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TRAI to DTH operators: Honour commitment on long-duration packs

RS Sharma also stated that there would be no change in the Feb 1 deadline

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MUMBAI: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday asked DTH operators to honour pre-paid commitment on ongoing long-duration packs of consumers (if they want). TRAI chairman RS Sharma also reiterated that there would be no change in the February 1 deadline for consumer migration to its new tariff regime.

According to a report by news agency PTI, Sharma statted that if a DTH subscriber with a long duration pack wants to choose new channels mid-way, then the balance amount should be adjusted by operator. He also expressed his confidence with regards to a smooth switchover without any inconvenience to viewers on the concerned day.

The new regulatory framework by TRAI for broadcasting sector is set to overhaul the entire ecosystem. For the first time ever, consumers will be able to choose channels or packages for pay TV on their own. While the new regime puts power in the hands of consumers, many stakeholders remain sceptics about its impact.

Moreover, the TRAI continues to face legal hurdles. While the verdict of a petition made by Tata Sky challenging the order is still pending in the Delhi High Court, Calcutta High Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the tariff order till 18 February.

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