Early last week, I joined a social media discussion on the ruling of a Federal High Court in Lagos on the subscription fee increment announced by MultiChoice Nigeria Limited. The suit was filed two lawyers challenging what they consider as arbitrary increment in subscription rates imposed by MultiChoice Nigeria, operators of DStv and GOtv pay-TV platforms, on their subscribers.
MultiChoice, on 3 March, had announced a 20 per cent hike in its subscriptions fees for all its bouquets with effect from 1 April.
The lawyers got their wish (or a part of it), when the judge, Justice C.J. Aneke, gave an interim order that MultiChoice should revert to its old subscription rates pending the determination of the suit on the legality of its new tariffs.
The lawyers, who sued for themselves and on behalf of all DStv subscribers in the country, had asked for an order compelling the National Broadcasting Commission to enforce the pay-per-view scheme, whereby subscribers would only pay for programmes watched, as is allegedly being done in other parts of the world.
They also asked for an order of the court restraining any other individual or corporate entity from filing any other action on the subject matter to avoid multiplicity of the lawsuit.
The judge adjourned the case till April 16, 2015.
Many people on the thread on which I joined the discussion (and other places where I have heard the issue discussed) whooped with joy. Friends, with whom I discussed the matter, cast it as a triumph of good over evil. I admit that I also got infected, fleetingly, with the sweeping feeling of triumph. READ MORE HERE