TRAI’s New Rule for DTH, Cable TV Users: Channel Rate List 2019 India

Hurry! “Contact your DTH or Cable operator to avoid any inconvenience to view your favorite channels”. A message that has been recently and continuously shown in various TV channels in India. And you might hear from newspapers and television advertisement that TRAI has set some new rules of watching TV channels in India but you are unable to understand the actual scenario of it.

Here we will help you to know in detail about TRAI and its new rules about DTH and Cable TV Channels.

Who is TRAI

Telecom Regulatory Authority of IndiaTRAI or The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is the governing body of Indian telecommunication sector. The organization is responsible for maintaining quality in telecommunication services and equipment’s like; DTH (Direct to Home), Cable TV Services, Mobile Connection, Interconnections, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) and etc. TRAI is formed in 1997 and headquartered in New Delhi.

What are the New Rules for Watching TV Channels in India

TRAI has set a new rule for watching TV channels in India. Now you have to pay only for those channels that you are watching. It means you do not need to buy packages that your DTH or Cable operator offering. And the good thing is that you can make your own package as per your need. Now the rule has been informed to all the TV channel companies including; Star, Zee, Sony and other.

tv channel companies

You can buy TV channels via your DTH & Cable Operator in two way;

  1. Buy each channel individually.
  2. Buy channels as a package (called as Bouquet of channel).

For example; if you want to buy all the channels of Zee then you need to buy bouquet of channel offered by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited which includes channels like; Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee News, Zee Bollywood and etc.

In the following two pdf links you can see the rate card of each individual channels and bouquet of channel offered by TV channel companies.

Note: The rate is different for Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels.


When you are buying TV channels from your DTH or Local Cable TV operator that time you need to pay at first Rs. 130 as a Network Capacity Fee. It includes 100 TV channels in which some of the channels are by default installed in it which are called Free To Air channels. If you want to increase your number of channels then you need to pay extra (Rs. 20 for 25 Additional channels) for it.

Also there will be 18% GST cost on your package.

So, your monthly package may be calculated as;

Rs. 130 + Your Pay Channel Cost = Amount + 18% GST = Your Final Amount to Pay

It will increase your monthly bill if you add extra channel capacity or buy HD channels & packages.