It is no longer news that MultiChoice, the owner of DStv and GOtv has increased their subscriptions fee for the second time in less than 4 months.
The development has, however, angered Nigerians both on social media and on streets who blame the government for allowing the South African-owned company to manipulate them.
The price hike is coming despite the unprecedented hardship and suffering being experienced by Nigerians as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giving reasons for its upward review of the pricing, the company cited factors such as inflation, operations, the mandatory increase in Value Added Tax, VAT, and devaluation of Naira by the government (see attachment).
From Tuesday, September 1, 2020, MultiChoice will effect its new price regime which is as follows: DSTV Premium will move from N16, 200 to N18, 400, Compact Plus from N10, 925 to N12, 400, Compact from 6,975 to 7,900 and for users of GOtv Max, they will have to pay the sum N3,600 from 3,280.
This new development has not gone down well with some of MultiChoice dealers and agents, who believe the company is taking advantage of Nigerians.
Some have asked how MultiChoice can justify its claim of delivering value and accessible services to its Nigerian customers? ”Is it by making life unbearable and contributing to the hardship that is already killing the people.”
Reactions on Social Media
@iSlimfit, “Just yesterday, I was still talking about a Netflix Livestream as an alternative to Cable TV, today DSTV increased their subscription packages again. Like say na only them the pandemic affect. Shey it’s to watch football, no worry, we go dey livestream henceforth.”
@itstickstobi, “I downgraded my package this month… I am tired of wasting my money. DSTV needs to be more responsible, common FA Semi Final they refused to show on Compact Bouquet of N6900. I am streaming matches now.”
@Zedzedd05, “I I did the same. [downgraded my package too] They’re just annoying.”
@CharlseChizu, “I use vola sports app to stream live matches. You only need good network. 4g network. They play all life matches. The next TV I am going to buy is smart TV that I can watch the soccer on TV via my android. Lass lass, dstv will be on the loosing side. It’s a matter of time. Why didn’t they increase the price for South Africa and other counties. I will get smart tv and stream it from my phone to tv. Thank God I have 4g network.”
@natoodus, “DStv has successfully bribed lawmakers in this country for this impunity to continue. Some people in government raised the issue of the costly price for the DSTV bouquet, now no one is talking price is up again. Please we need #dstvpayperview.”
And for you readers of this blog, let us know in the comment if you have plans to ditch Multichoice or continue with them.