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MultiChoice upping DStv fees

2012-03-02 16:02
Cape Town – MultiChoice has told subscribers that monthly fees will be increased for its various DStv bouquets from April.

DStv monthly subscriber fees will increase from April 1. DStv Premium, the most expensive bouquet will be increased from R559 currently, by just over 5% to R590 from April.

If the annual price increase continues, it means that the premium bouquet will finally break through the psychological price barrier of R600 in 2013.

DStv Premium is currently the only bouquet offering services such as high definition (HD) channels.

New channels

MultiChoice is increasing the popular DStv Compact bouquet from R246 to R260 per month from April. DStv Select is increasing from R157 to R166 per month from April and DStv Mobile which currently cost R36 month will increase to R49.

With MultiChoice receiving additional broadband capacity on new satellites launched this year, it’s expected that DStv subscribers will be getting further new TV channels, as well as new HD channels later in 2012.

Choices from China

Meanwhile the first traces of the business plan of MultiChoice’s major multi-million dollar pan African co-investment in the continent with the Chinese government is starting to become evident.

MultiChoice, who is now a business partner with China Central Television (CCTV) for pay TV in Africa, is heavily investing in operational expansion to aggressively drive subscriber and viewership growth across the rest of the continent.

CCTV opened its big new African head office in Nairobi, Kenya earlier this year in partnership with MultiChoice. The new show Africa Live is seen daily at 19:00 on the English language news channel, CCTV News, in South Africa.

On Thursday, MultiChoice launched a brand-new separate subscription bouquet for the rest of Africa entitled Great Wall Africa.

The separate subscription bouquet, offered in 32 countries and which will be free for the first month, includes 11 TV channels from CCTV, including the CCTV News already seen in South Africa, as well as a selection of local Chinese TV stations in a range of languages including English, French and Mandarin.

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