TStv, Telecom Satellite Television, has announced that it would commence commercial roll-out of its decoders to Nigerians by November 1, 2017.
TStv Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bright Echefu, made the disclosure at the company’s head office in Abuja.
He said from Monday, 5,000 decoders would be given to customers for free in selected states and the nation’s capital.
Echefu added that the decoders would also be installed for free to enable them test the strong signal and services of the new pay TV.
He explained that the delay in the commercial deployment of decoders to customers was to prevent sabotage by unscrupulous elements who would want to frustrate the company.
His words: “We have not commenced commercial sales of our decoders because we are aware of the fact that we are running a business easily frustrated by competition.
“We had applications from over 3,000 individuals who want to be our dealers, so far we have cleared about 750 of the dealers.
”We are currently conducting due diligence checks. We do not want a situation where individuals posing as dealers buy up our decoders and go dump them somewhere.”
Bright Echefu added that within the next two weeks, the verification and full accreditation of dealers would be completed and the decoders would be rolled out.
TStv introduces the Pay-as-You-Consume model, an option other providers had insisted was not possible, arguing that they bought the contents they relay as a whole and not in bits.
The DTH pay TV, offers 200 rich blend of local and international channels and packages for entertainment, including news, sports, kids, health, etc.