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    By Yemi Layoonu
    I’m a consumer of social networking platforms, avid fan of newspapers-physical and digital. I spend quite a lot of time on remark sections, the place you generally discover very good responses to any matter up for dialogue. Most occasions, nevertheless, interventions pedestrian, with so many coming throughout as a convergence of ignorance and vanity. Others are downright poisonous. These are, in fact, interspersed with irrelevancies from fraudsters providing Dangote Cement at N500 per bag, phony Customs officers providing to promote a Toyota Venza at N650, 000 or some trickster providing testimony of how banished diabetes, hypertension and “stolen future” with a syrup created from okra, ginger and watermelon seeds.
    Every remark class teaches you one thing, particularly how a lot rigour or in any other case preceded the intervention. A large proportion, I’ve noticed, are merchandise of utter ignorance offered with magisterial authority. They are sometimes prefabricated opinions (dressed up as information) and are unoriginal. To be ignorant isn’t half as dangerous as being unwilling to study or rejecting proof that sticks a pin within the balloon of presumed data. Those on this class by no means hassle to learn or hearken to any place opposite to the prefabricated view they maintain.
    One topic I see this displayed prominently is pay tv.  A typical dialogue round pay tv service in Nigeria begins with the idea that entry is an alienable human proper earlier than transferring to 1 that initiatives pay tv as akin to a public utility (one thing we’re detest to pay for whereas anticipating optimum providers) and onto extravagant claims of how pay tv works not simply right here however within the UK, USA, Mexico, Papua New Guinea et al.
    Earlier within the week, I learn an article inflected with a want (the writer’s) to be considered as educated about pay tv and a few form of shopper rights activist. The article, extensively printed on-line, and by a significant print medium, gushed with ignorance and fizzed. The writer apparently views himself/herself as having the ultimate phrase on the topic along with giving an impression that he’s agenda-driven, as he wrote solely about MultiChoice.
    I’ve points with MultiChoice, promoters of DStv and GOtv, notably reconnection after subscription renewal. I’ve discovered a technique to make it faster when confronted with that state of affairs by merely sending them a direct message on Twitter. It has labored properly. The response takes all of 10 minutes. But I’d desire it to be computerized.
    Now, again to the article. The author claimed that MultiChoice holds “subscribers to ransom” by implementing a month-to-month billing mannequin slightly than a “pay-as-you-go” mannequin “as obtains overseas”. He adopted this up with different allegations similar to alternative of sure channels with others, change of {hardware} to extra fashionable ones and the time it takes the decoder to load, porgramme repetition, sign degeneration in antagonistic climate and, anticipate it, failure to compensate subscribers when there may be energy outage.
    First, the declare that the pay-as-you-go (PAYSG) mannequin is the worldwide commonplace is fake. PAYSG is commonly used interchangeably with Pay-Per-View (PPV), which is used within the broadcast of one-off, big-ticket occasions similar to characteristic movies, reside sporting and leisure occasions. PPV is much costlier and paid for along with your common subscription, not in lieu of.
    The current heavyweight boxing title rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, for instance, was obtainable on PPV within the US at $79.99 (roughly N28, 876 utilizing interbank charges). That was the price of that bout, not a month-to-month subscription payment!  Last week on Facebook, I needed to educate a good friend, who claimed that MultiChoice operates PPV is South Africa. Admirably, he went on-line to test and returned to publish that he had misled mates on his timeline.
    To repeat broadcasts. I by no means get bored with laughing at individuals who assume contemporary exhibits and programmes on a regular basis are prospects. They merely should not and repeats should not precisely dangerous or connote dishonest. One man’s repeat is one other man’s first viewing. We don’t watch tv on the similar time due to our totally different work and social schedules. That stated, tv content material creation is time-consuming and cash guzzling that it’s unattainable to have a brand new one every so often. Pay tv corporations, most occasions, purchase from content material homeowners, who insert of their contracts the variety of occasions they need their content material uncovered.
    Buying tv content material isn’t the identical as shopping for cucumber from a wheelbarrow-pushing chap.
    For new episodes of programmes to be televised every day, then someone should bear the price of manufacturing, which embody the price of the on-air expertise and manufacturing crew in addition to gear and services. In a 24-hour broadcasting cycle, repeats are inevitable.
    I overlook sense within the criticism that channels are eliminated and changed. The contractual doc a subscriber indicators states that the operator reserves the best to take away or substitute the channels on a bouquet listing. The cause for this isn’t obscure. All channels (apart these owned by operator) are bought for a hard and fast time frame and content material suppliers can determine to resume or terminate redistribution settlement with an operator.
    Signal degeneration in antagonistic atmospheric circumstances similar to heavy rainfall, sleet, snow or hurricane isn’t unique to DStv or Nigerian broadcasters. It is one thing frequent in satellite tv for pc communications world wide. It is known as “rain fade” or “rain attenuation” and is marked by the absorption by climate components of point-to-point communication indicators, resulting in a drop in high quality or outright lack of signall
    An article on, an American web site centered on the tv business, states that it takes very heavy rain to have an effect on sign reception of a correctly aimed and wired satellite tv for pc residence system, however it might occur.
    “Still, it might and can occur. It usually lasts for less than a brief time frame, through the worst downpour. It is prone to happen extra typically within the areas with vital annual rainfall. This places Eastern US in essentially the most favorable place. Somewhat much less so the Central and North-East US, with the South-East being the area the place this sort of service interference or interruption is extra seemingly,” the article said. This is a transparent indication that the problem isn’t Nigerian or unique to DStv.
    As for compensation throughout energy outage, I’d assume it’s pretty fundamental to grasp that the operator is equally affected by epileptic energy provide.  Who compensates it? Generators, as undesirable as they’re, exist for a cause. So are inverters. The accountability for the availability of electrical energy ought to be borne by gamers within the energy provide chain, together with the federal government. Demand for compensation, I consider, ought to be channeled to them, not one other sufferer of energy outage.
    Layoonu, a public affairs analyst, writes from Ibadan

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