Reps mull pay-per-view, price reduction for DSTV, others




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The House of Representatives has considered the pay-per-view, pay-as-you-go and price reduction for DSTV and cable satellite operators in the country.

This followed the adoption of the reports and recommendation of the Ad–hoc Committee Non–Implementation of Pay–As–You–Go and sudden Increment of Tariffs plan by Broadcast Digital Satellite Service Providers.

Rep Unyime Idem, the chairman of the Committee had earlier laid the before the House and was considered by the House Wednesday in Abuja.

The House called the Federal Government as a matter of urgency expedites action implementing the content of the National Broadcasting Code and the Nigeria information Policy of 2014.

The House noted that this would trigger healthy competition in the industry, adding that the entertainment industry had a wider spectrum with limitless opportunities for the teeming youths.

The House stated that the visible absence of competitors in the industry was a tacit approval of monopoly of the industry by the present operators.

The House suggested that timely application of government regulatory intervention already articulated would revolutionise the industry and meet the people’s yearnings for Pay-as-you-go, Pay-Per-View and price reduction.

According the recommendation, our extant laws that moderate operations in the industry is be fine-tuned meet the 21st- century regulatory laws of the industry that is dynamic as the entertainment industry.

The House noted that the commission that had the power license and regulate the activities of service providers must also has the power moderate in the of consumers.

The House stated that there was little or nothing a regulator could do if he was handicapped by laws that were not properly tailored to the needs of the society.

According to the reports, price increase and reduction have always been contentious for producers and consumers in the business world.

The House also listed the factors responsible for hike in subscription fee as recent increment of VAT by 2.5 per cent by Financial Amendment Act of Jan. 13 2020, the fluctuating rate in the country that affects the cost of content.

Others are: broadcast equipment, experienced hire and technical infrastructure, increase in bouquets for a wider choice, inflation on the cost of production and need to maintain workforce.

They identified the need of not throwing many young Nigerians, who are gainfully employed by pay-tv into the labour market were some necessary indices for price hike.

The noted that the of Nigerian NigComSat or Nigerian Satellite that is still under-utilised was advocated by the committee.

The House urged the Management of NigComSat to embark on the creation of to companies and Organisations that made of satellite facility.

The House advised satellite infrastructure users to look inwards and patronise the country’s satellite, reduce the cost of production and services and generate income for the Government.

The House stated that all obstacles that make of NigComSat less attractive to the end-users must be looked into as utilisation of the Satellite was key to resolving the issue.

(NAN)