Kenyans’ pay TV preference behind CCK ruling

Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has revealed that the sales of pay-TV decoders has jumped to 566,000 compared to 26,538 FTA set top boxes citing the aggressive marketing strategies adopted by licensed digital television signal carriers as the reason behind its negotiations with pay TV companies to allow a two-week grace period for defaulting subscribers to continue accessing the seven local FTA channels after pay-TV channels are switched off.

The news comes after Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) accused the regulator of defaulting on its July agreement 2013 to continue allowing pay-TV subscribers free access to the local FTA channels (NTV, Citizen, KTN, Kiss, K24, KBC and GBS) and has threatened to take legal action against CCK if the new directive is not rescinded within 14 days.

“KBC, for example, is funded by taxpayers and the CCK cannot use an Act of Parliament over article 34 of the constitution,” said Consumers Federation of Kenya secretary general Stephen Mutoro.However, CCK director for consumers and public affairs, Mutua Muthusi, questioned why consumers who buy premium television through the pay-TV decoders should not have to pay for the service.