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Thanks to the arrival of Xiaomi, Vu, Thompson and other brands, the television segment has grown manifolds in India.
We now have a bunch of Smart and Android TVs offering 4K LED screens, newer designs, and latest content.
So, if you are looking for a new TV, these models might be right up your alley.
This list of best-LED TVs contains both Smart and non-smart 43-49 inches LED televisions and they are in the range of Rs 30000 to 40000.  If you are on a tight budget then you can go with the ones near Rs 30000 and if the price is not a problem then you can go for the LEDs from big brands like LG and Samsung which will cost you around Rs 40000.

Best Android TVs - Smart TVs available in India under Rs. 40000 (Top Best LED TVs)

Best Android TVs - Smart TVs available in India under Rs. 40000 (Top Best LED TVs)
Best Android TVs - Smart TVs available in India under Rs. 40000 (Top Best LED TVs)
Here's the list of TOP Best LED TVs Under 40000 in India 2018-2019 (43-49 inch)
  • Samsung 43 inch Ultra HD 4K LED Smart TV, 2 HDMI 1 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • Thomson 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • iFFALCON 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart Android TV, 4 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 16 WW Output
  • Mi 4A Pro 49 inch Full HD Android TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • Panasonic 43 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • Onida 50 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • LG 43 inch Full HD LED Smart TV 2018 Edition, 2 HDMI 1 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • TCL 50 inch 4K Smart LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 20 WW Output
  • VU Premium 55 inch UHD 4K Smart LED TV, 3 HDMI 2 USB, 2 Speakers With 24 WW Output
  • Here are our best picks under Rs. 40,000.


Mi TV 4X Pro 55: Priced at Rs. 39,999

The Mi TV 4X Pro 55 features a 55-inch (2160x3840 pixels) 4K UHD display with 10-bit color depth, HDR10, and runs on Android-based PatchWall UI.

It is powered by a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core processor, paired with Mali-450 GPU, 2GB RAM and 8GB of storage.

Further, this model houses 20W stereo speakers and supports DTS-HD surround sound, built-in Chromecast, as well as Google Voice Search.

Samsung 43 inch Ultra HD 4K LED Smart TV: Priced at Rs. 39,999

This is one of the best LED TV from Samsung which comes at the pricing of under 40000. At this price, Samsung used to offer a Full HD Television with old design but this TV comes with great improvements, let us find out.

This is a 43-inch television which comes with a very sleek design and the screen has very thin bezels which add beauty to your room. The display is perfectly bright with wide angles allowing you to enjoy each of the movie or content you watch. Over a great display, this TV supports a resolution of 4K (ultra HD) making it a great value for money product. Samsung has never been more aggressive in pricing for such a featured TV.

Thompson UD9 55-inch 4K LED TV: Priced at Rs. 37,999

Thompson UD9 55 offers a 55-inch LED screen with 4K resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and 20W speakers.

The HDR 4K Ultra HD display of this LED TV  delivers bright and sharp images. The rich detailing of every frame will give you the best viewing experience when you are watching your favorite movies or music videos in high definition. The bezels around the display are thin which makes things even better.

The sound output of this TV is 20W via the dual speakers. The loudness and clarity are decent but not the best of this segment. Still, most of the users will be happy with it. If you need more loudness or bass, you can always attach a sound bar or 2.1/5.1 external speakers.

It is powered by a dual-core CPU and GPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Moreover, the Android-based OS supports several popular apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Chrome and Skype.

iFFALCON 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart Android TV: Priced at Rs. 37,999

iFFALCON is TCL's sub-brand of Smart televisions. This TV comes with a massive 55-inch display which has a resolution of Ultra HD 4K. The tv comes with plenty of features such like Dolby Audio, True Color, UHD, HDR, and Google Voice Search is also there. The TV has a minimalistic design which looks great. Plus, the elegantly designed metal frame enhances the heat-radiating area while adding a hint of beauty to the overall design.

The display on this LED TV is just gorgeous. It has good brightness and contrast and the picture looks super sharp and crisp thanks to the 4K resolution. The viewing angles are great as well. Feature like HDR and Micro dimming, provide a great watch experience.

On the audio side, we have Dobly audio with Stereo Surround Sound Box Speaker which provides an immersive sound experience. The combined audio output from dual speakers is 16W but it feels much more than that thanks to quality speakers that were used in the tv.

As this is an Android Smart tv, it comes with play store installed which means you can easily install a ton of apps and games. It has 2.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage which makes multitasking and gaming smooth and responsive. You can watch your favorite shows and movies from apps like Netflix with just a click. You can also use Google Voice search to use the tv. The voice search isn't perfect yet though.

Onida 50 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV : Priced at Rs. 45,999

Onida is an age-old brand in India and has been innovating to meet the current trends. This LED TV available for under 50000 has a 50-inch display with Ultra HD (4K) display with beautiful and accurate color reproduction. With 3840 x 2160 pixels, the screen has perfect brightness and contrast and you would enjoy the entertainment content you would watch. The wide-angle view allows you to watch the TV from different parts of the room without the issue of light reflection affecting your view.

There are narrow bezels along the sides of the LED TV and has a Brush steel finish with a slim design which looks attractive. One of the other important aspects of this Onida LED TV is that it is a Smart LED TV which runs on an Android Oreo 8.0 Oreo and is a Google Certified Android TV. This LED TV is powered by a Quad Core ARM processor with 2.5 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. You can run all the apps from the Google play store and the TV has inbuilt Chrome cast to share your screen on the TV.

You can play many games, customize the home screen to show your preferred content and apps for quick access. The Onida Remote is also a smart remote through which you can talk and on basis of your command, it will perform an action on the TV. Your voice acts as a source to change channels, start an application or perform any other operation.

The speaker on this LED has a strong 20 W output and comes with Dolby sound technology that offers perfect speaker output and loudness. Apart from the WiFi, you also get 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports which will be used by the set top box, external speakers if required, pen drive etc.

At the cost of under 45k, you get most of the features in this 50-inch television as seen in TVs in the range of 50000 to 60000. Onida also has 300+ service centers to ensure that you get proper service in case you ever face any issue.

Vu Premium Android 4K TV 50-inch: Priced at Rs. 36,999

The Vu Premium Android 4K TV 50-inch model offers a 50-inch 4K (3840x2160 pixels) LED display with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio with 24W sound output.

Based on the official Android TV platform, it is backed by a quad-core chipset, Mali-450 MP GPU, 1.75GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

This Vu TV also offers the latest connectivity options.

TCL 50-inch 4K LED Smart TV: Priced at Rs. 32,290

TCL's 50-inch 4K LED model sports a 50-inch A+ LED screen with 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.

It runs on a Linux-based operating system along with dual-core CPU and GPU.

The TV also comes with support for Dolby Audio, HDR 10, TCL App store with T-launcher UI and T-cast app (for streaming content from smartphone onto the TV).

The display panel is sharp, vivid and has beautiful colors. You won't be disappointed by the picture quality of this tv. The display panel has 4K resolution and delivers crystal clear images. The HDR Pro produces dazzling images with accurate reproduction of light and dark shades. The HDR 10 full support allows you to experience HDR content via HDMI, USB, TV, VoD. It also has Dynamic Picture Enhancement which ensures colors are depicted like real natural environment and makes images more detailed. There's a Sports mode which tweaks sound and picture settings to provide a better watching experience.

The audio is delivered through dual speakers which have an output of 20W. It has Dolby audio which creates a rich, clear and powerful surround sound with Dolby decoder.

Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49: Priced at Rs. 29,999

MI has launched the first 49 inches LED TV in India as the Mi LED TV 4A PRO which is an Android TV and is available exclusively on Amazon. It comes with a Full HD resolution so that the movies and videos appear very crisp to you. MI has been known to provide a great quality product at the best price and this product very well qualifies on the same line.

The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 sports a 49-inch full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) display with 8-bit color depth and runs Android-based Patch UI.

This model is also powered by a 64-bit Amlogic quad-core processor, paired with Mali-450 GPU, 8GB storage and 2GB of RAM.

For the connectivity, MI had provided 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports to connect external peripherals like a set-top box, gaming consoles, Pendrive, laptop etc. The speaker has a powerful 20 W output with DTS-HD sound quality feature and outputs a strong volume for you to enjoy the movies.

Further, it has DTS-HD audio, 20W speakers, built-in Chromecast, and Google Voice Search.

LG 43 inch Full HD LED Smart TV 2018 Edition : Priced at Rs. 40,999

Looking for a 43 inch Smart LED TV with all the latest features? This might be the one for you. This TV is 2018 series LED TV from LG with a 43 inch IPS display. It is a Smart TV and comes with a lot of new features.

The 43-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 Full HD which means you get high-level details. The refresh rate is 60 Hz which is good for a blur-free picture quality. The TV has an Active HDR feature which provides delicate detail and lifelike colors. It also enables this LED TV to support multi HDR formats like HDR10 Pro and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Pro. Display wise, this is one of the best 43 inch TV you would see.

The TV comes with Magic remote which means you don't have to use multiple remotes. You can also share the content on your phone to this TV. It also supports Bluetooth audio so you can play songs on TV from your smartphone. With Cloud Photo and Video app you can share pictures and videos on a large screen.

One interesting and important feature of this LED TV is the ThinQ AI. It offers an enhanced and interactive experience by employing Natural Language Processing. With this, you can control the TV with voice commands. It is similar to Apple Siri and Google Assistant which are common on smartphones these days.

Go for it if you are looking for a latest 43 inch LED TV with new features, excellent performance and great after sales service of LG. It is one of the best 43 inch LED TV under 40000 in India.

Panasonic 43 inch Ultra HD (4K) LED TV: Priced at Rs. 41,999

Panasonic is a trustworthy brand and has been in the market for quite a number of years. This is a 4K Led TV available for under 40000 and is a great value for money television. It has a display size of 43 inch which is very bright, the contrast is superior and the clarity is top notch thanks to the Ultra HD display.

The design of this television looks great with very thin bezels all around. This is a Smart TV and has built-in WIFI. You can mirror your smartphone or stream videos and movies directly via internet. The remote has a mic which helps to control the TV with voice commands so if you hate typing, you will like this feature.

The speaker volume is also amazing with a strong 20W speaker output which is loud enough for a medium-sized room. It has a specially designed Box speaker which envelops your auditory senses in all-consuming sound experience.

This LED comes with 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports to connect external peripherals and 1-year standard warranty from Panasonic. At a price of under 40000, this is one of the best options available.

The new rollout by the telecom regulatory authority of India concerning the DTH industry has caused the subscribers to rethink their choice of the DTH operators and many are migrating to new service providers

The new tariff regime introduced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has brought a lot of changes in the DTH and broadcasting industry. Owing to this new regulatory framework, pricing wasn’t the only thing that changed, but instead, things also changed on the business side as the viewership, service norms and quality norms were also transformed. This proved to be a test for the DTH providers as now these operators had to adhere to these strict norms and they were in direct scrutiny of the regulator. However, this has helped us in identifying the operators which are providing the best services and proving to be the top choice of the subscribers. So in case you are thinking of switching your DTH service provider, you must go through the below-given options.

Which DTH Operator is the Top Choice of Subscribers After New Trai Tariff Regime?

Which DTH Operator is the Top Choice of Subscribers After New Trai Tariff Regime?
Which DTH Operator is the Top Choice of Subscribers After New Trai Tariff Regime?

Tata Sky

Tata Sky is easily one of the biggest DTH service provider in the country. After the Trai mandate though, the operator was slow to list the new channel packs and pricing. However, it is safe to say that Tata Sky has done a commendable job of introducing a smooth migration process for the subscribers. After the mandate, Tata Sky has launched tons of HD and SD packs for the subscribers in regional languages as well. There are also Mini-packs in the portfolio and combined with the straightforward app and website based migration process Tata Sky has managed to stay on top of the preference list of a lot of subscribers. The operator also remains ahead of other operators by boasting as many as 65 exclusive channels. Furthermore, the DTH operator has recently removed lock-in period on paid channels which is another good news for the subscribers.

D2h

Notably, D2h was the first operator to respond after the Trai mandate came out back in October. The operator was also quick to start the migration process ahead of others and hoped for subscriber addition to its existing base in the interim. Later the operator introduced many combo plans and topped them up with add-on packs in SD and HD and many packs in regional languages as well. Recently, D2h has also put out information about additional connections as well, noting that subscribers can avail them by only paying Rs 50 as flat NCF.

However, D2h subscribers have faced and are still facing a lot of issues related to various channels. In fact, most of the consumers are still not able to reach the company’s toll-free number for clarifying their doubts.

Dish TV is also offering similar combo packs to the consumers since it’s the one who operates D2h. Recently, Trai has issued a notice to Dish TV and D2h for not following the guidelines implemented by the regulator.

Airtel Digital TV

Bharti Airtel’s DTH wing also boasts of an impressive subscriber base of more than 15 million in the country. The operator, after the Trai mandate, introduced many channel packs for its subscribers. To ease up the process in a better way, Airtel Digital TV also made it possible for the subscribers to select their new channels via the Set-Top Box only. The operator also launched lots of regional channel packs, but as of late Trai has put Airtel Digital TV in crosshair after some subscribers of Airtel Digital lodged their grievance about missing channels and black screens although the problem was quickly resolved soon after. While Airtel Digital TV subscribers has the freedom to choose a lot of channel packs, they are often facing issues related to billing and some are even terming Airtel Digital TV’s billing system is completely broken.

Sun Direct

Sun Direct is a prominent DTH provider in the south, and it is safe to say that although the provider does not boast of a widespread network in the North, it has established a solid stronghold in South India. Further, the move of completely doing away with additional slab NCF charges made Sun Direct an attractive choice for a lot of subscribers. Following in the lines of other DTH providers, Sun Direct has launched new channel packs, regional channel and add-on packs in HD, SD. Also, it’s possibly the only operator to offer a wide-range of channel packs for longer durations. For example, Sun Direct has nearly three DPO packs in every language and it’s offering them for a period of up to 12 months.

Verdict

After weeks of noticing the happenings in the DTH industry, we have noted that in terms of the number of channels and number of channel packs, ease of migration and customer service Tata Sky is the DTH provider which has managed to satisfy the subscribers to a large extent. The provider had also launched a similar offer as Sun Direct and Dish TV by doing away with NCF on select channels. The tariff migration is almost completed, but there are still some subscribers who’re facing issues in terms of billing, channel packs and much more.

Do let us know what you experienced with your DTH provider in the comments section below.

After introducing a lot of combo and add-on packs, the biggest DTH provider has introduced Smart Packs in various regional languages.

1. The plans are available in languages like Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and more. Fun2Ind.com

2. Tata Sky has also introduced two new broadcaster packs for its subscribers recently. msnTarGet.com

Tata Sky Smart Channel Packs in Regional Languages Launched, Comes Bundled With FTA Channels

Tata Sky Smart Channel Packs in Regional Languages Launched, Comes Bundled With FTA Channels
Tata Sky Smart Channel Packs in Regional Languages Launched, Comes Bundled With FTA Channels
Prominent DTH provider Tata Sky has launched 11 new Smart packs in its portfolio. For quite some days now, Tata Sky was dormant, and we were yet to see some new channel packs in Tata Sky’s roster. It seems that the DTH provider is back to crunching new packs for its subscribers. It is worth noting that the new packs introduced by Tata Sky are all classified by language and regions and bundle some of the prime channels in these languages. These new Tata Sky Smart Packs will allow the subscribers to get the language-wise channels which they prefer to watch in a single selection. Read to know more about the newly launched smart packs by Tata Sky. msnTarGet.com

Tata Sky Smart Plans Details and Pricing

In the new list of Smart Plans, the first plan is the Hindi Smart plan of Rs 249, second up we have the Punjabi Smart plan for Rs 249 as well. Further, the list is followed by Gujarati Smart plan of Rs 249, Bengali Smart plan of Rs 220, Odia smart plan of Rs 211, Marathi Smart plan of Rs 206 and Telugu Smart plan of Rs 249. Other packs include Tamil Smart plan of Rs 249, Kannada Smart plan of Rs 249, Malayalam Smart plan of Rs 249, and lastly the most affordable plan in this list, the Hindi Bachat plan of Rs 179. It is worth noting that the prices listed for these new plans are the inclusive of DRP, NCF and taxes as well. You can check out the full details of the newly launched Smart Packs here. These new packs from Tata Sky were effective from March 1. Fun2Ind.com

Tata Sky Mini Packs or Add-on Packs Detail

Tata Sky has been on the tiptoes for launching new packs, different bundles and more for the subscribers to give them many choices. Besides from the combo packs, which all the DTH operators are providing, Tata Sky has come up with mini packs which will allow the subscribers to add select channels from genres without shelling a lot of money. Some of the mini or add-on packs were also in the higher range and HD quality. These packs included Tamil Regional HD pack for Rs 164, Tamil Mini HD Pack for Rs 81, Telugu Regional and Mini HD pack for Rs 216 and Rs 90. The same options with similar pricing were available for other languages like Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali.

Tata Sky Launches Two New Broadcaster Packs

There is also no lack of broadcaster packs on Tata Sky’s dashboard. Although we believe that the recommended packs by the provider are the best way to go, Tata Sky’s extensive range of broadcaster pack will allow the subscribers to make flexible choices regarding their channel selections. In the newly-debuted broadcaster packs for Tata Sky, first is the Sony Happy India South B pack which is available for Rs 29.5 and the second is the Turner Family HD pack which is available for Rs 14.75.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) introduced the new pricing regime keeping the consumers’ good in mind. As such, the regulator wants the subscribers to have a smooth transition to the new channels packs. It is worth noting that previously the subscribers were used to paying a monthly rental for the channels they were watching, and the broadcasters and cable or DTH providers used to ship many unwanted channels to increase their advertising revenue. With the new regime in place, doing that will be severe for any parties. The consumers will now be in control of what channels they pay for, and they will have full transparency regarding the pricing of channels. msnTarGet.com

DTH - Guide to Get Lowest Pricing for Your DTH Subscription With Trai Channel Selector App

DTH - Guide to Get Lowest Pricing for Your DTH Subscription With Trai Channel Selector App
DTH - Guide to Get Lowest Pricing for Your DTH Subscription With Trai Channel Selector App
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1. The deadline for the new tariff implementation is now March 31, 2019
2. The new tariff implementation makes the pricing more transparent for subscribers, according to Trai

Trai Channel Selector Application: What is it?

To help the subscribers in migrating to the new channel packs, Trai has launched a channel selector application. The channel selector application is available on the Trai official website, and it is an excellent way for the subscribers to go through the process and list out the channels before actually finalising them. The channel selector application will allow these subscribers to get the right pricing for their selection and to have an appropriate estimate about what they will be paying every month, without a bias. Read ahead to know how you can accurately predict the pricing of your monthly channel subscription with the new Trai channel selector application. Fun2Ind.com

How to Use Trai Channel Selector Application?

When you click on the “Get Started” button on the channel selector website, you will then be asked to fill in your details like Name, Mobile number, service provider details and previous bill amount. You can decide to fill in these details or leave them out entirely as they are optional. You will then be asked to select your residence state, keep in mind that the application will suggest you channels depending on your region so this is one option you might consider filling in. Depending on your selection of state, you will be given choices among various languages including regional ones. On the next page, you will be asked to select among multiple genres like News, Music, Devotion, Sports and more. Lastly, you will be asked to choose HD, SD or both. It is worth noting that all the options up till now are optional, so you can make your selections to narrow down your choices or skip them all.

After making the choices described above, the channel selector application will finally be on-screen now. We recommend that you start by making choices in the Free to Air channel tab. On top of your screen, you will be able to see your total selections under the “Channels Selected” area. This area will also display the total prices of your selection. The total FTA channels listed in this section is 550. After making the selection from the FTA section, you can navigate to the “Pay Channels” tab to select your a-la-carte channels. mobask.com

In this section, you will be able to sort your channels depending on language, quality (HD or SD), genres, price and broadcasters. Scrape through the list to find the channels that you watch and add them to your cart while keeping a check on your monthly rental on the top of your screen. Lastly, move on to the “Channel Bouquet List” to search through the various packs which you find worth adding after you have made all your selections tap on the “My Selection” button present on the upper menu. Here you will be able to get an overview of your entire selection; this page will also show the number of pay channels, number of FTA channels, number of mandatory channels which is 25, along with the monthly pricing, with and without taxes. Take an overview to either eliminate channels or go back to add more.

Lowering Your Monthly Bill on Channel Selector Application

When you are ready, tap on the optimise button which is the highlight of the Trai channel selector application. This feature will eliminate your repetitive additions in the cart, and it will also find out if you could replace your group of individual channels by a bouquet which is more affordable. This way you can get the lowest price for your selection as individually selecting channels might lead to a higher monthly bill. soas.in

Finalising Your New Channel Packs and Choices

After you’re done selecting channels and optimising your bill print your channel selection or save it on your laptop or computer. Next, you should go to your respective DTH or cable TV provider’s website to make your final selection. Copy all the choices you made from your Trai application list along with the bouquets and FTA channels onto your DTH website. Place and finalise your order. DTH providers or cable operators usually update the channels on your STB in a matter of a few hours or even less.

Tata Sky, Sun Direct TV and Dish TV appear to have removed the extra Network Capacity Fee (NCF) on the base pack for subscribers, according to a report on TelecomTalk. Before you think this means that the entire NCF of Rs 130 has been removed, remember this only relates to the extra NCF that applies after a user has more than 100 channels in their prescribed pack.

Under TRAI’s new regulatory regime, the cable TV bill of users now has two components, the network capacity fee (NCF), which is Rs 130 for hundred channels and the cost of any paid channels or paid bouquets. msnTarGet.com

The first 100 channels attract NCF of Rs 130 + 18 per cent GST, which comes to Rs 153 in total. For users who choose more than 100 channels, the NCF is Rs 20 per slab 25 additional channels. So what has happened is that these three operators are offering more than 100 FTA (Free to Air) channels with the NCF limited to Rs 130+18 per cent GST.

Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills

Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills
Tata Sky, Sun Direct and Dish TV remove extra NCF: Here’s what it means for TV bills

Sun Direct NCF removed: What it means

First in the case of Sun Direct, the company has revoked NCF charges for all of its channels, says the report. Based the company’s website, it is offering a total of 140 channels in the back pack of Rs 130+18 per cent GST. The base pack also includes the 25DD channels, which are mandatory for all cable/DTH operators to provide.

According to the report, Sun Direct has removed NCF on all FTA (free to air) channels. This means that users can view as many FTA channels for just Rs 130 price band.  Sun Direct subscribers will be able to watch as much as 330 channels the base rental of Rs 130+taxes, says the report. Fun2Ind.com

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Tata Sky NCF removed: What it means

The report also notes that in case of Tata Sky, the player has removed NCF on some channels, but these are limited. So users can add some channels to their list of 100 FTA channels, without incurring extra NCF. However, not all FTA channels will be exempt from this extra NCF.

Tata Sky had also announced add-on packs for users starting at Rs 5 per month, which offer some regional channels. The price of some of these packs also shows as Rs 0 per month, which means these are free channels that can be added as a pack, making it easier to users to add regional channels to their base packs. mobask.com

Dish TV NCF removed: What it means

Dish TV’s website has also removed the NCF on some FTA channels. The website for Dish TV is also flashing this promotional offer saying there will be no NCF on FTA channels if a user has chosen any paid channels.

As we saw in our Dish TV account, around 189 FTA channels can be added to the cart without paying any additional NCF. This is for the base pack price of Rs 130 (exclusive of tax). The cost of paid SD and HD channels will still be extra.

What is the NCF under TRAI’s new cable TV rules

The network capacity fee in TRAI’s new regulatory regime for cable TV and DTH operators is fixed at Rs 130 for the first hundred channels. This can include a mix of free or paid channels or even channels under broadcaster bouquet. soas.in

While the price of paid channels will be added to your bill, the NCF which is paid to your cable/DTH company will remain at Rs 130 plus 18 per cent GST. For those who add more than 100 channels, the NCF is extra Rs 20 per slab of Rs 25 channels.

For example, if you add 150 channels, then the total bill will be Rs 130+20+20=Rs 170 for the NCF alone, plus 18 per cent GST, which brings the price to Rs 200. This is assuming you have all FTA channels in this list of 150. What Tata Sky, Dish TV and Sun TV have done is that under the NCF of Rs 130 they are offering more than the 100 free channels and waiving off the extra NCF that they would have normally charged.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had introduced the new pricing mandate for channels, broadcasters and cable operators thus bringing in a massive change in pricing back in 2017. The pricing scheme based on the new tariff regime went effective on December 29 in 2018 and to allow a smooth transition of subscribers to the new tariff regime the DTH providers were given till February 1, after which the new channel pricing has gone effective. However, even with the new pricing regime, there were some areas which the Trai had missed to address, and one such problem was of multiple connections in a single home or location. It wasn’t made clear by the regulator what the subscribers would have to pay if they were to have multiple connections from the same DTH providers, but in the latest press issue, the regulator has finally resolved the confusion. msnTarGet.com
Trai Confirms NCF Charges Waive Off for DTH Subscribers With Multiple Connections
Trai Confirms NCF Charges Waive Off for DTH Subscribers With Multiple Connections
Trai Confirms NCF Charges Waive Off for DTH Subscribers With Multiple Connections
1. Trai has urged the DTH operators to keep uniform pricing for multiple connections
2. The same should be informed to the subscribers through their websites, urges Trai

Relief for Subscribers With Multiple Connections
Clarifying the issue of multiple connections, Trai said that it has capped the Network Capacity Fee for 100 channels at Rs 130 SD channels, above that the subscribers will have to pay Rs 20 for 25 additional channels. Trai said that in some areas DTH subscribers are waving off the entire NCF fee for a second connection in the same home or location, but the regulator said that this should be uniform for subscribers across the target market and also directed that the information should be declared duly on the DPOs website. The DPOs might even decide to offer a discounted or lesser NCF on an additional connection, but the same should be conveyed to the subscribers transparently. Fun2Ind.com

More Flexibility for Subscribers to Choose Channels
This announcement is not the only highlight of the new Trai tariff regime. In essence, the new mandate makes it very easy for the subscribers to pay only for what they watch. Now the consumers will be able to choose the channels they want to subscribe to, and they will just pay for those specific channels. Previously the practice of shipping additional channels by the broadcasters which used to fetch them more revenue has thus come to an end. Subscribers will now enjoy the right to choose from Free to air (FTA) or pay channels, and then they will have to pay the network charges along with it as part of their total amount. soas.in

To make the process smoother for the end consumer, Trai is also directing the DTH providers and operators to set up call centres and dedicated helplines so that the subscribers face absolutely no disruption in services or inconvenience. The new tariff mandate also makes it very easy for the subscribers to change their channel selection at any given point in time. mobask.com

The popular Direct-to-the-Home service provider, Tata Sky, has now introduced a slew of HD Add On/Mini Packs at a starting price of just Rs 5. This move from Tata Sky comes after the introduction of Tata Sky Regional packs which starts at Rs 7 per month. Coming to the newly introduced Tata Sky Add-Ons, there are a total of 21 packs comprising of both HD and SD channels. That said, the subscription for HD Add On pack differs compared to that of the SD pack. For example, Tata Sky has a Cricket Hindi HD pack priced at Rs 42 and a standard Cricket Hindi pack which also costs Rs 42 per month. So before activating any of these Add On packs from Tata Sky, compare the prices between the HD and SD packs as some broadcasters are charging the same price for their HD and SD channels. Notably, Tata Sky is also calling these Add On packs as Tata Sky Mini packs. msnTarGet.com

Tata Sky Now Comes Up With HD Add On Packs Across Various Categories, Prices Starting at Rs 5

Tata Sky Now Comes Up With HD Add On Packs Across Various Categories, Prices Starting at Rs 5
Tata Sky Now Comes Up With HD Add On Packs Across Various Categories, Prices Starting at Rs 5

Tata Sky HD Add On Packs Launched: What Do They Offer?

Out of the 21 Add On packs launched by Tata Sky, nine of them are HD packs, while the remaining packs offer SD channels. The HD Add On/Mini packs introduced by Tata Sky are Cricket Hindi HD (Rs 42), Cricket English HD (Rs 44), Music HD (Rs 11), Knowledge and Lifestyle Mini HD (Rs 53), Knowledge and Lifestyle HD (Rs 83), English Entertainment HD (Rs 87), English Movies Mini HD (Rs 76), Kids Mini HD (Rs 45) and Kids HD (Rs 53). The prices mentioned above are for a month and they’re inclusive of taxes. Fun2Ind.com
Tata Sky Now Comes Up With HD Add On Packs Across Various Categories, Prices Starting at Rs 5
Tata Sky Now Comes Up With HD Add On Packs Across Various Categories, Prices Starting at Rs 5
Moving onto the SD Add On plans introduced by Tata Sky, they include Hindi News (Rs 5), Cricket Hindi (Rs 42), Cricket English (Rs 44), Music (Rs 7), Knowledge & Lifestyle Mini (Rs 21), Knowledge & Lifestyle (Rs 34), English News (Rs 23), English Entertainment (Rs 49), English Movies Mini (Rs 55), English Movies (Rs 82), Kids Mini (Rs 28) and Kids (Rs 35). The entire Add On packs can be viewed from Tata Sky’s website. soas.in

Tata Sky Already Announced Regional Channel Packs

To recall, a couple of days ago, Tata Sky introduced a plethora of Regional Channel packs at a starting price of just Rs 7. Tata Sky unveiled 14 regional packs across various languages- Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Odia and Marathi. These regional packs from Tata Sky can be availed on top of the Basic FTA pack of Rs 153. For the unaware, to avail any broadcaster channels, users will have to pay Rs 153 per month as FTA charges, according to the new pricing scheme introduced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. mobask.com

In other news, Tata Sky has already started activating the new packs selected by users based on the new Trai pricing scheme. Some Tata Sky users are complaining regarding the issues they’re facing while migration. The Telecom Regulatory already issued a showcause notice to Airtel Digital TV as the DTH service provider is not following the Trai’s rule of the smooth migration.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had set the deadline for the implementation of the Trai based tariff plans on February 1, 2019. The regulator has also requested the DTH providers and cable operators to speed up the migration process for the subscribers to transition to the new Trai based channel packs. All the service providers and DTH operators have come out announcing their various packs and channel packs pricing. While D2h was the first of the many to declare the prices, other operators soon followed and revealed their rates as well. It is worth noting that all the providers are shipping various combo plans which offer different channels clubbed together either based on quality, genres, or language. Another big operator, Dish TV had announced combo plans for North and South region, now the provider has announced add-on packs based on the new pricing scheme. msnTarGet.com

Dish TV Announces New Add-On Packs Across Various Languages and Genres

Dish TV Announces New Add-On Packs Across Various Languages and Genres
Dish TV Announces New Add-On Packs Across Various Languages and Genres

Dish TV New North and South Combo Pack Plans

To recall, in the North region, the combo plans which were first introduced include Dish TV Swagat, Dish TV Super Family, Dish TV Maxi Sports, Dish TV Super Sports and Dish TV Titanium and they cost Rs 213, Rs 265, Rs 306, Rs 386 and Rs 433 respectively. Subscribers should note that these prices are exclusive of GST. More combo packs for the North region include the Dish TV Swagat, Dish TV Super Family, Dish TV Maxi Sports, Dish TV Super Sports and Dish TV Titanium and they cost Rs 213, Rs 265, Rs 306, Rs 386 and Rs 433 respectively. Fun2Ind.com

Now, Dish TV has introduced new add-on packs in the North region which include English Movies and News for Rs 72, English Entertainment for Rs 42, Kids for Rs 27, Infotainment and Lifestyle for Rs 24, Hindi Entertainment for Rs 103, All Hindi Pack for Rs 134, Top Scorer pack for Rs 56, English Cricket Rs 42 and Hindi Cricket Rs 36. soas.in
Dish TV Announces New Add-On Packs Across Various Languages and Genres
Dish TV Announces New Add-On Packs Across Various Languages and Genres

Other regional add-ons in this list include Bangla for Rs 58, Marathi for Rs 46, Odia for Rs 41, and Punjabi, MP, UP, North East and Rajasthan for Re 1. The Gujarati add-on pack for Dish TV subscribers will set them back by an additional Rs 6.

South Region Add-On Plans by Dish TV

Earlier, for the South region, Dish TV has introduced different plans in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. The Combo plans for Telugu are Classic Joy Telugu which offers 199 channels and Classic Joy+ Telugu with 216 channels on offer. The Classic Joy Telugu costs Rs 180 while the Classic Joy+ Telugu costs a customer Rs 243. Having said that, all the add-ons mentioned above are also applicable for the South users. To check out the entire add-ons list, head over to the company’s website by clicking here. mobask.com

Dish TV had announced a couple of days ago that it would complete its migration process by February 7. Trai, on the other hand, had announced that 40% of the subscribers had finished migrating to the new Trai based plans. With the date already here, now we will have to wait for an update from Dish TV about how many subscribers have migrated to the new plans. Since Trai is pushing for a disruption-less migration, it is unlikely that the subscribers will face a black screen, but still, if you are a Dish TV subscriber and you have not switched the Trai based plans, you can do so by going to the official Dish TV website.

When the new Cable TV regulations came into force, there was a concern from users who have multiple TV connections: Will they be required to pay full fees for different connections, or a combo offer can be availed?

Earlier, cable operators and DTH providers used to offer a combined package, which brought down the overall costs. But TRAI hadn’t covered this aspect.

But now, things are sorting out. Very soon, you will get new packs and new plans, as per a recent TRAI order. Fun2Ind.com

Multiple TV Connections? Soon You Will Get New Packs From Cable/DTH Operators (TRAI Order)

Multiple TV Connections? Soon You Will Get New Packs From Cable/DTH Operators (TRAI Order)
Multiple TV Connections? Soon You Will Get New Packs From Cable/DTH Operators (TRAI Order)

TRAI: Introduce New Packs For Multiple TV Connections

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has understood the problems faced by households which have multiple TV connections, and have issued an order in this regard. msnTarGet.com

TRAI Chairman RS Sharma has ordered all DTH companies and Cable Operators to create special packs and plans for those households, where users wish to opt for multiple TV connections.

TRAI has acknowledged the fact that every new TV connection must have its own set-top box, so that the users can make their individual choices.

TRAI has ordered the DTH and Cable operators to revert in two days, with new packs for multiple connections. It is expected that when a household opts for more than 2 connections, then the overall cost per set-top box can come down now.

TRAI: Crisil Report On Increased Cable Cost Is Baseless

TRAI Chairman RS Sharma has vehemently rejected the report presented by research firm Crisil, that states that overall cable TV expenses has increased by 25% for an average consumer. Fun2Ind.com

TRI has stated that the report is “wrong and unrealistic”.

In their report, Crisil had stated that instead of paying Rs 230-240 per month for accessing the top 10 Indian channels, an average household will now pay Rs 300, which means that 25% additional expense will be incurred.

Rejecting this report, RS Sharma said, “Consumers must have a choice…and interfering with their freedom is a violation of regulatory framework,”

Once again, TRAI has emphasized that the overall cable TV expenses will now come down  “substantially” for the families, as they don’t watch more than 50 channels in a month. soas.in

Last month, TRAI had declared that under the new Cable TV regime, cable users in India will be empowered to choose their own channels, and hence, the overall expenses will come down.

The same stand was taken by TRAI in December as well, when they said about the new Cable TV rules: “This (New Cable TV regulations) is a great framework which has been validated by the highest court of the land, but there are certain stakeholders who are trying to create misconceptions that consumer bills are going to rise. It is bogus,”

We have already reported how social media users are going berserk over increased expenses, as several users have complained about high charges, post-implementation of new Cable TV regulations. mobask.com

We will keep you updated, as more details come in.

Dish TV Channels Selection Process: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has introduced a new framework for DTH cable television providers in India. These new rules have come into effect from today, that is February 1. Subscribers were required to select at least 100 channels before the deadline. The subscribers who didn’t select their channels till the deadline, have had their channels pre-selected by the respective DTH providers with regard to the closest channels that resembled their earlier plan. msnTarGet.com

Dish TV DTH channels selection: How to choose channels online as per TRAI’s new rules

Dish TV DTH channels selection: How to choose channels online as per TRAI’s new rules
Dish TV DTH channels selection: How to choose channels online as per TRAI’s new rules
Dish TV has listed all of the channels along with their list price on their official website according to TRAI’s new guidelines. If you haven’t selected, which channels you want, here’s how you will be able to do it. soas.in

How to choose channels on Dish TV


For selecting channels that any Dish TV subscriber wants to watch, they can log in to the company’s official website or mobile application with their registered mobile number or subscriber ID. The company will then send an OTP to the customers registered mobile number, which can be used to sign in. Fun2Ind.com

Once the Dish TV DTH subscriber is logged in to the website or the mobile app they will then get to see their current DTH service details, like the amount of money they have in their digital wallet, plans and much more. There they can then choose between three broad categories – Dish Combo, Channels, Bouquets. MobAsk.com

If the user decides to pick all their channels manually, they will be required to select a minimum of 100 channels to keep their connection live. HD (High Definition) channels are counted as two SD (Standard Definition) channels, so if the user selects 50 HD channels, he can leave the rest and enjoy those 50 channels. Subscribers can filter their search by selecting a language or category like English, Infotainment, Kids. msnTarGet.com

The price will constantly keep on updating in the user’s cart. The network capacity fee (NCF) has been set by TRAI and is the same for all operators. The NCF is Rs 130 along with 18 per cent GST, the total of which amounts to Rs 153. There are many channels like Star Plus and Sony, for which the subscribers will have to pay an extra fee, due to these being marked as paid channels.

NCF per 25 extra channels over 100 basic channels, will require the consumer to pay Rs 25 extra. All DD channels are mandatory and can’t be removed from a customers list.

Starting today (February 1), your TV bill is set to change. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) recently announced new tariff regime for cable and DTH operators. These new regulations come into effect from today and mean new rates for the TV channels. As per the new rules, DTH operators like Tata Sky, Airtel, Dish, Hathway and others can no longer offer different rates for same channels. All channels have fixed rates.

Another change is that all consumers need to pay Rs 100 for Standard Definition (SD) channels. The base pack will cost up to Rs 130 (plus taxes) and will offer viewers all Free-To-Air channels. Wondering how much you will have to pay for the other channels? Here are the channel-wise rates of Times News Network, Zee, Sony, Network 18 and others ... msnTarGet.com

Note: All prices given are per month prices.

Your TV bill is set to change starting today: Here’s how much you will have to pay

Your TV bill is set to change starting : Here’s how much you will have to pay
Your TV bill is set to change starting : Here’s how much you will have to pay

​1. Sony Channels: The price of Sony channels start at Re 1 per month (Fun2Ind.com)

Sony channels include:
- Sony Entertainment Channel (SET): Rs 19.00
- SAB: Rs 19.00
- SET Max: Rs 15.00
- MAX 2: Re 1.00
- Sony YAY!: Rs 2.00
- Sony PAL: Re 1.00
- Sony Wah: Re 1.00
- Sony MIX: Re 1.00

​2. Times Network Channels: The price of Times Network channels start at 50 paise per month (soas.in)

- Times Network channels include:
- Times Now: Rs 3.00
- Mirror Now: Rs 2.00
- ET NOW: Rs 3.00
- Zoom: Rs 0.50
- Movies Now: Rs 10.00
- MNX: Rs 6.00
- Romedy Now: Rs 6.00

​3. Zee Channels: The price of Zee channels start at Re 1 per month (mobask.com)

Zee channels include:
- Zee TV: Rs 19
- &TV: Rs 12
- Zee Cinema: Rs 19
- Zee Action: Re 1
- Zee News: 50 paise
- Zee ETC: Re 1
- Zee Bollywood: Rs 2
- Zee Action: Re 1
- Zee Business: 50 paise
- Living Foodz: Re 1

​4. Network 18 Channels: The price of Network 18 channels start at 25 paise per month (soas.in)

Network 18 channels include:
- CNBC Awaaz: Re 1.00
- Colors: Rs 19.00
- The History Channel: Rs 3.00
- MTV: Rs 3.00
- MTV Beats: Rs 0.50
- News 18 Assam / North East/Bihar Jharkhand/Madhya Pradesh / Chhattisgarh: Rs 0.25
- Rishtey: Re 1.00
- Rishtey Cineplex: Rs 3.00
- VH 1: Re 1.00

​​5. Star Channels: The price of Star channels start at Re 1 per month​ (mobask.com)

Star channel includes:
- Star Utsav: Rs: 1.00
- Star Gold: Rs 8.00
- Movies OK: Re 1.00
- Star Utsav Movies: Re 1.00
- Star Sports 1 Hindi: Rs 19.00
- Star Sports 2: Rs 6.00
- Star Sports 3: Rs 4.00
- Star Sports First: Rs 1.00
- National Geographic Channel (NGC): Rs 2.00
- Nat Geo Wild: Re 1.00

​6. Discovery Channels: The price of Discovery channels start at Re 1 per month​ (msnTarGet.com)

Discovery channel includes:
- Discovery Channel: Rs 4.00
- Animal Planet: Rs 2.00
- TLC: Rs 2.00
- Discovery Kids Channel: Rs 3.00
- Dsport: Rs 4.00
- Discovery Jeet: Re 1.00
- Discovery Science: Re 1.00
- Discovery Turbo: Re 1.00

​7. TV Today Channels: The price of TV Today channels start at 25 paise per month​ (Fun2Ind.com)

TV Today channels include:
- Aaj Tak: Rs 0.75
- Aaj Tak Tez: Rs 0.25
- India Today: Re 1.00

8. NDTV Channels: The price of NDTV channels start at Re 1 per month

NDTV channels include:
- NDTV 24*7: Rs 3.00
- NDTV India: Rs 1.00
- NDTV Profit: Rs 1.00
- Good Times: Rs 1.50

​9. Turner International Pvt Ltd Channels: The price of Turner International Pvt Ltd channels start at Rs 4.25

Turner International Pvt Ltd. channels include:
- Cartoon Network: Rs 4.25
- POGO: Rs 4.25
- CNN International: 50 paise
- HBO: Rs 10.00
- WB: Re 1.00

​10. Disney Channels: The price of Disney channels start at Re 1 per month

Disney channels include:
- The Disney Channel: Rs 8.00
- Disney XD: Rs 4.00
- Hungama TV: Rs 6.00
- Disney Junior: Rs 4.00
- UTV Action: Rs 2.00
- UTV Bindass: Re 1.00
- UTV Movies: Rs 2.00

​11. Times Network Bouquet Packs: The price of basic Times Network Bouquet pack starts at Rs 5 per month (soas.in)

Times pack includes:
- Bouquet 1: Rs 5
- Bouquet 2: Rs 13
- Bouquet 3: Rs 20
- Bouquet 4: Rs 6

​​12. Zee Bouquet Packs: The price of basic Zee Bouquet pack starts at Rs 45 per month

Zee bouquet pack includes:
- Zee Family Pack Hindi SD: Rs 45
- Zee Family Pack Hindi HD: Rs 60
- Zee All-in-1 Pack Hindi SD: Rs 60
- Zee Family Pack Marathi SD: Rs 60
- Zee All-in-1 Pack Hindi HD: Rs 85
- Zee All-in-1 Pack All South HD: Rs 120

13. Network 18 Bouquet Packs: The price of basic Network 18 Bouquet pack starts at Rs 22 per month (Fun2Ind.com)

Network 18 bouquet pack includes:
- Hindi Budget (SD): Rs 22
- Hindi Value (SD): Rs 25
- Hindi Family (SD): Rs 35
- Hindi budget (HD): Rs 32
- Hindi Value (HD): Rs 35
- Hindi Family (HD): Rs 50

​14. Sony Bouquet Packs: The price of basic Sony Bouquet pack starts at Rs 31 per month

Sony bouquet pack includes:
- Happy India 31 (A and B): Rs 31
- Happy India 39: Rs 39
- Happy India Platinum 69: Rs 69
- Happy India Sports 31: Rs 31
- Happy India English 12: Rs 12
- Happy India Sports + English 47: Rs 47
- Happy India HD 59: Rs 59
- Happy India Sports HD 48: Rs 48
- Happy India Platinum HD 90: Rs 90

​15. Star Bouquet Packs: The price of basic Star Bouquet pack starts at Rs 49

Star bouquet pack includes:
- Hindi Value (SD) Rs 49
- Hindi Premium (SD) Rs 79
- Hindi HD Value: Rs 85
- Hindi HD Premium: Rs 120

​16. Discovery Bouquet Packs: The price of basic Discovery Bouquet pack starts at Rs 8 per month (msnTarGet.com)

Discovery Bouquet pack includes:
- Family Pack: Rs 8
- Sports Pack: Rs 7
- HD Bouquet 1-Family HD Pack: Rs 9
- HD Bouquet 2-Family HD Pack: Rs 8.50
- HD Bouquet 3-Family HD Pack: Rs 7.50

17. ​TV Today Bouquet Packs: The price of basic TV Today Bouquet pack starts at 50 paise month

TV Today pack includes:
- Hindi News Bouquet: Rs 0.50
- TVTN News Bouquet: Re 1
- Hindi News HD Bouquet: Re 1
- TVTN News HD Bouquet: Rs 1.50

And, the D-Day has finally arrived.

Effective February 1st, TRAI’s new cable TV rules will be implemented pan-India, which effectively changes everything about the cable and DTH industry in India.

The new Cable TV rules, which were originally planned for December 28th, was postponed to February 1st as customers were not aware of the actual changes.

But now, no extension will be made, and the deadline is final.

Here are 7 questions and their answers which every cable TV user should be aware of, effective February 1st, 2019: msnTarGet.com

New Cable TV Rules: 7 Questions Which Every Cable TV User Is Asking In India

New Cable TV Rules: 7 Questions Which Every Cable TV User Is Asking In India
New Cable TV Rules: 7 Questions Which Every Cable TV User Is Asking In India

I have selected longterm/annual plans. What will happen now?

All long term and annual plans have been canceled, effective February 1st. This means that if you have selected a 2-year plan as on October, 2018, then the plan is now nullified, and canceled.

However, don’t panic. The remaining amount, on a prorated basis, will be refunded back to your respective DTH/Cable account, which can be used for selecting a new plan and new channels.

You won’t lose a single penny.

I have not selected any new plan. What will happen now?

In case you fail to choose any new plan based on the new Cable TV rules, then there won’t be any blackout. TRAI has assured that users that DTH/Cable companies cannot blackout your TV after February 1st. Fun2Ind.com

In case no plan is selected, you will be transferred to the basic pack of Rs 130 plus GST, which is Rs 154, wherein you will be eligible to watch 100 channels. As you have selected no pack, there will be no pay channels or bouquet in this base pack, and you can watch only 100 FTA channels.

What Is Base Pack? What is à la carte system?

Base pack is the technical term for the minimum fees which cable TV/DTH user needs to pay to access channels. This is Rs 130 plus GST, which comes to Rs 154. soas.in

Hence, base pack is the minimum amount which needs to be paid to access cable tv.

A` la carte system is when you choose your own channels, individually: Every pay channel has an MRP, which you need to pay separately.

What is the new Cable TV Tariff? Explain Like I Am Five

The new Cable TV Tariff is the new, revolutionary way to access TV channels.

Govt. has mandated that a network connect fees or the base pack has to be paid by every user, which is Rs 130 plus GST (Rs 154). After paying this, the user will be able to access 100 channels. mobask.com

These 100 channels can be FTA (Free to Air) or pay channels. FTAs are free, but for pay channels, you need to pay the respective amount for each channel.

Hence, if you choose 5 pay channels, whose individual price is Rs 5, then you will need to pay: Rs 130 (plus GST) + Rs 25 (5*5).

If you want to access more channels, above 100, then you need to pay as per slabs: Rs 20 for 25 extra channels.

What If I select all the channels available in India?

Rs 6137 is the total charge, if a customer subscribes to all the channels available in India. However, if he uses bouquets and packs offered by DTH and broadcasters, then the expense can come down to Rs 5023.

There are total of 559 FTA or Free to Air channels, and 330 pay channels. The FTAs also include the mandatory 25 DD channels.

Will my Cable TV expense come down? Or go up?

This is a tricky question.

As per TRAI’s and BARC’s research, an average household only watched 50 channels.

As of now, the customer is paying on an average Rs 350-400 for accessing 300+ channels, while he watches only 50 or even less. Hence, it is expected that once the customer is able to freely add/delete channels from the base pack of 100 channels, the overall cost will come down. msnTarGet.com

TRAI has repeatedly said that the overall cost of cable TV will now come down.

But again, it depends on case to case.

How Will the invoice be generated now?

From now on, there will be two parts of the invoice: a) Network connect fees of Rs 130 plus GST and b) Content charges for the pay channels.

Tata Sky has removed the network charges for some additional channels, and Sun Direct has removed additional fees for all channels.

The Samy Informatics on Wednesday launched a new 32 inch Android Smart TV in Delhi at Constitution Club of India. The TV has been designed under the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Startup India’ campaigns bringing a boost to the Indian technology as the maximum parts of the TV have been manufactured in India. The Samy 32-inch Android smart TV price in India has been set at only Rs. 4,999, which is probably the biggest highlight of th TV. The main objective behind launching the TV at this price range was to provide lower income class families a taste of smart Television. msnTarGet.com

32-inch Smart Android TV at just Rs. 4,999 Samy Electronics introduces under Make in India campaign

32-inch Smart Android TV at just Rs. 4,999 Samy Electronics introduces under Make in India campaign
32-inch Smart Android TV at just Rs. 4,999 Samy Electronics introduces under Make in India campaign
Talking about the product, Avinash Mehta, Director, Samy Informatics Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are offering a wide variety at Value for Money proposition. There is a huge potential in the market and a large base of consumer untouched through the country. Other than urban-semi urban, the rural market is expanding rapidly. Keeping in mind about the “Make in India” & “ Start-Up India” Our objective is to provide each and every class, lower income family could enjoy the smart TV with a price range of Rs.4,999 on a premium side comparison to high budget TV.” Fun2Ind.com

Samy SM32-K5500 HD LED TV specifications and features 

Samy SM32-K5500 HD LED TV features a 32-inch HD display with 1366×786 pixels. It comes with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and dynamic ratio of 1000000:1. The TV is touted to provide high-resolution video quality. It has a 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage for storing apps and content. It runs on Android 4.4 with pre-installed apps such as Facebook and Youtube. soas.in

Connectivity options include two HDMI and two USB ports, an audio out port and a video input port. Users also get a USB to play music, watch movies or videos. It includes two 10W speakers, SRS Dolby Digital and a 5 Band Equalizer for better sound quality. MobAsk.com 

While the new TRAI Cable TV Rules are going to be effective in a few days, the confusion among customers continue. While you have the liberty to choose what you want to watch now, it’s still not clear how to do it. soas.in

Under the current TRAI rules, the base pack starts at Rs 130, excluding GST.

Soon, the days will be over where you no more will have to pay for the channels you don’t watch. The base Rs 130 pack can have 100 SD under the latest TRAI cable TV ruling. has issued another clarification. So the Rs 130 base after taxes will cost Rs 153.40. mobask.com

How To Add Paid Channels To Rs 130 Base Pack?

You can add a-la carte channels to your Rs 130 base pack. To choose channels, either you have to contact your cable TV operator or can do it by yourself. Fun2Ind.com

DTH Combo Channels To Rs 130 Base Pack - How To Add FTA, Paid & Complete Guide Step by Step

DTH Combo Channels To Rs 130 Base Pack - How To Add FTA, Paid & Complete Guide Step by Step
DTH Combo Channels To Rs 130 Base Pack - How To Add FTA, Paid & Complete Guide Step by Step

Follow the steps to add paid channels to Rs 130 base pack:

Step 1. Search for Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). This will include the maximum retail price (MRP) of all the channels. mobask.com

Step 2. You can see the price of an a-la carte channel in the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).

Step 3. If you can’t find the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), you can find the respective prices in the Menu option of your set top boxes. soas.in

[Note: TataSky customers will not see the option, as the DTH operator is yet to start its migration.]

Step 4. All the prices will be managed by your Distribution Platform Operator (DPO), who can also offer a discount on the MRP displayed on the EPG. fun2ind.com

Step 5. If you wish to choose a bouquet of channels from a single broadcaster, like Star or Sony, you can choose the pack instead of a-la carte channels. msntarget.com

Under the new TRAI Cable TV regulations, you are allowed to choose what you wish to watch. This can either be paid channels in the form of bouquet or a-la carte or FTA (Free To Air) channels.

So, You Can Choose Any Channel Under The Rs 130 Base Pack?

While TRAI said you can add any channel you want, it comes with certain limitations. This is where the confusion is created. There are basically free to air channels, paid channels and bouquet of pay channels. Under the Rs 130 base pack, you can choose a combination of these type of channels. MsnTarGet.com

January 31 is the last date. You will have choose your pack by the TRAI deadline.

Which Paid Channels Can You Choose Under The Rs 130 Base Pack?

There has been a lot of confusion as to which paid channels you can choose as part of your Rs 130 base pack. Under the base pack, apart from the FTA (Free To Air) channels, you can choose any paid channel, and the cost keeps adding up. But do remember, that you can only add up to a total of 100 channels under the base pack. mobask.com

Now supposedly if you want to add more channels, then you will have to pay Rs 25 extra for every 20 channels, excluding their individual prices.

Do mind, that the base pack starts at Rs 130 (before taxes), which is the standard package for all the Cable TV users across the country. soas.in

Finally, if you still cannot find any pricing details, kindly visit your DTH provider’s website for the channel pricing details. Again, India’s largest DTH operator, TataSky is yet to start its migration. So, TataSky users will have to wait till the company starts to roll out new plans.

The new Cable TV rules will kick into force effective February 1st, and there is still much confusion and misinformation all around.
  • The base pack can include 100 SD channels
  • First 100 channels will cost Rs. 130 plus taxes
  • The last date to migrate to the new system is January 31
Apart from Tata Sky, pretty much all cable and DTH operators, including the likes of DishTV, Airtel Digital TV, and Hathaway, have declared the channel prices and bouquet details and established mechanisms to make it easier for the consumers to migrate to the new system. The best place to check the new system is either the consumer information channel on channel no 999 or the company websites.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI has once again released a press note, clarifying two crucial questions, pertaining to the new Cable TV rules. msnTarGet.com

TRAI Clarifies New Cable TV Rules: Pay Rs 130, Watch 100 Pay Channels And FTA Channels

TRAI Clarifies New Cable TV Rules: Pay Rs 130, Watch 100 Pay Channels And FTA Channels
TRAI Clarifies New Cable TV Rules: Pay Rs 130, Watch 100 Pay Channels And FTA Channels

TRAI: Pay Rs 130 And Watch 100 Pay and FTA Channels

The first most important clarification regarding the new Cable TV Regulation is that, Rs 130 plus GST is the minimum fees, which every cable or DTH consumer needs to pay.

With 18% GST, this amount comes to Rs 154, which is called ‘Network Connect Fees’, and has to be paid to the respective cable or DTH operator.

Now, after paying Rs 154 as Network Connect Fees, the consumer will be eligible to access 100 channels. MobAsk.com

These 100 channels can be FTA or Free to Air and/or Pay Channels.

In case the consumer wishes to watch more than 100 channels, then Rs 20 per 25 channels has to be paid. Once these 25 extra channels are allocated, then again, the user can choose FTA or Pay channels. soas.in

The consumer can view the MRP of these pay channels at channel 999 of their own cable network. Or, the MRP list can be downloaded here as well. Full list of FTA or Free to Air channels are available here.

TRAI has unleashed an SMS marketing campaign for the same, wherein a link has been shared which has more useful information. Fun2Ind.com

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come out and clarified that consumers have the option to choose channels on a-la-carte basis for the base pack of 100 SD channels. According to the regulator, the consumers can either choose free-to-air channels, pay channels, bouquet of pay channels or any combination thereof for the base pack that will cost just Rs. 130 (Rs. 153.40 after taxes). TRAI came out with the latest order after the reports of confusion over which channels can be included in the base pack or whether the consumers can only choose the packs being offered by the DTH and cable operators. soas.in

Both Bundle and À la carte Options Available

In the press release, TRAI has said that most of the broadcasters and DTH operators are showcasing bundles packs and packages for the end-users: Packs for entertainment, movies, sports, etc are being shown, which has created an impression that only bundles packs are available.

Dismissing this concept, TRAI has stated that users can opt for both bundled package, and À la carte channels for their own needs. SoAs.in

TRAI said, “Now it has been noticed that several broadcasters are advertising their channels in the form of bouquets only. However customer may note that they have option to choose channels on a-la-carte also.”

TRAI has once again shared the platforms via which the information about channels and FTA can be accessed:

Personal contact by Local Cable Operator

  • Calling on Call Centre Number
  • Using Mobile: App or through DPO Website
“The maximum retail price (MRP) of a channel on a-la-carte can be viewed in the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) or Menu of their TV screens. Distribution Platform Operator (DPO) such as cable operators, DTH operators may provide discount on the MRP displayed on the EPG,” the agency added. mobask.com

TRAI noted that the consumers should choose their desired channels or packs as per the new rules before the January 31 deadline to avoid the last-minute rush. After the deadline, any consumers who have not migrated to the new packages are likely to face interruption in the services.

Hopefully, this will clear the doubts. In case you have any doubt or question regarding the new Cable TV rules, please don’t hesitate to share them right here!

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