Court orders DStv to suspend increase in subscription fees

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Multi Choice Nigeria Limited, operators of the Digital Satellite Television, popularly known as DStv, from implementing its new rates and increase in tariffs payable by its subscribers across board.

The restraining order was given by Justice C.J. Aneke sequel to a suit filed by two Lagos-based legal practitioners, Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji.

In the class action suit, with number FHC/L/CS/404/2015, Justice Aneke granted the interim orders till the hearing of the motion on notice for injunction on April 16, 2015.

He also ordered for the suit and the Interim injunction to be published in national newspapers.

Messrs. Adebayo and Adeniji are challenging the arbitrary increase in tariffs.

The legal practitioners urged the court to order the second defendant, the National Broadcasting Commission, to also implement Pay Per View where subscribers choose the programmes they want and pay as they watch, which is being implemented in some other parts of the world.

In the order given on Thursday, Mr. Aneke ruled: “That an order of interim injunction is hereby granted to the parties to maintain the status quo restraining the 1st defendant (Multichoice/DSTV) from giving effect or enforcing its planned increase in cost of the different classes of viewing or programmes bouquet, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

“That an order is hereby granted certifying the plaintiffs’ claim as a class action for themselves as individual subscribers, other corporate subscribers, distributors and retailers of the 1st defendants’ services.

“That an order is hereby granted restraining any other person whether individual or corporate from instituting any other action as may be related to the action against the defendant to prevent multiplicity of lawsuits pursuant to the appointment of the plaintiffs in the class action but may instead opt in or out of this action.”

In March, MultiChoice, owners of DStv and GOtv, announced a 20 per cent price increase for all its satellite pay TV bouquets in Nigeria to take effect from April 1, 2015.

Thus, the subscription fee of DStv’s Premium, Compact plus, compact, access, Family and extra view bouquets were all set to increase, as is the price for GOtv Plus and GOtv bouquet.

MultiChoice explained that the price increase was necessary for it to continue offering the best in local and international entertainment to its subscribers.


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  • Maitama Tambari

    “MultiChoice explained that the price increase was necessary for it to continue offering the best in local and international entertainment to its subscribers.” That is not what we were told in their Offices in Asokoro, Abuja. We were told that it was because of the devaluation of the Naira by 40%. This week, Naira has appreciated from N228 to $1 to N188 to $1 in Bureau de Change Abuja. What raw materials is DSTv buying that affects its cos of production? Is it not Services that DSTv is providing? Are its workers in Nigeria being paid in dollars? How many South African Expatriate do they have operating in Nigeria? How much in dollars are they being paid? Are Nigerians not available to operate DSTv? As a service organization, foreign cost element is minimal. It is the fault of the Nigerian Government for allowing this exploitation of Nigerians. MTN and DSTv shares should be floated in the Nigerian Stock Exchange for Nigerians to share in the success of these Organizations in Nigeria, not Private Placement within the rich Nigerians.

    • mustapha Shehu

      Thanks mr maitama, government should consider your contribution.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Brilliant. Thanks for your insight. If the Nigerian government were serious, this arbitrary price hikes would never have happened. DSTV Subscribers in South Africa pay far less and enjoy so much more.

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      It is called impunity in governance that has been emulated by Nigeria-based companies. Impunity, one of the reasons behind the fall of the PDP government. Is it possible for a Nigerian company operating in South Africa to flout their court order and walk away? I renewed my subscription on the 8th April by paying the new fee before reading this less than 3 hours after. I must alert the litigants in this case that the court order they got against DStv is being flouted. That is my duty as a citizen of this country. We refuse to carry on henceforth as in banana republics…

  • Cincinnatus

    On the board of Multi Choice are certain influential Nigerian figures who have made deals to allow the exploitation of the Nigerian people. These dark figures are responsible not the Dollar-Naira business relationship. They are just lying. The aggregated effects of the currency wars can’t possibly have any seriously damaging impact on their profit margin even if they have to pay for their access to foreign channels in dollars without a healthy dollar reserve to cushion currency volatility across boarders. They were already making record profits in the Nigerian market compared to the rest of Africa which they hoard in US dollars. They should be sued and fined for more than increase in charges, and the government should allow some serious competition from Asia and the Middle east for these criminals.

  • sammyctu ode

    DSTV has enslaved Nigerians and Africa as a whole. They are the worst rip off company on earth. Their programs are repeated many times, they can’t improve their technology, when there is a little rain, they go off the air and don’t pay us compensation, the day your subscription expires they cut you off between 4:30 and 4:45 am instead of 12 midnight of that day, they have been in Nigeria for over 30 years still they import everything from South Africa instead of setting up factories to assemble these components in Nigeria thereby creating jobs for Nigeria, their employees are very rude and obnoxious, when one just renew his/her subscription, you see their aggressive agents calling you at odd times of the day telling you that your subscription has expired and many other sins they commit. Even in South Africa, when it rains with heavy thunder and lighting, their DSTV does not go off so why does DSTV Nigeria continue to rip us off? They continue to increase their fees on a yearly basis with the corrupt Nigerian government officials looking the other way. I hope the new GMB government will look into DSTV unsavory sharp criminal practices stop them and save Nigerians. I THANK THE JUDGE FOR STOPPING THESE CRIMINAL FOOLS. IN ONE OF THE DAILIES, I SAW THE FAT SLOB DSTV CHAIRMAN TAKING PICTURES WITH JIMI AGBAJE AND OTHER pdp OFFICIALS MEANING THAT HE HAS CORRUPTED THE OUT GOING CRIMINAL pdp GOVERNMENT WHICH IS WHY HE THINKS HE CAN CONTINUE TO RIP US OFF.

  • olabosipo

    Just asked them to go pay my subscription and was told the new price was in effect. They aren’t obeying the court order.

  • Ibseen

    I pray one day Nigeria will them out of Nigeria. Repeating programmes every day. Useless of them. We need more local stations to help the poor Nigeria. DSTV should go back to South Africa.