India's Satellite Channels Continue with Price Controls

28 October 2005

India's broadcast watchdog says it will continue to enforce a freeze on satellite television tariffs.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India pledges the controls will only be lifted when alternative direct-to-home services are launched, effectively allowing increased competition to regulate prices.

TRAI froze subscription rates in January last year for various free-to-air and pay channels, although channels launched after that date are not subject to price controls.

TRAI chief Pradip Baijal says the watchdog is also looking at the issue of satellite channels being sold as bundles, following complaints by cable operators that this sidesteps tariff regulation.

Data sourced from The Times of India; additional content by WARC staff