DSTV customers upset over football rights

By Gabriella Opara
August 9, 2018


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:

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