…major football leagues in a channel
…relaunches with bouquets for as low as N2.00 to N5.00
…NBC pledges support
The Telecom Satellite TV, TSTV, has announced plans to relaunch its services in Nigeria on October 1. TSTV Africa is a wholly owned Nigerian innovative multi channel direct to home pay TV platform.
TSTV was rolled out in 2017. Nigerians celebrated when it was introduced three years ago. It was believed it would break the shackles imposed by the monopoly enjoyed by South African-owned satellite television, DSTV. After it’s launched, however, it was soon discovered that the cable TV was ‘dead on arrival’. Thus, mix feelings trail TSTV plans to relaunch.
Bright Echefu, the Managing Director of TSTV, addressed newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. He assured Nigerians that the Pay TV “has rebuilt its brand to deliver the same value and content earlier promised in 2017, but in advanced technology and model beneficial to all”. “The last three years gave TSTV the opportunity and time to carry out internal restructuring to build a brand that would be better appreciated by the generality of Nigerians”.
Old things are passed away (or so)…
Below are some of the improvements and new features that come with the relaunch of TSTV.
First on the list is, definitely, the newly introduced Pay Per View model. Subscribers that don’t have access to their decoder to view programmes can easily pause and roll-over their subscription with TSTV. So you can be away from your home and be rest assured your subscription is on hold.
Another addition worthy of noting is the High definition (HD) channels. TSTV is the “first Pay TV in sub-Saharan Africa to adopt H.265 decoder, which streams at a higher quality”. 80 of the 180 channels to be rolled out are HD channels.
Furthermore, TSTV promises subscribers an option to select channels with programmes of their choice and to book personal bouquets for as low as N2.00 to N5.00 per day by simply loading TSTV vouchers.
Football lovers will also have access to EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and other leagues. TSTV has “intentionally put together all the major football leagues in a channel for free”.
However, it has been revealed that, old decoders initially released in 2017 would cease to be in use till October 1. This is due to the recent upgrade in technology and services. Therefore, new subscribers are to purchase new decoders, while old decoders could be swapped for new ones. The new prices and amounts will be revealed at the relaunch on October 1.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has also pledged to give necessary support to TSTV Africa. The Acting Director-General of NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, made the promise on Monday in Abuja when the management team of TSTV paid him an official visit.