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Abhinav842

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Following are the changes announced by TRAI:

Bouquet Formation:

1. Both the below conditions must be met. These conditions are actually from the old tariff order (Before New Tariff Order) when the dealing was entirely between Broadcaster and DPOs. So, the broadcasters shouldn't ideally raise any objection, as this was what they were following before the new order came into effect.

a) The sum of the a-la-carte rates of the pay channels (MRP)forming part of a bouquet shall in no case exceed one and half times the rate of the bouquet of which such pay channels are a part; and
b) The a-la-carte rates of each pay channel (MRP), forming part of a bouquet, shall in no case exceed three times the average rate of a pay channel of the bouquet of which such pay channel is a part.

2. MRP of a channel should not be more than the MRP of any bouquet containing that channel. For example, if a channel's al-a-carte price is Rs. 12, it can't be placed in any bouquet that's priced less than Rs. 12. Currently, this is NOT being followed by most broadcasters. Many channels priced at Rs. 19 are available in bouquets priced at Rs. 10.

3. Only those channels which are having MRP of Rs.12 or less will be permitted to be part of the bouquet offered by broadcasters.

4. Reasonable restrictions on the number of bouquets offered by broadcasters - Number of bouquets of pay channels not to be more than the number of pay channels offered by a broadcaster.

NCF:

1. 200 channels will be given in NCF of Rs 130. Mandatory channels like Doordarshan will not be counted in NCF.

2. The maximum NCF charged by the DPO cannot be more than Rs 160 per month.

3. Flexibility to DPOs to declare different NCFs for different geographical regions/areas within its service area

4. The Authority has decided to continue with the existing uniform cap of Rs.130 per month on NCF, despite the cost variations existing across operators/areas of operations. This measure is required especially to protect the interest of MSOs, especially of smaller MSOs and the MSOs operating in rural/difficult areas. This amount being a ceiling, the MSOs are at liberty to declare lower NCF.

Multi TV NCF:

1. Full NCF cannot be charged in case of Multi connection. A maximum of 40% NCF can be charged on the declared NCF by the DPO.

2. DPOs should allow multi TV home subscribers to choose a different set of channels for each TV connection.

3. DPOs may also ask such subscribers to furnish relevant documents before offering any discount on multi TV homes. This is to avoid misuse of the new discount provided on the NCF for secondary connections.

Long Duration Pack Discounts:

1. Discounts can be given by operators on more than 6 months packs.

DPO Promotional Offers:

1. Flexibility to DPOs to offer promotional schemes at par with Broadcasters.

2. The duration of any such scheme shall not be more than ninety days at a time and such scheme shall not be offered by a DPO more than two times in a calendar year. However, DPOs shall communicate to TRAI as well as to their subscribers, details of all such promotional schemes offered by them along with distributor retail price and duration of such schemes, at least seven days prior to the date of launch of such schemes.

Broadcaster Promotional Offers:

1. The Authority has decided that broadcasters shall report to TRAI as well as to all the DPOs, with whom they have entered into interconnection agreements, details of all the promotional schemes offered by them along with respective MRP and duration of such schemes at least fifteen days prior to the date of launch of such schemes.

From 1st March 2020, these rules will be implemented.

Note: All the prices mentioned are excluding GST, an 18% GST is applicable to the prices above.

TRAI announces major changes in the tariff order, interconnection, and quality of services regulations | DreamDTH
 
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There are some very important changed that we need to understand with respect to bouquets.

i) the sum of the a-la-carte rates of the pay channels (MRP)forming part of a bouquet shall in no case exceed one and half times the rate of the bouquet of which such pay channels are a part; and

ii) the a-la-carte rates of each pay channel (MRP),forming part of a bouquet, shall in no case exceed three times the average rate of a pay channel of the bouquet of which such pay channel is a part.

@Abhinav842 bro, please correct your post as per the below.

Additionally, Authority decided that only those channels which are of Rs.12 or less will be permitted to be part of the bouquet broadcasters.

 

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Authority decided that only those channels which are having MRP of Rs.12 or less will be permitted to be part of the bouquet offered by broadcasters.
and the channels that's price is more than rs.12 ? won't be part of any Bouquets?! means have to subscribe by a-la-carte or DTH Combo
 

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Another important change.

DPOs have also been mandated that they will not charge more than Rs.160 per month for giving all channels available on their platform.

Maximum NCF can't be more than 160.
 

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and the channels that's price is more than rs.12 ? won't be part of any Bouquets?! means have to subscribe by a-la-carte or DTH Combo
Yes, that's correct.

 

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and the channels that's price is more than rs.12 ? won't be part of any Bouquets?! means have to subscribe by a-la-carte or DTH Combo

That is what we get from the order.
There is nothing mentioned about DPO (distributor) bouquets/packs.
 

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So, if a channel which is of Rs.19 couldn't be the part of the broadcaster bouquets ? is it like that.
 
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