DSTV customers upset over football rights
Pay TV provider DSTV is facing a subscriber backlash for failing to secure a range of football rights, just days after its price hike came into effect.
DSTV has not managed to acquire rights to air certain English football competitions, including the one-off Community Shield match (which took place on Sunday) and the FA Cup and Carabao Cup tournaments.
Many customers had expected DSTV’s SuperSport channels air this content following the increase in prices across DSTV’s bouquet offerings.
DSTV apologised via Twitter, posting: “Dear esteemed subscribers, we don’t have rights to air the FA Cup & Community Shield this year but you can enjoy pulsating football action from the #PL, #UCL, #LaLiga & the recently added Italian #SerieA and Uefa Nations League. Thanks for choosing DSTV.”
However, the statement wasn’t good enough for many subscribers, who took to Twitter to complain, with some stating that the only reason they still subscribe to DSTV is because of the SuperSport channels.
See below for a range of reactions on Twitter:
They will unfortunately not be broadcasting the #FACup & Community Shield, as their bid for broadcast rights was unsuccessful but they still thought it right to up prices for their @DStvNg bouquets. #DStv is scamming us!
— 🔴P.O.G (@KhevKhan) August 5, 2018
Honestly if @SuperSportTV @DStvCare can’t sort out the rights in the next couple of weeks for the #FACup and @Carabao_Cup, then as fans we should look for alternative ways to view these matches. If anyone knows which streams etc are available we should make it known
— Reaaz Ahmed (@ReaazAhmed) August 4, 2018
How can you pay N10K monthly sub on DSTV & you cant watch Community Shield? Not to talk of no FA Cup/League Cup? I said we need competition in this Cable TV industry because enough is enough#NoToDSTVFraud
— Wale 🇳🇬 (@Wale_Brain) August 5, 2018
I can’t just fathom how it took @DStvNg @DStv this long to announce non transmission FA Cup and Community Shield. But it was fast to hike subscription fees. How pathetic. @Gidi_Traffic @TrafficChiefNG @Yourwavygod @lindaikeji
— ‘Lanipe🆖 (@ollysweetie) August 5, 2018
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