As expected, There is a Tstv africa response to the embarrassing event that occurred yesterday during Arsenal’s UEL match, Unfortunately, their response is unconvincing at least to those who know about satellite TV technology. I visited their social media handles where they are most active to seek clarification to the controversial messages that appeared on our screen yesterday and below is their post on facebook and twitter. Meanwhile, if you don’t know what happened yesterday, read my post here
This article is not to criticised or cover-up for. In fact, I am not going to call a spade a spade here directly. What I will do as always is to provide the materials and information that will allow you be the judge. behold the social media interactions between TSTV and Nigerians.
Tstv Africa response on Twitter and Facebook with regards to yesterday’s blocking of their bein sports channels by bein.
Some people are claiming that it was not BEIN who blocked those channels. Well, I am saying it with all conviction that is is only a service provider that has the right to block illegal access to their services. Believe it or not, bein blocked it. It is left to be seen why this was done. The only thing we could be deduced from last nights even was that it has to do with unauthorised access. If tstv has the right, let them prove it by posting the document online for all to see and subsequently suing bein for “breach of contractual agreement”
Tstv Africa response- how convincing is it?
From the above, anyone who is objective will know that the response of
“There was a hack into our system. We are working on resolving the breach. The services should be back on soon”
given by TSTV on their social media handles is not substantiated. I was expecting them to disclose in details who hacked them or where the hacked came from. Also, it is expected that their prospective customers know why they allowed such a cheap hack with all the techincal=know how they claimed to possess? Now let me break the questions into a simpler form.
Why Tstv Africa response on “hack” is weak
Hacks or hacking do occur. Please do not get me wrong. Hacks occur mostly towards a particular end. In most cases, only an established and functional organization or entity is hacked. TSTV Africa has not even commenced operations why would they be hacked? A hacker hacks to take control and gain financial advantage of, as a kind of sabotage, or for personal consumption. To me, the claim of hack presented by tstv doesn’t fit into any of the above-listed reasons for the following reasons:
- Only the two bein sports was blocked other channels remains intact.
- Is TSTV now indirectly telling Nigeria that they can’t be trusted? I mean, you are running an insecure project?
- Why was the station broadcasting in Arabic and why was the bein logo still there? When EPL granted broadcast rights to kwese, canalsat and dstv, they game them the exclusive rights to customise their own sports channels. They are not tapping from sky sports studio.
- Why is TSTV Africa yet to released a valid proof to counter the memo of “cease and desist issued by bein some months ago? If TSTV can do this, every Nigerian will surely believe that they have a well-documented agreement with bein.
- Currently, there is no mention of any dedicated sports channels on their official website. Why is this so? You can check their website for confirmation.
Other matters arising from Tstv Africa response to the shutdown of bein channels
- Also, they refused to start selling the decoders because they know that they are not right on track yet.
- Only, a satellite service provider can block unauthorised access the way bein did yesterday. No hacker can do that. Any hacker that can attempt that must a very close staff. And if that is the case, it means TSTV has a lot of work to do in terms of security. I will not invest my dime into a company that cannot protect their facilities.
- My advice is that TSTV should roll out their mega data package. In other words, let them show contents from the channels that they have the rights. Furthermore, they should forget about EPL for now until DStv lose the exclusive rights. TSTV start with what you have control over, make it stable and add other later.
My personal recommendations
- That tstv should execute and test run their internet data solution and launch it. Even with only internet data sales, they will make so much money so much so that they will be able to channels DStv for Epl rights.
- However, if they think they can broadcast EPL in sub-Sahara Africa, let them toll the right path and avoid backdoors.
- Finally, I will always stand for due process. We cannot afford to embarrase ourselves in such mannaer. Africa is looking up to us.