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DStv plans to go “dishless” as it introduces streaming product come 2020 

MultiChoice, the parent company of DStv is all set to introduce what is being referred to as a standalone ‘dishless’ streaming product. 

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Interesting times are in the offing for users of DStv across Africa because MultiChoice, which provides the service, is all set to introduce what is being referred to as a standalone ‘dishless’ streaming product.

Nicholas Ekdahl, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the South African company, told TechCentral, late last week, that MultiChoice has gone a long way to develop the new product. When it becomes available in the market come early 2020 as expected, consumers would simply need their broadband connections instead of a dish.

What we know: Nairametrics understands that MultiChoice had previously hoped to launch the streaming service before the end of this year. However, due to certain reasons, this has been delayed. In the meantime, the product has mostly been tested internally in preparation for its eventual release.

“We still want to do proper user testing in a real live environment, but the chances of launching by the end of March are pretty good.”

DStv plans to go “dishless” as it introduces streaming product come 2020 

A quick overview: The DStv brand is widely used across Africa, including Nigeria, where it is the pay Tv of choice for millions of subscribers. MultiChoice has also done a lot to improve the quality of its products and services over the years. As Ekdahl claimed, much effort has always been put towards improving user experience. But this hasn’t stopped customers from occasionally expressing their dissatisfaction.

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The occasional dissatisfaction notwithstanding, the company is now set for a new phase of its operations. As the CEO best put it, “we are now in a favourable position to launch dishless”.  

What this means: Note that going ‘dishless’ would mean a major paradigm shift for MultiChoice which came into operation some 24 years ago as a satellite direct-to-home pay-tv provider. It would also mean that the company is better positioned to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu which currently dominate the global streaming space.

“We can grow in both — there is a dual-growth opportunity. The risk of cannibalisation will always be there, but if that’s going to happen, we’d rather risk doing it to ourselves than someone else doing it to us.”

In the meantime, it is unclear whether the new standalone ‘dishless’ product will have a different name and different branding. The CEO reportedly declined to comment on this when he was asked to further clarify. He did say, however, that DStv Now will continue to be available for dish owners.

Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs.He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor.Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan.If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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    Agip shut oil facility in Bayelsa due to oil spillage, environmental pollution reported

    Agip on Wednesday confirmed an oil leak, resulting in a shutdown.

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    The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) has confirmed the shutdown of its Idu oilfields at Egbebiri settlement within Biseni in Yenagoa Local Government Area in Bayelsa, due to an oil spillage.

    A Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report on the incident said that the leakage at the facility could be traced to equipment failure due to a rupture at the wellhead.

    According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Eni, the parent company of NAOC, in a response statement, said the facility was shut down to prevent further damage to the environment.

    READ: Shell wants oil spillage case tried in Nigeria, but victims say no 

    What Eni is saying

    An Eni spokesperson on behalf of the Italian Energy firm, in a statement, said, “As soon as the incident was reported, we activated our oil spill response, shut in the well, and notified government regulatory agencies.

    “The Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) was carried out on 09/05/2021, with the participation of community representatives and the government regulatory agencies.

    “The event occurred within the Company’s wellhead location which is paved and walled round. There is no significant third-party impact,” Eni stated.

    READ: UK court ruling affects acquisition of Shell’s oil block by Governor Wike 

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    Environmental Rights Group reports environmental degradation

    An environmental rights group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), however, said that the incident which discharged crude and associated gas had severely polluted the environment.

    The Non-Governmental Organisation said that a visit to the spill site showed pictorial evidence of the crude spreading beyond NAOC’s right of way as nearby vegetation were affected as a result of the crude impact.

    The Head of Field Operations at ERA/FoEN, Mr Alagoa Morris, in a field report on the spill said the Idu fields was notorious for frequent spills caused by equipment failure.

    He said, “The people of Egbebiri in Biseni kingdom have experienced several oil spills over the years. And all the oil spill incidents documented by the Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in this community environment have occurred as a result of equipment failure and on Wellheads.

    “ERA/FoEN has had cause to visit the environment of Idu Well 5 and 11 located within the same place in the past and it has always been Idu Well 11 spewing crude oil into the environment.

    “Available records from ERA/FoEN indicate that there have been previous oil spills from this particular Idu Well 11 operated by Agip. Before concluding this Field Report, ERA/FoEN confirmed that Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) was carried out on Sunday, 9th May 2021.

    “This is why the official Spill Reference No 2021/LAR/028/058 is indicated in this report; sourced from the JIV report. Cause of spill was attributed to equipment failure,” ERA/FoEN stated.

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    The report quoted a resident of the community simply identified as Georgie as saying that the spill incident of May 7 spilled oil from around 10 p.m till about 8 a.m the next day before the leak was stopped adding that the level of damage was enormous.

    What you should know

    It can be recalled that in a similar circumstance, Shell Petroleum Development Company reported an oil pipeline spillage at its Okordia-Rumekpe 14-inch crude truck line, discharging about 213 barrels of crude oil into the Ikarama community in Bayelsa State and polluting about 1.34 hectares of land.

    This new leakage is the latest in a series of oil spillages by the multinational oil exploration and production companies, which has put them in conflict with the host communities.

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    Nigeria records system collapse during holidays

    Nigeria’s national electricity grid collapsed on Wednesday morning.

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    The Nigerian grid has experienced a partial collapse, dealing a blow for stay at home Nigerians during the holidays.

    This was confirmed in a statement by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), as seen by Nairametrics.

    What EKEDC is saying about the grid collapse:

    “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the National Grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”

    According to latest reports, partial restoration of power is already occurring across the country.

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