Monthly TV channel bills will drop, says TRAI chairman, turns down CRISIL report

TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said assumptions made in CRISIL report were “wrong and unrealistic” and hence the conclusions incorrect 

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 7, 2019 8:47 AM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has said that price sensitive consumers will see a drop in their monthly bills as market forces come to play under the new tariff regime for broadcasting and cable services. It contested a CRISIL report that said costs may rise by 25 per cent. 

TRAI Chairman R S Sharma has said the assumptions made in the CRISIL report were “wrong and unrealistic” and hence the conclusions incorrect. 

The regulator is looking into grievances of consumers and issuing suitable directions to the operators.

“Consumers must have a choice...and interfering with their freedom is a violation of the regulatory framework”, Sharma said.

TRAI has also asked platform operators to revert, in two days, with schemes and plans for households with multiple TV connections. It has emphasised that players have to allow individual set top boxes (even within a same household) to have separate choice of channels, if the consumer wishes. 

The TRAI chief even said that his own bill has also come down “substantially”. 

A recent CRISIL report had said the network capacity fee and channel prices announced by broadcasters and distributors as per TRAI’s new guidelines could increase the monthly bill of most subscribers of TV channels.

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