Less than A week before the commercial launch of TStv, Telcom Satellite TV, other pay TV providers, such as DStv/GOtv and StarTimes, are already Panicking.
Naija News learnt that TSTv’s competitors are very scared of its Pay-as-You-Consume billing model.
Over the years pay TV providers like DSTv had consistently argued that the model was not possible to implement in Nigeria the same way MTN denied Nigerians the per second billing until GLO came in to save Nigerians.
Analysts have expressed the hope that TStv would, indeed, redeem its promise of offering unique services, and thus break the MultiChoice’s monopoly in the business in Nigeria.
The move by the incoming operator is aimed at attracting more subscribers to their service, which is considered to have been tailored along the yearning of Nigerian pay TV customers.
These will be distributed on the ABS 3A Africa beam, located at 3 degrees west, beginning with 100 channels.
The TV will also show live sports like Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and so much more.
Some sport channels on TStv Africa are Sport 1-10, Fox Sport HD, and Ts Sports.
Running 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 programmes and a pause/play function.
Bright Echefu, Managing Director of TStv, during the signing of the multi-transponder agreement with their ABS partner, said 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 programmes in Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Ghanaian, Sierra Leonean, Liberian languages, among others.
It would also provide news, entertainment and education content.
“It would assist ABS take Nollywood and Sport to great heights. Their sport channels is the bomb! EPL, La liga, and Champion League are amazing!
“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-consume, so you can pause your subscription whenever you are travelling.
“It is just N5000 for the decoder and dish and subscription prices ranges from N200, N500, N1,000, N1,500 and N3,000, respectively”, he said.
Multichoice Nigeria, a subsidiary of South Africa-based Multichoice Africa, owners of DStv and GOtv pay television, made an entry into the Nigerian market in 1994.
DSTV was a luxury brand for a long time which many Nigerians could not afford because it was the only dominant player in the pay TV market until StarTimes, CONSAT (Continental Satellite) and others came on board.
Observers said the move by TStv is going to affect DStv and other pay TV operators significantly.
Speaking with INDEPENDENT, Eniola Ogunsanya, a DStv customer in Gbagada, Lagos, said the new operator would revolutionise the pay TV market.
According to him, “I believe many Nigerians will be very happy when the Pay-As-You-Consume model is introduced by any operator.
“DStv and others have exploited us enough. In this time of recession, Nigerians will not wait any further to migrate to the new pay TV that will offer this type of service.”
On his part, Obiora Onyekwere said the development would seriously affect DStv, StarTimes and others who have failed to introduce the pay-as-you watch model like the one being expected from TStv.
“Many of us are being cheated by these operators. Whereas they have been telling us that it is not possible to operate pay-as-you-watch model, TStv is set to start with Pay-As-You-Consume.
“Several times, I could only watch the television for an average of between seven and ten days in a whole month because of light challenge.
“Yet, when it is thirty days, they always terminate my service. I think the new operator will address this type of anomaly”, he noted.
Other satellite TV services many Nigerians have been exploring include DSTv, GoTv, MyTv, Joy Tv, among others.