Satellite Cable DTH Pay TV Providers – Cheap Multi-Channel TV

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For most Nigerians multi-channel TV is a big dream. Apart from Nigerians living in Lagos, Abuja, and may be Port Harcourt, most Nigerians have access to less than five free terrestrial TV channels. This means that most Nigerians rely on terrestrial, satellite, or cable Direct-to-Home DTH TV for multi-channel TV. Here we will be providing information on cheap terrestrial TV, satellite TV like DSTV Access, or cable Direct-to-Home DTH Pay TV packages in Nigeria.
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A number of companies offer cheap DTH Pay TV services in Nigeria. The major players in this regard are Multichoice with DSTV Access on their satellite TV service, GOtv also from Multichoice, and Star TV network with StarTimes. Although there are others like MyTV, Daarsat, and free to air satellite TV channels, our focus in this post will be on the big three Pay TV services, namely DSTV, GOtv, and StarTimes.

In the strictest sense of the word, Nigeria has very few cable TV networks and most have local coverage. This is due to lack of infrastructure i.e. copper or fibre optics. Most Direct-to-Home TV services in Nigeria are over the air instead of cable, although we still call all of them cable TV. Two Pay TV technologies are popular in Nigeria: Satellite TV and DVB-T (Terrestrial) TV, with most networks choosing satellite TV, because of ease of deployment. Startimes and GOtv are pay TV networks using DVB-T, which requires no dish, making equipment cost cheaper for subscribers.

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Cheap DTH Pay TV packages in Nigeria

Here are some cheap pay TV packages in Nigeria. For the purpose of this document cheap pay TV bouquets are packages that go for monthly subscription of N2,000 or less. If you know other packages within this range available in Nigeria, provide details in our comment form.

DSTV Access

DSTV Access is the cheapest DSTV Pay TV bouquet from Multichoice, going for N1,500 monthly. DSTV Access offers a rich array of channels including entertainment, news, movies, music, religion, kids, documentary, and sports.

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Some channels in the DSTV Access Pay TV bouquet include AIT, SilverBird, Channels, NTA I, SuperSport BLITZ, Magic World, Al jezeera, Mindset Learn, E Entertainment, One Gospel, Islamic channel, Africa Magic (Hausa & Yoruba only) and so on. However, channels like CNN, BBC, and MNET channels are missing in this package the last time we checked. DSTV Access now has over 25 Audio channels.

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DSTV Access is an entry-level cable TV package. HD channels and premium sports channels are not available on the Access package. DSTV is a Satellite DTH Pay TV service from Multichoice. The cost of a complete system with installation and 3 months DSTV Access subscription is N19,900. Read more about DSTV Pay TV Services.

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Gotv is a pay TV service offered in Africa by Multichoice Africa. Unlike the other pay TV service from Multichoice Africa (owners of DSTV), which is satellite based, Gotv is terrestrial TV. So, no need for dish and ceremonial installation, leading to reduced access cost.

GOtv offers two packages, the GOtv basic costs 1,000 Naira monthly and offers 25 channels, while GOtv plus costs 1,500 Naira and offers 34 channels including CNN and Disney Junior.

The Initial acquisition cost for Gotv is N8,000 with 3 months free Gotv basic subscription, or N9,500 with 3 months free GOtv Plus subscription. This includes cost of GOtv decoder and stud antenna.


StarTimes is a low cost pay TV service in Nigeria similar in many ways to GOtv. NTA StarTimes seems to be targeted at the entry level pay TV segment, since its bouquets are quite cheap. Like GOtv, StarTimes does not require a satellite dish, making things cheaper for subscribers.

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It uses Digital terrestrial broadcast technology (DVB-T). All that is required is a StarTimes decoder and an antenna, preferably an external antenna. A StarTimes decoder with one month subscription to the basic bouquet goes for around 3,600 Naira.

StarTimes pay TV service currently has a Basic package which goes for N1,000 monthly. There are three other packages namely Classic, Classic Plus, and Unique bouquets going for N2,000, N3,000, and N4,000 respectively.

Are you using any of these pay TV packages? Share your experience in our comment form. We will also like to hear from you if you know of other cheap and legal pay TV packages in Nigeria.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Satellite Cable DTH Pay TV Providers – Cheap Multi-Channel TV was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: April 14th, 2016

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