Following an advertisement that has been running on three major television channels asking Kenyans to boycott GOtv’s and StarTimes set top boxes and wait for theirs, the Nairobi High Court has stopped the infomercials sponsored by the three houses; Nation Media Group, Standard Group and Royal Media Services after GoTV went ahead to sue the consortium under the Africa Digital Network (ADN).
The court has also asked the media houses be served with the application to appear in court on 2nd February 2015 when the case will be heard. The court order obtained read in part, “…A temporary injunction has been issued for 14 days restraining the defendants whether by themselves or by their directors, servants, agents, or any persons whatsoever acting under their instructions and directions, from airing or publishing information to the effect that the plaintiff is carrying the defendants’ content without their consent….”.
On its part GOtv Kenya Limited assured Kenyans that the company operates within the confines of the laws of Kenya. The company has been and continues to air the content from NTV, Citizen TV, QTV and KTN, amongst others, pursuant to a ‘must carry’ obligation imposed by Regulation 14 (2) (b) of the Kenya Information and Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations 2009, whose objective is to ensure that the public has access to information.
GOtv offers local and international TV channels including pay TV and Free to Air Channels on Digital Video Broadcasting- Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2) technology. The company is authorized by the communications Authority of Kenya, and was the first provider in Kenya to launch DVB-T2 technology over three years ago.
GOtv Kenya Limited, General Manager, Felix Kyengo, has welcomed the move by the High Court and reiterated that the company’s interest is to safeguard the rights of its customers and seek for justice.