Recent reports have surfaced alleging that a panel of the Nigerian House of Representatives accused the Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service, DStv, of exorbitant high-tariffs and went on to demand “pay-as-you-go” subscription for Nigerians. This has been a long standing argument between the Nigerian government and the South African cable service provider, in response to the agitation from subscribers that the service is overpriced for the value it delivers. This new development has led to significant buzz from from Nigerians, on the microblogging site, Twitter.
The ad hoc committee is charged with investigating high tariffs from service providers across media, internet and online service platforms but has been placing special attention on the Digital Satellite Television, DStv, since March, off of the complaints they had received.
The committee hearing held on Thursday and the committee chairman, Unyime Idem asserted that it was inexcusable that the DStv platform was yet to provide a pay-as-you-go option for Nigerians. He stated clearly that they were voicing the concerns and wariness of Nigerians and hence they refuse to back down on the premise.
Some Nigerians weighed in on the conversation, declaring that they also would not yield until DStv allowed for a pay-per-view option while urging others to join them in the protest.
Counter opinions were thrown on the field, with many Nigerians remarking that Nigeria has one of the cheapest cable subscription fees compared to other countries.
Some went as far as proclaiming that it is because our standard of living is so low and many can barely afford basic amenities, that is why the DStv cost of subscription looks so enormous.
The Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Armstrong Idachaba, had however confirmed in a statement that upon research done by the agency, it was discovered that compared to other African countries, Nigerians still have relatively low rates.
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