TSTV is Nigeria’s first indigenous provider of Digital TV Services. It is the answer to many silent prayers of Nigerians who have been suffering under the weight of Dstv’s exorbitant subscription plan prices.
But What Exactly is TSTV?
Telcom Satellites TV (TSTV) is the latest digital DTH (direct to home) pay TV in the Nigerian broadcasting arena. They provide digital TV services by combining both satellite and telecommunication technology. Asides just being a brand new and exciting product, there are three fundamental features that they offer to all subscribers. They are:
TSTV is owned by a Nigerian, Dr. Bright Echefu, who serves as the Managing Director of TSTV Nigeria. The newly-married Imo state indigene who graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka is also the Managing Director of Bricke and Athens Limited. His impressive resume shows that he has a wealh of education and experience. He concurrently serves as the Chairman of Breichberg Investment Ltd., who manage Bright FM. He has built a formidable platform for himself as a public speaker, as well as program and project manager; and he is also proficient in strategic planning research.
TSTV launched on October 1st in Abuja, Nigeria. Speaking at the event, the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed stated that as a way of encouraging indigenous ventures like TSTV, the Federal Government had decided to allow them operate tax-free for the next three years. In his reaction, Dr. Bright Echefu noted:
“We have successfully managed African Health Television for over five years without problems. We have no doubts that TSTV will offer excellent and affordable digital TV services to the people of Nigeria.”
TSTV also has foreign partners. They signed an agreement with ABS (Asia Broadcast Satellite) to provide direct-to-home services into the country on the ABS-3A satellite.
Now that we know the brains behind the TSTV services, let us explore how it does work.
TSTV Decoder Features
The TSTV decoder and satellite dish are sold in Nigeria at an incredible price of just #5,000 naira. That’s not all; they also come with amazing features and privileges. Firstly, they have an internal hard drive with storage capacity of 50Gigabytes to eecord and store TV programs at your convenience. Secondly, the decoder can be used to access the inernet. You can browse the web, visit your favourite websites, stream videos live and do many other things obtainable on the internet, using the 20Gigabyte Free Data provided. Yes, 20GB free! You can even connect your smartphones, laptops and up to 15 other internet-enabled devices via wifi hotspot.
All these for just #5,000 naira!
TSTV decoders are one-of-a-kind. Other amazing features include:
Bluetooth, Webcam, USB, Video calls with other subscribers, Internet access, IGB Ethernet, compatible with external hard drive, Record and playback functions, and pause subscription function.
TSTV Channels List
TSTV comes with a rich collection of channels to cater for all classes of people. They currently air over 100 channels, and plans are in place to double that amount in due time. They are set to compete directly with Dstv and even Kwese TV, as they have also acquired right to broadcast the world’s top sports shows; including the UEFA Champions’ league, or the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A and also the Spanish La Liga.
The channel pool consists of local and foreign stations, and cover all areas and niches of society like entertainment, health, education, entertainment, sports, news. They also come in different language set-ups; so you can actually watch certain TSTV channels in yoruba language, Igbo language, hausa language, as well in Ghanaian, Sierra leonian and Liberian languages. A full breakdown of the channels list and their categories is shown below.
TStv Sports Channels:
Fox Sports 1
BeIN Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
BeIN sports 2
BeIN Sports 3
BeIN Sports 4
BeIN sports 5
BeIN Sports 6
BeIN Sports 7
BeIN Sports 8
BeIN Sports 9
BeIN Sports 10
Fox Entertainment Group
Nigeria Central Television
M Africa Movies
M Africa Hausa
Health and Lifestyle Channels:
A1 Kids TV
Nat Geo Wild
Perhaps, the most exciting and phenomenal aspect of TSTV’s entry into the Nigerian market is its ridiculously low subscription prices. What’s more, they run on a pay-per-view basis; that is, you only pay for what you watch, more like you pay as you watch;: much unlike the operations of some other TV services in Nigeria, where one pays for both what is watched and what isn’t.
When you subscribe, you have access to the channels for the period of time that corresponds to the amount you paid to subscribe. There are different amounts for different plans, and they are very affordable. With as little as #200 naira, you can subscribe to TSTV services for a fixed period of time. The currently available subscription plans come with corresponding amounts of #200 naira, #500 naira, #1000 naia, #1,500 naira and the highest amount, which is #3000 naira.
Also, on TSTV, one can get 20 Gigabytes monthly data for just #3,000 naira, and this can be used on their super-fast 4.5G network. You can also use the decoder as a make-shift router, as you can connect up to fifteen different enabled devices to access the interne via wifi.
For a decoder costing just #5,000 naira, and cheap subscription plans – of which the highest is #3,000 naira, it will be no surprise if TSTV steal the hearts of Nigerians away from Dstv and other Digital TV service providers over time.