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Amid uncertainty over NTO 2.0, DPOs start complying with new NCF

Most of the broadcasters have not published their updated Reference Interconnect Offers

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MUMBAI: The amended new tariff order (NTO 2.0) comes into effect from today (1 March) amid ongoing legal battles. Although most of the broadcasters have not published their updated Reference Interconnect Offers (RIOs), many of the distribution platform operators (DPOs) have started complying with the regulations bringing change in network capacity fee (NCF).

Along with other amendments, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had brought changes in number of channels permitted in Network Capacity Fee (NCF) and applicable NCF for multi TV homes. The authority also reduced the maximum NCF charge to Rs 130 (excluding taxes) for 200 channels. It also added that NCF for more than two hundred SD channels, should not exceed Rs 160.

“The network capacity fee, per month, for each additional TV connection, beyond the first TV connection in a multi TV home shall, in no case, exceed forty percent of the declared network capacity fee,” it added.

Tata Sky has also declared its updated NCF. The DTH operator will now charge Rs 153.40 per month for the first 200 SD channels, inclusive of all taxes and Rs 188.80 per month for more than 200 SD channels, inclusive of all taxes. For each secondary connection, it has fixed a NCF of Rs 61.36 per month for the first 200 SD channels, inclusive of all taxes, Rs 75.52 per month for more than 200 SD channels, inclusive of all taxes.

Airtel Digital TV will charge now the same amount as Tata Sky is charging. However, it is charging Rs 52 ( without taxes) for the primary connection and Additional NCF of Rs 30 (taxes extra) for more than 200 channels.

“The network capacity fee, per month, payable by a subscriber (each set top box) for 200 SD channels is Rs 130. The NCF, per month, payable by a subscriber (each set top box) for more than 200 SD channels is Rs 160. For determination of channel count 1 HD channel is equivalent to 2 SD channels as per regulations,” Siti Networks stated.

“The television channels notified by the central government shall be mandatorily available to all the subscribers and shall be in addition to the number of channels available in the network capacity fee. 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 of the Parent STB. The STB with maximum number of channels would be treated as Parent STB,” it added.

Moreover, IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd (IMCL) has mentioned in its website that pricing of some of its packages will be revised downwards with effect from 1 March. It has also mentioned about the new NCF.

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