Body calls for DSTV boycott over subscription fee hike

Kenyans were slapped with an over 15% rise in subscription fee for DSTV viewership by Multichoice, a move that sparked outrage among subscribers. Kenya is a key market for the South African based satellite TV provider as Kenyans love the English Premier League which they broadcast as well as other premium programme channels

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has thus asked subscribers to boycott subscription payment for the month of September until the subscription fees are lowered or the hike is justified against the cost of the same bouquets across Africa.

Since pay-tv competition collapsed, monthly subscriptions have hit the roof with excuses from DSTV pegged on the rising foreign exchange rate – over a depreciating shilling. A closer look at the Premium bouquet pricing in South Africa and West Africa is 699 Rands compared to an equivalent 1206 Rands locally (at the rate of R1 to Sh7.8).

Subscribers have also raised concerns over the 2015/16 EPL that has turned into a dull moment for tens of thousands whose package Supersport 3 does not contain Supersport 5 activated. Premium subscribers with ‘Walkas’ too can no longer access Supersport 5 that now airs the main EPL matches.

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