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

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THE House of Representatives yesterday considered pay-per-view, pay-as-you-go tariffs and price reduction for DSTV and other cable satellite operators in Nigeria.

  This followed the adoption of reports and recommendation of an ad-hoc committee on non–implementation of pay-as-you-go and sudden increment of tariffs plan by broadcast digital satellite service providers.

  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 foreign exchange 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 the 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.

  Speaking while laying the report before the House, Chairman of the Committee, Rep Unyime Idem called on federal government to expedite action on implementing the content of the National Broadcasting Code and the Nigeria information Policy of 2014.

  According to him, the two tariff bouquets would not only trigger healthy competition in the industry, but also afford the entertainment industry with a wider spectrum and limitless opportunities for the teeming youths.

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