The first indigenous satellite television in Nigeria, Frontage Satellite Television (FSTV) began test transmissions in Lagos on Friday. FSTV is a 25-channel Direct to Home Service, and is operating in partnership with UK company Kingston Inmedia. Services on offer include BBC World News, MTV, al-Jazeera and Fox. There will also be new proprietary satellite channels including Nigeria’s first dedicated sports channel. FSTV has based its programme and scheduling operations at Kingston’s offices in the UK, from where the programmes are also being uplinked to the New Skies Satellite.
FSTV was the brainchild of politician, lawyer and businessman Bashorun Reuben Ilenoboye Famuyibo, who says “Ours is going to be a new revolution - in style, focus and presentation. We are introducing for the first time a pay as you watch system. Viewers will have to buy a scratch card [sic] for all the 30 channels. Our fees will not dig a hole in our subscribers pocket. It is what they are going to live with and enjoy.”
FSTV already has over 20,000 subscribers and Famuyibo said “more people have signified their intention to join the train before the end of the week and as soon as we start full transmission the traffic, I am sure, would be unprecedented.”