Senate wants Multichoice to lower DStv, GOtv subscription cost


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According to the South African Senate, Multichoice has been requested to lower the pricing of its DStv and GOtv packages in light of the current economic climate in the nation. Multichoice raised the cost of its DStv and GOtv bundles by a few dollars last week.

On Wednesday, a motion sponsored by Abba Moro, senator representing Benue South, was introduced in response to the resolution of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday.

Moro stated in his motion that MultiChoice Nigeria is constantly increasing the cost of its bundles "since there is no regulation whatsoever in determining rate fixing."

"Without considering the current economic condition in the country, MultiChoice has upped the cost of DStv and GOtv packages once more," he stated.

According to the report, "Nigerians are demanding that, rather than paying fixed rates for packages every month, pay-TV service providers should introduce a subscription model that allows subscribers to pay-per-view to enable them to match their television consumption to their subscription, as is the case with electricity meters and mobile telephony."

Barau Jibrin, a senator representing Kano North, stated that authorities should restrict pay television providers from increasing the rates of their bundles on an ongoing basis, according to the senator.

As Jibrin explains, "because of the kind of electricity we have in this nation, there are instances when someone would pay but not be able to use such things because of lack of light," but "after the month finishes, that money is gone," he adds. "There should be a mechanism where people can pay for things on demand."

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The regulators should do the right thing by not permitting these organizations to boost their fees as they see fit. It is not in the best interests of the people of this country.

In this regard, I endorse the motion because we must advocate for the best interests of our constituents. Sen. Ahmad Lawan stated that Multichoice could not continue to raise rates in other nations once the higher parliamentary chamber passed the resolution after it was adopted.

"What DStv is doing here is something they can't do in many places, but they are doing it and getting away with it here," Lawan explained.

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"As a result, we need to have a public hearing." We should delegate the authority to our ad hoc committee to conduct a large-scale probe." An ad hoc committee was formed to look into the price hikes implemented by pay television providers.


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