I was obviously tired of free internet TV software and decided to get myself a USB TV card to catch local news, entertainment, regular movies and trending programs.
The cheapest I could think about for this was the GoTV decoder, Sybla TV app already caters for live matches and sporting events.
Lucky enough for me, there’s a reliable GoTV dealer close to me here in Anambra state that made the installation process easy and fun.
Soon, you’ll be getting all those tips, tricks and hacks as I start exploring the satellite television services. For today, we’ll be looking at the subscription plans, included channels and decoder prices for the GoTV Nigeria services.
What is GoTV?
GoTV is a cheaper version of the digital Television (TV) Service offered by MultiChoice Africa that neither requires a satellite dish nor tedious installation process.
You can simply call it a cheaper version of DSTV. The GoTV service is available in Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya Et al.
The Nigerian version (GoTV Nigeria) is what we’re focusing on for today’s article.
In addition to the GoTV Open package that gives you access to all local free-to-air channels for life, there’s only two paid plans (GoTV bouquets) available for the GoTV Nigeria subscribers.
1. GoTV Standard (NGN1,000/month)
The GoTV Standard Bouquet offers 27 channels viz;
- Africa Magic Hausa – movie entertainment in Hausa language
- Africa Magic Yoruba – movie entertainment in Yoruba Language
- AfricaMagic Epic Movies – African cultural entertainment
- AfricaMagic World – variety of African local productions
- BET – music, talk, news and documentary presenting Black culture
- Blackbelt TV – martial arts Channel
- ED – expanding knowledge
- E! Entertainment Television – pop culture
- e.TV Africa – movies/African news/news for Africans
- GO Channel – information on GoTV
- NTA – free to air channel
- AIT – free to air channel
- Mitt – free to air channel
- Silverbird – free to air channel
- SuperSport – Select 1 variety sports channel
- JimJam – programmes for pre-school children
- Nickelodeon – kids’ programs and cartoons
- Discovery World – factual programming
- Al Jazeera – world news and current affairs
- FAITH – message of faith and hope
- Islam Channel – variety of programs with Islāmic themes
- Channel O Africa – music
- One Gospel – gospel music from all over the world
- SoundCity – Trending musics, latest music videos and sundry channels
In a nutshell, there’s a total of: 10 General Entertainment channels , 6 Local channels, 3 Music channels, 2 Children channels , 2 channels for Religious broadcast, 2 News & Commerce broadcast channel, 1 Documentary and 1 Sport channel on the GoTV Standard Bouquet subscription plan.
2. GoTV Plus (NGN1,500/month)
The GoTV Plus Bouquet offers 41 channels: that is – 14 more channels to the ones already listed above (in the GoTV Standard Bouquet plan) to wit:
- AfricaMagic Family – African family theme programs
- M-Net Movies Zone – dramas/comedies/family movies featuring well-loved stars
- Sony entertainment Television – family-friendly entertainment
- Telemundo – variety of stories/action/events from Telenovela industry
- Vox Africa – general programmes on Africa
- Channels – free to air channel
- SuperSport Blitz – sporting highlights
- SuperSport Select 2 – Sports and sporting events
- Disney Junior – pre-school programme
- HIP TV – urban youth programs
- Nat Geo Wild – wildlife and nature
- CNN International – live news from around the world
- MTV Base – urban music and sundry channels
Just like the standard Bouquet plan above – there’s a total of: 17 General Entertainment channels , 6 Local channels, 4 Music channels, 3 Children channels , 2 channels for Religious broadcast, 3 News & Commerce broadcast channel, 2 Documentary, 1 Lifestyle & Culture and 3 Sport channel on the GoTV plus Bouquet subscription plan.
The Decoder & Price
The GoTV Nigeria basic subscription plan otherwise known as – Starter Pack comes with a decoder, an internal antenna plus one month free subscription.
The package is priced at NGN2,900.
How to Subscribe
You can subscribe or renew your subscription to the GoTV Nigeria digital terrestrial TV service by consulting your local dealer or using any of the methods below:
QuickTeller is usually an easy choice for making payments on the go, it is flexible and can be accessed via several medium such as the ATM, Mobile Banking apps, QuickTeller Website and mobile channels.
To use QuickTeller for GoTV subscription and renewal – visit https://www.quickteller.com/gotv
- PAGA Mobile or Firstmonie
PAGA and Firstmonie are mobile apps that works same way as that of QuickTeller. Makes payment for services, buying of recharge cards and all that easy and fun.
You can get access to Paga Mobile by visiting https://www.mypaga.com via an internet enabled mobile device and Firstmonie from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.japps.firstmonie&hl=en
- GoTV Self Service
GoTV Self Service is another easy payment method introduced by MultiChoice Africa – helps you renew your subscription to their GoTV services with little or no stress.
To get access to this method – visit http://eazy.gotvafrica.com and hit the pay button.
It is important to note that GoTV Nigeria is a digital terrestrial TV service and not a satellite TV, It works via TV masts and accessible only in locations with GOTV transmitter coverage.
Such locations as-
- Onitsha in Anambra State
- Ibadan in Oyo State
- Abeokuta in Ogun state
- Benin City in Edo Sate
- Owerri in Imo state
- Akwa Ibom
- Port Harcourt and other popular cities.
Make sure there’s a good coverage in your area before going for one. You can get a list of dealers closer to you by visiting http://nigeria.gotvafrica.com/Get-GOtv/find-a-dealer.aspx
Update! April 2015. GoTV Nigeria has reviewed its Bouquet plans up making that of standard NGN1,200 and that of plus NGN1,800.
You can always look to StarTimes if you think that their new pricing is too ridiculous for its worth!