Brace UP: You May Pay More for DStv, GOtv subscription in September


There are speculations that Multichoice Nigeria, a subsidiary of South Africa-based MultiChoice group and owners of entertainment services, DStv and GOtv, will increase the subscription fees across all its DStv and GOtv packages from September 2021.

Brace UP: You May Pay More for DStv, GOtv subscription in September
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The increment in fee is coming barely one year after the last subscription fee increase by the Satellite company.

The Nation is reporting that a source close to the company revealed that ‘subscription prices may increase by about 10% with premium package going as high N21,000, Compact Plus will go above N14,000 and GOtv Max subscription jumping to slightly above N4000, once the new price takes effect.’

This is not a lone occurrence for Nigerian subscribers, as Multichoice has increased the subscription charges in other African countries over the last 6 months.

This week, Ghana, Malawi, and Tanzania announced a new price regime from September 1.

Meanwhile, MultiChoice Nigeria, has been ordered by a Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) sitting in Lagos to pay ₦900 billion ($2,186,854) to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). 

According to The Punch, FIRS Director, Communications and Liaison Department, Abdullahi Ahmad made this known on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

The  ₦900 billion is 50% of the  ₦1.8 trillion ($4.4 billion) MultiChoice allegedly owes the FIRS. According to Ahmad, any person or company that wants to contest tax assessment will have to pay all or a certain percentage of the tax being assessed before they can appeal to a TAT. 

He says this is in line with the FIRS Act of 2007. The TAT has adjourned the appeal to Thursday, September 23, 2021, on the condition that MultiChoice obeys its order. 

Recall that in July 2021, the FIRS directed some commercial banks to freeze and recover ₦1.8 trillion ($4.4 billion) from MultiChoice Nigeria and MultiChoice Africa’s accounts. 

FIRS claimed the company was not being transparent and lacked data integrity.

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