first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri surprised by Arsenal scorelineby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri admits the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal surprised him.The victory lifted Liverpool nine points clear at the top of the Premier League as Jürgen Klopp’s side increased their unbeaten start to 20 matches.Next up is a massive meeting with Manchester City on Thursday night – and Shaqiri insisted the Reds have to block out any external noise to retain their momentum.“Expectations are always high,” said the Switzerland international.“But we want to stay focused, we have to stay focused and work hard every day. There’s a long way to go. At the moment we’re really happy and I hope we can keep going like this.“We are very happy to win this game. That high a result I didn’t expect – it was important to win. Obviously we had a really good game and we are very happy at the moment.”On his own form, Shaqiri added: “You can see on the pitch I have a lot of confidence at the moment.“I wanted to play from the beginning so I was very happy to play and have an impact on the game, helping my teammates to win the game. I’m very happy at the moment.” last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool striker Salah named Caf African Football Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named Caf African Football Player of the Year for the second time in a row.Salah saw off competition from Reds teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scoop the award yet again.Salah enjoyed a stellar 2018 as he led the goalscoring charts at home and in Europe.He netted 44 times in all competitions last season.And Salah’s fine form saw Liverpool end up in the Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid.Salah also represented Egypt at their first-ever World Cup in Russia. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid fancy De Bruyne as Hazard alternativeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are planning a move for Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Real have De Bruyne under consideration as an alternative to Chelsea ace Eden Hazard.And adding to the story, Inda says Real intend to use Isco as a makeweight in negotiations.He said, “Madrid are going to try to put Isco in the operation for Hazard or in a possible operation with De Bruyne. “In the Bernabéu they say that he is not to be sold. “(But) the hard core of the locker room is not with Isco because they consider that he is loose and out of shape. In addition, they have seen the rudeness to the coach, although they liked it when he asked for forgiveness. “Real Madrid now wants to keep things in house because it knows that he is an asset of the club and his price can drop if it affects public opinion.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say PSG star Kylian Mbappe taking Spanish lessonsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe appears to be preparing for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking Spanish language lessons.Indeed, Mbappe often converses with Neymar in Spanish inside the locker room. Neymar is fluent thanks to his time with Barcelona.Interestingly, it’s also been revealed today that Neymar has never bothered to learn French during his two years in Paris. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hodgson warns Crystal Palace fans of daunting fixture runby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must stay realistic ahead of a daunting fixture run.The Eagles are sixth on the Premier League table heading into the international thanks to Saturday’s win over West Ham United.They will face Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in their next four games.”Things will change,” Hodgson said. “I still fully believe in a championship being a marathon race. It’s nice to start reasonably well and be up with the front runners, but you know you’ve got to keep up that pace and one of the things we don’t have is a big squad.”But if we can keep our heads above water and get to January I hope we can do something about that.” last_img read more

first_imgChelsea duo Kovacic, Ampadu substituted in Croatia-Wales stalemateby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu were both substituted in Wales and Croatia’s 1-1 stalemate on Sunday.Tottenham’s Ben Davies went through the back of Kovacic right on the stroke of half-time, with the midfielder not returning after the break.Three minutes into the second half Bruno Petkovic clattered into Ampadu from behind, with Ampadu quickly being replaced by Joe Merrell.Gareth Bale’s goal cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s ninth minute opener, keeping Wales’ hopes of qualification for Euro2020 alive. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Jardim delighted with form of Leicester striker Slimaniby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admits he’s delighted with the form of Islam Slimani.The striker is on-loan at ASM from Leicester City this season.And Jardim is excited by his new-look partnership of Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder – both of whom struck in the 3-2 defeat of Rennes.”Ben Yedder-Slimani? It’s a beautiful wedding. One is strength, power and depth. “The other is the technical finesse coupled with a great sense of purpose,” enthused Jardim. last_img read more

first_imgOhio State players tackling an Army player carrying the football.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Kell Walker #5 of the Army Golden Knights is tackled by Damon Arnette #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Sam Hubbard #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, who redshirted this past year despite receiving great praise from head coach Urban Meyer, finds himself in an interesting situation Wednesday night. Hubbard has agreed to take a high school girl named Sariah Yackee to prom if – and only if – she can amass 15,000 retweets on the below tweet. It seems that Hubbard’s teammate, Stephen Collier, was integral in facilitating the scenario. As-of 9:30 PM EST, the tweet, just a few hours old, has around 1,500 retweets.Alright so here’s the deal I need 15k to take this ohio state hunk @Sam_Hubbard_ to prom so retweet this pic.twitter.com/Arsm3ZBLaX— sariah yackee (@sariahyackee) February 5, 2015For those who aren’t well-versed with Twitter, 15,000 is a very high number of retweets for someone who doesn’t have a massive following. If she pulls this off, he better pay up.last_img read more

first_imgArrion Springs makes a big interception against Arizona State.Twitter/@EvanWebeck Those who stayed up until almost 3:00 a.m. on the East Coast were rewarded by some crazy Pac-12 football. Oregon and Arizona State went to three overtimes, and were just a few yards away from making it four, when Oregon’s Arrion Springs picked off Mike Bercovici in the end zone to capture a 61-55 road win.Berco picked in the end zone. Oregon wins 61-55. pic.twitter.com/jmQFNWHqFj— Fabian Ardaya (@fardaya15) October 30, 2015INTERCEPTION. OREGON WINS! pic.twitter.com/FgmwwkgU0w— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) October 30, 2015The two teams combined for 116 points, 1,242 yards, and dozens of huge plays. While the two defenses were largely absent on Thursday night into Friday morning, it was the cornerback Springs who wound up with the game’s biggest play.last_img read more

first_imgLeeds United have completed the signing of Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid, with the goalkeeper penning a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Whites.Goal revealed on Tuesday that the 32-year-old was poised to make a move to Elland Road.An agreement has now been reached and the experienced custodian has joined the ranks of the Championship promotion hopefuls. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A statement released by Leeds on their official website read: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.“The experienced 32-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2023.“Casilla becomes Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing of the January transfer window and has been handed the number 33 shirt.“The addition will add competition amongst the goalkeeping ranks and he will now fight with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Huffer for a starting berth at Elland Road.”Casilla arrives at Leeds with the club chasing down a place in the Premier League.Bielsa’s side currently top the second tier, with the enigmatic Argentine coach proving to be a shrewd addition – despite questioning of his methods during the ‘spygate’ scandal.A proven keeper should help to aid the Whites in their quest to return to the big time.Casilla has over 300 senior appearances to his name, including one cap for Spain.He earned international recognition during a productive four-year stint at Espanyol between 2011 and 2015.Having been a regular in Catalunya, Real Madrid returned him to his roots in a €6 million transfer.A product of the Blancos’ academy system, Casilla found himself behind Keylor Navas in the pecking order, but has taken in 43 outings across the last three seasons.He figured in each of Madrid’s successful Champions League campaigns from 2016 to 2018 and also tasted La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup triumphs during his time in the Spanish capital.last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh speaks to Michigan's football team.YouTubeGet excited for the Wolverines’ match-up against Indiana today with a fan-made video honoring Michigan’s seniors.No. 4 Michigan takes on Indiana today for their Senior Day, and in anticipation of the match-up, one fan took the liberty of making a hype video featuring the Michigan seniors. It’s pretty cool!Check it out:That’s good stuff.The Wolverines will definitely be looking for some redemption after being upset by Iowa last week, and they’ll have a great opportunity to pile it on against Indiana with a raucous home crowd cheering them on.The Wolverines have won the last 20 (!) match-ups between the two teams, with the streak going back all the way to 1988, and they lead the series with 55 wins to Indiana’s nine.You can catch the match-up at 3:30 p.m. E.T. and the game is being broadcast on ESPN. The Wolverines are 24.5-point favorites.last_img read more

first_imgNot even Johan Cruyff or Pep Guardiola could turn things around with the current Argentina team, according to the Argentine Football Association’s (AFA) director of national teams Cesar Luis Menotti.Argentina have been in turmoil over the past 12 months, starting with the thoroughly underwhelming World Cup showing last year when they were eliminated in the last 16.That cost Jorge Sampaoli his job and his assistant Lionel Scaloni stepped into the role on an interim basis, before being appointed permanently. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Two games into the 2019 Copa America, Argentina have just one point after a defeat to Colombia was followed by a draw with Paraguay, leaving them in danger of early elimination.Menotti, who was coach when Argentina won their first World Cup in 1978, believes even the best coaches would not be able to fix things.”Neither Cruyff nor Guardiola today could turn the history of the Argentine national team,” he told Diario Popular.”It reflects the present great complexity that Argentina is living through. Scaloni, of course, has to be evaluated, because we are all evaluated every day.@CopaAmerica @Argentina  1 (Lionel Messi) – #Paraguay  1 (Richard Sánchez)Final del partido en Belo Horizonte. pic.twitter.com/1suTxQhLjM— Selección Argentina  (@Argentina) June 20, 2019″It is essential to see the complete development, the complete overview. If we do not do so and we only partially look at it, then we are wrong.”This selection had almost no rehearsal, it goes out and plays, and of course it is exposed, without a broad plan of work and without a schedule that all the areas of football respect, especially the [club] leaders. The selection will not recover.”Menotti elaborated on his criticism of clubs, claiming the AFA hoped to implement plans that would have seen the best domestic Argentina players spend more time away from their teams, boosting familiarity and cohesion in the national side.However, Menotti says the “leaders” of Superliga Argentina clubs refused to buy into the AFA’s plans, and he pointed the finger at them.”There was an intention to organise the selection, to train, to get together, to have a group of players training in Argentina,” he said.”But the leaders did not allow it because of different interests, and that greatly weakens any player and any coach.”Argentina has to improvise and there is a political use of criticism, criticising a selection project that will start now, because when I arrived [at the AFA] there was only the president of the AFA, that’s why I am surprised by the opportunist leaders who criticise when the national team loses and they’re never worried.”There are leaders who expect Argentina to be eliminated. It is obvious that it’s wrong for the us to rely on them when they did nothing to defend the national team.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed Laurent Koscielny “should be ashamed” after his move to Bordeaux was announced with the Frenchman throwing off a Gunners shirt.The club’s former captain  sealed a return to Ligue 1 on Tuesday, having refused to travel on the Premier League club’s pre-season tour.The nature of the transfer had already upset many Arsenal fans before a social media video prompted further outrage on the day of his switch. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A clip, shared by Bordeaux, showed Koscielny taking off his Arsenal shirt to reveal his new club’s top underneath.Wright was among those unimpressed, posting on Twitter : “This hurts. The level of disrespect. You should be ashamed for the way you’ve left the club after nine years!”Got what you wanted and still trying to have a dig. Hope it’s worth it in the long run.”Nouveau joueur, nouveau maillot, retrouvez-le dès maintenant ici ➡ https://t.co/6Jb2BRKbIo pic.twitter.com/eCfsGaSUYS — FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019 Meanwhile, Koscielny sought to explain his exit to Arsenal fans on his Instagram page.”As you know, I engaged with Bordeaux,” he wrote. “After nine years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave.”I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up. This experience made me the player I am today.”My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my team-mates, my coach, and it has been a well-thought decision.”I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man.”However, I hope you understand, and in any case, I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal. I am aware of everything that the club and you supporters have brought to me.”But it is time for me to go home, so today my will is to join Bordeaux. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination.”Arsenal are looking to sign a new centre-back in the final two days of the transfer window, with Goal revealing that RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is one of those under consideration.last_img read more

first_imgArizona band performs before game.TUCSON, AZ – AUGUST 30: The Arizona Wildcats marching band perform before the college football game against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Arizona Stadium on August 30, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Lumberjacks 35-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A major college football program is hiring a former star NFL running back as an assistant coach.The Arizona Wildcats are hiring former Dallas Cowboys’ standout tailback DeMarco Murray, who retired from the NFL before the 2018 season.Murray will serve as the running backs coach.BREAKING: Former NFL and Oklahoma star DeMarco Murray is set to become the new RB coach at Arizona, the Star has learned. Story:https://t.co/6VYJ3VGuDB— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) January 3, 2019247Sports had more details on the hire:Murray will be announced as the replacement for Clarence McKinney, who accepted the head coaching job at Texas Southern. In addition, Murray will be Kevin Sumlin’s first running backs coach that isn’t McKinney.***In terms of recruiting, one of the first places Arizona fans will look towards is Las Vegas, where Murray was one of the best prep running backs in the country.Murray attended Bishop Gorman High School where he played football, basketball, and ran track. He was an All-conference pick three consecutive years and during his time at Gorman, his team was three-time Conference Champions.Murray, 30, played in the NFL from 2011-17. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgShot of the Texas Longhorns cheerleaders performing during game.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The NFL Draft kicks off tonight! That means the last mock drafts are starting to come in, just hours ahead of the first round.Once again, it seems very unlikely that Texas has a player go on the first day.  The last Longhorn that earned that honor was Malcolm Brown, who was the final pick of the first round by the New England Patriots in 2015.Expect more on the horizon with Tom Herman’s continually improving recruiting efforts. Still, in the 2019 NFL Draft we should see a few Horns selected throughout.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller published a new full seven-round mock NFL Draft today, with four Texas players being drafted.Per Miller’s predictions, the Longhorns will have to wait until late Friday for a pick though.Here are where he has the four Texas players being selected:Round 3, Pick 98 – EDGE Charles Omenihu – Jacksonville Jaguars The countdown is on. The 2019 NFL Draft is almost here. On the clock in Music City. #NFLDraft #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/liRTTpynOK— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 24, 2019Round 4, Pick 110- CB Kris Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals It’s almost the #Endgame #HookEm🤘 | #NFLDraft2019 pic.twitter.com/bLUUqSIov1— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) April 25, 2019Round 6, Pick 190- WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey – Minnesota Vikings#WallpaperWednesday NFL Draft edition. @LJ_Humphrey23 #NFLDraft #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/DYLJvuLg19— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 24, 2019Round 6, Pick 214 – LB Gary Johnson – Kansas City ChiefsGary Johnson is an absolute beast. Texas Pro Day. @_GaryJohnson #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/kNgFPh01UE— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) March 28, 2019Four selections would match last season’s NFL Draft for the Longhorns. Offensive tackle Connor Williams led the way in 2018, going in the second round to the nearby Dallas Cowboys. The team also produced a rookie Pro Bowler, in punter Michael Dickson, who shined for the Seattle Seahawks after being a fifth round selection.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Kelly Bryant surprised many when the former Clemson quarterback decided to transfer to Missouri, choosing the Tigers over a handful of other notable programs.There’s optimism surrounding Missouri heading into the 2019 season, though, and the Tigers are set to open the season on Aug. 31 against Wyoming.Unfortunately, Bryant appears to be dealing with an injury.Missouri head coach Barry Odom announced this afternoon that Bryant left today’s practice with a hamstring injury. The injury is not believed to be serious, though anything hamstring related can be a cause for concern, especially with the season only a couple of weeks away.Both Kelly Bryant and Albert Okwuegbunam left #Mizzou practice today. Head coach Barry Odom said Bryant has a hamstring strain and Okwuegbunam has a knee strain. Doesn’t yet have an idea of the recovery time for either.— Mitchell Forde (@Mitchell4D) August 5, 2019Bryant decided to transfer out of Clemson when Dabo Swinney named then-freshman Trevor Lawrence the team’s starter at quarterback.The former Clemson starter threw for 2,802 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2017. He added 665 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.Missouri is set to open its season on Aug. 31 against Wyoming at 7:30 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Week one of the 2019 college football season is a little light on big-time matchups, but one that will catch your eye is Oregon vs. Auburn. Ahead of the contest, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum appeared on SportsCenter to make his pick.Finebaum, true to form, is picking the SEC school. He took the Tigers to knock off the Ducks, adding that he wonders if new Auburn quarterback Bo Nix will be a “star” this season. Here’s what he had to say:“I’ve got the Auburn Tigers in a rematch of the 2010 National Championship Game. Cam Newton was the star of Auburn, will Bo Nix be the star?”The game will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. While it’s technically a neutral-site game, you can assume that more Tigers fans will make the trip than Ducks fans based on geography.As Finebaum noted, this matchup is a rematch of the 2010 BCS national title game, in which Auburn knocked off Oregon 22-19. It was a low-scoring affair despite both teams having fantastic offenses all season.This year’s game will take place Saturday night at 7:30 PM ET. It will be broadcast on ABC.Obviously, this is a huge game not only for the two teams but their conferences as well. The Ducks would do the Pac-12 a solid if they could knock off a big-time SEC opponent in week one.last_img read more

first_img It shouldn’t be a surprise that Ohio State is No. 1, while Wisconsin has looked dominant through two weeks. Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State have handled their business.Michigan at No. 6 is eye-opening. The Wolverines are going to have a lot to prove going forward after almost losing to Army.We’ll learn some things about this league in the next few weeks. Is Wisconsin back among the elite? How good is Maryland really? Can Michigan step its game up? How about Nebraska?Those are just some of the questions that need to be answered about the Big Ten. Jonathan Taylor rushes the ball against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl.NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball in the first quarter of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium on December 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)Week 2 was an interesting one in the Big Ten, as some programs survived scares while others asserted their dominance. Overall, it was an entertaining slate of games.Every week, ESPN updates its Big Ten rankings. There are a few interesting changes to this week’s edition, with one notable program dropping a few spots.Here are ESPN’s full Big Ten power rankings for Week 3:Ohio StateWisconsinPenn StateIowaMichigan StateMichiganMarylandMinnesotaPurdueNebraskaNorthwesternIndianaIllinoisRutgersYou can see all of the conference power rankings here.last_img read more

first_imgTRAI new DTH rules from Feb 1: Base pricing, will TV bill go up, a la carte channels, other details explainedTRAI new DTH rules, to come into force from February 1,  are supposed to make watching TV cheaper and fair because people will only pay for channels they wish to see. But will it increase your monthly TV bill? We answer.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 11:49 IST (Photo: Pixabay)HIGHLIGHTSPricing will be kept under check by the broadcasters, which translates to fair pricing for all.TRAI’s new regulations for DTH came into effect from December 29, 2018.Consumers will have to pay a basic amount for 100 Standard Definition (SD) channels.Up until now, DTH and cable operators had an upper hand in deciding the costs that a TV viewer had to incur through a month, or a year if you are getting the annual package. But from February 1, it’s going to change because new DTH rules are coming effect that will let TV users in India, pick, choose and subscribe to channels they want to watch.Usually, the DTH service providers designed channel packs in such a way that the consumer had to pay for those channels that they actually never watch. This system puts the viewers at a disadvantage. After several considerations, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to shake up the existing system and modify it in a way that favours the consumers. Hence, TRAI’s new regulations for DTH came into effect from December 29, 2018, and all service providers have a deadline until January 31, 2019, to meet them.The new regulations aim to offer a fairer scenario for consumers of DTH and cable connections. The regulations mandate that consumers will pay only for the channels that they want to see and not end up paying unnecessarily for those that don’t matter to them. Additionally, the pricing will be kept under check by the broadcasters, which translates to fair pricing for all. There’s also a base price that consumers need to pay in order to enjoy their service without interruption.If you are not able to grasp the new changes, we have simplified it for you to understand the new regulations better.advertisementTRAI’s new DTH regulations explained– The new system focuses completely on offering a fair pricing model for both the consumers and the broadcasters. The service providers will now have to comply with the requirements of both the parties.– Under the new system, consumers will have to pay a basic amount for 100 Standard Definition (SD) channels.– The base pack will cost maximum of Rs 130 plus taxes and will include all the Free-To-Air channels. But do note that this is the maximum price that can be charged for the base pack, which will have Free-To-Air channels. The actual price is likely to be lower because DTH service providers like Airtel Dish TV and others will compete. For the same reason, they are also likely to include more than 100 channels in the base pack. For example, Airtel and Hathway have already announced a new base price for100 Free-To-Air channels and it costs Rs 99 plus taxes.– Apart from the base pack, consumers will also get an option to subscribe to a different pack that DTH service providers will prepare to target different segments. For example, Tata Sky has a Rs 560 plus taxes plan called Ultra that will give users access to 261 HD and SD channels, including channels that are not Free-To-Air. Similar packs will be offered by other DTH providers like Airtel and DishTV. This in a way is going to be similar to the channel packs that you get right now, and depending on competition, the prices for these channel packs could be higher or lower after February 1 compared to the prices of various packs right now.– The most significant part of the new DHT rules from TRAI that come into effect from February 1 is the a la carte rule. This is where the fun is. What TRAI is doing is that it is asking DTH service providers to unbundle everything and let TV users create their own channel packs, whether that pack has two channels or whether it has a thousand.Of course, you will have to pay for most of these channels — the price may start as low as Rs 5 and may go as high as Rs 60 for premium HD channels — but you will be able to choose only the channels that you watch. For example, if you only watch sports then you can choose a couple of HD sports channel and be done with it. How much you will pay will depend on what you are choosing. In some cases, you may see you TV bill coming down after February 1 compared to what you pay right now, in some other cases it may go up.– This is the reason why TRAI says: “It is time to exercise your option for TV channels. You can reduce your monthly bill by carefully choosing the channels of your choice. Contact your TV service provider.”The new DTH rules have some more provisions– TRAI says that users will have the choice to either rent the set-top Box from DTH service provider or they can buy their own set-top box. This is similar to the choice you have while getting a new broadband connection.advertisement– The new DTH rules say that service providers will have to offer channel information — packs, price etc — on one of the channels, preferably on 999.– TRAI also says that DTH companies will have to resolve problems quickly. “If a TV connection is faulty then there is a provision of Call Centre. If the connection is not restored in 72 hours, then you do not have to pay,” notes TRAI.ALSO READ | Watching TV to be cheaper after February 1, TRAI DTH rules allow users to create pay-per-channel planALSO READ | Airtel removes Rs 99 international roaming fee, gives broadband users 1000GB bonus data to fight JioFiberALSO READ | After Jio and BSNL, Vodafone comes up with Rs 1,499 unlimited annual plan Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow traiFollow DTHFollow Tata SkyFollow Dish TV Nextlast_img read more