Consumers Hail Arrival of new PayTV, TSTV

Nigerians, and indeed lovers of payTV in the country have begun to hail the arrival TSTV which stands for Telcom Satellite TV, although the company is yet to commence full operation.
Comments from a technology group on WhsApp key policy decision makers in the nation’s technology sphere and top editors suggest that Nigerians have suffered enough in the hands South African payTV, DSTV owned by MultiChoice.
In one of the comment, a writer said that DStv has perfected a culture of predatory pricing that makes the consumer believes he/she’s being done a favour adding that “Who uses DStv in Kenya when Zuku gives you satellite tv, phone service and internet as bouquet; and rock bottom price? May TStv not become like HiTV.”
Another also queried the monopoly nature of DSTV particularly as it relates to football matches noting that I raised the issues of pricing of their Bouque were not globally competitive enough and exploitative stressing that “BeIN Sports Broadcast Live Premier league Matches to about 6 Matches simultaneously, and I asked why is Nigeria different from other Arab speaking countries in Africa and West African French Speaking Countries where Live Broacast Football Matches are viewed at little or No cost.”
The writer further said: “Why that is the Franchise of BeIN Sports is not allowed to reach Nigeria. This is nothing but Anti-Trust and issues of sharp practice or trade malpractices to the detriment of vulnerable Nigerian Consumers.”
The new payTV station is coming into the market with “Pay-As-You-Consume” plan which every other operator said was not possible in Nigeria before now.
“Pay-As-You-Consume” plan already praised for its simplicity will allow subscribers of TSTV pay for only programmes watched.
TSTV is partnering Europe-based television station, ABS Global, to launch into the Nigerian Broadcasting Service a Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite TV from October 1, 2017, with a message centered on ‘Buy Naija and Grow the Naira’ and pay as you use (PAYU) subscription plan.
When fully launched, the pay TV satellite would cover all sub-Saharan African countries and would provide over 200 TV channels to their audience.
Bright Echefu, Managing Director of TSTV, during the signing of the multi-transponder agreement with their ABS partner disclosed that their services would offer viewers the experience of HD and SD video, internet services, broadband, TV and radio at a very affordable rate.
According to him, “what makes the project unique is that it would start with 100 channels of local, regional and international in Yoruba, Igbo Hausa, Ghanaian, Sierra Leonean, Liberian Languages among others. It would also provide news, entertainment, and education content”.
He noted that TSTV has the right content and premium product to satisfy the growing demand of Nigeria. “It would assist ABS take Nollywood and Sport to great height. Their sport channels are the bomb! EPL, La liga and Champion League is amazing!”
Echefu said that the station is based on the HBB TV tech, which is a combination of satellite and internet service for TV service saying that TSTv will run on 4.5g network every subscriber will get 20G of data for N3,000 monthly, the data can also be used for video calls conferences with camera and wifi.
The TSTV decoder will have 50GB hard disk to record TV programs and a pause/play function.
“With TSTV, you don’t need to pay subscription monthly or periodically. You pay as you consume.
“It is the first Nigerian TV to launch a Pay-as-you-use so you can pause your subscription whenever you are traveling. It is just N5000 for the decoder and dish and subscription prices ranges from N200, N500, N1000, N1500 and N3000 respectively”.
TStv Africa aims to cover the 36 States in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), but will launch first in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Kano.
TSTv shows Live Sports like Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and so much more. Some Sport Channels on TSTV Africa are bein Sport 1-10, Fox Sport HD, and Ts Sports.
Isaiah Erhiawarien, West Africa

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