Sony Pictures Network publishes new RIO complying with NTO 2.0; prices hiked up to Rs 30

Sony Pictures Network publishes new RIO complying with NTO 2.0; prices hiked up to Rs 30

The move comes a few days after TRAI issued letters to broadcasters seeking NTO 2.0 compliance.

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Sony Pictures Network India on Thursday evening published its new RIO according to the New Tariff Order 2020 and it will come into effect from December this year if broadcasters lose their case in the Supreme Court. The move comes a few days after TRAI issued letters to broadcasters seeking NTO 2.0 compliance since the court refused to stay the tariff order. 

According to TRAI, NTO 2.0 was supposed to be reducing television bills as any channel that is part of a bouquet can’t be priced higher than Rs 12. However, the released SPN RIO does exactly the opposite, putting more burden on viewers as the company has decided to more than double the prices of its popular channels and keep them out of all bouquets. 

With the new RIO coming into effect from December 1st, 2021, viewers have to pay up to Rs 24 for Sony’s SD channels and HD channels will cost as much as Rs 30 (18% GST extra). Sony Entertainment Television (SET) will be the costliest channel from this broadcaster at Rs 24 for SD and Rs 30 for HD followed by SAB TV that will cost Rs 23 in SD and Rs 28 in HD. 

Channel NameCurrent MRP New MRPPrice Difference
SET IndiaRs 19Rs 24+Rs 5
SET India HDRs 19Rs 30+Rs 11
SAB Rs 19Rs 23+Rs 4
SAB HDRs 19Rs 28+Rs 9
Sony MAX Rs 15Rs 12-Rs 3
Sony MAX HDRs 17Rs 19+Rs 2
Sony MAX 2Rs 2Rs 2
Sony PIXRs 10Rs 10
Sony PIX HDRs 15Rs 12-Rs 3
Sony BBC EarthRs 2Rs 3+Rs 1
Sony BBC Earth HDRs 10Rs 10
Sony AATHRs 4Rs 4
Sony PALRs 1Rs 0.50-Rs 0.50
Sony WAHRs 1Rs 0.50-Rs 0.50
Sony YAY!Rs 2Rs 2
Sony MarathiRs 4Rs 4
Sony SIXRs 19Rs 15-Rs 4
Sony SIX HDRs 19Rs 25+Rs 6
Sony TEN 1Rs 19Rs 20+Rs 1
Sony TEN 1 HDRs 19Rs 25+Rs 6
Sony TEN 2Rs 19Rs 20+Rs 1
Sony TEN 2 HDRs 19Rs 25+Rs 6
SONY TEN 3Rs 19Rs 12-Rs 7
SONY TEN 3 HDRs 19Rs 20+Rs 1
SONY TEN 4 Rs 17Rs 12-Rs 5
SONY TEN 4 HDRs 19Rs 20+Rs 1

Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Ten 1, Ten 1 HD, Ten 2, Ten 2 HD, Ten 3 HD, Ten 4 HD and Sony Max HD are the channels from SPN that are priced above Rs 12 and will be available to subscribers only as a la carte not through broadcaster or DPO packages. Other broadcasters are also expected to publish their RIO within a few days at similar prices as Sony.

Do note that this RIO (Reference Interconnect Offer) will be applicable based on the final decision of the Supreme Court of India. A double bench composed of Justices U.U. Lalit and S. Ravindra Bhat posted the case of broadcasters vs TRAI for a final hearing on November 30.

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Price increased up to Rs 24 for SD Channels

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HD channels priced up to Rs 30

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