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Monday, 23 March 2020 14:13

MSOs unable to implement NTO 2.0

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While Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and other stakeholders are fighting for relief from the new TRAI rules (NTO 2.0) at various local courts, it is becoming almost impossible for Cable TV operators to implement the new regulatory changes. 

Though, Siti Networks and Thamizhaga Cable TV Communication Pvt Ltd (TCCL) have introduced the new rules & DTH operators have successfully implemented new NTO 2.0 rules right on the deadline, several users are still facing issues.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had introduced new amendments to its National Tariff Order (NTO) 1.0 at the start of this year. The sector regulator ordered broadcasters, Cable TV & DTH operators to implement the new rules by March 1, 2020. 

TRAI’s NTO 2.0 brings a lot of changes such as 200 FTA channels at Rs 130, reduced NCF for Multi TV users and more. Cable TV users have been waiting for the implementation of new rules by their respective operators, but it is not happening.

Hathway, Den Networks, GTPL Hathway, Asianet Digital are yet to announce revised NCF.

As per a recent survey, the National Tariff Order 2.0 will bring down the monthly Television subscription prices by at least 14%. As part of the new rules, subscribers of Cable TV and DTH companies will get 200 FTA channels in the base NCF slab of Rs 130 (excluding charges). Post 200 channels, DTH companies have varied NCF up to Rs 160 (excluding taxes).

Multi TV users benefit the most with NTO 2.0 as TRAI urged the DPOs to charge just 40% NCF from the primary connection’s NCF.

Siti Networks on its website say: “Network Capacity Fee, per month for each additional TV connection, beyond the first TV connection in a Multi TV home, shall be forty per cent of the Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of the parent STB. The STB with a maximum number of channels would be treated as Parent STB.” 

If a user’s primary connection’s NCF is Rs 153 (including taxes), then the Multi TV NCF would be Rs 61.36 (including taxes).

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