After years of frustrating Nigerians with their jumbo prices, Multichoice announced on Tuesday, that it is launching two new Super sports channels on its Compact bouquet.
The new channels – SuperSport 11 (DStv Channel 231) and SuperSport 12 (DStv Channel 232) – will feature live football matches such as the Barclays Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and even the European Championship, Euro 2016 which kicks off in June.
The offer, which commences instantly is at no extra cost to subscribers. The full football package was available to only DStv Premium subscribers on its SuperSport channels.
The DSTV Compact Bouquet was revamped in July 2015 to include over 95 world class channels at a monthly subscription of N6 000.
Speaking at the launch in Lagos, the Managing Director of Multichoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe, said that the company made this decision due to the harsh economic challenges currently experienced by Nigerians.
“One of MultiChoice’s key priorities is to put our subscribers’ needs at the heart of everything we do and since these have been tough economic times for everyone, we realised that our subscribers could use some good news. We are excited that we can now deliver the best football action in the world to our Compact subscribers while ensuring that this development doesn’t negatively impact them financially,” he said.
Ugbe also announced a massive price slash in the prices of its premium decoders, the Zapper and Explora.
The MD said: “The Explora, dish kit with one month Compact subscription initially sold at N71,000, has been reduced by more than 50 per cent to N30,000. The DStv Zapper decoder, dish kit plus 1 month Compact subscription will now be sold at N12,500 as against the previous price of N18,500. This offer, which is valid while stocks last further reiterates MultiChoice’s commitment to provide Nigerians with quality entertainment they can afford.
“Instead of going to the viewing centre to watch these matches, you can now do so in the comfort of your house at no extra cost. This is to show that our customers are at the heart of our business,” the company’s General Manager, Marketing, Martin Mabutho added.
As the English premier League gets to its crucial stages, Compact subscribers will now have access to blockbuster matches, including this weekend’s clash between rivals Arsenal and Manchester United billed for Sunday February 28.
Just tune to the two new channels – SuperSport 11 (DStv channel 231) and SuperSport 12 (DStv channel 232), which will be dedicated to the EPL and La Liga.
In addition, the company further promised to comply with the order of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to provide toll-free lines to DStv subscribers.
“We wish to assure subscribers of our commitment to continue to cooperate fully with the CPC on the order of council, said Ugbe in a statement in regards to CPC’s directive.
“We will endeavour by all means to meet the order and deadlines where possible.”
Ugbe added that the company would ensure compliance with the order as it was in its best interest.
“Unlike free-to-air operators, pay television businesses are dependent on subscriptions.
“If we lose subscribers, it will negatively impact on our revenue and ultimately the sustainability of our business.
“It is therefore in our best interest to ensure that customer complaints are attended to and all efforts made to resolve queries in the interests of the subscriber.”