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My Experience With Actv by skyfall: 9:45am On Jul 06, 2015
I had been planning to put this together for weeks but I've been quite busy.

Like a lot of Nigerians, I got tired of Dstv's arrogance & monopoly and decided to take things into my own hands.

I looked around for other satellite TV providers and decided to try Actv (pronounced Active). Unfortunately, I didn't see much about them online in terms of customer experiences, but decided to take the plunge anyway. So I called them and they linked me up with one of their distributors in Lagos who installed the dish and decoder for me. The equipment (plus 3 months premium subscription) came at a promo price of N9900.

All i can say is so far, so good. Some highlights though

-Their decoder is very portable, smaller in area than a DVD case. It also boots up in less than 30secs!
-The decoder has a HDMI port, actually has HD capability, and can also record via USB (update: it recorded, but my PC/TV can't play the recorded format).
-Picture quality depends on the channels on offer. Some are as clear as Dstv's HD channels while others are just like standard Dstv channels
-They don't have Premiership but they promised to acquire it in future (luckily for me, I don't watch much of football). They also show some other leagues via Fox Sports.
-They don't have CNN but have BBC, Aljazeera, France 24, Sky News, Channels TV which are ok for me
-They also have several science & documentary channels
-They have local betting prediction channels
-They have Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Pidgin, Mexican, Indian movies & soap channels.
-Other highlights are NatGeo Gold, BET, B4U Music & Movies, Zee World, MTV Base, Man-U TV, Fox Movies etc
-The bouquets are affordable N2000 - N5000
-The company is Nigerian-owned and I'm very passionate about local businesses.
-They've added about 7 MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) channels. They show nice movies, both old and new.


These are areas I think they could improve upon
-The remote control quality is rather poor and I believe they can do better
-A few of the channels are not in widescreen format, making the pictures look funny. This is probably beyond their control.
-They have several Christian channels but i didn't see any Muslim ones. Not that i care much about this, but if you're trying to compete in a market, you have to be able to cater for as many customers as possible. Update: There is Peace TV, an Islamic channel.

I'll try and add more comments as I use it.

You can ask me questions about the product and can also get more info about the company at http://www.actv.tv/

NB: Please note that I am not an agent of any company. This is just a free public service.

Re: My Experience With Actv by demmy0325(m): 9:46am On Jul 06, 2015
Who owns the thing?..
Re: My Experience With Actv by Nobody: 10:06am On Jul 06, 2015
I'd just kukuma settle with my dstv.

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Re: My Experience With Actv by ekim004(m): 10:11am On Jul 06, 2015
as long as dere z no supersport, mtv nd soundcity its a no frm me

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Re: My Experience With Actv by vivaciousvivi(f): 1:27pm On Jul 07, 2015
No E! No BET. No thanks tongue
Re: My Experience With Actv by hatux: 2:12pm On Jul 07, 2015
grin
Re: My Experience With Actv by Spectre81(m): 8:23pm On Oct 08, 2015
I saw manutv and bet on their website. But I really want to know about the quality
Re: My Experience With Actv by oneitalia: 12:12pm On Oct 25, 2015
There is Islamic Channel on it as Peace TV. You can also see BET too.
Re: My Experience With Actv by obisiv(m): 6:30pm On Dec 28, 2015
@skyfall, which channels on the premium bouquet are hd channels?

Have you still been enjoying the service?
Re: My Experience With Actv by skyfall: 7:49am On Dec 29, 2015
obisiv:
@skyfall, which channels on the premium bouquet are hd channels?

Have you still been enjoying the service?

Yes, i'm still enjoying the service. However, many of the channels went off-air last month. This is as a result of the disappearance of an Israeli satellite which they use. According to them, they're working to resolve this.

For HD channels, they don't select, unlike Dstv. Their decoder is HD by default. It now depends on what kind of signal that station is broadcasting. Stations like Fox Sports, MBC (movies) are in HD. I'd say about half of their channels are HD. I'll check again and update this post.
Re: My Experience With Actv by Tequilah: 6:22pm On Jan 05, 2016
How much is their decoder? And the dish?
Re: My Experience With Actv by fpeter(f): 12:45pm On Feb 07, 2017
Tequilah:
How much is their decoder? And the dish?


Don't try buying this decoder o.
Re: My Experience With Actv by fpeter(f): 12:47pm On Feb 07, 2017
When last did you receive their signal?


skyfall:


Yes, i'm still enjoying the service. However, many of the channels went off-air last month. This is as a result of the disappearance of an Israeli satellite which they use. According to them, they're working to resolve this.

For HD channels, they don't select, unlike Dstv. Their decoder is HD by default. It now depends on what kind of signal that station is broadcasting. Stations like Fox Sports, MBC (movies) are in HD. I'd say about half of their channels are HD. I'll check again and update this post.
Re: My Experience With Actv by Tequilah: 2:04pm On Feb 07, 2017
fpeter:
Don't try buying this decoder o.

Ehn??
shocked But why? Pray, do tell...
Re: My Experience With Actv by skyfall: 9:59am On Apr 25, 2018
Lol just came across this thread again.

Actv has collapsed and I've junked their dish. I still keep their decoder and remote as mementos though.

Back to Dstv (Access). You're welcome
Re: My Experience With Actv by Dantedasz: 6:16pm On Apr 25, 2018
Funny.
DSTV family bouquet is only 1800 Naira monthly and since January have been broadcasting English premier league, Spanish league and Champion league.
There is one movie channel.
BBC and CNN and Aljazeera.
Bollywood and Nollywood movies.
You are safer with DSTV right now than taking risks on all these dishonest Kwese,Actv or TsTV in my opinion.
Re: My Experience With Actv by greenhulk: 10:26pm On Apr 25, 2018
skyfall:
Lol just came across this thread again.

Actv has collapsed and I've junked their dish. I still keep their decoder and remote as mementos though.

Back to Dstv (Access). You're welcome

Lol, I was most tricked into buying this back in 2016.
Re: My Experience With Actv by BlackGoldBoy: 10:54pm On Apr 28, 2018
Dantedasz:
Funny.
DSTV family bouquet is only 1800 Naira monthly and since January have been broadcasting English premier league, Spanish league and Champion league.
There is one movie channel.
BBC and CNN and Aljazeera.
Bollywood and Nollywood movies.
You are safer with DSTV right now than taking risks on all these dishonest Kwese,Actv or TsTV in my opinion.
family bouquet is 3k8, get your facts right
Re: My Experience With Actv by Dantedasz: 6:18am On Apr 29, 2018
BlackGoldBoy:
family bouquet is 3k8, get your facts right

You are right about the price but that does not change the contents I listed up there.
Re: My Experience With Actv by 4llerbuntu(m): 1:13pm On Apr 29, 2018
grin grin

Na wah

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