DStv continues massive pay TV growth

2012-06-27 11:02
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The pay TV platform MultiChoice has grown by 684 000 subscribers in the last year and the total number of MultiChoice subscribers now stands at 5.6 million households, according to Naspers' provisional financial report for the year ending March 2012.

Revenue of the pay TV business is up 15% to R24.1bn, while trading profits grew 11% to R6.3bn.

In South Africa the gross base added 492 000 subscribers to some four million households, of which 293 000 new DStv subscribers came from MultiChoice's lower priced DStv Compact bouquet.

Despite a disastrous launch, DStv BoxOffice has proved a major success for MultiChoice, with the pay TV platform citing an average monthly rental of a staggering 300 000 movies.

In the rest of Africa, MultiChoice grew its subscriber base by 192 000 DStv subscribers to 1.6 million homes in the past year.


  • Hallo - 2012-06-27 11:22

    Monochoice rip off. Almost R600 for the only decent package. Nice profits. Hope you see your asses one day.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-27 12:25

      Agree. The Compact option is better than nothing, but excludes the two main sporting channels, where you get to see all the best stuff. R600+ pm a total rip-off, I watch on the Internet or at friends or family.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-27 12:37

      Stefan I have started doing the same thing. I mostly watch programs like Discovery, History etc. Most of which is on the internet in any case. If i want to watch the game I go down to the local PUB for a beer and get to see the game

      Deon - 2012-06-27 13:17

      PVR makes a big difference, try it.

  • daryn.varney - 2012-06-27 11:24

    so 5.6 million at around R300 p/m (averaging for their staff who get it free and the cheaper packages vs the full Bouquet subs) gives R1680000000, plus additional revenue from advertising, no added benefit to channels offered and then want annual increase in subs (even with technology getting cheaper on an almost daily basis?) Ermmmmmm Competition commision and price fixing enquiry maybe?

      renate.bennett.35 - 2012-06-27 13:26

      And then they still have the audacity to charge for newly released movies on their 'new' box office while we get to watch repeat after reapeat of old movies :(

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-27 11:25

    It's all about the shareholders. It's always been that way with corporations. The masses don't quite get this and they support this fraud blindly

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-06-27 11:34

    I have seen this article twice before on News24, in less than a months time... Mr Editor who is paying for your Dstv?

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-06-27 11:43

    And the Remote still does not work sometimes. They have the money for a major upgrade. Do it.

      gift.rode - 2012-06-27 11:59

      Couldn't agree with you more and for the past few days the signal has been weak for some channels

  • dino.naidoo.5 - 2012-06-27 11:48

    still think they should decrease the price and try to get more subscribers. 600 rand is just ridiculous.

      ranesh.thulsi - 2012-06-27 12:19

      DSTV Racists in the NEW SOUTH AFRICA.Why must us INDIANS pay additional subs for Indian programs.We are forced to watch what everyone else watches.VIVA SABC3 for Showing Indian movies. Not one Indian Channel on any bouquet.(don't Bluff with Saffron tv)

      stille.waters.5 - 2012-06-27 13:22

      i'll pay them not to inlcude that in my boquet......

      caroline.rakgoale - 2012-06-27 13:26

      i think the better way is for us to toyo toyi"marching" in that way the price will drop

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 13:27

      Tanesh I have wondered the same thing. Why no Indian channel?. Shaffron must be one of the worst channels anywhere.

  • gift.rode - 2012-06-27 12:04

    Is there a monthly fee for the PVR as I always see in fine print on its ads

      joy.termorshuizen - 2012-06-27 12:33

      Yes you pay an extra R 65-00 a month BUT it is the only thing that makes DSTV premium worth paying for . You can record what you like and watch it when you want so you can skip over all the ads!You also get Box Office and Catch Up and all the HD channels.

      gift.rode - 2012-06-27 12:42

      So I'll be paying about R660 per month ja ne

      Deon - 2012-06-27 13:15

      The PVR is great, especially to fast forward all the adds and to watch the movies.

      stille.waters.5 - 2012-06-27 13:24

      the pvr makes it worth the money. Skipping ads, recording series, watching one movie whislt recording another....its the best

      Kwajo.m - 2012-06-27 14:02

      R 65 for you to rewind,pause, record and watching pictures on HD. Bud they will tell you its free.

      Kwajo.m - 2012-06-27 14:10

      @ Joy.termorshuizen, but you pay extra R 25 for using Box Office. I get worried that things you rent on Box office they end up coming to your normal subscriber channel a month later and you have already paid for the monthly fee. I think only those who got a DSTV drifta are getting their money back because they watch this DSTV more for free on a premium suscription. The rest is a rip off.

      Raymond - 2012-06-27 14:40

      Don't forget Joy, that Heyneke Meyer also watches reruns of all of Steyn's poor kicking attempts on his PVR.

  • dianne.b.hartley - 2012-06-27 12:19

    What I dont get is, people get dstv installed for the sport but then bugger off to the corner pub to watch the games.

      Kwajo.m - 2012-06-27 14:12

      Its a Compact, bottie. some you get some you don't

  • Denton - 2012-06-27 12:29

    I am amazed at their growth when we pay a fortune for repeats of programmes that were recorded in 2003/3(Who wants to be a millionaire for one. If was not for Supersport and one or two others I would cancel.

      Kwajo.m - 2012-06-27 14:15

      You see, you are already addicted to this DSTV thing. They made you think Supersport is the way to go. Just walk away and you will that there is nothing with supersport. Its hard to agree heh. kwakwa. the power of multichoice on us is bigger than anything.

  • lee.vanderwalt.9 - 2012-06-27 12:52

    Give us a decent alternative and we will see how many people stick with DSTV.... We pay because we have no options!! So don't pat yourself on the back Multichoice....Your subscribers are not exactly ranting about your service or line up.

  • Templar - 2012-06-27 13:05

    It's easy boys: If you don't like the product then don't get it, get it? All this moaning and groaning about a VOLUNTARY subscription. Cancel your subs and have fun with SABC, thanks for leaving.

      stille.waters.5 - 2012-06-27 13:24

      i agree. Watch sabc and e-tv....fro free, and dont complain

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-27 14:04

      WHY should we watch SABC and e tv??? Most of the programs that are on Dstv can be downloaded from the internet or other sources without the adds. Heck even their on demand stuff are without then constant add breaks. Sure its not high quality but I've never cared if I watch Discovery on HD. Why do you need to have a PVR to forward and rewind and record programs. My PC does the same functions and much much more and it doesn't run out of HD spaces as quickly as a PVR hard drive.

      Anakin - 2012-06-27 17:45

      @Templar: Yes, we will leave. We are considering cancelling our M-NET subscription due to all the repetitive, neverending revolving-door content as well as Multichoice/DSTV's anti-competitive behaviour with their ban on importing DVD-recorders into SA. Broadband speeds and cost/MB is improving, so we will just continue with torrents instead thanks: watching seasonal episodes in HD WITHOUT all the extremely annoying ad breaks is great. DVD Recorders and Multichoice/DSTV ================================== 1. DVD - HDD Recorders and DSTV http://www.businessmasters.co.za/showthread.php/6549-DVD-HDD-Recorders-and-DSTV 2. DVD RECORDERS BANNED IN SOUTH AFRICA ? http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php?topic=12507.0 3. LG digital TV DVD recorder .... UK [ not allowed in SA ] http://www.lg.com/uk/blu-ray-dvd-players/lg-DRT389H-dvd-player ============================================================== Alcatraz. S01 E05 etc. HDTV.XviD-LOL [ HD, no ad breaks ] Torrent # 0BAB54BEF297338C29D53D5B4900C623DE7582B9 Fringe Seasons 1-4 [ HD, no ad breaks ] Torrent # 02FC7E602D8C14129DD9155B03156FE7B668DFFB Law & Order SVU [61GB total / 350MB/episode] Seasons1-8 complete [ no ad breaks ] Torrent # 1A8F42E20F1108BB596106FB98984B27BEEC1086 Without a Trace Season-4 complete [ no ad breaks ] Torrent # 4B321C97DE7BA974E6AFF023505CA5BAE7B6BED7 ==================================================

  • Herbert - 2012-06-27 13:07

    I urge everyone to look up SkyTV's offerings in the UK. If they can beam all that content to warships and troops stationed all over the world, surely we can receive some of it? Multichoice is a rip off. Reading a good book makes a lot more sense.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 13:30

      Herbert, no you can't get SKY here. Wish we could. That would be the death of DSTV.

  • kelvin.dyer.9 - 2012-06-27 13:13

    Just imagine how many more subscribers they would get if they had a package like: M-Net, SS1, 2, 3 & Blitz, one of BBC/Sky/CNN News, BBC Entertainment, Discovery plus SABC 1.2 & 3 plus Etv, at a realistic price, I for one of many who I know, would sign up tomorrow!!!!

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-27 14:05

      Yes I agree I would reactivate my subscription

      Sandra Van Der Westhuizen - 2013-03-07 17:13

      Only reason I still subscribe to DSTV is for the Rugby. I am testing the livestreaming this weekend. If it works its goodbye DSTV! They refuse to make a bouquet with SS1 & SS2. But SS4 with the soccer we can watch on SABC anyways is there.

  • Boomerang-Bobotie - 2012-06-27 13:16

    Yup, Faultychoice strikes again. Even Mnet is on its way to fall out of the bus.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 13:24

    Well yesterday it rained so that means no television. DSTV's silly excuse???? It's like that all over the world, when it rains you don't have television. Strange story since we lived in Europe where it storms, blows, snows and rains and never have we had these problems with pur dish.. In other words another blatant lie to hide the fact that they use inferior equipment. One thing is for sure, their profits must be enormous. At the end of the year we will be paying more again.

  • magomarele - 2012-06-27 13:29

    SABC must be watching this and thinking: if it wasn't because of ANC demanding us to act as their propaganda machine we would be racking in massive profit as well. DSTV took advantage of poor SABC services and went for a kill, now they're reaping rewards.

  • kosmonooit - 2012-06-27 13:41

    Sickening .... and only because our public broadcaster is such a miserable failure.

  • venktas.naidu - 2012-06-27 13:48

    Why should Indians be subject to all the other bouquets included in our subscriptions for what we don't watch. Why doesn't DSTV separate the bouquets (movies, sport and kiddies)in one bouquet and allocate prices individually for each of the other bouquets see how many of the (devout) subscribers will pay to watch channels like the Christianity, Chinese, Russian, Portugese, Moslem channels which are available in every bouquet. The question may arise that we are a minority and be happy with what is thrown at us - lets take 500K of Indian subscribers out of the equation at R600pm - that is R300m of revenue lost added to the revenue lost from Nando's which I'm sure will cause some dent in the profit %

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-06-27 14:17

      Venktas - the law of averages - otherwise they will not be able to generate profits!

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-06-27 14:18

      see article at the bottom right

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-27 18:13

      @venktas, I think its a huge assumption that all 500k Indian viewers of DSTV have your taste.

      ebrahim.floris.7 - 2012-07-11 15:50

      Dude,im not sure if youve heard the news?,DSTV INDIAN BOUQUET!

  • matvee111 - 2012-06-27 14:07

    interesting that this article cums just after they were told to take a hike by Nandos...lol,hehehe...they're bigger nd couldn't care...

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-06-27 14:13

    If you can't afford DSTV - stop complaining. Just cancell your subscription - as easy as that!! Chuck me Farlie

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-27 14:35

    I thought Dstv was going down since Nandos' snub - LOL

  • Billy - 2012-06-27 15:21


  • beryl.heyns - 2012-06-27 15:37

    and this in spite of the fact that most of the channels show outdated programs and repeats over and over again. this is a rip off for sure

  • Stephen - 2012-06-27 15:40

    SABC is the pinnacle of pluerile,pathetic crap while the only programs worth watching on DSTV is.........1000 Ways To Die and the story of my life : Married with Children.

  • alisha.abad.7 - 2012-06-27 15:55

    This is backlash spin / propaganda. After this company received a media wide bashing because of their anti-Nando's position last week, they've had no choice but to pump out positive news as damage control.

  • Stephen - 2012-06-27 16:01

    DSTV should be like when you go to an Italian T/away and take the make your own Pizza option,paying a certain amount for each topping.That way you get to choose what you'd like to watch from their entirel bouquet,whether it be one or a hundred channels,and pay for the total number you've selected times the monthly pre-scribed rate for a single channel ,while they could see what channels are not popular and either ditch them or replace them. Shouldn't be too hard a thing for them to do considering today's leaps in technology. We should be allowed to choose for ourselve's, not they for us.I mean isn't that what the word "choice" in MultiChoice supposed to be.

      IcemanGP - 2012-06-27 21:05

      Oh, I whole heartedly agree with you. One of the reasons why i don't subscribe. It's like when you buy KFC chicken, they still put the pieces that they want to give you, and not what you would like. Sorry you are a child and cannot choose, so jus give us your money.

  • jack.sparrowhawk.79 - 2012-06-27 16:04

    To all those complaining about DSTV, why don't you cancel your subscription or give the competition (at this stage only TopTV) a try and give them a chance to actually become competition? As long as you support the monopoly you will be ripped off.

      jack.sparrowhawk.79 - 2012-06-27 16:28

      I personally chose premium TopTV over DSTV Compact (the best one to compare) after analysing what the two had to offer. In fact they provide similar offerings. My final decision was the fact that DSTV offered no rock music channel (TopTV offers Kerrang TV as well as Q - which are in fact pretty good) and TopTV has Discovery Science (brilliant channel!), a history channel, Fox (with Falling Skies, Greys Anatomy), Fox Retro (Airwolf starts soon!) and FX (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Castle, Entourage etc). Granted, TopTV shows repeats and some shows are old (but not all), but that's the norm with DSTV Compact as well. In short TopTV provides a good alternative to DSTV Compact and the cheaper packages although it is lacking on sports (which I don't much care for). I don't work for TopTV - I'm just a subscriber who thinks TopTV is a good, value for money alternative to the monopoly that is Multichoice/DSTV.

      Anakin - 2012-06-27 17:53

      Looking at it as an alternative...just that one tiny problem of Macrovision protection on the output signal of their TopTV decoder (in the decoder manual, last page) so we will have to de-scramble the video[out] signal before taking it to a pc or recording device for later viewing.

      jack.sparrowhawk.79 - 2012-06-28 09:06

      Nope the signal is unscrambled, record all the time to my PC.

      sancho.cumbi - 2012-06-28 12:06

      @jack, just cross the border to mozambique and get the multichoice offering there and you will get the channels you mentioned bellow, just point your dish the wrong way and voila, all the nice channels plus the DSTV premium ones for about the same price you pay here for the crappy offering from DSTV. I did that and never been so happy before following the Fox Channels, DSTV (Rather Multichoice is offering those in neighbouring countries) while we stuck here with crap. Besides the odd comments from my neighbours that my dish is pointing the wrong way i live a happy DSTV free life (okay i am still paying the bonuses via multichoice africa, but hey i am happy with the offering)

  • mikeymike53 - 2012-06-27 16:24

    why doesn't the price come down then?????????

  • comurray - 2012-06-27 16:47

    Well with so many new subscribers you can now afford to reduce prices.

  • Anakin - 2012-06-27 16:47

    We don't have enough competition to Multichoice here, and when there is they practice anti-competitive behaviour. If they are SO successful why have they stopped the importing of DVD recorders into South-Africa, purely because it affects THEIR OWN PVR sales countrywide? It's about GREED and more GREED. We only have crappy M-NET and don't want Dstv (ripoff) and don't want THEIR pvr (R65/month). So if we are not a subscriber to DSTV why can't we buy a DVD-recorder in SA? And what about those that ONLY want to record SABC and e-tv programs to watch later? Nope, still not allowed, because DSTV says so. We are NOT the only ones complaining about this monopoly...must all non-DSTV subscribers use outdated VCR's or what is going on? DVD Recorders and Multichoice/DSTV ================================== 1. DVD - HDD Recorders and DSTV http://www.businessmasters.co.za/showthread.php/6549-DVD-HDD-Recorders-and-DSTV 2. DVD RECORDERS BANNED IN SOUTH AFRICA ? http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php?topic=12507.0 3. LG digital TV DVD recorder .... UK [ not allowed in SA ] http://www.lg.com/uk/blu-ray-dvd-players/lg-DRT389H-dvd-player

  • wittstockcarl - 2012-06-27 17:19

    They will, but only when there are decent and inexpensive internet providers. I live in Asia and pay R283 for 100 channels and my 10m secure wifi connection. Most companies in Africa rip ppl off.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-27 20:51

    I gave up DSTV over 4 years ago. Yet still today when i do get to watch something, would you believe that i had already seen it over 4yrs ago. DSTV, welcome to the station of 80 channels of repeats.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-27 20:53

    I gave up DSTV over 4 years ago. Yet still today when i do get to watch something, would you believe that i had already seen it over 4yrs ago. DSTV, welcome to the station of 80 channels of repeats.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-27 20:53

    I gave up DSTV over 4 years ago. Yet still today when i do get to watch something, would you believe that i had already seen it over 4yrs ago. DSTV, welcome to the station of 80 channels of repeats.

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-06-28 10:41

    Sound good now my decoder must just find signal and not lose it again when there are a few clouds in the sky. I am very close to fixing my signal problem myself with a hammer.

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-06-29 17:29

    Multi choice SUCKS!!! They can stuff it up where it does not matter.Use Internet streaming . Much cheaper.!!!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-24 15:48

    I am sick to death of being fed repeats repeats repeats this is not what I pay for. Take last night. channel 108 a repear, next the mentalist, a repeat which I have seen about 66 times, law and order again constant repeat. Thats just on 1 channel all following each other. Channel 180 come dine with me again constant repeat. After that I gave up. The movies are so old as well. I believe there is a petition going around to try and stop dstv from increasing their fees. I hope that many of you who are complaining have signed that petition, I am a pensioner and finding it difficult to stretch my budget to include dstv but I have tried to keep it up as I am in constant pain so during the wee hours I watch tv and it helps take my mind off the pain. I think that dstv can offer smaller competition prizes and spend their money on better programmes. I am really not going to break my neck to spend my money on this rubbish.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-24 15:58


  • Jonathan Klass - 2013-04-23 09:46

    We are being manipulated by DSTV who gor dvd recorders banned so they could implement their pile of junk PVR system Their prices go up as much as their stupid endless repeats so foten, that you don't need to record anything anyway. I refuse to buy a PVR or use the idiotic box office system. Do none of you realise the manipulation and exploitataion we are subjected to?

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