TRAI app enables users to select and modify TV channel plans

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched a channel selector app enabling TV subscribers to select and modify TV channel subscription plans.
Smart TV channelsFour DTH service providers and four Multi-System Operators (MSOs) have joined the app. TRAI will be adding another 12 more Distribution Platform Operators (DTH or MSOs).

The mobile app is available on both Google Play and Apple Store.

“Our objective to launch this app is to facilitate the consumers in selecting and modifying their TV channel subscription plans easily. We have no interest in collecting consumer information through this app and have a privacy policy in place,” TRAI chairman RS Sharma said.

“This is a reference application offering a common interface to consumers. The idea of this app is to offer consumers another option to easily modify and select the TV channels of their choice, besides the options offered by individual DTH companies and MSOs,” RS Sharma said.

TRAI aims to get most of the DPOs on-boarded on the app. Last October, the telecom and broadcast regulator had mandated all DPOs to share their APIs (application programme interfaces) with TRAI so that consumers can edit and modify their subscription using an app developed by TRAI.

TV consumers will be able to check their existing subscription plans using the app and view all channels and bouquets provided by their DTH service providers and cable operators.

TV subscribers can modify their subscription plans, including removing unwanted channels. They will get the best combination of user-selected channels or bouquets available at the same or less price, TRAI said in a statement.