MultiChoice Nigeria Limited has been restrained from implementing new monthly subscription rates for DSTV. A Federal High Court in Lagos made this pronouncement after two Lagos-based legal practitioners, Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji filed a suit against the defendants on March 23, 2015.
The presiding Judge, Justice C.J. Aneke, stated that these circumstances will remain in place until the final hearing of the motion on April 16, 2015. The plaintiffs, however, urged the court to give a directive to the second defendant, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to implement the Pay per view system in Nigeria.
On March 3, 2015 the parent company of DSTV announced a price increase for DSTV, which was initially set to take effect from April 1, 2015. The proposed rate would have taken the monthly DSTV premium tariff to $81, from the current $77.
The hike has left many Nigerians grumbling, and gave rise to the #BoycottDStv movement, which went viral on Twitter.