Now that the 2019 DTH and TV framework of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been put it into effect, service providers are coming up with new curated DTH plans and packs to suit the diverse need of subscribers. One of them is Tata Sky, which recently unveiled 14 new regional 2019 plans at a starting charge of just Rs. 7 per month. If you have a Tata Sky connection and want to choose the best plans and packs that fits your content consumption preferences, read on to find out new Tata Sky plans are on offer.
Tata Sky's new plans 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 consisting of channels from a single broadcaster.
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.
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.
Then there are some other curated plans for you to choose from:
|Tata Sky curated packs||Number of plans||Starting price (per month)|
|Maharashtra Curated Packs||10||Rs. 338|
|West Bengal Curated Packs||10||Rs. 334|
|South Basic Packs||8||Rs. 248|
|South Family Kids Sports Packs||16||Rs. 352|
|South Premium Packs||8||Rs. 608|
|South Dual Language Basic Packs||12||Rs.346|
|South Dual Language Premium Packs||12||Rs. 691|
|Smart Packs||10||Rs. 206|
|Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Curated Packs||10||Rs. 199|
|Kerala Curated Packs||4||Rs. 225|
There are 33 Tata Sky Regional Packs that you can choose from. 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.
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.
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.
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:
|Tata Sky broadcaster pack||Number of plans||Starting price (per month)|
|TV18 (Colors)||50||Rs. 9|
|TV Today||4||Rs. 0.59|
|Raj TV||2||Rs. 5.77|
|Silverstar Communications Ltd.||3||Rs. 3.89|
|Odisha Televisions||1||Rs. 18.05|
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.