Big four broadcasters publish fresh RIOs with new channel, bouquet rates

MUMBAI: Leading broadcasters Star India, ZEEL, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and TV18/Viacom18 have published fresh reference interconnect offers (RIOs) which will be effective from 1st February.

The publishing of the new RIOs coincides with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India‘s (TRAI) decision to notify changes to the new tariff order and interconnection regulation.

The broadcasters have revised the MRP of certain channels and bouquets. They have also introduced new bouquets.

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has reinstated the Rs 19 price of its flagship channels Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and Sony Sab. It has also increased the price of Sony Six, Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 3 to Rs 19.

The price of Sony BBC Earth and AXN has been reduced to Rs 2 and Rs 3 respectively. The broadcaster has left the MRP of HD channels untouched.

SPNI has a total of 31 SD and HD bouquets. Earlier, it had 29 bouquets. The broadcaster has increased the price of its Happy India Marathi, Happy India Bangla, and Happy India Hindi to Rs 44.

ZEEL has priced its Hindi and regional GECs at Rs 19. &TV’s price has been reduced to Rs 12. Similarly, Zee Cinema will now be available at Rs 15. &pictures’ price has been slashed to Rs 6. Living Foodz now has an MRP of Rs 1 compared to Rs 4 earlier.

The broadcaster has retained the MRP of its HD channels.

ZEEL has increased the price of its Zee Famil Pack Hindi to Rs 43 from Rs 39. The broadcaster has a total of 102 bouquets.

TV18/Viacom18 has increased the price of its regional GECs. Colors Bangla is now available at Rs 8 while Colors Oriya has an MRP of Rs 7. Colors Tamil is now priced at Rs 4.

TV18 has also increased the price of its Budget/Budget+, Value/Value+ and Family packs to Rs 25, Rs 28 and Rs 33 respectively. This pricing is for markets where TV18 has a strong presence. In other states, it varies from market to market.

Under the new pricing, Star Plus, Star Jalsha, Maa TV, Vijay TV, Asianet, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Marathi, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Bangla, Star Sports 1 Kannada, and Star Sports Select 1 will be priced at Rs 19 each.

Star Gold, Maa Movies, and Asianet Movies will be priced at Rs 15 each. Star Bharat and Star Suvarna will have an MRP of Rs 12 each. Jalsha Movies and Star Pravah will be priced at Rs 10 each. Other standard definition (SD) channels are priced below Rs 10.

12 of the 29 HD channels are priced at Rs 19 each while five channels have an MRP of Rs 15 each. Star World HD and Disney International HD are priced Rs 12 and Rs 14 respectively. Three HD channels have pricing of Rs 10.

Star has a total of 102 bouquets across languages and genres.

As part of its amendments to the new regulatory framework, the TRAI has decided to put a cap on the a-la-carte price of channels as well as place reasonable restrictions on the formation of bouquets. The authority has also decided that only those channels which are having MRP of Rs. 12 or less will be permitted to be part of the bouquet offered by broadcasters.

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