Chisom Oguadimma

In the wake of Multichoice’s latest round of price increases for DSTV services in April 2024, discontent among consumers has spurred a search for more affordable alternatives. 

While some continue to grumble about the uptick in subscription fees, others have turned their attention to a rising contender in the Nigerian broadcasting landscape: Silver Lake Television (SLTV).

In a recent publication by Punch News, users have begun to explore SLTV as a viable substitute to DSTV. 

Operated by Metro Digital Limited, SLTV boasts a robust lineup of over 50 high-definition channels, including 10 dedicated sports channels showcasing live football matches from top leagues like the Premier League, Champions League, La Liga, Serie A, and UEFA Europa League. 

With monthly subscription plans ranging from N5,000 to N2,500, SLTV presents a more budget-friendly option for many consumers.

However, the latest price hike from DSTV has sparked a flurry of reactions online, with users voicing their opinions and preferences. 

Mr. Uchenna Gabriel, in an interview, highlighted Nigeria’s propensity for resourcefulness amidst economic challenges, suggesting that the timing of the increase was ill-suited to the country’s current financial climate.

On Facebook, social media user Kehinde Ogunleye called for a collective pushback against DSTV, urging fellow Nigerians to leverage social media to promote local alternatives like SLTV.

“Enough is enough, DSTV is insensitive to the plight of Nigerians. Let’s give our local content a chance.” She said

A Facebook user, Chappy Jay, a former DSTV user, shared his positive experience with SLTV, stating, “Have gotten my SLTV. My family loves it, and we have moved on from DSTV.”

Lawrence Obi emphasized the importance of supporting indigenous solutions, remarking, “Bringing SLTV is the best option. 

That is very good and also learn how to patronize your own.”

Meanwhile, Ahmed Babatunde Omojarabi expressed frustration over the successive price hikes by DSTV, highlighting the need for government intervention. “They increased it from N2,950 to N4,200 last month,” he lamented. “And no government officials are saying anything about it. Because they have the monopoly doesn’t mean they will be doing anyhow.”

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