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NTO 2.0 effect: Disney Star India also hikes MRPs of its popular channel by up to 90%

The network has priced 32 channels above Rs 12, the maximum MRP being Rs 25. On an average, the overall pricing of Disney Star India channels has increased by 24%

Disney Star has also increased the MRPs of its popular channels, as per the new Reference Interconnect Offer published by the broadcast network in compliance with NTO 2.0.

According to the new price list, the popular channels of the network will be costlier by up to 90%. The network has priced 32 out of 78 channels above Rs 12, the maximum MRP being Rs 25.

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On an average, the overall pricing of Disney Star India channels has increased by 24%.

The network’s flagship channel Star Plus has been priced at Rs 23 while its HD version will cost Rs 25 plus GST to an end consumer. All the leading regional GECs such as Jalsha, Suvarna, Maa, Vijay, Pravah, and main sports channels have been priced in the similar fashion.

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However, the network has reduced the a-la-carte prices of its niche and special interest channels.

On Friday, Sony Pictures Networks India had announced similar hike in its channel’s pricing. According to the industry observers, other large networks Zee and Viacom18 will follow the suit.

As a result, the consumer’s cable bill is set to shoot up contrary to the claims made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India that NTO 2.0 was introduced in the consumer interest. Through several conditions on discounting and bouquet formation under the new tariff order, TRAI has been attempting to curb the broadcasters’ basic right to operate their businesses according their choice, especially when it comes to pricing their channels.

BestMediaInfo.com on Thursday reported that the consumer's cable bill will shoot up with broadcasters complying with NTO 2.0. The broadcasters challenged Bombay High Court order, which had upheld constitutional validity of NTO 2.0, in the Supreme Court. The apex court will pronounce the judgement on November 30. In the meantime, TRAI wrote broadcasters to submit compliance report as the latter failed to secure any interim stay on the Bombay High Court order.

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New MRPs of Disney Star India channels effective from December 1:


 

Channel

Current MRP

New MRP

Hike

Star Plus

19

23

21.05%

Star Bharat

12

12

0.00%

Star Utsav

1

1

0.00%

Star Gold

15

12

-20.00%

Star Gold 2

2

2.5

25.00%

Star Utsav Movies

1

1

0.00%

Star Gold Select

2

7

250.00%

Star Gold Romance

 

2

 

Star Gold Thrills

 

2

 

Star Jalsha

19

23

21.05%

Jalsha Movies

10

9

-10.00%

Jalsha Josh

 

2

 

Star Pravah

10

19

90.00%

Pravah Pictures

 

1

 

Maa TV

19

23

21.05%

Maa Gold

2

1

-50.00%

Maa Music

1

1

0.00%

Maa Movies

15

12

-20.00%

Vijay

19

19

0.00%

Vijay Super

2

4

100.00%

Vijay Music

1

1

0.00%

Asianet

19

23

21.05%

Asianet Plus

5

1

-80.00%

Asianet Movies

15

10

-33.33%

Star Suvarna

12

15

25.00%

Suvarna Plus

1

3

200.00%

Star Kirano

 

12

 

Star Movies

7

3

-57.14%

Star Movies Select

2

12

500.00%

Star Sports 1

19

23

21.05%

Star Sports 2

6

10

66.67%

Star Sports 3

2

1

-50.00%

Star Sports 1 Hindi

19

21

10.53%

Star Sports 1 Tamil

19

17

-10.53%

Star Sports 1 Kannada

19

17

-10.53%

Star Sports 1 Telugu

19

19

0.00%

Star Sports Select 1

19

23

21.05%

Star Sports Select 2

7

7

0.00%

Star Sports First

1

0.5

-50.00%

National Geographic

2

1

-50.00%

Nat Geo Wild

1

0.5

-50.00%

Fox Life

1

2

100.00%

Disney Channel

9

10

11.11%

Marvel HQ/Super Hungama

4

4

0.00%

Disney Junior

4

4

0.00%

Hungama TV

2

1

-50.00%

Star Plus HD

19

25

31.58%

Star Bharat HD

15

12

-20.00%

Star Gold HD

15

19

26.67%

Star Gold 2 HD

5

4

-20.00%

Star Gold Select HD

4

8

100.00%

Star Jalsha HD

19

25

31.58%

Jalsha Movies HD

19

19

0.00%

Vijay HD

19

25

31.58%

Star Suvarna HD

19

21

10.53%

Asianet HD

19

25

31.58%

Star Movies HD

15

21

40.00%

Star Movies Select HD

8

12

50.00%

Disney International HD

14

15

7.14%

Star Sports HD1

19

25

31.58%

Star Sports HD2

19

12

-36.84%

Star Sports 1 HD Hindi

19

25

31.58%

Star Sports Select HD1

19

25

31.58%

Star Sports Select HD2

10

10

0.00%

Star Sports 1 Tamil HD

 

21

 

Star Sports 1 Telugu HD

 

21

 

Maa HD

19

25

31.58%

Maa Movies HD

19

19

0.00%

Star Pravah HD

15

21

40.00%

Disney Channel

HD

10

12

20.00%

National Geographic HD

10

8

-20.00%

Nat Geo Wild HD

5

4

-20.00%

Fox Life HD

1

3

200.00%

Star Kirano HD

 

15

 

Pravah Pictures

HD

 

2

 

Vijay Super HD

 

12

 

Asianet Movies

HD

 

19

 

Hungama HD

 

5

 

 

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