Just when you thought they were out, dead and buried, they resurrect!
TSTV Africa, Nigeria’s most celebrated Pay TV Operator and Direct-To-Home (DTH) broadcast service has announced its return to the nation’s cable TV industry.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TSTV Africa, Bright Echefu made the shocking announcement through a letter made public on Monday.
Echefu confirmed that the company had acquired five units of 35.5MHz transponders on Nigcomsat.
“I sincerely appreciate all your concerns and prayers for our darling TSTV. From the date we announced TSTV, it has been fight all the way. I doubt if a week passed without us quenching one fire or the other. We didn’t anticipate that there would be war. We were also not trained to fight in the arena we were pushed into. The kinds of weapons our enemies would later contend us with, showed they had stocked their armoury waiting for a time like now. We may not have their kind of money, neither their kinds of weapons, ”connections” and networks but one thing I sure know we had more than them was a determined spirit and a steadfast God. A God who doesn’t fail,” he wrote.
“It has not been easy one bit. Our struggles drained us financially and pitched us against all good meaning Nigerians, subscribers and dealers that believed in us. We were wrestled even down to our satellite providers but our God is ever faithful.
“Today 20th of August, 2018, I am happy to inform Nigerians that TSTV is back live and direct but this time under the watch of Abba Father. With our successful acquisition of FIVE units of 35.5MHz transponders last two weeks on Nigcomsat through our collaboration with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat, TSTV can now offer Nigerians the true meaning of video entertainment. Our TSTV has successfully migrated to Nigeria Communication Satellite. ALL CHANNELS in Full HD. No one does that. More channels are being added daily.
“Guess what!!!, TSTV management in appreciation to EVERYONE have decided that 45 TSTV PREMIUM HD CHANNELS will be available for free for another one month as we don’t intend to encrypt the channels now. You can use any dish at all, including the ones you are using for other operators to track Nigcomsat today and lets enjoy premium entertainment together.
“We are now a True Nigerian Brand and we all should support ours. Kindly monitor our progress by tracking your dish to 42.5oE, Frequency 12589, Symbol Rate: 30,000. Polarization: Horizontal,” he concluded.
What initially happened
TSTV was launched on October 1, 2017 with much fun fare and glamour.
It came to being following a multi-transponder agreement between ABS and Telcom Satellites TV to deliver DTH to Nigeria on the ABS 3A satellite.
It was touted to be the ‘next big thing‘ in Nigeria’s cable TV business, after years of near-monopoly by South African cable company DSTV.
But that dream was cut short following claims of intellectual property theft; first by Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited Company – a supposed parent company of American cable giants CNN – and Bein Sports.
After setting more than three deadlines for itself last year, TSTV failed to go on air.
Well, Nigerians can’t wait to find out……..if another deadline would be missed!