As a result of the constant increase in the price of their services, the House of Representatives yesterday, April 5, passed a resolution aimed at compelling MultiChoice Nigeria, a Pay-TV service provider, to adopt the “ pay as you go” payment package option.
At the plenary presided by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Sulaimon Yussuff Lasun, the motion moved by Mr. Abbas Tajudeen was adopted by the House which issued its Committee on Telecommunications a mandate.
The mandate was for the committee to interface with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Consumer Protection Council and the MultiChoice to address concerns expressed by Nigerians over the planned increase in the prices of the various bouquet on offer on its Digital Satellite Television (DStv).
The Deputy Speaker directed the committee to report back to the House in eight weeks for further legislative action. Tajudeen insisted that the constantly increasing prices of the various bouquet on offer by MultiChoice and its refusal to offer a ‘Pay as you go’ package option on its bouquet is causing a financial crunch on its subscribers.
The lawmaker rightly observed that it has been the practice for the company to increase the prices of its various packages almost on a yearly basis, noting that in 2013, the monthly subscription increased by 7–10 percent; in 2014, by 10-15 percent, in 2015, by 10–22 percent, and just recently, the company sent a notification of another price increase with effect from May 1, 2017.
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Recall that on Sunday, April 2, MultiChoice Nigeria announced that from May 1, 2017, it would effect a price adjustment of five percent on all its DStv and GOtv packages.
Consequently, according to the company, instead of the N13,980 currently being charged subscribers on the DStv Premium bouquet, they will now pay N14,700. On the other hand, subscribers on the GOtv Plus will have to pay N1,900 instead of the present rate of N1,800
Compact Plus DStv subscribers will pay N9,900 instead of the current N9,420, while Compact subscribers will not pay N6,000 any longer but N6,300.
The price for the Commercial bouquet is N1,720, but with the new adjustment in rates, subscribers will now have to spend N1,850 every month.
For GOtv Value, the new rate is N1,300 against the current rates of N1,200 while customers on GOtv Lite bouquets will now pay N450 as opposed to the previously paid N400.