A public outcry has erupted over digital satellite provider, Multi-Choice Zambia’s decision to hike subscription fees.Numerous people have now taken to social media to complain about what they say are the exaggerated subscription fees with calls being made to boycott DSTV in April.
Zambians on social media complained that the Monopoly of business DSTV enjoys coupled with the continuos repeat of programs aired is not worth the increase at all.They asked why Zambia is the most expensive in terms of subscription for DSTV in the region.
Can someone tell me why we should be paying K710 for DSTV premium starting next month, the most expensive in Southern Africa? If 3, 000 of us don’t pay, these guys will feel the impact.So tell your neighbours to protest by not paying for DSTV next month.The rest of the region doesn’t pay as high as we do. Are we being taken for a ride or something? I for one will not pay if the increase is effected next month. My protest starts now!! Not that I can’t afford but I don’t want to feel abused by your monopoly of business.
We are no longer in the stone age era, we have high speed internet to download any movie we want and at a same time able to get the soccer highlights from the internet.It’s time to pack dstv decorders read some of the comments on social media.
An official petition to standardize subscription rates in Zambia has reached 1000 signatures.The petition read –
Over the years Multichoice Zambia has been charging subscription based on the dollar rates. There is a need to standardise the rates and avoid passing on exchange losses to its customers. In 2014 premium bouquet rates went from K350 to K500, this caused a stir among DSTV subscribers. The company needs to find a way to prepare their books of a accounts in Kwacha and find ways to hedge against foreign exchange losses.There is a need for them to understand the unstable environment and deal with it in a proper manner
DSTV Zambia will effective 15th April adjust subscription fees to Premium K710, Compact plus K495, Compact K330.While in Africa’s most populous nation, Premium will cost the Nigerian subscriber K504, Comp+: K340 and Compact K216. In other economic calculations, watching Premium at K710 is equivalent to buying 9 bags of cement in a month and 108 bags by the end of a year.