TStv is a dream come true for Nigerians.
Basically, there are 3 unique features you get from TStv; pay-as-you-watch, Wi-Fi, and video conferencing.
I’ll tell you more on that later…
Nigerians have been complaining bitterly about exploitation by DStv Nigeria.
The pay TV, which has dominated the Nigerian TV market since 1994, offers premium services charged at monthly rates.
This has been a nightmare to most subscribers as they’ll rather pay for what they use than being compelled to subscribe monthly – even though they may not exhaust their subscription.
But it seems things will take a new turn with the advent of TStv, a new direct-to-home TV in Nigeria, which is set to offer a pay-as-you-consume plan to customers at a much more affordable price.
This is a unique service in Nigeria; It’s a good news to Nigerians but a bad market to other pay TV providers like Startimes Nigeria.
The new company plans to offer various unique services that will make life easy for average Nigerians. I really hope they deliver their promises and maintain good value.
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What is the meaning of TStv?
TStv is a direct-to-home (DTH) pay TV provider that officially launched in Nigeria on the 1st of October, 2017 (Independence Day).
TStv is short for Telcom Satellite Television. The name indicates that the company uses a hybrid technology which combines both satellite and telecom (internet) services to offer TV broadcast to its consumers. Read more on hybrid broadcast.
Who Owns TStv?
TStv is exclusively owned by Telecom Satellite Limited, a registered company here in Nigeria. Bright Echefu is the Managing Director/CEO of TStv.
The company signed a multi-transponder agreement with Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) to deliver a DTH service into Nigeria on ABS-3A satellite, Africa beam which is located at the prime video neighborhood of 3 ͦ W.
So, you’ll be correct to say that TStv is an indigenous TV provider that has come to rescue us from the downside of monopoly with the pay-as-you-consume plan. This is similar to the way Glo came with per second billing (PSB) when MTN and Econet (now Airtel) claimed it was impossible to operate that way.
TStv Decoder/Set Top Box Price in Nigeria
The decoder (also known as Set Top Box (STB)) and dish will be available for just ₦5000 and comes with numerous features.
The best part is you get 20GB free data bundle, which can be used for making video calls and surfing the internet by connecting your phone or laptop via Wi-Fi. This makes it serve as a modem.
You’ll also be able to record TV programs to its 50GB internal hard drive. If this space isn’t enough, you can connect your external hard drive for more videos.
The decoder allows you to connect to the internet, stream media, and access subscribed content. It also lets you browse content from Facebook, Twitter, video-on-demand sites, OTT apps among others.
It is designed in such a way that it can be used as a router that enables you to connect up to 15 people comfortably.
Features of TStv Decoder/Set Top Box
The STB has various unique and awesome features. I’ve highlighted them here for you.
- Video calls with other subscribers via IP
- Pause subscription function
- Record and playback
- 50GB internal storage
- External hard drive compatibility (up to 1TB)
- Internet access
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Bluetooth 4.0
- USB 3.0
- 1GB Ethernet
- RF for hybrid remote controls
TStv Subscription Price
Subscription prices are ₦200, ₦500, ₦1000, ₦1500, and ₦3000. Just like making phone calls, you’re not billed unless you use the service.
This is the unique pay-as-you-consume feature the pay TV offers as against the monthly subscription offered by other providers, where you pay for what you use and what you don’t use.
All subscriptions give you access to watch all channels for a period of time. The time varies depending on your subscription.
TStv also offers subscribers free 20GB data and subsequently, 10GB monthly data for just ₦3000 to enjoy its 4.5G network. This is good news since you can connect your laptop and phone over Wi-Fi. I just hope the network will be strong enough in all areas.
According to TStv, this monthly data is available for extension on demand. If I understand this correctly, it means the service isn’t compulsory. Only if you wish.
Where to Buy TStv Decoder/Set Top Box in Nigeria
The STBs are not yet available for sale in all parts of the country. Click here to confirm the availability in your state and the location of accredited dealers.
TStv aims to cover all 36 states of the federation but, for now, will launch in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Portharcourt, and Owerri. The service will extend to other states later on. The company is probably planning to test-run their service on a small scale before expanding to a large scale.
This way, I believe they’ll make it even better before it becomes available in other locations.
The company is seeking dealers to help distribute the product nationwide. Register here if you’re interested in becoming a super-dealer, sub-dealer, or retailer.
TStv Channels List
The new DTH TV plans to air 200 channels but will begin with 100 channels for now. This figure will later be increased to 150 and subsequently 200.
These channels include 12 sports channels for all live football leagues be it UEFA Champions League, Europa League, English Premier League, Spanish Laliga, or Italian Serie A. Some of the sports channels include BeIN Sports 1-10, Fox Sports HD, and Ts Sports.
The channels are a combination of local, regional, and international channels; they incorporate news, entertainment, kids, health, sports, and education content.
Worry not if you prefer native programs since they’ll come in different languages including Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Ghanaian, Liberian, and Sierra Leonean languages.
You may be wondering if TStv would be able to air some live football matches like the ones I mentioned above since DStv has exclusive rights over them. Well, according to their reply to a post on Facebook, they have all the legal rights and infrastructures to air all sports exciting moments live.
Here’s the list of channels TStv Africa offers.
|Free Channels||Dish TV-100|
|Language/Culture/Pan Africa||M Africa Movies-125
M Africa Yoruba-126
M Africa Hausa-127
|General Entertainment||Grande Comedy-150
Nigeria Central Television-151
Fox Entertainment Group-152
|Movie Channels||Grande Movies-175
|Kids Channels||A1 Kids TV-200
|Health and Lifestyle||AHTV-215
Nat Geo Wild-223
|Music Channels||Hits tv-240
|Sports Channels||BeIN Sports 1-276
BeIN Sports 2-277
BeIN Sports 3-278
BeIN Sports 4-279
BeIN Sports 5-280
BeIN Sports 6-281
BeIN Sports 7-282
BeIN Sports 8-283
BeIN Sports 9-284
BeIN Sports 10-285
Fox Sports 1-287
Fox Sports 2-288
|Religious Channels||Grande Gospel-300
TStv Free-View Installation
Watching TStv is free at the moment – even without the decoder.
This is to allow them test-run their transmission and also enable consumers to have a taste of what they’re going to be paying for soon.
You can, however, only enjoy this free-view if your TV has a built-in receiver or you have a stand-alone receiver like Strong, Qsat and so on.
Reach out to Eng. Abdullateef on 08165677846 (also on Whatsapp) for help with the installation ONLY if you reside in Lagos. He’s done several installations and I confidently recommend him. And yes, that’s him in the pic.
Update: So, I was on Facebook and found some real-life pictures of TStv decoder shared by a user. Check them out.
That’s all for now. Leave all questions and comments in the comment box below. I’ll respond as soon as possible.