Multichoice ignores court order, proceeds with DStv, GOtv rate hikes

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Multichoice Nigeria, a prominent Pay TV operator, has increased its costs for DStv and GOtv users, despite a recent court judgment that prohibits the firm from boosting rates.

On April 24, the business stated that it would raise the prices for its DStv and GOtv cable services effective May 1.

Meanwhile, an Abuja competition and consumer protection tribunal (CCPT) determined that the firm’s May 1 price rise should not go ahead.

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A three-member tribunal led by Saratu Shafii issued the interim decision in response to an ex parte motion filed by Ejiro Awaritoma, lawyer for Festus Onifade, the applicant.

Despite the court ruling, a check by Nairametrics revealed that the firm has proceeded with the tariff increase as earlier proposed.  

On its official website, the new prices are now being displayed and implemented.  

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For DStv Premium subscribers, the price has moved from N29,500 to N37,000. Also, the price for Compact Plus has also soared from 19,800 to 25,000.  

 Compact rate has moved from N12,500 to 15,700 while Confam and Yanga subscribers will now pay N9,300 and N5,100 respectively from their previous rates of N7,400 and N4,200.  

Similarly, GOtv subscribers will pay the new tariff increase as the prices have also changed on their official websites. 

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The elite subscribers (Supa+ and Supa) will now pay N15,700 and N9,600 respectively as against the previous  rates of N12,500 and N7,600 before.  

In addition, the Max and Jolli subscribers are now expected to pay N7,200 and N4,850 respectively. The former rates were N5,700 and N3,950.  

On average, Multichoice increased the prices by 25%.  

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