariff order

TRAI gave an additional month till 31 January 2019 for the implementation of new regulatory framew

MUMBAI: Major DTH players and MSOs have started updating new channel and package pricing as per the new TRAI tariff order. Soon after major broadcasters announced new rates, DPOs are taking swift action making it easier for consumers to choose their desired channels. Last month, TRAI gave an additional one month for the implementation of the new regime to make the transition of consumers smoother.

Essel group promoted Siti Networks has revealed five suggestive packs ranging from Rs 52.5 to Rs 166 excluding GST. The number of channels also varies in the suggestive packs. While the first one has 18 channels, the highest number of channels i.e 49, is available on the fifth pay pack. 

Another national MSO Den Networks has revealed over 10 suggestive packs leaving more options from consumers. The prices of the packages range from Rs 199 to Rs 500 inclusive of taxes. DEN Intro Pack priced Rs 199 mostly comprises free to air (FTA) channels barring a few pay channels in the news and infotainment space while DEN Titanium Pack priced at Rs 500 offers a large number of channels across genres.

Leading MSO Hathway Cable and Datacom has also updated several new packs including the base pack containing 100 FTA channels along with regional add-ons and genre add-ons. Moreover, Hathway has created different packages for different markets like Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Hindi speaking markets.  Both the Prime and Royal packs offered by the operator include major channels from all the genres while the Royal packs leave much more option. 

Two DTH players i.e., Dish TV and Airtel Digital TV, have published the prices of individual channels. However, along with segregating the available channels on its network on the basis of genres, Dish TV has highlighted different packs from broadcasters in another list. Airtel Digital TV has only provided the pricing of the individual channels on its website. The DTH operator is offering no discount on the price which is offered by the broadcasters and just passing on the channels by adding tax to the same pricing.

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