Barely three days after its official launch, satellite TV, Telecom Sattelite Television, TSTV, has faced a first piracy accusation.
The accusation which came in form of a letter, allegedly sent to Nigeria Copyrights Commission by beIN content purported that TSTV pirated some of her content. It stated that TSTV planned to offer its content illegally.
According to Vanguard’s report, the letter was dated 29th of September, that is, two days before its official launch.
TSTV in response to the letter, however, denied it stating that it was a frivolous attempt to bias the mind of Nigerians even before it began sales.
In a disclaimer, TSTV stated categorically.
“We are not unaware of the messages circulating the social media regarding a letter from beIN Sports and Turner.
“We wish to inform Nigerians that the letters are FAKE and were prepared basically to bias Nigerians.
“Kindly disregard the documents because they are frivolous. TStv Africa…connecting your world!
If you will recall, TSTV was launched on Nigeria’s Independence Day, October 1 with a free decoder distribution.
However, following the issue bordering on content piracy, its Managing Director/CEO, Echefu Bright Ikechukwu said the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, had issued them a license and were set to give out 5000 free decoders.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Copyrights Commission (NCC) and beIN had neither acknowledged or refuted the said letter as at the time of this report.