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Reasons Why Nigerian Pay TV Companies Are Adjusting Prices

   
   

As Nigerian businesses battle tough economic conditions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, inflation, Naira devaluation, VAT increase, government policy and a host of other factors, consumers are beginning to feel the pain of paying significantly more for essential commodities and luxury goods and services, even Nigeria’s leading Pay TV companies, MultiChoice Nigeria and Startimes recently announced a review of their subscription prices.

For DStv, a price adjustment of about 13% will only affect the Premium, Compact Plus and Compact packages while the price of other lower-tier packages Confam, Yanga and Padi remain unchanged.

Here are five reasons why Pay TV companies in Nigeria are adjusting prices:

1. COVID-19 pandemic:

According to the Naspire report, economic slowdown as a result of the pandemic and resultant lockdown led to a significant reduction in major sources of revenue for traditional media companies (advertising, events and circulations). This has resulted in a significant drop in cash flow and some media companies have had to increase their prices, reduce staff strength or cut pay as a result.

   
   

2. Increase in Value Added Tax (VAT):

The Finance Act 2020 which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in January increased Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5% to 7.5% in a bid to increase government revenue after the drop in crude oil price and slow economic growth. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down businesses and forced other nations to implement tax relief.

3. Naira devaluation/Fluctuating FX:

The continuous devaluation of the Naira against the dollar (N380 official rate and N470 in the parallel market as at Friday, August 12), which is the global trading currency for many organisations who rely on international trade for their businesses, has had a disastrous impact on businesses and industry.

The Naspire report predicted that the Foreign exchange illiquidity would heighten exchange rate risks for corporate organisations across the economy and also increase the local cost of production which will inevitably lead to increasing in the price of goods and services.

4. Crude Oil price drop and increase in local fuel price:

The drop in crude oil prices and reduced demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected Nigeria’s economy as the country’s budget is largely dependent on revenue from crude oil. Just as highlighted in the Naspire report that capital flow reversal might set in as foreign investors would likely sell-off their assets and move away to less challenging economies. Shoprite and Mr. Price are examples of companies that have taken the hard decision of recently divesting from Nigeria.

5. Rise in Inflation:

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), reports that inflation was 12.82% (year-on-year) in July compared to 12.56% in the preceding month, representing the highest rate recorded in 27 months since March 2018.

   
   

High inflation means a fast rise in the prices of overall goods and services in the economy. The danger as projected by analysts is that price increases will continue in the coming months.

   
   
   
   

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