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TStv Africa acquires MyTV customers

Nigerian DTH pay TV platform TStv Africa has partnered with Dubai-based Strong Technologies to acquire the latter’s MyTV customers.

Bright Echefu

According to the service provider, MyTV will cease broadcasting on September 1 while its viewers will move over to TStv and have access to over 104 high-definition channels on the platform.

However, it is only MyTV customers with certain decoders – those that are SRT 497S HEVC encoded – who will be able to access TStv channels at this stage.

Bright Echefu, MD of TStv Africa, promised MyTV viewers a whole new TV experience after they migrate to TStv Africa.

He said: “We thank God that we have indeed delivered on our promise to Nigerians regarding our novel pay TV offerings. Today, Nigerians can truly testify that TStv has implemented pay-per view, pay-as-you-go, a la Carte and pause subscription.

“We are excited over our agreement with Strong Technologies and look forward to serving MyTV viewers. Eventually, non-HEVC MyTV-compliant set-top boxes may be granted access to TStv channels, as well.”

Joseph Torbey, MD of MyTV, said Strong Technologies was “delighted to offer viewers, as well as dealers, an alternate pay TV service, offering a wider choice of channels and creative ways for composing one’s subscription, prepaying for it and scheduling it.”

He added that his company would “continue to serve Nigerian consumers with ever-more innovative digital TV receiving equipment, outstanding technical support and efficient after-sales service.”

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TStv to expand across Africa

DTH pay TV operator TStv Africa is preparing to launch and operate its pan-African TV channels and data centres in Nigeria and other African countries.

Bright Echefu

Telecom Satellite, the media and technology company that owns TStv Africa, has been expanding from Abuja to other parts of Nigeria. It has developed five network operations centres, has satellites covering 232 cities in 35 African countries, and has invested in 98 HD premium channels.

TStv Africa founder and CEO Bright Echefu said: “[In] the first half of 2020, we have undergone tremendous changes, commissioning a state-of-the-art data centre in Nigeria, building a satellite teleport that hosts hundreds of high-definition television channels and launching the TStv product offering across Africa.

“We have also expanded the TStv-owned and managed television and radio channels to 52 while hosting over 180 multiview televison channels on the TStv pay TV platform, broadcasting across Africa with premium content.

“My dream is that an entire generation will grow with the daily sight of telecom satellites products. Our investments are in 10 key interests which include video and radio entertainment, content aggregation, dubbing services, linear and non-linear content distribution, pay TV operation and eCommerce.”

In related news, TStv Africa has reportedly acquired rights to broadcast English Football League Championship matches live in Nigeria.

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TStv accused of lying over content

Nigerian pay TV operator TStv Africa has been accused of lying to consumers about the sports content it is able to offer.

The struggling company, which resumed full operations last year, circulated a letter claiming it had acquired the broadcast rights to English Premier League (EPL) football for its Grande Sports channels and that it would be offering EPL coverage to all of Nigeria’s terrestrial channels free of charge.

It also claimed it had acquired exclusive rights to German football tournament DFB Pokal in sub-Saharan Africa up to 2022.

However, fellow pay TV sport operator SuperSport said the claims were false. “SuperSport is the only platform that has the EPL licensing and broadcasting rights for Nigeria and it airs the EPL games on MultiChoice Nigeria’s DStv pay TV platform,” the company said.

TStv has previously been accused of pirating sports content from Middle Eastern pay TV operator beIN. It has also face accusations of misleading the public and distributors over its TStv decoders.

SuperSport added that it had reported TStv Africa to the Premier League over the issue.

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Delayed TStv Africa ‘back on track’

Nigerian pay TV operator TStv Africa, which was unveiled in October last year but was put on hiatus, has resumed full operations and will this month start to sell decoders nationwide.

The company said decoder sales will begin on November 28 and the platform will have more than 72 television channels. These include TVC News, BBC World News, TravelXP, A1 Kids and Grande Bolly. Other include AIT, Aljazeera, NTA, CGTN and Wap TV

TStv Africa in a statement said: “Dear Nigerians, we wish to immensely thank you for standing by us all through our trying times and wish to confirm to you that TStv Africa is now stable in operation.

“Sequel to this, nationwide sales of decoder and accessories will effectively commence from 28th November, 2018 with access to over 72 TV channels. Please feel free to walk into any nearby TStv Africa retail outlet to pick up your decoders and accessories. We appreciate you for standing by us.”

As well as channels in the genres of music, news, religion, lifestyle, fashion, health and kids, TStv offers complimentary internet services, video calls and other features 9n a bouquet that is intended to be affordable to Nigerians.

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