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After introducing a lot of combo and add-on packs, the biggest DTH provider has introduced Smart Packs in various regional languages.

1. The plans are available in languages like Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and more. Fun2Ind.com

2. Tata Sky has also introduced two new broadcaster packs for its subscribers recently. msnTarGet.com

Tata Sky Smart Channel Packs in Regional Languages Launched, Comes Bundled With FTA Channels

Tata Sky Smart Channel Packs in Regional Languages Launched, Comes Bundled With FTA Channels
Tata Sky Smart Channel Packs in Regional Languages Launched, Comes Bundled With FTA Channels
Prominent DTH provider Tata Sky has launched 11 new Smart packs in its portfolio. For quite some days now, Tata Sky was dormant, and we were yet to see some new channel packs in Tata Sky’s roster. It seems that the DTH provider is back to crunching new packs for its subscribers. It is worth noting that the new packs introduced by Tata Sky are all classified by language and regions and bundle some of the prime channels in these languages. These new Tata Sky Smart Packs will allow the subscribers to get the language-wise channels which they prefer to watch in a single selection. Read to know more about the newly launched smart packs by Tata Sky. msnTarGet.com

Tata Sky Smart Plans Details and Pricing

In the new list of Smart Plans, the first plan is the Hindi Smart plan of Rs 249, second up we have the Punjabi Smart plan for Rs 249 as well. Further, the list is followed by Gujarati Smart plan of Rs 249, Bengali Smart plan of Rs 220, Odia smart plan of Rs 211, Marathi Smart plan of Rs 206 and Telugu Smart plan of Rs 249. Other packs include Tamil Smart plan of Rs 249, Kannada Smart plan of Rs 249, Malayalam Smart plan of Rs 249, and lastly the most affordable plan in this list, the Hindi Bachat plan of Rs 179. It is worth noting that the prices listed for these new plans are the inclusive of DRP, NCF and taxes as well. You can check out the full details of the newly launched Smart Packs here. These new packs from Tata Sky were effective from March 1. Fun2Ind.com

Tata Sky Mini Packs or Add-on Packs Detail

Tata Sky has been on the tiptoes for launching new packs, different bundles and more for the subscribers to give them many choices. Besides from the combo packs, which all the DTH operators are providing, Tata Sky has come up with mini packs which will allow the subscribers to add select channels from genres without shelling a lot of money. Some of the mini or add-on packs were also in the higher range and HD quality. These packs included Tamil Regional HD pack for Rs 164, Tamil Mini HD Pack for Rs 81, Telugu Regional and Mini HD pack for Rs 216 and Rs 90. The same options with similar pricing were available for other languages like Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali.

Tata Sky Launches Two New Broadcaster Packs

There is also no lack of broadcaster packs on Tata Sky’s dashboard. Although we believe that the recommended packs by the provider are the best way to go, Tata Sky’s extensive range of broadcaster pack will allow the subscribers to make flexible choices regarding their channel selections. In the newly-debuted broadcaster packs for Tata Sky, first is the Sony Happy India South B pack which is available for Rs 29.5 and the second is the Turner Family HD pack which is available for Rs 14.75.

The new direction regarding the prices in the TV industry passed by Trai last year took the DTH industry by storm. All the DTH and cable service providers were rushing to migrate their subscribers to the new packs and prices. However, to the relief of the users, Trai extended the deadline for the implementation thus providing them more time to make the switch. This migration process also revealed a lot of loopholes in the system and the subscribers got a chance to do a reality check about their DTH service providers. While some subscribers complained about channels being missing, others were troubled by crashing websites. It is pretty evident that a lot of subscribers might also change their service provider in the same period. In case you are in a similar situation and wondering what each of the DTH providers is offering, here is our quick take. msnTarGet.com

Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?

Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?
Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?
1. D2h raced ahead of other providers in the migration process, but its consumers are still facing a lot of issues
2. Sun Direct, Tata Sky and Dish TV did away with additional slab NCF charges to attract more customers.

Tata Sky

Tata Sky is easily one of the biggest DTH service provider in the country. After the Trai mandate though, the operator was slow to list the new channel packs and pricing. However, it is safe to say that Tata Sky has done a commendable job of introducing a smooth migration process for the subscribers. After the mandate, Tata Sky has launched tons of HD and SD packs for the subscribers in regional languages as well. There are also Mini-packs in the portfolio and combined with the straightforward app and website based migration process Tata Sky has managed to stay on top of the preference list of a lot of subscribers. The operator also remains ahead of other operators by boasting as many as 65 exclusive channels. Fun2Ind.com

D2h

Notably, D2h was the first operator to respond after the Trai mandate came out back in October. The operator was also quick to start the migration process ahead of others and hoped for subscriber addition to its existing base in the interim. Later the operator introduced many combo plans and topped them up with add-on packs in SD and HD and many packs in regional languages as well. Recently, D2h has also put out information about additional connections as well, noting that subscribers can avail them by only paying Rs 50 as flat NCF. MobAsk.com

However, D2h subscribers have faced and are still facing a lot of issues related to various channels. In fact, most of the consumers are still not able to reach the company’s toll-free number for clarifying their doubts.

Dish TV is also offering similar combo packs to the consumers since it’s the one who operates D2h.

Airtel Digital TV

Bharti Airtel’s DTH wing also boasts of an impressive subscriber base of more than 15 million in the country. The operator, after the Trai mandate, introduced many channel packs for its subscribers. To ease up the process in a better way, Airtel Digital TV also made it possible for the subscribers to select their new channels via the Set-Top Box only. The operator also launched lots of regional channel packs, but as of late Trai has put Airtel Digital TV in crosshair after some subscribers of Airtel Digital lodged their grievance about missing channels and black screens although the problem was quickly resolved soon after. SoAs.in

Sun Direct

Sun Direct is a prominent DTH provider in the south, and it is safe to say that although the provider does not boast of a widespread network in the North, it has established a solid stronghold in South India. Further, the move of completely doing away with additional slab NCF charges made Sun Direct an attractive choice for a lot of subscribers. Following in the lines of other DTH providers, Sun Direct has launched new channel packs, regional channel and add-on packs in HD, SD.

Verdict

After weeks of noticing the happenings in the DTH industry, we have noted that in terms of the number of channels and number of channel packs, ease of migration and customer service Tata Sky is the DTH provider which has managed to satisfy the subscribers to a large extent. The provider had also launched a similar offer as Sun Direct by doing away with NCF on select channels. With that being said, it is also worth noting that as the days pass DTH providers are easing into the migration process, and the move to the new Trai plans along with the customer service can be expected to improve for all DTH companies in the coming weeks. Do let us know what you experienced with your DTH provider in the comments section below.

Tata Sky, Sun Direct TV and Dish TV appear to have removed the extra Network Capacity Fee (NCF) on the base pack for subscribers, according to a report on TelecomTalk. Before you think this means that the entire NCF of Rs 130 has been removed, remember this only relates to the extra NCF that applies after a user has more than 100 channels in their prescribed pack.

Under TRAI’s new regulatory regime, the cable TV bill of users now has two components, the network capacity fee (NCF), which is Rs 130 for hundred channels and the cost of any paid channels or paid bouquets. msnTarGet.com

The first 100 channels attract NCF of Rs 130 + 18 per cent GST, which comes to Rs 153 in total. For users who choose more than 100 channels, the NCF is Rs 20 per slab 25 additional channels. So what has happened is that these three operators are offering more than 100 FTA (Free to Air) channels with the NCF limited to Rs 130+18 per cent GST.

Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills

Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills
Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills

Sun Direct NCF removed: What it means

First in the case of Sun Direct, the company has revoked NCF charges for all of its channels, says the report. Based the company’s website, it is offering a total of 140 channels in the back pack of Rs 130+18 per cent GST. The base pack also includes the 25DD channels, which are mandatory for all cable/DTH operators to provide.

According to the report, Sun Direct has removed NCF on all FTA (free to air) channels. This means that users can view as many FTA channels for just Rs 130 price band.  Sun Direct subscribers will be able to watch as much as 330 channels the base rental of Rs 130+taxes, says the report. Fun2Ind.com

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Tata Sky NCF removed: What it means

The report also notes that in case of Tata Sky, the player has removed NCF on some channels, but these are limited. So users can add some channels to their list of 100 FTA channels, without incurring extra NCF. However, not all FTA channels will be exempt from this extra NCF.

Tata Sky had also announced add-on packs for users starting at Rs 5 per month, which offer some regional channels. The price of some of these packs also shows as Rs 0 per month, which means these are free channels that can be added as a pack, making it easier to users to add regional channels to their base packs. mobask.com

Dish TV NCF removed: What it means

Dish TV’s website has also removed the NCF on some FTA channels. The website for Dish TV is also flashing this promotional offer saying there will be no NCF on FTA channels if a user has chosen any paid channels.

As we saw in our Dish TV account, around 189 FTA channels can be added to the cart without paying any additional NCF. This is for the base pack price of Rs 130 (exclusive of tax). The cost of paid SD and HD channels will still be extra.

What is the NCF under TRAI’s new cable TV rules

The network capacity fee in TRAI’s new regulatory regime for cable TV and DTH operators is fixed at Rs 130 for the first hundred channels. This can include a mix of free or paid channels or even channels under broadcaster bouquet. soas.in

While the price of paid channels will be added to your bill, the NCF which is paid to your cable/DTH company will remain at Rs 130 plus 18 per cent GST. For those who add more than 100 channels, the NCF is extra Rs 20 per slab of Rs 25 channels.

For example, if you add 150 channels, then the total bill will be Rs 130+20+20=Rs 170 for the NCF alone, plus 18 per cent GST, which brings the price to Rs 200. This is assuming you have all FTA channels in this list of 150. What Tata Sky, Dish TV and Sun TV have done is that under the NCF of Rs 130 they are offering more than the 100 free channels and waiving off the extra NCF that they would have normally charged.

Following implementation of new regulations imposed on DTH service providers and cable operators by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), you can now reduce your monthly TV bill by limiting your subscription to only those TV channels you watch. Consumers have been given time till the end of this month to make a choice for uninterrupted service after January. In the new regulations, any DTH provider like Airtel DTH TV, Tata Sky or Dish TV can charge a maximum of only Rs 130, excluding GST, for a set of 100 non-HD channels. msnTrGet.com
  • The base pack can include 100 SD channels (Fun2Ind.com)
  • First 100 channels will cost Rs. 130 plus taxes
  • The last date to migrate to the new system is January 31 (soas.in)
If you opt for any pay channel in that list of 100, you have to pay extra, according to the MRP of that individual channel. After a TRAI order, all broadcasters like Sony, Zee, Star, Discovery, Sun, Turner and, Viacom have declared which of their TV channels are free-to-air (FTA) and which ones are pay channels. (MobAsk.com)

10 Things to know about Selecting new DTH Plans - Reduce your TV bill on Airtel DTH, Tata Sky, Dish TV

10 Things to know about Selecting new DTH Plans - Reduce your TV bill on Airtel DTH, Tata Sky, Dish TV
10 Things to know about Selecting new DTH Plans - Reduce your TV bill on Airtel DTH, Tata Sky, Dish TV

TRAI: Pay Rs 130 And Watch 100 Pay and FTA Channels

The first most important clarification regarding the new Cable TV Regulation is that, Rs 130 plus GST is the minimum fees, which every cable or DTH consumer needs to pay. (Fun2Ind.com)

With 18% GST, this amount comes to Rs 154, which is called ‘Network Connect Fees’, and has to be paid to the respective cable or DTH operator. (soas.in)

Now, after paying Rs 154 as Network Connect Fees, the consumer will be eligible to access 100 channels. MobAsk.com

These 100 channels can be FTA or Free to Air and/or Pay Channels. In case the consumer wishes to watch more than 100 channels, then Rs 20 per 25 channels has to be paid. Once these 25 extra channels are allocated, then again, the user can choose FTA or Pay channels. soas.in

10 things to know about selecting new plans on Airtel DTH, Dish TV, Hathway and others (MobAsk.com)

1. Besides a la carte rates, all major broadcasters have also declared various bouquets based on genre and language. The prices declared by individual broadcasters are the maximum retail price and your TV service provider can offer you a deal below the MRP. Even the price of the base packs can be lower than Rs 130. (Fun2Ind.com)

2. On its website, Airtel DTH TV shows a base pack of Rs 99 with a host of SD (standard definition) channels. Tata Sky’s lowest base pack, too, begins from Rs 99. However, both the operators have a list of select SD TV channels as part of the pack. As the new TRAI rules come into force, these base packs will also undergo a change as you will have the liberty to put any SD channel of your choice in the base pack. Any pay channel you include in the list gets added to your bill. msnTrGet.com

3. In the new regulations, any subscriber wanting to watch more than 100 channels can choose additional channels in each slab of 25 channels with at a maximum price of Rs 20 per slab. According to TRAI, consumers opting for more than 100 channels are rare and form only 10-15% of the market. About 80% subscribers, according to the viewing pattern from BARC, do not even flip more than 40 channels. (soas.in)

4. “If a consumer carefully chooses channels of choice for the complete requirement of a family, the amount payable may be even less than the present payments being made per month,” TRAI says on its website. (MobAsk.com)

5. As reported to TRAI, there are as many as 330 pay TV channels, including HD and SD, from 40 broadcasters. The list of private FTA channels goes up to 535. (Fun2Ind.com)

6. Among the 40 broadcasters, at least 17 have announced bouquets of several channels with discounted pricing. For example, a bouquet of 9 channels will cost Rs 63 if taken a la carte basis but if bought together, the price reduces by almost half to Rs 31. msnTrGet.com

7. FTA channels can’t be clubbed with pay channels in a bouquet. Further, HD channels can’t be clubbed with the SD version of the same channel, so that the consumer has complete clarity with respect to what is on offer. (Fun2Ind.com)

8. You also have the freedom to buy a set-top box from the market and not from the service provider. However, that set-top box will have to be technically compliant with the system of the operator. (soas.in)

9. TRAI has instructed that there shall be no blackout of services till January 31 but after that, you may be pushed to the basic pack, which has no pay channels. To avoid disruption in services, you have to migrate to the new plan by the end of the month. (MobAsk.com)

10. Every cable operator or DTH player has been asked to run a consumer information channel preferably on channel No. 999 wherein consumer-related information including the prices of channels shall be displayed.

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