Trai has also asked platform operators to revert, in two days, with special schemes and plans for households with multiple TV connections.
Trai has emphasised that players have to allow individual set top boxes (even within a same household) to have separate choice of channels, if the consumer wishes.
According to regulations, players can choose to offer discounts or even waive off network capacity fee on the subsequent connection. Trai said it was maintaining a close watch on the issue and will intervene, if required.
“There are certain concerns that had come to our notice and we have directed platform operators to address these issues. There were complaints that some platforms were not offering the freedom of choice to consumers as far as the first 100 channels are concerned,” Sharma said.
Contesting the claims of Crisil report, Trai chief said the consumers will see a drop in their monthly bills as market forces will come to play under the new tariff regime for broadcasting and cable services.
The regulator said data sourced by Trai separately from two operators showed prices were actually lower in places such as Mumbai, and Delhi compared to the previous regime.
Crisil in a report claimed that the new tariff regime will see a 25 per cent rise in cost per consumer. “Our analysis of the impact of the regulations indicates a varied impact on monthly TV bills. Based on current pricing, the monthly TV bill can go up by 25 per cent from Rs 230-240 to around Rs 300 per month for viewers who opt for the top 10 channels, but will come down for those who opt for the top five channels,” Crisil Senior Director Sachin Gupta was quoted as saying in the report.
Trai Secretary S K Gupta assured that in the next three months the prices of various channels will come down. He added that the regulator has taken note of cases where some websites of operators were down due to heavy traffic, and has asked players to ensure that their websites were up and running.