Reps probe DSTV over high tariff

The House of Representatives has begun an investigation of cable and satellite television service providers in Nigeria over their high tariffs and monopolised bouquets .
The House is specifically probing the Digital Satellite Television , a South Africa -based provider owned by MultiChoice , for allegedly cheating its Nigerian subscribers by restricting them to prepaid plans .
Members of the House had on March 17 , 2020, took turns to criticise DSTV for refusing to introduce pay – per – view.
Consequently , the House had resolved to set up the committee to probe into the matter , with the mandate to invite Federal Government agencies regulating the industry , including the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission .
Again on June 2, 2020, the House inaugurated an ad hoc committee to investigative the increment of subscription rates by Multichoice and other cable television service providers .
The committee , which the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, constituted and inaugurated , assured Nigerians of justice and fairness , saying it would work towards making the providers to adopt ‘pay per view’ system.
Chairman of the committee , Unyime Idem , at an investigative hearing held in Abuja on Thursday, said the National Broadcasting Commission was summoned to explain why DSTV and other service providers have refused to introduce pay – per – view.
Idem said , “ Today , we want to hear from you and your team , how the industry can be properly managed so that beneficiaries who are Nigerians can smile at the end of the day . I am sure you must have been hearing of the yearnings of Nigerians for years now , who are the subscribers to these services , that they are not happy with the current services they are getting from the providers .
“They have been crying on a daily basis that they are not satisfied with the services they are getting from the providers in terms of high charges , price hike and , most importantly , considering what is obtainable in other countries of the world , that is pay – per – view offer that other countries are giving to their subscribers .
“ Why is it not implemented in Nigeria ? We want to know your position as the regulator of this service providers . What are the bottlenecks ? What are the constraints? What are the implications ? Why are we not enjoying ‘pay as you go ’ as subscribers to these service providers ?”

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