Bharti Telemedia run Direct to Home (DTH) operator Airtel Digital TV is all set to follow Tata Sky’s footstep in revising it’s Multi TV Network Capacity Fee (NCF) from next month. Airtel’s Multi TV NCF price will increase by Rs 20.
Currently, Airtel charges Rs 80 plus 18% GST extra which takes it to Rs 94 per month for all multiple TV connections getting activated under the same account in a home. The change in Multi TV NCF is being communicated by the DTH operator to its customers by messages sent to their Registered Mobile Number.
Airtel Digital TV in its message was quoted as saying “Hi, network capacity fee for Airtel DigitalTV secondary connection(s) is revised to Rs. 118 effective 18th Jan 2020. As our valued customer, you continue to enjoy the same channels. Rest assured, you get the best value for money and seamless services.”
The announcement comes a month before the scheduled change is set to happen to keep in line with the Tariff Order regulations. The regulations mandate that any change in network capacity fee be informed to the authority and to the subscribers by running a scroll on the channels at least thirty days prior to the scheduled change. The regulation also bars distributors of television operators from increasing their network capacity fee within six months of notifying its network capacity fee.
The hike, however, will still keep Airtel’s Multi TV NCF as the second-highest Multi TV NCF in the DTH industry. Tata Sky had earlier this year started charging Rs 130 plus taxes extra for Multi TV NCF which was then followed by cable operator Hathway charging the same amount as well. Dish TV and Dish TV owned d2h continue to charge Rs 50 plus taxes extra for Multi NCF. However, with Airtel Digital TV likely to merge with Dish TV and d2h one can expect them to revise their Multi TV NCF as well on par with Airtel later on.