DSTV is definitely feeling the heat new pay-TV company TSTV is bringing.
The new Nigerian owned Pay-TV operator could be said to be a figurative ‘’pain in the neck’’ for the South African owned DSTV.
But could DSTV possibly be behind all the negative media TSTV is getting to mar the good reception it's been getting from Nigerians?
First, the MD/CEO of TSTV Africa, Bright Echefu’s name has been dragged into the EFCC mud. He has been connected to a namesake (first and last name)whom he also has a striking face semblance of. This other Bright Echefu was arraigned by the EFCC on a one-count charge bordering on Issuance of dud cheque and obtaining by false pretense on Thursday, January 21, 2016 according to an EFCC publication on its website.
Pulse news editor went on an eventful investigative journey to try getting to the root of the matter, to see if it's actually the same and one person who is MD/CEO TSTV that was also charged by EFCC a year ago.
Also, separate letters surfaced online being reportedly sent from Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited (rights owners of the CNN brand channel) and BeIN (rights owners of the BeIN sports channels) accusing the guys at TSTV of pirating content of BeIN channels network, the Qatar based media company that owns all the BeIN sports channels TSTV plans to air.
All these negative media reports are being thought to be perpetrated by the owners of DSTV, in an attempt to paint the owners of TSTV in bad light, and take them down before they even kick off operations.
Some DSTV access and compact customers have talked about being handed the premium sport channels that otherwise should not be on the bouquets their bouquets.
Speaking with a DSTV customer service rep via the phone, Pulse sought out to know why this was so. The lady rep who got talking said it’s an ongoing promo that they are offering customers, which would end on October 10, 2017.
“We are currently running a promo where if you pay before a stipulated time or before your due date, you get sports channels of compact bouquet as an Access of Family customer..the promo runs till October 10”
Pulse also inquired from the rep her thoughts on the rumours flying around accusing Multichoice of the negative propaganda targeted against TSTV and also her thoughts on TSTV planning to air similar sports content that they reportedly have exclusive rights to.
The rep simply says she has no information on that, as she continued to sell ways to stay on with DSTV.
A source whose company's channels air on DSTV's Premium bouquet expressed his suspicions and doubts about TSTV having legitimate rights for the football content they are proposing to offer subscribers.
"Well, I find the idea of their football rights suspicious especially at the cost they are offering. Will be in my Doubting Thomas mode till someone confirms to me that it is indeed legit," he said.
If you were to ask me, i'd say 'NO,' DSTV can do better than to go through such cheap means to pull down a potential competitor.
Pulse has also reached out to a PR official at Multichoice Nigeria for comments on the perceived war DSTV is waging against the emergence of TSTV.