Will cap cable fee at Rs 250 in non-CAS areas:TRAI

Broadcast regulator TRAI today informed the Supreme Court that it plans to cap the monthly cable TV charges at Rs 250 across the country, except in areas where conditional access services are available.

New Delhi: Broadcast regulator TRAI today
informed the Supreme Court that it plans to cap the monthly
cable TV charges at Rs 250 across the country, except in areas
where conditional access services are available.

In an affidavit filed before the Apex Court, the Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said it is considering
limiting the monthly cable charge to Rs 100 per month for a
minimum of 30 free-to-air channels.

Moreover, TRAI said for those subscribers opting for a
basic package (which includes Doordarshan channels) with up to
20 pay channels, the monthly bill will be fixed at Rs 200.

Customers choosing a basic package with over 20 pay
channels will have to pay Rs 250 per month, TRAI said.

TRAI`s filed the affidavit after the Apex Court had
directed it to formulate a comprehensive pricing mechanism for
cable services in non-CAS areas after consulting various
stakeholders.

The regulator, in its affidavit filed through counsel
Sanjay Kapur, said: "... A retail price ceiling -- at a
reasonable level -- that balances the consumers` interest with
the growth potential of the industry is warranted in the case
of cable TV services in non-CAS (conditional access system)
markets."

PTI

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