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Court restrains Multichoice from increasing Pay TV, DSTV cost

By Bartholomew Madukwe
A Federal High Court in lkoyi has 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.

Granting the order, the presiding judge, Justice C. J. Aneke, asked parties to maintain status quo in support of the motion ex parte with an affidavit of urgency sworn to by the plantiff.

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.”

“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 suit was filed by Adebayo Osasuyi and Oluyinka Oyeniji, DSTV subscribers/customers.

It will be recalled that 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.

MultiChoice claimed that the annual price increase, usually in-line with inflation, is necessary for it to continue offering the best in local and international entertainment to its subscribers.

The matter was adjourned to April 16, 2015 for hearing.

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