Telecom Satellite Television (TStv), has announced that it would commence commercial roll-out of its decoders by November 1, 2017.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of TStv, Bright Echefu, made the disclosure at the company’s head office in Abuja.
He confirmed that as from Monday, 5,000 decoders would be given to customers for free in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and other selected Nigerian states. He added that the decoders would also be installed for free to enable them test-run the signal strength and other services of the new pay TV.
The MD/CEO of TStv 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.
Echefu said: “We have not commenced commercial sales of our decoders because we are aware of the fact that we are running a business easily frustrated by competition. We had applications from over 3,000 individuals who want to be our dealers, so far we have cleared about 750 of the dealers. We are currently conducting due diligence checks. We do not want a situation where individuals posing as dealers buy up our decoders and go dump them somewhere.”
He added that the decoders would be rolled out within the next two weeks after verification and full accreditation of dealers would have been completed.
During the signing of the multi-transponder agreement with their ABS partner, Echefu said their services would offer viewers the experience of HD and SD video, internet services, broadband, TVand radio all at very affordable rates. He also noted that TStv has the right content and premium product to satisfy the growing demand of Nigerians.
“What makes the project unique is that it would start with 100 channels of local, regional and international programmes in Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Ghanaian, Sierra Leonean, Liberian languages, among others. It would assist ABS take Nollywood and Sport to great heights. Their sport channels is the bomb! EPL, La liga, and Champion League are amazing! With TStv, you don’t need to pay subscription monthly or periodically. You pay as you consume. It is the first Nigerian TV to launch a pay-as-you-consume, so you can pause your subscription whenever you are travelling. It is just N5000 for the decoder and dish and subscription prices ranges from N200, N500, N1,000, N1,500 and N3,000, respectively” he said.
TStv Africa aims to cover all 36 states in Nigeria, but launches first in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Kano.