The AIDCF members include Hathway Digital, DEN Networks, InDigital, Siti Networks, GTPL Hathway, Fastway Transmission, UCN Cable, Ortel Communications, ICNCL, Asianet Digital, and Kerala Communicators Cable.
The information to regulator TRAI was given by AIDCF president SN Sharma, who is also the CEO of DEN Networks. TRAI’s secretary was informed about the federation’s decision. The move will come as a major relief for the regulator which has been under criticism ever since the new tariff order (NTO) has been implemented.
As per experts, the step by AIDCF members will result in savings of Rs 40 for cable TV customers. Normally, the customers would have paid Rs 170 + GST as NCF for availing 150 SD channels.
The letter to TRAI said: “This is with reference to our meeting on 12th September 2019 with the Authority to discuss on the challenges being faced by the member of Associations in implementation of the new Regime and yourself was kind enough to have given assurance to look into those issues and resolve the same at the earliest.”
Sharma added: “At the same time, you had also requested the Association to look into measures for getting the price of the consumer reduced, one of the measures being to look into the possibility of offering around 150 SD channels in Rs. 130 (excluding taxes).”
He said: “In this regard, we would like to inform you that our members have discussed among themselves on the same and as of now the member of the association have agreed to charge Network Capacity Fee “NCF” of Rs. 130 (excluding taxes) up to 150 SD channels for those subscribers who renew their channels/bouquet/DPO packs on or before the due date. We are hopeful that this would take care of the concern of the Authority and help in reducing the consumer price.”
As we know the existing regulation says that the distribution platform operators (DPOs) have to provide 100 SD channels including mandatory DD channels for NCF of Rs 130 plus GST.