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Price Hike: Senate Demands Pay-per-view From PayTV Operators

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The Senate urged on Wednesday that the federal government order all pay television operators in the country to implement a pay-per-view subscription model.

Senator Abba Moro, who brought the issue to the red chamber's floor, said Nigerians were outraged by Multichoice's recent increase in membership fees, which includes DSTV and GOTV.

According to Moro, "Because there is no regulation, MultiChoice Nigeria knowingly and perpetually raises the price of its bundles. MultiChoice has hiked the price of #DStvNg and #GOtvNg packages again, oblivious to the country's economic predicament."

"What #DStvNg is doing here, they can't do it in many nations, yet here they do it & get away with it," remarked Senate President Ahmad Lawan in his statement. 

"As a result, a public hearing is required. Our ad hoc committee should be tasked with conducting a comprehensive examination."

Following its deliberations, the Senate decided to "urge the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, as well as the Nigerian Communications Commission, to direct all pay-tv providers to switch to a pay-per-view subscription model, as opposed to the current month-to-month prepaid model;"

"Direct all pay-tv service providers in Nigeria to immediately review their bouquet prices downwards in line with the current reality of the country's economic situation; and establish an ad-hoc committee to further investigate #DStvNg's incessant increases in fees in this country with the goal of finding a long-term solution."





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