The long reign of DSTV in the Nigerian cable TV space is about to receive a major threat as a new entrant has promised to offer Nigerians the much-touted Pay-as-You-Use option in place of the monthly subscription that is presently offered.
According to a report, Telcom Satelite TV (TSTV) is offering consumers the option of paying only for programmes watched on their platform, an option that hitherto was not possible. Managing director of TSTV, Mr Bright Echefu, the signing of the multi-transponder agreement with their ABS partner, disclosed that the platform is set to offer viewers HD and SD video options, internet services, broadband, TV and radio at very affordable rates. He also noted that TSTV is set to show live English Premier League matches as well as La Liga and Champions League matches.
These offers will topple the features that make DSTV the leading name in the industry, as it stands. Will DStv be able to escape the bitter chalice this time?
TSTV has also promised to cover all the sub-Saharan African countries and provide over 200 TV channels when fully launched with over 100 of these channels composed of our local stations. The others will be regional and international stations. The channels will feature content in Nigerian dominant languages: Yoruba, Igbo Hausa, Ghanaian, Sierra Leonean and Liberian Language and some other languages around the continent.TSTV will run on
TSTV will run on 4.5g network. Subscribers will get 20G worth of data for N3,000 monthly and the data can be used for video calls conferences with camera and wifi. The TSTV decoder will have 50GB hard disk in order to record TV programs and for the pause/play function. Just that you know, TStv is also selling the buy local mantra.
DSTV in trouble.
TSTV has Pay as you go
Travel and pause subscription
Free 20GB Wi-Fi, Shows all leagues. Proudly 9ja. #sirmdd
— Morka David Dicxon (@sirmdd) September 20, 2017
TSTV is partnering Europe-based television station, ABS Global to offer this content. The anticipated launch date is October 1.
Industry observers have expressed doubt over the ability of the new platform to deliver its promise after all. This worry is in the light of the fact that some other TV platforms have offered endearing prospects in the past and have not been able to meet up with their promises. Recall that SES promised a Free-to-Air Digital Platform for all sometimes back. It has not seen the light of the day as we speak. We are waiting for October 1.
We are waiting for October 1.
The big question really is: is it possible to offer better services to Nigerians at a cheaper cost? Perhaps, TSTV will make a difference. This is because some of us have bought decoders and the providers are no longer in the trade!
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