FG announces indigenous pay TV network, DSTv’s Monopoly in danger

DSTV’s monopoly is in danger as FG announces indigenous pay TV network

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, on Thursday in Abuja launched a new indigenous satellite pay television network known as SLTV.

Akume also noted that Nigerians had been longing for a satellite pay television to offer as an alternative to current ones.

According to him, SLTV reacts quite loudly and clearly.

Akume, represented by his Senior Special Adviser, Technical, Prof. Babatunde Bolaji, noted that evidence made available to him proved that the new pay SLTV will provide Nigerians value for their money.

He said the value would be in terms of service, quality and affordability.

He said: “It is glaring that Metrodigital recognises the fact that the Federal Government has demonstrated an unwavering commitment through robust policies and legal framework to promote free competition and responsive broadcasting services in Nigeria.”

Akume stated that television remained the single largest source of video consumption.

Dr Ifeanyi Nwafor, Managing Director, Metrodigital Ltd, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the firm was the owner of SLTV.

He disclosed that the company created the platform in 2023 and had been gradually rolling out all over Nigeria.

“Today, we wanted to formally introduce it to the country. It’s a platform that can bring good quality entertainment to every home in Nigeria, covering football, news, other entertainment, and movies among others,” he said.

Nwafor stated they will concentrate on excellent service delivery at minimal cost as well as bring in numerous innovations, using the newest technology.

He claimed that they had waited until now to deliver several items to Nigerians as a manner of amusement at very inexpensive pricing.

“The total package is up to 55 channels including sports, news for only 5,000 naira a month,” Nwafor said.

He commended the federal government for trying so hard to change the provisions of the law and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) code, which gave room to alternative competition, and facilitated the emergence of SLTV.

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