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  Dish TV removes 30-days lock-in period for pay channels and select channel bouquets
Posted by: nairrk - 04-08-2019, 12:12 PM - Forum: Dish TV India - No Replies

Dish TV has reportedly eliminated the 30-days lock-in period for pay channels and select channel bouquets. Earlier, once subscribers opted for their desired channels and purchased them, they weren’t able to change it for 30 days. Now that the company has waived off the 30-days lock-in period, subscribers will now be able to drop or select new channels whenever they plan to.

Dish TV, which is one of India’s biggest direct-to-home operator, introduced this because of the new TRAI tariff regime, telecomtalk.info reports. Additionally, a separate report claimed that the company hasn’t removed the seven-day lock-in period for sports channels. Besides, last month, following the footsteps of Dish TV, its rival Tata Sky introduced new regional HD and SD mini bouquet packs for its subscribers.

The DTH operator has introduced 13 new add-on packs across six regional languages priced between Rs 60 to Rs 200, the same source reported. Tata Sky’s new add-on packs include regional languages Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil and more in full Regional HD pack or Mini HD pack. In addition to all these regional language add-on plans, there is also a new English Movies HD Mini pack of Rs 162 which ships 12 channels.

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  Airtel announces Rs 248 prepaid plan for First Time Recharge subscribers: ..
Posted by: nairrk - 04-08-2019, 11:07 AM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

Airtel announces Rs 248 prepaid plan for First Time Recharge subscribers: All you need to know

Airtel has unveiled a new prepaid mobile recharge plan for its first and second-time recharge subscribers. The newly launched Rs 248 plan is reportedly a replacement of the old Rs 229 recharge plan. The new prepaid plan offers Airtel users 1.4GB of high-speed internet data on a regular basis, unlimited voice calling benefits and 100 SMS each day. This plan comes with a validity period of 28 days.

Additionally, apart from replacing the Rs 229 plan, the telecom company has also eliminated Rs 345 and Rs 559 plans for the first time recharge users. Other plans that fall under FRC include Rs 76, Rs 178 and Rs 495. If you are interested in the lowest Rs 76 plan, then you will get Rs 26 talk time, 100MB of 2G/3G/4G data, and the voice calls will be charged at 60 paise per minute, Telecomtalk.info reports. This plan will be valid for 28 days.

The Rs 178 prepaid recharge plan, which is also for first time buyers, offers Airtel users unlimited local, STD and roaming outgoing call benefits, 100 SMS on a daily basis and 1GB of 3G/4G data for 28 days. Airtel is also offering Rs 495 prepaid plan, which includes 1.4GB data on a regular basis, unlimited voice calls and 100 SMS each day for a period of 84 days. Do note that one will only be able to use these plans when recharging it from the company’s official app/website or when you are purchasing a new Airtel SIM card.

Besides, Reliance Jio is offering its subscribers 2GB of high-speed 4G daily internet data, unlimited local and national voice calls, and 100 SMS per day for Rs 198. This plan is valid for 28 days. Additionally, Jio users also get to use free digital services of the company, which includes JioTV, JioCloud, JioCinema, JioXpressNews and more. Vodafone, on the other hand, is offering Rs 199 plan. This plan comes with unlimited local, STD and roaming calls, coupled with 1.5GB 4G/3G data per day). the also plan includes 100 SMS per day offer and comes with a validity of 28 days.

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  Prasar Bharati invites applications to allot Bucket R1 MPEG-2 slots of DD Free Dish
Posted by: nairrk - 04-08-2019, 09:53 AM - Forum: Television News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has invited applications to fill up reserved Bucket R1 MPEG-2 slots of its free direct to home (DTH) platform DD Free Dish on pro-rata basis.

The allotment will be done for the specific period from 15 April 2019 to 31 May, 2019 and after that the channel shall have no right to continue on DD Free Dish platform beyond that period.

The e-auction for Bucket R1 MPEG-2 slots will be held on 12th April, 2019. The public broadcaster has urged all the eligible to send their application latest by 1 pm of 11th April, 2019.

Only devotional/spiritual satellite channels, including channels promoting Yoga, Ayurveda, Health & Wellness based on traditional methods, licensed by the Ministry of I&B and categorized as Bucket R1 are eligible to apply for allocation of these slots on pro-rata basis.

The interim reserve or base price of Bucket R1 for allotment of slots on DD Free Dish on pro-rata basis is Rs 3 crore/annum. Hence, the pro-rata carriage fee for the period from 15 April, 2019 to 31 May, 2019 will be Rs. 4,558,356 inclusive of GST @18%.

Prasar Bharati at its recent board meeting had amended the policy guidelines for DD Free Dish by reserving three MPEG-2 slots for devotional/spiritual/AYUSH channels.

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  Netflix India starts testing weekly mobile-only subscription plans starting Rs 65
Posted by: nairrk - 04-06-2019, 07:04 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

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After extending cheaper mobile-only subscription for India last month, Netflix has now begun trials for more such subscription plans for its mobile users. The world leading streaming service has begun testing its cheapest plan in India right now. Netflix is providing a new mobile-only weekly plan priced at Rs 65 for users in the country.

Netflix now has four pricing tiers for weekly plans – Rs 65 per week for the mobile-only plan, Rs 125 per week for the Basic plan (SD only), Rs 165 per week for the Standard plan (two devices, HD), and Rs 200 per week for the Ultra plan (four devices, 4K), first reported by Gadgets 360. The company is also testing a monthly plan of Rs 250 per month for mobile-only access.

“We are always looking for ways to make Netflix more enjoyable and accessible. We will be testing different options in select countries where members can, for example, watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time. Not everyone will see these options and we may never roll out these specific plans beyond the tests,” noted Netflix an email statement to Gadgets 360.

To note here, the mobile-only Netflix subscription plans only allows one screen at a time, which can either be your smartphone or tablet device only. Also, you don’t get access to HD or 4K content. Netflix seems to exploring mobile-only subscription with new low-cost packages for Asia and other emerging markets. Last time around, Netflix quietly started testing a these mobile-only cheaper steaming plans for Malaysian market.

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  Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update announced; will put you in control of updates
Posted by: nairrk - 04-06-2019, 11:47 AM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

Microsoft has announced the next update of Windows operating system, the Windows 10 May 2019. The update is Microsoft’s next major version of Windows 10, which was codenamed ’19H1′. It will be rolled out as ‘Release Preview Ring’ for those in the Windows Insider Program from next week onwards, and general public release will start in phases beginning late May.

Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 is a relatively light update in terms of features, but it will bring completely new delivery mechanism that will put more power in users’ hands. Microsoft Windows updates have been a pain point for users, but after the May 2019 Update they will be able to take control of how they want their PC to get updated.

The real change in Windows 10 May 2019 Update will be that it will let you choose when to install the latest major version, and until then, Windows 10 users will be able to simply stay on an existing version without compromising on monthly security updates. It will allow Windows 10 Home and Pro users to pause all update activity for 35 days, and choose to only initiate them manually.

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“In previous Windows 10 feature update rollouts, the update installation was automatically initiated on a device once our data gave us confidence that device would have a great update experience. Beginning with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, users will be more in control of initiating the feature OS update. We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs,” noted Microsoft blog.

The company will also be launching a new Windows release health dashboard later this month, which will provide near real-time information to users on the current rollout status and known issues (open and resolved) across both feature and monthly updates. Microsoft notes that this health dashboard will be build on the Windows 10 Update History page that we currently use.

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  Airtel DTH Packs and Plans: List of Channels Packs Available on Airtel Digital TV
Posted by: nairrk - 04-06-2019, 09:12 AM - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - Replies (2)

Airtel's DTH offerings can broadly be divided into three categories – FTA Bouquets comprising of free-to-air channels, A-La-Carte for handpicking individual channels and 'Broadcaster Bouquet' for selecting channels offered by a single broadcast network.

But before we go into the details and list out the channels as well as the pricing structure, it is important to first lay down the NCF rules. Following TRAI's regulation, Airtel DTH subscribers will be charged a total Rs. 153.4 (inclusive of taxes) for the first 100 channels in their library. Once the number of channels in the library has exceeded 100, subscribers will have to pay Rs. 23.60 (inclusive of taxes) for every 25 new channels added to the library.

In case multiple TV connections are availed under the same Airtel DTH account, an NCF charge of Rs. 80 (plus taxes) will be charged for the first 100 channels (standard definition) in the library, while an additional Rs. 20 (excluding taxes) will be levied for every new slot of 25 new channels. With the payment conditions cleared, listed below are the details of plans and channels available to Airtel subscribers:

Broadcaster Bouquet
The Broadcaster Bouquet is Airtel DTH's equivalent of the Broadcaster plans offered by Tata Sky, and consists of plans offered by broadcasting entities. But unlike Tata Sky, Airtel's Broadcaster plans are more branched and offer multiple plans from the same broadcaster under different names.

Airtel DTH offers bouquet plans from broadcasters such as Discovery, Sony, Star, and NDTV among others. The channel plans in the Broadcaster Bouquet start at Rs. 0.59 per month and go all the way up to Rs. 171.1 per month. Following is a list of broadcasters, the number of channel plans, and the pricing structure:

• Discovery: 18 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 4.72 per month and going up to Rs. 11.18 per month
• ETV: 1 bouquet plan priced at Rs. 28.32 per month
• Sony: 26 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 14.16 per month and going up to Rs. 109.74 per month
• Disney: 4 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 4.72 per month and going up to Rs. 14.16 per month
• Jaya: 1 bouquet plan priced at Rs. 7.098 per month per month
• NDTV: 6 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 2.95 per month and going up to Rs. 7.13 per month
• RAJ: 2 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 5.77 per month and going up to Rs. 6.52 per month
• Star: 75 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 29.5 per month and going up to Rs. 171.1 per month
• SUN: 26 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 5 per month and going up to Rs. 129.8
• Tarang: 1 bouquet plan priced at Rs. 18.05 per month
• Times: 4 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 0.9 per month and doing up to Rs. 3.6 per month
• Turner: 3 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 5.01 per month and going up to Rs. 14.75 per month
• TV Today: 2 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 0.59 per month and going up to Rs. 1.18 per month
• TV: 55 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 9.44 per month and going up to Rs. 70.8 per month
• Zee: 86 bouquet plans; starting at Rs. 11.8 per month and going up to Rs. 141.6 per month

Airtel A-La-Carte Channels
The a-la-carte class is basically the entire catalogue of channels offered by Airtel DTH from where subscribers can cherry-pick both free and paid channels in HD (High Definition) and SD (Standard Definition) quality. The total number of channels in the a-la-carte division stands at 563 in multiple languages and across different categories such as sports, movies, entertainment, etc. Out of the 563 channels, 266 of them are free to air channels. As for the paid channels, they start at Rs. 0.1 per month and go all the way up to Rs. 59 per month.

Airtel FTA
Just like Tata Sky, Airtel also offers free to air channels, but under two separate classes – Welcome North and Welcome South. Since these are free-to-air channels, subscribers don't have to pay for them if they include them all in their personal channel library, except for the NCF charges that will be applicable as per the rule mentioned above.

In addition to the three aforesaid categories, Airtel will also offer personalised plans to subscribers consisting of channels based on their content consumption habits. The FTA channels offered by Airtel cover content across genres such as news, devotional, movies, entertainment, and more.

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  Tata Sky Packs and Plans: List of Channels Packs Available on Tata Sky
Posted by: nairrk - 04-06-2019, 08:59 AM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Now that the new DTH and TV framework of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been put it into effect, service providers are coming up with curated packs to suit the diverse need of subscribers. One of them is Tata Sky, which recently unveiled 14 new regional plans at a starting charge of just Rs. 7 per month. If you have a Tata Sky connection and want to choose the best option that fits your content consumption preferences, read on to find out what Tata Sky has to offer.

Tata Sky's offerings are broadly classified into five categories – Curated Packs, Regional Packs, Add On / Mini Packs, Broadcaster Packs, and Channels. The Tata Sky Curated Packs consist of 13 subcategories with multiple plans under each one of them such as Pan-India curated packs, South Premium Packs, and Smart Packs among others. The Tata Sky Regional Packs offer plans with regional language channels for users based in different regions. The Add-On or Mini Packs offer multiple plans with a small number of niche channels for sports, music, etc., while the Broadcaster Packs offers plans

Tata Sky NCF fees and multiple connections
Notably, Tata Sky levies a network capacity fee of Rs. 153 per month, inclusive of all taxes, for the first 100 channels selected. After that, it charges Rs. 23 per month for every slab of 25 additional channels. Tata Sky has also detailed the variable pricing for multiple TV connections. So for instance, if a customer has a primary connection pack price of up to Rs. 100, then the secondary connection will be available at a monthly charge of Rs. 150. For customers who have a primary subscription between Rs. 101 and Rs. 200, they need to spend Rs. 200 on their secondary connection.

Tata Sky Curated Packs
Starting with the Tata Sky Curated Packs, this section has subscription plans divided across 13 categories. Here's a quick breakdown of what you can get:

• FTA Basic Pack: This zero cost plan (Rs. 0 per month) comprises of 100 free-to-air channels in different languages divided across entertainment, news, music and other categories.
• Pan-India Curated Packs: This section will let you choose from 14 different plans that start at Rs. 179 per month for the Hindi Bachat plan with 31 channels, and goes all the way up to Rs. 745 per month for the Premium Sports English HD plan offering 134 channels with some of them providing high definition (HD) visual experience.
• Maharashtra Curated Packs: 10 channel plans; starting at Rs. 338 per month
• West Bengal Curated Packs: 10 channel plans; starting at Rs. 334 per month
• South Basic Packs: 8 channel plans; starting at Rs. 248 per month
• South Family Kids Sports Packs: 16 channel plans; starting at Rs. 352 per month
• South Premium Packs: 8 channel plans; starting at Rs. 608 per month
• South Dual Language Basic Packs: 12 channel plans; starting at Rs.346 per month
• South Dual Language Premium Packs: 12 channel plans; starting at Rs. 691 per month
• Smart Packs: 10 channel plans; starting at Rs. 206 per month
• Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Curated Packs: 1 channel plan priced at Rs. 199 per month

Tata Sky Regional Packs The Tata Sky Regional packs offer a choice between a total of 33 plans, which offer regional language channels. A total of 6 plans under the Regional Packs category have zero subscription cost and offer as many as 16 free-to-air channels. As for the paid plans, they start at Rs. 7 per month for the “Gujarati Regional” plan that offers 4 channels, and go up to Rs. 164 per month for the Tamil Regional HD pack that bundles 24 channels.

Tata Sky Add On / Mini Packs
The Tata Sky Add On / Mini Packs category offers a total of 27 plans, which mostly offer a small selection of channels in a particular content class such as sports, music, English movies, and lifestyle among others. Under this class, the “FTA English News” is a no-cost offering and grants access to 13 free-to-air English news channels.

The paid plans under Tata Sky Add On / Mini Packs division start at Rs. 5 per month for the Hindi news plan, which offers a total of 9 channels, while the priciest one of the bunch – the English Movies HD plan – offers a total of 12 channels and costs Rs. 162 per month. There are also a few channels whose subscription can be purchased for 4 months or 12 months in one go.

Broadcaster Packs
The Broadcaster Packs is essentially a category that offers plans on the basis of channels from a single broadcasting network such as Star, Disney, and NDTV among others. There are a total of 16 broadcaster networks to choose from, with each one offering multiple plans containing their own channels. Here's a quick rundown of what you get:

• Star: 72 channel plans; starting at Rs. 29.50 per month
• Zee: 82 channel plans; starting at Rs. 11.8 per month
• Sony: 28 channel plans; starting at Rs. 14.16 per month
• TV18 (Colors): 50 channel plans; starting at Rs. 9 per month
• Sun: 26 channel plans; starting at Rs. 23.60 per month
• Disney: 4 channel plans; starting at Rs. 4.72 per month
• Times: 4 channel plans; starting at Rs. 5.90 per month
• NDTV: 6 channel plans; starting at Rs. 2.95 per month
• TV Today: 4 channel plans; starting at Rs. 0.59 per month
• ETV: 1 channel plan priced at Rs. 28.32 per month
• Raj TV: 2 channel plans; starting at Rs. 5.77 per month
• JayaTV: 1 channel plan priced at Rs. 12.39 per month
• Silverstar Communications Ltd.: 3 channel plans; starting at Rs. 3.89 per month
• Odisha Televisions: 1 channel plan priced at Rs. 18.05 per month
• Discovery: 12 channel plans; starting at Rs. 7.08 per month
• Tuner: 4 channel plans; starting at Rs. 5.015 per month

Channels
The Channels section is where you can see the entire catalogue and handpick channels across 24 different categories such as English movies, music, and Hindi news among others, and pay for each channel individually. It is worth mentioning here that some channels are free-to-air, which means subscribers can add them to their channel library without having to pay for them.

Tata Sky Flexi Annual Plan
Additionally, Tata Sky recently introduced the Flexi Annual Plan, which offers an additional month of free subscription to all eligible users that will be credited in their account at the end of their 12 months tenure. As part of the Flexi Annual Plan, subscribers can modify their channel pack at any point of time. For more instructions, check out our how-to article on how you can choose packages from Airtel, Tata Sky, Dish TV, D2h, and other service providers.

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  Dish TV long-term plans
Posted by: nairrk - 04-05-2019, 12:34 PM - Forum: Dish TV India - No Replies

Dish TV is offering seven days of additional subscription on a 3 month subscription plan, 15 additional days free on the 6 months subscription plan and 30 days of free subscription on its 11 month plan.

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  D2h TV long-term plans
Posted by: nairrk - 04-05-2019, 12:33 PM - Forum: Videocon D2H - No Replies

D2h is offering:

7 days of free additional subscription on its 3 month plan,
15 days of additional subscription for its 6 month plan,
30 days of additional subscription for its 11 month plan,
60 days of additional subscription on its 22 month plan,
90 days of additional subscription on its 33 months plan,
120 days of additional subscription on its 44 month plan,
150 days of free additional subscription on its massive 55 months plan subscription.

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  Tata Sky Flexi Annual Plan Offers 1 Month Free Additional Subscription...
Posted by: nairrk - 04-05-2019, 12:29 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

Tata Sky Flexi Annual Plan Offers 1 Month Free Additional Subscription: Everything You Need to Know

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*Tata Sky Flexi Annual plan subscribers will be eligible to bonus credit
*Users will have to recharge for 12 months at one go
*The bonus credit is equivalent to the subscriber’s monthly charges

Tata Sky has now launched a new long-term recharge pack offering an additional month of free subscription to all eligible users. The additional month will be equivalent to the pack chosen by the subscriber. To enrol for the new Tata Sky Flexi Annual Plan, the subscriber will have to ensure a balance of minimum 12 times their current monthly recharge value. The enrolled subscriber would then be eligible to get a bonus credit, equivalent to their monthly charges, which means an additional month of services for free. Tata Sky's annual plan comes just days after D2h and Dish TV have unveiled similar long-terms plans that offer free additional subscription.

The enrolled Tata Sky Flexi Annual Plan subscriber will get this bonus credit in their account at the end of their 12 months tenure. To remain eligible for the bonus amount, the subscriber needs to ensure adequate balance in the account and remain active for 12 months. Subscriber can add, delete, or modify their current pack at any point of time during this tenure.

A subscriber automatically gets enrolled for this plan, if the account balance is equivalent to or more than 12 times the current monthly burn rate (MBR or monthly pack charge). This balance should be added through Tata Sky website, app or any other Tata Sky authorized recharge channels. Tata Sky notes that if at any point of time during the tenure of the plan, a subscriber remains de-active for 5 consecutive days, or 10 cumulative days, then the subscriber will automatically get dropped out of the plan without any intimation, and no bonus amount shall be paid to the subscriber at the end of the tenure. All the details of the new Tata Sky Flexi Annual Plan are detailed on the company website.

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