Tata Sky yesterday implemented NTO 2.0 on its platform which has now been followed by other DTH operators Airtel Digital TV and Sun Direct that have also done the same by bringing down prices of Network Capacity Fee as per the amended tariff order.
Just like Tata Sky both of these operators are now charging maximum allowed NCF of Rs 61.36 including taxes for first 200 channels and Rs 75.52 including taxes for more than 200 channels on each secondary connection.
The number of channels in the initial NCF of primary connections for Airtel users has increased to 200 from 100. While there is no change in the price of initial NCF of Rs 153.4, the NCF for more than 200 channels is now fixed to Rs 188.8. Earlier Rs 23 was charged for slab of additional 25 channels. Doordarshan channels are no longer counted for NCF calculation.
Airtel has started implementing these changes while Sun Direct has only revised the lisiting on their website yesterday. According to that revised listing Sun direct has properly reduced Multi TV NCF but the slabs for primary connection NCF are not correct as per the Tariff Order.
Even in NTO 2.0, DTH operators are allowed to give discounts on NCF but as of now none of the companies are providing any discount, all of them are charging maximum permitted NCF. Dish TV and d2h have not updated these changes yet, it would be interesting to see if they provide any discount to help their customers bear with the huge 30 days lock-in period or they just follow others.