Pay TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, has increased prices of DStv and GOtv for the third time in 2023.
According to the update sent to subscribers, the new bouquet price which is a 17% hike will take effect from November 6, 2023.
In the new update, GOtv subscribers will now pay N12,500 for the Supa+ package – the highest subscription price as against the N10,500 that it initially cost. DStv subscribers will also be made to pay N29,500 as against the N24,500 it earlier charged premium subscribers.
The latest increase comes as Nigerians continue to battle the ripple effect of fuel subsidy removal and and the weakening value of the country’s currency at the FX market.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had on assumption of office immediately removed subsidy on fuel, the development caused a significant hike in the pump price of fuel from about N189 per liter to over N600 which it currently sells.
The rise in the pump price of fuel had adversely affected transporting which had in turn affected the prices of commodities across the nation with Nigerians struggling to afford basic commodities. The prices of commodities hiked further after the President Bola Tinubu led government floated the country’s currency causing it to weaken further at the FX market.
This is not the first time that MultiChoice will be increasing the bouquet prices of DStv and GOtv, recall that the in May, the pay TV firm increased their subscription package by 17 percent after it earlier increased the bouquet prices earlier in the year.
Nigerians have expressed their dissatisfaction over the new prices which comes amid the ongoing economic hardship.
@Sammy_Godswill on X said; “Beer of N350 in April, now N500, depending on the brand you drink. Bread of N650 in April now N900. Bag of Rice in April N30k, now 45k. Malaria drug jumped from 1k to 3k. DStv Compact N10,500 in May, now 12,500, we start to complain..
Another X user @vianneylordzeus wrote: “As Nigerians we’re too relaxed as a nation. Mtn and dstv charge us more than they charge their people in South Africa. Lmao. We complain online and say fuck it in reality.”
@instaprohq said; “DSTV should be discontinued. It offers nothing of value for the price paid, aside from repeatedly airing old programs and providing poor value to Nigerians. It’s not worth it.”
@dammygtnet lamented; “Oju everybody ma bo las las. This suffocation is historic and condemnable. Anyways, make we continue to stand on our beloved mandate.”