TSTV to Offer 5000 Units of Decoders Free to Customers, Reschedules Roll-out
While the market may be worried over the hyped new Telecom Satellite Television, TSTV which failed to launch on October 1, 2017 as previously announced, the company has unveiled plans to share free of charge 5000 decoders as part of its first phase of launch of commercial satellite television services in Nigeria and ahead of its rescheduled roll out plans.
Making the revelation in Abuja, TSTV Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bright Echefu said the free decoders, which will serve as test run, will run for one month free ahead of the official commercial roll out on November 1.
The expectant subscribers were already designing plans to embrace the new DTH service providers to counter DSTV and its subsidiaries product offerings which is believed to be over priced in the market at the detriment of subscribers.
Echefu, who revealed the distribution of the decoders was scheduled to commence last weekend added that the decoders would also be installed for free to enable the company tests the strong signal and services of the new pay TV.
This will douse the tension and the pent-up anger over the failure to launch as expected. The MD/CEO explained that the delay in the commercial deployment of decoders to customers was to prevent sabotage by unscrupulous elements who would want to frustrate the company effort at achieving a hitch-free roll-out.
The TSTV, DTH pay TV, offers over 70 rich blend of local and international channels and packages for entertainment, including news, sports, kids, health.
Some of the channels include Star Sports, Fox Sports, Euro Sports News, Euro Sports 2, bein Sports MAX 4HD, bein Sports 3HD, bein Sports Global, bein Sports MAX (bein Sports 1-10) TS Sports 4 HD, TS Sports 2, TS Sports 3 and Yolo Sports HD.
Others are Trace Urban/Africa, HITS TV, MTV Base TLC (HD), BBC America, CNBC, Aljazeera,Riwa Ndu TV, TS Hausa, TS Igbo, TS Yoruba, TS Sports 1 HD BBC Radio 2, TVC News, Sky News, Arewa24, Nollywood TV among others.
Running on 4.5G network, every subscriber will get 20G of data for N3,000 monthly. The data can also be used for video calls conferences with camera and WiFi, even as the TStv decoder has 50GB hard disk to record TV programmes and a pause/play function.
While a section of the market applauds the rates by the new entrant which look too good in view of the promised contents, a cautions segment of the market fears the sustainability of such project and therefore advices caution even though the offer looks too tempting. The latter sites the case of the failed HiTV which once tried to rival the domineering DSTV Multichoice brands in the Nigerian market.
Echefu had during the signing of the multi-transponder agreement with their ABS partner, said their services would offer viewers the experience of HD and SD video, internet services, broadband, TVand radio, at a very affordable rates.
However, Head of Corporate Communications, TSTV Madu Ugo, continues to assure Nigerians that TStv will “ensure that their yearnings about pay TV are met”.