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DStv Unscathed by Attacks on Many Fronts

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Multichoice, owners of DStv and GOtv is being attacked on all fronts as the pay-tv operator grows stronger with better content and constant evolution.

 

From the home country to Nigeria; to the threat over-the-top (OTT) services; and to new pay-tv operators moonlighting as competitions; Multichoice is under a deluge of attacks.

 

In its home country- the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) plans to break DStv’s monopoly.

 

According to ICASA, as a result of MultiChoice’s dominance, it is proposing various license conditions to address the market failure; claiming support from stakeholders to reduce contract duration; split rights; unbundle; and so on.

 

In Nigeria, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has issued a final order to MultiChoice Nigeria for showing alleged bad faith in enforcing a mutual agreement on tariffs review and other services.

 

Recall that in July 2018, MultiChoice announced the upward review of the monthly subscription rates for its cable television systems, DSTV and GoTV, with effect from August 1, 2018.

 

But the Consumer Protection agency had kicked against the review and ordered DSTV to immediately reverse the decision.

 

Also, in Nigeria there is increasing call on the pay-tv operator to implement pay-per-view method of subscription- a call which Multichoice said it will answer presently.

 

Perhaps, one unseen threat to pay-tv business is so-called over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix.

 

These services have social implication, economic implication, security implication and if they are not licensed, that means they are not regulated and if they are not regulated, there is no limit or scope to what they can do.

 

And no control over ther services and content they can provide.

 

Only recently, NextTv, a new media and entertainment platform, a joint venture partnership between Nigus International, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) said it was set to challenge the monopoly enjoyed by Multichoice.

 

But there have been many before NextTv including the much hyped TSTV which was dead on arrival.

 

To many Multichoice’s resilience in the face of these challenge evoke both envy and admiration.

 

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DStv Emerges Preferred Pay TV Option for Nigerians

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MultiChoice Nigeria’s DStv and GOtv platforms have emerged as Nigerians’ preferred Pay TV service providers for home entertainment during the festive season of November and December 2019, into January 2020.

DStv Emerges Preferred Pay TV Option for Nigerians

This was revealed in a newly published independent report which surveyed hundreds of Nigerians from various walks of life in 27 states across the country.

According to the report published by Nigerian Entertainment Today (theNETng), 52% of respondents say that watching some form of TV at home is their preferred festive season activity, while over 48% of Cable TV customers say that DStv is their preferred service provider throughout the festive period, including during the Christmas and New Year holidays. 33% chose GOtv as their primary source of TV content.

The survey which had over 80% of its respondents under the age of 35 also suggests that watching TV was the overwhelmingly most popular activity amongst young people during the festive season. Only about 30% of respondents say they spend most of the festive season going out to visit family and friends or to party.

The report also provides some insight into the most popular programming types among young pay TV subscribers in Nigeria. 47% of respondents say they watch mostly foreign movies on their pay TV services, while 12% watch mostly Nigerian movies on channels such as Africa Magic. 16% of respondents watch mostly football and sports, while 11% spend most of their time watching music shows during the holiday season.

While highlighting the consumption behaviour of content consumers in the country during the end of year festive season, this report has further reconfirmed the acceptance of DStv and GOtv amongst Nigerians. With the recent launch of new DStv packages; DStv Confam and DStv Yanga which are specially customised for Nigerians, MultiChoice aims to unlock a new level of entertainment and value for customers, giving them improved choices and a brand new, more-value-for-money experience.

 

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APC Drags Adamawa Media Houses before NBC

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Adamawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), accusing some media houses in the state of not giving it right of reply.

   APC Drags Adamawa Media Houses before NBC

The APC brought the development to the notice of newsmen in the state capital, Yola, yesterday via a letter in which it stated, “After observing with grave concern in the past few months the inability of some media houses in the state to accord us the right to reply, we wrote to the National Broadcasting Commission seeking clarification.”

The APC did not mention names in its communication with newsmen, but its grouse would most likely rest against the media houses owned by the state government.

The petition by the APC brought to mind how incumbent governor, Umaru Fintiri, had complained shortly after he became governor-elect last year, how public media houses were servicing the interests of the government of that time as if the media houses were not run with tax payers’ money.

The letter from the APC, signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon Mohammed Abdullahi, was attached with a reply from the NBC in which the commission advised the party to take steps for redress.

The NBC made clarifications in its response letter from Musa Birniwa, Zonal Office in Maiduguri, signed by the Zonal Director, stating how broadcast media houses are required to give right of reply to complainants on false accusations.

It urged the APC to consider applying the appropriate measure to get right of reply.

Adamawa State is home to a number of media houses, including those owned by the state government, namely Adamawa State Television (ATV), Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC, a radio house), Adamawa Publishing Ltd, publishers of Scope weekly newspaper.

 

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Multichoice’ Back to School Season with DStv Thanks is Here Again

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It’s January, the holidays are over, and children are back to school. That comes with a whole lot of expenses. Buying almost a whole new wardrobe; School shoes, bags, socks and the rest.

MultiChoice with DStv Thanks has a back to school reward package with discounts on every purchase made from School Kits; a professional school supply and outfitting company and Nigeria’s pioneer one-stop shop for all school requirements.

With DStv Thanks, you get to enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase made from School Kits. Without stress, children can be fitted for school with products ranging from school wears, dress accessories, stationery, books, footwear, bags, boarding house requirements, sportswear, costumes, extra-curricular activities’ wear & accessories and ballet gear amongst others.

Everyone can then enjoy a slice of pizza after a hectic day at school with Domino’s Pizza giving out 15% discount off selected pizza pies.

With Addide’s 10% discount, stocking up on the children’s favorite things for school is made easier.

Lunch is not a problem with a discount of 5% on any purchase from The Place. So the kids can enjoy their favourite meals.

Get more value for less this season with the DStv Thanks. Simply pay your DStv subscription on time and enjoy all the benefits. Eligible customers can check and access their rewards by logging on to www.dstv.com/thanks using their last name or mobile number to access their voucher codes.

 

 

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