There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed family lifestyle globally. Due to social distancing and lockdown policies implemented to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, many families have limited access to entertainment.
Television, which was the commonest form of entertainment in many homes prior to the pandemic, now, has limited content because production has been at a standstill because many production houses have to observe the social distancing guidelines.
Despite the drought in television content, pay-television platform, MultiChoice, has remained resilient in providing television audiences with quality and wholesome family entertainment. Recently, Africa Magic has produced series of local content such as Ultimate Love, Mercy and Ike Show, Judging Matters, and Owambe Show, among others.
But with the recent return of live sports and the popular TV reality show, Big Brother Naija, family members will battle for the possession of decoder remote control and this will be more obvious in homes where there is no extra view.
The battle for who controls the remote would be more intense because many soccer lovers who usually visit viewing centres and pubs to avoid the clash of remote controls at home may not want to visit viewing centres at this time.
It is obvious that nothing beats real time sports action and while live sports return to the screens with the resumption of three major European leagues― the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. Sports lovers need to bear in mind that it’s not only soccer that is returning.
In the coming days and weeks, rugby, golf’s PGA Tour and even IAAF Athletics would be back on the calendar with the Oslo Impossible Games.
Meanwhile, BBNaija is creating buzz on social media as reports indicate that over 30,000 young Nigerian submitted entries for the online audition.
While TV audiences are anxiously waiting for the return of these exciting contents, the question is― who will control the remote control?