#Coronavirus Impact: These 4 Popular Pay Channels Are Now Free For 60 Days; Re 1 For These Pay Channels
All through the mushrooming coronavirus pandemic fears outgrowing in the country, with new sets of people detected positive each day, various companies, celebrities, individuals, organizations and market sectors have come forward and are joining hands with the government in fighting against this pandemic.
In keep a solid check on the ongoing situation, the central government announced a nation-wide lockdown for a period of 21 days to curb the spread of Covid-19.
In a similar attempt to help the government fight against Covid-19, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) announced on 28th March, Saturday that it will offer four pay TV channels free for the next two months.
What is This About?
The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) announced to offer four pay TV channels free for next two months, to support the government’s fight against COVID-19 outbreak.
The announcement from IBF comes in the midst of the country being placed under 21 day lockdown due to COVID-19 with broadcasting networks facing uncertainty owing to potential impact on advertising revenues.
Even thought the DTH sector is not in its best state right now, the IBF said that it will stand firmly with the government of India and its fight against COVID-19 outbreak.
These are the 4 Channels which the IBF will Provide for Free
According to IBF, the four pay TV channels to be offered free for the next 2 months are:
- Sony run Sony Pal
- Star India’s Star Utsav
- Zee TV’s Zee Anmol
- Viacom18’s bouquet channel Colors Rishtey
In a statement, IBF informed that in this state of complete lockdown, to help the Government maintain social distancing, our major broadcasting networks have come forward and decided to waive off all tariffs and charges for four channels for a period of two months.
The broadcasting fraternity feels that this will provide people who are restricted to their homes, wholesome entertainment and invigorating content and will help provide relief during the period of lockdown.
The Channels are Already Priced at Low Prices
It has to be noted that Sony Pal, Star Utsav and Colors Rishtey are expensive of the four channels and are priced at Re 1.
While Colors, Star India and Sony offer high definition (HD) channels, priced higher as compared to standard definition (SD) channels, the top priced SD channel in Colors is the Colors TV priced at Rs 19.
Similarly, Star Plus and Sony Entertainment TV are the highest priced channels in the SD bouquet of Star India group and the Sony stable and are priced at Rs 19.
Colors Rishtey and Star Utsav are the lowest priced SD TV channels in the respective stables. Similarly, Zee Anmol is among the lowest priced channels in the Zee stable with its monthly charge being Rs 0.10.