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February 24, 2024

Pay-per-view: Package not technically possible, says Multichoice


…slashes price on DSTV, GOTV decoders


The possibility of frontline cable television service provider, Multichoice, to render its services under the pay-perview arrangement in Nigeria may take a longer time to achieve as the management has cleared the air on why it is not feasible, at least, for now.


Most Nigerians have consistently called on the entertainment provider to start the process, since they are not always available to watch most of the channels after subscription.


Speaking on the agitation last week, the Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, said it was not as if the organisation was not ready to do it but that it is for now contractually and technically not possible. Mabutho, who also spoke extensively on price slash on GOTV and DSTV decoders, said there was need to educate Nigerians on why the pay-perview arrangement would not be possible.


Giving an instance, he said it was not possible for football fans to demand their gate fees in a situation where their club is down by some goals before the end of the first half. According to those requesting for the package, paying the high monthly subscription in a country where power is unstable or in situations where they only watch for a few hours at night is a waste of money; hence, they would want an arrangement where they only pay for what they watch.


Although many Nigerians had argued that the South African company was offering pay-per-view in its home country, checks in the past confirmed it was not true. Speaking on the price slash, he said it would commence today (Monday, February 1, 2021.


According to the organisation, the price slash will see the DStv HD decoder, dish kit with Compact package subscription drop from N18,600 to N9,900 on Confam package, while GOtv decoder, GOtennae with GOtv Jolli package subscription will go from N8,400 to N6,900. DStv Confam is one of two recently improved DStv packages specially designed for the Nigerian family.


With over 120 channels, DStv Confam offers the best of family time with international entertainment, kids, news and sports boasting of a range of channels including SuperSport La Liga, CBS Reality, FOX, BET and Cartoon Network. GOtv Jolli, also a recently improved package on the DTT offering, offers a broad selec- essention of over 68 local and international channels to choose from.


Some of the channels available include SuperSport Football, ROK 2, Telemundo, FOX, Davinci Learning and Africa News. Mabutho explained that the price slash was part of Multi- Choice’s long line of efforts to lessen the economic impact of COVID on customers and a reflection of its commitment to making quality entertainment more accessible to Nigerians.


“With this discount, we are lowering the entry barrier for new customers to get a DStv or GOtv decoder as staying connected to credible information and other quality programming can be comforting for many families during these trying times,” said Mabutho.


Mabutho also listed some of the company’s relief strategies deployed during the first wave of the pandemic which include cash donations of N200 million and N50 million to the Federal Government and Lagos State Government respectively, N400 million to the creative industry, whose professionals experienced disruptions in productions; donation of 30,000 Personal Protective Equipment and 30,000 face masks to hospitals and Non- Governmental Organisations as well as an approved inventory worth over N550m highlighting NCDC’s COVID-19 helplines and PSA materials on over 10 channels on DStv and GOtv.


“In addition to the discount we are currently running our DStv Step Up offer which gives our customers on lower packages an opportunity to experience programming on higher packages, and a GOtv Max offer which sees customers on Jolli and Jinja enjoy a special discount of N2,999 instead of N3,600 per month,” Mabutho added. The discounted DStv and GOtv bundle offer will be available from Monday, February 1st 2021 for a limited time only.

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