Dish TV has quietly added lock-in periods for a-la-carte channels as well as add-on packs. While the lock-in period is limited to 30 days for individual channels, the lock-in for add-on packs ranges from 30 days to 360 days, depending on the pack duration. The DTH provider had introduced similar lock-in periods in April this year as well, but the operator relented after negative feedback from subscribers. It is unclear why the lock-in periods are back and whether they will last this time.
The modify pack section on the Dish TV website and self-care app now clearly shows lock-in period below every channel and pack name. Every single paid channel now carries a lock-in period of 30 days, whereas the add-on pack lock-in period varies from 30 days to 360 days. The Dish TV add-on packs like India Cricket Hindi 6M, which have a duration of 6 months, have a lock-in period of the same period (180 days). The same pack with a 12-months duration has a lock-in period of 360 days. Apart from South BST Promo pack, every other add-on pack has a lock-in period.
It is unclear whether these lock-in periods flout the new TRAI norms as the new regulations are supposed to allow DTH subscribers to only pay for what they want to watch. These lock-in periods will only force the subscribers to keep paying for packs or channels that they no longer want to watch.