MultiChoice Uganda has dismissed as untrue reports currently dominating social media that they plan to increase subscription fees.
According to the information being shared on social media platforms; WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, DStv will at the start of October 2015, implement a price increase on subscriptions in Uganda.
The alleged increase is based on the appreciation of the dollar against the shilling.
As per the new prices; premium will cost Shs334,000, compact+ Shs 225,000, compact Shs 128,000, family Shs 73,000 and access Shs 38,000.
MultiChoice Uganda, however, denied the allegation informing “our esteemed subscribers that no formal communication on price increases/changes have been made”.
“Communication that is circulating on social media is unofficial and unfounded,” the South African company said.
“Customers are requested to wait for any communication in this regard from us.”
“Otherwise our subscription prices remain as per the advertising communication in the market.”
Multichoice, a subsidiary of South African-based Media giant Naspers, has until recently been the lion of satellite Pay TV in Africa.
Nigerian court blocks DStv hike of fees
Meanwhile, a Nigerian tech website, djcyno.com, reports that a Justice of the federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos, C J Aneke, granted an order of interim injunction restraining Multichoice from enforcing its planned increase in cost of the different classes of viewing of its pay TV, DSTV.
MultiChoice, owners of DStv and GOtv, had announced a 20 percent price increase for all its satellite pay TV bouquets in Nigeria to take effect from April 1, 2015 citing inflation.
The judge asked parties to maintain status quo in support of the motion ex parte with an affidavit of urgency sworn to by the plaintiff.
The order read in part: “That an order of interim injunction is hereby granted to the parties to maintain the status quo restraining the 1st defendant (Multichoice/DSTV) from giving effect or enforcing its planned increase in cost of the different classes of viewing or programmes bouquet, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”
The suit was filed by a one Adebayo Osasuyi and Oluyinka Oyeniji.