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Court Stops Multichoice From Increasing DSTV Subscription Rates

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A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 granted an injunction which restrains Multichoice from increasing the subscription rates of the different classes of viewing of its pay TV, DSTV.

The presiding judge, Justice C J Aneke passed the verdict in reaction to a suit filed by DSTV subscribers/customers, Adebayo Osasuyi and Oluyinka Oyeniji, .

MultiChoice, owners of DSTV and GOtv, had announced a 20 percent price increment for all its satellite pay TV bouquets in Nigeria, starting from Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

According to them, the annual increase in subscription rate, usually in-line with inflation, is to enable them offer the best to their subscribers both in local and international entertainment angles.

Justice Aneke urged parties to maintain status quo in support of the motion ex parte with an affidavit of  urgency sworn to by the plantiff, as reported by Daily Post.

Part of the order reads,

“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.

“That an order is hereby granted certifying the plaintiffs’ claim as a class action for themselves as individual subscribers, other corporate subscribers, distributors and retailers of the 1st defendants’ services.

“That an order is hereby granted restraining any other person whether individual or corporate from instituting any other action as may be related to the action against the defendant to prevent multiplicity of lawsuits pursuant to the appointment of the plaintiffs in the class action but may instead opt in or out of this action.”

The case was adjourned until Thursday, April 16, 2015 for further mention.

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