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Multichoice increases prices of DStv, GOtv subscription rates in Nigeria

The leading pay-TV company, MultiChoice Nigeria, has announced an increase in the subscription rates of DStv and GOtv packages.

In a statement released on Tuesday to the general public, the firm blamed inflation for the reason behind the latest price increase while noting that the increase is expected to take effect from April 1, 2022, across its bouquets.

“In light of the rising costs of inflation and business operations, we have had to review the price of our packages to keep delighting our customers with great entertainment, anytime and anywhere,” a part of the statement read.

“Therefore, from April 1, 2022, a new pricing regime for both our DStv and GOtv packages will be in effect,” it added.

The pay-TV provider also noted that subscribers will pay more for all its bouquets and its premium package on DSTV will cost N21,000, no longer N18,400.

Below is a breakdown of the old and new price for DStv and GOtv packages:

DStv new rates effective April 1, 2022

PackageOld PriceNew Price
Xtraview + PVR access feeN2300N2,900
BusinessN2,669
Padi1850N2,150
YangaN2,565N2,950
ConfamN4,615N5,300
CompactN7,900N9,000
Compact PlusN12,400N14,250
PremiumN18,400N21,000

GOtv new rates effective April 1, 2022

PackageOld PriceNew Price
Max           N3,600N4,150
Jolli           N2,460N2,800 
Jinja         N1,640N1,900 
Lite           N800N900

This price increase comes days after the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) ordered Multichoice to introduce features that allow subscribers to maintain the same subscription fee for at least one year.

The directives were the latest regulatory efforts by the Nigeria government to rein in the South African company often accused of anti-competitive behaviour and customer exploitation. Multichoice increased prices in 2020 and an attempt to further raise its rates last year stalled.

The FCCPC said it launched an investigation into the firm’s practices in 2020 after a series of complaints of abuse of its dominant position.

Customers should also be allowed the option of suspending their subscription at least four times a year, and Multichoice must also introduce toll-free lines for customers across all networks, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said.

This disclosure is contained in a final order and notice of the FCCPC and signed by its Director, Legal Service, Mr Tam Tamumokonbia, on Saturday, March 19, 2022, and can be seen on its official Twitter account.

Key takeaways

  • Customers who pay for 10 months upfront on the new price will get the 11th and 12th month free.
  • To cushion the price adjustments, Multichoice said customers who pay on or before their due date (before April 1, 2022) would be eligible to pay the old price.
  • If they pay consistently on time (before their due dates) for a period of 12 months (1 year), they pay the old price

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