Subscribers lament as Nigeria’s Pay-Television Operator, TStv, goes off air for over 1 month 

Key highlights 

  • TStv stopped broadcasting in February and shares no communication with its subscribers relating to what occurred. 
  • Subscribers who’ve paid forward for greater than a month’s subscription are counting their losses. 
  • The corporate’s silence worsens the plights of its prospects because the blackout passes one month. 

Subscribers to Nigeria’s indigenous Pay-Television firm, TStv, are ruing their losses as the corporate stopped broadcasting in early February this yr and stays offline for over a month now. The subscribers’ woes are additional compounded by the shortage of discover or any info from the corporate relating to the disappearance of the service. 

Most affected by the Pay-Television’s service blackout are the subscribers who had paid for greater than a month’s subscription forward. Whereas a number of the subscribers had paid for a one-year subscription, some are both on 3 months or 6 months subscriptions, that are but to run out earlier than the outage.  

The dearth of communication from the corporate has additionally sparked fears that TSTV could have gone for an additional long-term break, having disappeared after it first launched in 2017 and coming again in 2020 by means of a re-launch. 

Subscribers’ complaints about TSTV

Lamenting that the corporate locations no worth on its buyer by not speaking, the subscribers who took to social media to specific their frustration mentioned TStv has breached their belief. 

One of many subscribers, Edacheolohi Boniface, mentioned:  

  • “One month in the past, TStv went offline. The corporate is but to talk on it 4 weeks after. No single respect for patrons. Nigerians have a number of firms in and out of doors the nation competing with their opponents, none is behaving this manner. We now have all moved on. In case you like stay clean. You’ll quickly attend some courtroom periods for this breach of belief.”

Whereas noting that the corporate could not regain the belief with its newest disappearance, one other subscriber, Augustine Jegbefume, mentioned: 

  • “It’s a disgrace that TStv might go off air for over a month with out explaining the rationale to its quite a few subscribers. Their motion shouldn’t be in tune with good enterprise. Most of us caught with them in probably the most tough instances; once they got here and left subsequently. On their last return, we welcomed them with open fingers. Instantly, they left, making a mockery of us. I start to surprise how they’ll convey again all their valued prospects who by now should have converted to different satellite tv for pc suppliers. Do they really feel that we will afford to keep away from tv endlessly? I pity them lots.” 

For Adekunle Jacob, the issue shouldn’t be that the corporate has points however its failure to speak them to its subscribers. 

  • “This will solely occur in Nigeria, a rustic that didn’t worth its residents that’s the reason everybody is available in a doubtful character and get away with it, regardless that you will have a problem info is vital, we purchased this with our cash and we should always get what you promise us somewhat reverse is the case,” he mentioned. 

TStv’s response -Technical downtime

When Nairametrics contacted TStv to seek out out why they’ve been off the air, the corporate mentioned it was having a ‘technical downtime’, including that its engineers have been working to resolve the problem. An official of the corporate, Esther Okaja, responded to the inquiry by saying:  

  • “We’re having a technical downtime in the mean time. The technical workforce is on it and as soon as they’re achieved, all channels shall be up. The transmission shall be again hopefully this week. We’re at present engaged on the indicators. We’re dedicated to assembly the wants of our prospects. We worth their persistence.” 

TStv’s tortuous journey: Touted as the primary and solely totally indigenous Pay-Television operator within the nation, TSTV got here into the trade on October 1, 2017, with mouth-watering choices that raised the hope of many Nigerians. Certainly, its resolution to launch on the nation’s Independence Day was mentioned to be symbolic of a declaration of ‘freedom’ within the Pay-Television trade. However the firm disappeared after the launch. 

It, nonetheless, made a comeback on October 1, 2020, with a promise to supply Nigerians the perfect expertise in Pay-Television service in Nigeria.  

Addressing journalists on the relaunch, the Managing Director TStv, Shiny Echefu assured Nigerians that the corporate had rebuilt its model to ship the identical worth and content material earlier promised in 2017, however with superior expertise and mannequin helpful to all. 

He disclosed that out of the 180 channels to be rolled out, 80 of them have been Excessive Definition (HD) channels, including that TStv was the primary Pay-Television in sub-Saharan Africa to undertake H.265 decoder, which streams at the next high quality. In line with him:  

  • “The final three years gave TStv the chance and time to hold out inner restructuring to construct a model that shall be higher appreciated by the generality of Nigerians. 
  • “On 1st October 2017, we had our official launch with nice expectations however the Pay-Television setting was a bit choky. We have been in a position to wriggle our method, although there have been many challenges, to redeem our misplaced relationship on October 1st. 
  • “TSTV is prepared for enterprise as a significant participant within the Pay-Television trade. Having studied the market and minds of Nigerians critically, we’re making a mannequin that can profit all Nigerians. 
  • “We all know that a lot of the channels in a bouquet will not be watched and with this pay-per-view mannequin, we’ve damaged it down for Nigerians to e book their bouquet by getting the channels they need and choose the bouquet that fits their calls for for as little as N2.00 to N5.00 per day by loading the TStv vouchers.”  

What it’s best to know

As the one Pay-Television operator in Nigeria with a pay-per-view subscription plan, a mannequin which different gamers had mentioned was unattainable, TStv was to problem the likes of DStv and Startimes in Nigeria. Nevertheless, the instability of its community has pressured lots of its potential prospects to return to the opponents. With the present lengthy blackout, it’s unsure if TStv will regain the belief of its prospects when it will definitely returns.  


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