The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained MultiChoice from its “arbitrary” monthly increase of DStv subscription fees which would have come into effect from April.
MultiChoice and MultiChoice Africa which run the DStv as a satellite pay-TV service across Africa, increased its monthly subscription fees in Nigeria and across the rest of the African continent with the increase leading to vocal consumer and subscriber outrage.
DStv hiked its monthly subscription fee by 20% IN Nigeria and this led to a widespread anger and resentment against DStv from its subscribers.
In a suit with number FHC/L/CS/404/2015, Justice C.J. Aneke granted an interim order against a subscription increase for DStv in Nigeria, ordering MultiChoice not to implement its new rates. He also ordered the details of the case and the interim injunction to be published in national newspapers across the nation.
Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji challenged MultiChoice’s DStv subscription increases in a first “class action” case.
In a second case, they also want the Court to order the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to implement “pay per view” where DStv are allowed to choose only the TV channels they wish to watch and pay for – something known as an “a la carte” offering in the pay-TV business through a process known as “unbundling”.
“An order of interim injunction is hereby granted to the parties to maintain the status quo restraining the 1st defendant (Multichoice/DStv) from giving effect or enforcing its planned increase in cost of the different classes of viewing or programmes bouquet, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” says the injunction.
The case will be heard on 16 April.