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Mixed Reactions as DSO Month Arrives

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Palpable anxiety has gripped the industry over the ability or otherwise of the country to meet with its set deadline of migrating from analogue broadcasting to digital as June 2017 date is here.

After missing global targeted deadline and first country set deadline, the present administration set another deadline of June 2017 which began yesterday for the country to migrate to digital broadcasting that will entail switching off of analogue broadcasting otherwise known as free-to-air.

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and also chairman of broadcasting outfit Royal FM, said that though a lot of efforts have been made in terms of investment by government to ensure that the migration deadline is met such as digital switch over pilot scheme in Jos and Abuja, there is also a lot to do in terms of public enlightenment and availability of set-top boxes to meet the deadline.

“We have just started June which means we have some 28 days to the end of June by then it is assumed we should have migrated, there is no stakeholders’ and public enlightenment programme on how the process is been manage and what is going to happen at any point. Remember, we are talking about switching off free-to-air television service that is part of culture of the people without providing them with affordable alternative. A lot of work needs to be done by ministry of Information and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in order not to ridicule the country among commit of nations especially small countries that have succeeded in achieving the switch-over. I know Tanzania has achieved this fit about a year ago, with our resources and popular it will look embarrassing if we fail to achieve it this time around,” he said.

James Agada, managing Director, CWG, a company that provides teleport infrastructure for satellite broadcasting, identified none availability of set-top boxes and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) infrastructure across the country as part of the challenges.

“Although statistics are not available to show the availability of set-top boxes required for digital switch-over, however, some companies that were awarded the contracts are yet to deliver, but, for the digital satellite, signal distribution and content which has to do with the television station, I think we are ready. The second platform of DTT which also requires building of base stations across the across the country, I don’t think much has been done in the area,” he said.

Engr. Lanre Ajayi, immediate, past president, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) said that good efforts have been made by some industry stakeholders such as StarTimes, GoTV by building DTT infrastructure in the country which will be working alongside satellite platform that is already available.

He frowns at none availability of set-top boxes at affordable cost for Nigerians whose free-to-air television channels will be short down by the end of June going by government deadline.

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MultiChoice Refutes Launch of Pay-Per-View Report

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Pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, has dismissed fresh reports saying it is about to make its services available via the Pay-Per-View model.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the company said reports currently circulating and suggesting that it is about launching Pay-Per-View are unfounded.

“MultiChoice wishes to correct the news currently being circulated and states that at no time was it announced that a Pay Per View service was about to be launched,” said the statement.

The company explained that before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing fight, it explained to journalists at a media briefing premium subscribers on its DStv platform would watch the fight as part of their package, while subscribers to pay television services in the USA would need to pay an additional US$99 on Pay per view basis to access the fight.

It added that should it decide to offer a new service in the future, the media and its subscribers will be directly informed.

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DSTv, Startimes Panic as TSTV Unpacks PaSC, Data Bundle

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As the commercial launch of TStv, Telcom Satellite TV, in Nigeria beckons, DStv/GOtv and StarTimes, and other pay TV providers, are believed to be troubled, according to Independent.

Their anxiety may have arisen from the new operator’s introduction of the Pay-as-You-Consume (PaSC) model and data bundle.

Other pay TV providers had consistently argued that the model was not possible to implement in Nigeria on the grounds that they bought the contents they relay as a whole and not in bits.

TStv will roll out its Pay-As-You-Consume plan on October 1, 2017, and industry watchers predict that it would win over a lot of customers from its competitors.

Analysts have expressed the hope that TStv would, indeed, redeem its promise of offering unique services, and thus break the MultiChoice’s monopoly in the business in Nigeria.

The move by the incoming operator is aimed at attracting more subscribers to their service, which is considered to have been tailored along the yearning of Nigerian pay TV customers.

When the new plan begins, it is expected to replicate the revolutionary feat Globacom made in the telecoms industry through the introduction of per second billing (PSB).

Prior to the implementation of PSB by Glo, MTN and Econet (now Airtel) had insisted that it was not possible to operate the PSB until after seven years, but Glo made it possible immediately it hit the market in 2003.

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‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ on DStv Clocks Ten

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For the last decade, the E! mega hit series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has grown steadily from a familial docu-series into a global phenomenon.

From break-ups to make-ups, weddings, births and all the drama in between, fans have “kept up” with the family’s constant evolution.

In the 90-minute Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10 Year Anniversary Special, airing on 25 September at 7pm, host and executive producer of the series and special, Ryan Seacrest, sits down with Kris, Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie to reflect back on the most monumental events in their lives.

Throughout the years, the family has remained genuine, compassionate, and vulnerable with the viewers, and this special will delve into what it’s been like for the family to live all the triumphs and hardships in front of the camera.

In preparation for the ten year anniversary celebrations, E! is airing a Kardash-a-thon, every day until 6 October. From 06:10am to 06:05pm, fans are given the opportunity to catch up on every episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians ever aired.

Fans can find out more about the Kardashian and Jenner sisters’ fashion style and signature looks in a series of E!’s Look Book specials, every day at 7pm.

On 7 October, E! will showcase the most popular episodes from Keeping Up with the Kardashians as voted by you, the fans, in Top 10 Fan Faves. Voting is open on the E! Africa Facebook page until 1 October.

Then, after a heavy and eventful year, Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns for a fun and flirty fourteenth season on 8 October at 7pm. From backyard camping and wine tasting in Santa Barbara to jet-setting to Mexico for birthday shenanigans, the family is determined to get back to basics, but not without some challenges along the way.

Kim debates removing herself from the spotlight to focus on her family after the traumatic experience in Paris.

Meanwhile, as Khloé’s relationship with Tristan heats up, she stresses over how to blend her two lives.

As Kourtney is burdened over how to unapologetically embrace her single life while co-parenting with Scott, Kendall finds herself under an immense amount of pressure as she struggles with being in the public eye and the rest of the family is along for the unpredictable ride.

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