Africa’s leading pay television provider MultiChoice has denied offering preferential treatment to subscribers in some countries it operates in.
The pay television provider has come under fire from viewers in Ghana over the high subscription rates it charges in the country as compared to other viewers across the continent.
Multichoice operates in over 53 countries in Africa with over 3 million subscribers minus its subscribers in South Africa.
Cost of subscription in Ghana is one of the most expensive across the continent.
Its viewers In Nigeria and South Africa are reported to have some of the lowest rates.
Speaking to Citi Business News in Mauritius after it launched the biggest content showcase conference ever in Africa CEO of Multichioce Africa Nico Meyer dismissed the accusations and explains why rates in Ghana are more expensive.
‘Nigeria is one of the lowest but if you compare pricing across the continent you will see that we have to contend with the various tax regimes across board and it differs from country to country and this informs most part of the pricing we do. We make no money from the decoders and we subsidize all our products’. he said.
MultiChoice Africa provides its digital satellite television service – DStv – to subscribers’ homes from two different satellites, namely: the Intelsat 20 (“IS 20”) Ku BAND and Eutelsat 36B Ku Band.
The GOtv offering is on a DTT (DVB-T2) network which was established in 2011 and currently covers eight countries including Ghana.
This low cost mass market offering provides great family entertainment at a price everyone can afford.
By: Vivian Kai Mensah/citifmonline.com/Ghana