Airtel Digital TV has removed the extra Network Capacity Fee (NCF) on long-term packages for its subscribers, according to a report on Telecom talk. The development is because Tata Sky, Sun Direct TV and Dish TV abolished NCF on basic packages last month.
The report adds that NCF costs of Rs 153 (Rs 130 plus 18 percent GST) have been removed from the three, six and 12 month plans of Airtel Digital TV. There are long-term regional plans for Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, etc. that can be activated from the Top-ups section of the My Airtel mobile app.
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For example, the AP Mega package for Telugu users can be registered with Rs 819 for three months, while the reimbursement for six months is Rs 1,638. The annual subscription costs Rs 3,276. Meanwhile, the monthly reimbursement for the plan, excluding NCF, is 277 Rs per month, excluding NCF costs.
As a reminder: Airtel Digital TV has previously announced a discount on NCF for certain channels. Typically, subscribers must pay Rs 20 extra per 25 extra channels as NCF if they exceed the 100 base channel threshold, for which NCF Rs is 130 plus 18 percent GST.
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However, Airtel Digital TV subscribers can watch more than 100 channels while paying the same amount of NCF, although only certain channels are included. The channels that are exempt from NCF include a number of DD channels, Republic TV, Shop CJ, addiQYOU, Enterr10, NT1, ABP News, India TV and many more.
On 1 February this year, TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) implemented new rules for DTH service providers that require subscribers to select a minimum of 100 channels they want to watch. Under the new rules, subscribers can only pay for the channels they want to watch.