As Nigerians await the roll out of TStv (Telecom Satellite Television) decoders on November 1, 2017, findings have shown that powers that be, especially pay TV giant, DSTV, are carrying out acts to frustrate the new entrant into the industry.
DSTV, according to an investigation, seems to be apprehensive by the exciting offers that has endeared millions of Nigeria to TStv.
TStv introduces the Pay-as-You-View (PAYV) model, an option other providers had insisted was not possible, arguing that they bought the contents they relay as a whole and not in bits.
The DTH pay TV, offers 200 rich blend of local and international channels and packages for entertainment, including news, sports, kids, health, etc.
These will be distributed on the ABS 3A Africa beam, located at 3 degrees west, beginning with 100 channels.
TStv will also show live sports like Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and much more. Some sport channels on TStv Africa are Sport 1-10, Fox Sport HD, and Ts Sports.
Running on 4.5G network, every subscriber will get 20G of data for N3,000 monthly. The data can also be used for video calls conferences with camera and WiFi.
The TStv decoder has 50GB hard disk to record TV programmes, a pause/play function and many more irresistible packages to be unveiled soon.
Perhaps unsettled by these and other products and services in store, DSTV, it was gathered, has earmarked billions of Naira to whittle down the influence of its new competitor.
From the pressure on the nation’s regulatory agencies; threat on third party channels; to secret infiltration of the national assembly, DSTV has been trying hard to deny Nigerians the new lease of life they yearned for many years.
DSTV, sources say, has officially written to over twenty third party channels to withdraw the rights they have but now granted to TStv.
At the federal legislature, DSTV through its agents, are lobbying to get the lawmakers to tag TStv a terrorist organisation because the corporate body has refused to disclose how it got the rights.
Furthermore, DSTV, sources added is planning to jam the frequency of TStv to stop it from reaching our various homes when it starts to beam.
But top industry practitioners, who spoke separately on condition of anonymity, condemned move by “monopolists” and “enemies of progress” to de-market TStv.
They all agree that 20 or more pay TV operators in Nigeria, with a population of over N180 million, can function properly, do good business and still make maximum profits, without bickering.
The analysts added that it is “criminal” and “sheer wickedness” for any company or group of persons to attempt gag citizens to remain on a particular platform when there are others offering similar services.
Meanwhile, as the November 1 date approaches, Nigerians who eagerly anticipate to get their decoders to enjoy lots of sports, news, movies, kiddies, religious, health, music, fashion and lifestyle channels in a single affordable bouquet, remain unperturbed about ongoing gimmicks and intrigues by forces against TStv.