The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued guidelines for National Tariff Order 2.0 (NTO 2.0). As per the new guidelines, the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of a channel is reduced from Rs.19 per month to Rs. 12 per month. It is noteworthy that NTO 1.0 was introduced in February 2019, with an assurance of two years moratorium on any new regulations, but TRAI introduced NTO 2.0 in January 2020. The Indian Broadcasting Foundation, an industry body of broadcasters had objected to NTO 2.0 and had moved to Bombay High Court against the new rule. Notwithstanding the disagreement, NTO 2.0 has finally come into effect from 1st March 2020. The changes in charges will be effective from 1st March and the existing users will be gradually migrated to the new charges.
India’s largest DTH operators like Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV have implemented the NTO 2.0, with effect from 1st of March 2020. The two companies have also declared their Network Capacity Fee (NCF) and Multi TV Prices. Under the new rule, users of both companies will be charged Rs. 153.40 for 200 SD FTA channels, erstwhile the number of channels was 100 only. For accessing more than 200 SD channels, users will now have to pay Rs.189. Also, for Multi TV users, the secondary users will have to pay only Rs. 61.36 per month as NCF for the first 200 SD channels. The secondary user charges have been reduced by 40%. For more than 200 SD channels, secondary users of Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV will have to pay Rs. 75.52 and Rs. 30 respectively.