Pay TV customers in Nigeria might be having sigh of relief as the federal government has ordered the management of MultiChoice to suspend the implementation of its new tariffs on different DStv and GOtv bouquets.
The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, gave the order on Tuesday at the National Assembly, Abuja while briefing members of an Ad Hoc Committee looking into the hike in tariffs.
Multichoice had announced its decision to implement the 7.5 per cent hike in Value Added Tax (VAT) from June 1, 2020.
Checks on the DStv site showed that Premium subscribers, who have been paying N15, 800 should prepare to pay N16, 200; Compact Plus subscribers will now pay N10, 925 instead of N10,650. Those on Compact will pay N6,975 as against the previous N6,800.
Furthermore, customers on Confam bouquet will pay N4,615 against N4,500, while those on Yanga will from June 1 be made to pay N2,565, against the N2,500 previous payment. Those on Padi bouquet will pay addition N50 to put the price at N1,850.
Idachaba said, “I want to agree with the Committee and call on DSTV to suspend the hike in tariffs.”
Also speaking at the briefing, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said there is government’s plan to break the sporting rights monopoly of DSTV.
Mohammed told the Committee that he had already signed a code to break the monopoly of MultiChoice in Nigeria.
“Our amendments to the Broadcasting Act, will affect the break in the monopoly of MultiChoice. Amendments to Section 628 of the Broadcasting Act, is in our broad national interest.”
The lawmakers, who quizzed the government officials on the new payment template issued by the South African owned company on payment of DSTV subscription, lamented the high cost of tariffs.
According to the lawmakers, the increase in the price of subscription of satellite television on the Pay As You Go system was an affront that must be suspended with immediate effect.