Multichoice Takes Important Step After Adjusting Price Of DSTV, GOTV

The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal’s (CCPT) decision to impose a N150 million fine and a “free monthly subscription order” on Multichoice Nigeria has been appealed.

In an appeal filed with the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the Pay TV provider presented further arguments for why the appellate court ought to overturn the CCPT verdict.

This was stated in MultiChoice‘s notice of appeal, in which the company requested that the Court of Appeal rule that the tribunal “erred in law.”

Multichoice arguments against tribunal

In a Leadership report, Multichoice claimed that the tribunal fined it without allowing its legal counsel to defend the price increase.

Pay TV maintained that the tribunal should not have handled the complaint since the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Council had not yet decided on it.

It emphasised that the tribunal had already decided on its price hike, prohibiting its panel from overseeing the same issues in purported violation of the law.

Multichoice emphasised that the attorney did not request a fine of N150 million or a complimentary one-month subscription in opposition to it. Additionally, it was believed that the tribunal took these actions without consulting all of its subscribers.

The firm also emphasized that, by taking advantage of a lawyer’s personal problems with his subscription package, the tribunal wrongly fined it a significant amount.

Multichoice insists tribunal not disobeyed

Multichoice reaffirmed to the Court of Appeal that when a party files an application contesting the court’s authority to oversee an issue, it cannot be considered that the party has disregarded an order of the court.

Multichoice appealed for: “An order setting aside the ruling and Orders of the Hon. Tribunal delivered on the 7th June 2024.”

The CCPT has said it  would review the reasons identified by Multichoice, noting that the agency could involve regulatory bodies such as the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

This comes afterNATURENEX reported that MultiChoice, owners of DStv and GOtv, may have reverted to the old subscription prices following a court order mandating that the pay television company halt its move to hike prices.

NATURENEX checks on the firm’s apps on Sunday, June 16, 2024, showed that the company had reverted to the old prices. This came after subscribers paid the new rates for May 2024 following the hike.


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