Change the New TRAI Mandatory Charges for cable/DTH

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If you calculate your monthly DTH bill for the selected channels which you want to watch as compared to the bill that you paid for all channel (before March 31, 2019) has increased at a minimum by 20%. If you continue on the same list of channels your monthly bill is increasing at a minimum by 61%. 

The advertisements on TV and radio that this new rule will reduce your cable/DTH bill are completely false and misleading 

For E.g:

Scenario 1: Currently, you get 180 channels as a pack, like an HD Platinum Pack costing you 516 INR including GST and service charges, etc. If now you continue with the same list of channel and the same package as per new TRAI rule it will cost you 828 INR including GST and Network Capacity Fee, etc. This is an approximate 61% increase in your monthly cable/DTH bill.

Scenario 2: Now you select only the channels you want to watch through individual channels or through combos, etc. You select say around 77 paid channels (does not include the mandatory 25 DD Free to Air Channels). You have to pay the following charges for this selection:

1. Subscription Cost for the selected 77 channels

2. Network Capacity Fee charge for all channels (i.e. 25 Mandatory DD channel + 77 paid channels selected by you) 

3. GST

If you total this the cost of viewing only 102 channels (25 Mandatory DD channel + 77 paid channels selected by you) is 614 INR including GST and Network Capacity Fee, etc. Which is still approximately 20% more than the current charges of 516 INR  (for 180 channels) including GST and service charges, etc.

Hence, the new TRAI guideline is very biased and is increasing the burden on the consumers. The advertisements are also very misleading and making false claims of reducing your monthly cable/DTH bill.

Please sign this petition as we should push the government and TRAI to abolish these new exorbitant charges