DStv launches cheaper bouquet

2013-06-26 10:01
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – MultiChoice launched a new mid-tiered package for its DStv satellite pay-TV service called DStv Extra.

It's the second new DStv bouquet launched this year following DStv Family, which was launched with an adjusted new channel selection in April to replace DStv Select.

DStv Extra which was not announced to the press, will cost R380 per month placing it between the most expensive DStv Premium, and the DStv Compact bouquets.

DStv Extra has 86 channels as opposed to the 119 of DStv Premium and the 73 of DStv Compact. It also has less premium sports than DStv Premium but includes more first-run general entertainment premium TV content than DStv Compact.

DStv Extra will also not afford viewers any high definition (HD) television watching but do offer DStv subscribers the ability to make use of the DStv BoxOffice service to rent movies through an HD PVR.

Growing lower subscriber base

DStv Extra contains a number of channels not offered on the DStv Compact bouquet such as BBC Entertainment, Comedy Central, E! Entertainment, kykNET, AfricaMagic Movies 1, FOX in standard definition, Crime & Investigation Network, Tracel Channel, History Channel, TRACE Sports, Nickelodeon, CBeebies, VH1 Classic and Sky News.

DStv Extra includes SuperSport Blitz, SuperSport 3 and SuperSport 4 but not SuperSport which mostly carries rugby coverage.

Eben Greyling, Naspers' CEO of pay-TV business said on Tuesday in the press conference discussing the media giant's financial report for the financial year ending 31 March 2013, that MultiChoice is focusing on penetrating and growing its lower subscriber base.

MultiChoice is doing this through its cheaper DStv bouquets such as the popular DStv Compact offering.

"Growth in the lower priced DStv Compact bouquet remains strong," said Eben Greyling.

Online delivery of content

He also said that Naspers' pay-TV business division is strongly focused on increasing the online delivery of content as broadband internet penetration in South Africa and across Africa grows.

"Regarding competition we continue to see an increase in competition across the continent from both traditional players as well as online players," said Greyling.

"Existing players in the broadcasting space are aggressively growing their business and we're also seeing new players. Regarding the online delivery of content there's also video-on-demand (VOD) services and international players such as Apple expanding their online business here."

"We're sure that this trend will definitely increase in the future and our own online developments will continue in future to help face this onslaught," he said.

Greyling said the popular DStv BoxOffice service on PVR's was recently made available online. The DStv Catch-Up service was also recently expanded to more devices like the iPad and that MultiChoice will later this year expand it to Android tablets and other devices.


  • ShaunCro - 2013-06-26 10:17

    I got tired of paying for adverts and repeats ages ago. Cancelled dstv and couldn't be happier.

      Bakkies Bleu - 2013-06-27 20:26

      DStv knows that if they provide Supersport 1 and 2 on a cheaper package, they are going to lose a lot. That is why they will offer everything cheaper, except the SS1 and SS2 channels. Bloody sheisters.

  • Sean Otto - 2013-06-26 10:23

    Without SS 1 they can stick it where it fits best.

      Nathi Mnisi - 2013-06-26 12:01

      Agreed, without supersport 2 aswell

      Louis Bensch - 2013-06-26 13:35

      Agree, but I think they know it.

  • Andrew Hendrick - 2013-06-26 10:34

    Why do they not just have a Pay-Per-Channel option. R10 per channel wih a Minimum of say 15 Channels or something. With technology these days, they surely must be able to handle this?

      Ian Flack - 2013-06-26 11:33

      Advertising I'm afraid, some channels would them become unaffordable....

      Mluleki Simelane - 2013-06-26 11:33

      They'll sell more content that way, people will be able to cut off all the junk they keep adding

      Johan Pieter Nell - 2013-06-26 18:26

      Agree it will work for me Johan

      Eiona Rathbone - 2013-06-27 11:45

      I completely agree - even having channels at different costs would work

  • Klipkop de Groote - 2013-06-26 10:35

    Might have to upgrade from Compact! History channel is all I really want (not on Compact) and sport.. might on Extra be able to view F1 again.. sounds like it is about R100 more than Compact. I will never pay ± R800 for Premium.

      Mluleki Simelane - 2013-06-26 11:35

      R800? That's means I'm under paying them for my premium subscription

      Klipkop de Groote - 2013-06-27 08:10

      Yup, I upgraded yesterday and what they say up there is incorrect. No extra sport channels compared to Compact! For me Fox, Comedy Central, BBC Entertainment and History channel makes this Extra package worth it. So am happy but they are still sharks! Oh and you clever guys I dont know how much they charge for Premium, I do know its a rip off and I cannot afford Premium just to be able to watch rugby and F1. Extra and Compact is obviously great if you are into local soccer, I am not. And streaming is still the best option if you have ADSL uncapped. So end of the day I will soon need to decided if I want ADSL or DSTV. Think ADSL will will the battle in the end.

  • merkwaardig.obskuur - 2013-06-26 10:35

    Custom composition is still what the consumer wants. It perfectly possible to cycle through a list of decoder and smartcard numbers, and send a list of permissible channels to each box. Dstv checks smartcard status in such a manner. The programming is easy. ..

  • André Engelbrecht - 2013-06-26 10:35

    Why don't you ask your clients to choose packages that suits their pockets instead of coming up with ridiculous packages yourself?

      Mauritz Musiek - 2013-06-26 14:38

      exactly!! they can make something like ''add-ons'' & have different prices for different channels that you add on to your dstv package...

      Johan Pieter Nell - 2013-06-26 18:27

      Good idea

  • William Sudding - 2013-06-26 10:35

    You should atleast offer one movie channel with latest content and Supersport 1 before I will change.

      John John - 2013-06-26 10:56

      Thats true William.

  • Nicolas Gombert - 2013-06-26 10:40

    Apple TV is the way to go! With internet costs going down, better download speed and improved packages, this is now a viable option. A once-off cost of approximately R1200 and then you can download the best of the best for a small charge. AND NO ADVERTS!

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-06-26 11:40

      Tell me more Adrian? (no sarcasm this time boet)

      Mpho Leopeng - 2013-06-26 12:59

      Hmmm.Food for thought.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-06-26 10:40

    By including Supersport 2/3 which only does soccer it is obvious who they are targeting!

      Pieter Kempen - 2013-06-26 11:40

      I totally agree! In fact I think DSTV is trying to break Rugby in SA. I don't and will not pay R800 to watch Rugby. You can however watch soccer and cricket live --but no Rugby -- so I listen to Rugby if I really want but because of DSTv's targetting only the rich for rugby -they and the rich can watch Rugby. I will not pay black market prices to watch rugby on TV. Pieter Kempen

  • Fatima Raju - 2013-06-26 10:46

    DSTV in becoming a ripp off seriously . I agree with Andrew give us the options to choose what we want to watch and u pay for the number of channels u want. Pay as u go like u say !! 80 % of the time repeats upon repeats... becoming utter crap to have and a heavy price.

  • Anwar Khan - 2013-06-26 10:48

    your prices are outrageous...just cancelled my subs yesterday...please bring in a separate sports package...watch everthing on discovery etc..etc... why don't you introduce a pay per view...like box office.

  • Bjorn Bottin - 2013-06-26 10:49

    DTSV extra includes Blitz, SS3 & SS4. What a joke. That is already on Compact. So for R100 extra only channels worth the money is Nickelodeon for the kids. All the other channels I don't watch, and Box Office is useless, I have unlimited "free" box office via ADSL

  • Anwar Khan - 2013-06-26 10:49

    let us all boycott dstv. i dare all subscribers....

      Latief Cader - 2013-06-26 19:57

      There is nothing nice on DSTV What a waste of money and time

      Annelie Kitshoff - 2013-07-27 19:28

      Lets go for it!!!!!

  • Barry Nelson - 2013-06-26 10:51

    Rugby still not availabble to the majority supporters. Pity

  • Barry Nelson - 2013-06-26 10:51

    Rugby not available to supporters

      Pieter Kempen - 2013-06-26 13:11

      I listen Rugby on the radio as we had in the time before TV! Because of the repeats and no rugby I am not interested in TV anymore. I have a raio card on my computer and liste to the broadcasts. I support the cry out for a boycott of Dstv!

  • Anwar Khan - 2013-06-26 10:57


  • Jeremy ManUtd Andrews - 2013-06-26 11:04

    How about pay pert view??? most channels on premium is rubbish anyway.

      Jeremy ManUtd Andrews - 2013-06-26 11:04


  • Soraya Arendse - 2013-06-26 11:08

    so DSTV has got a new cheaper bouquet which means absolutely nothing as none of their premium channels is on this new package, come on dstv u can do better than that, im still waiting to see if Mnet will be on any of the down graded packages. You got the monoply so give to those who cant afford the premium package.

  • Lois Lloyd - 2013-06-26 11:13

    I would be happy with this bouquet if I could substitute SS3 and 4 with SS1 and 2. Instead I have to pay an extra R300pm to watch these. This is unfair, discriminatory and DSTV needs to listen to the people! I am sick of subsidising soccer channels and God knows there are too many of them!

  • Joe Smith - 2013-06-26 11:21

    DSTV is cheap, I think they should increase the price considering all the quality shows we get in HD.And the sport? +- R25 a day is not a lot with all that is given to us to watch.

      Simon Berry - 2013-06-26 12:15

      This guy is obviously a DSTV employee....

      Doep Briel - 2013-06-26 13:23

      Nah, I think he's being sarcastic. Nobody could be THAT stupid...

      Annelie Kitshoff - 2013-07-27 19:31

      Twakkie. Regtig! Ons geldeenheid is soveel swakker. Mens kan nie vergelyk nie!!

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      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-06-26 11:41

      Look who is in charge of dstv there is your answer

  • Lois Lloyd - 2013-06-26 11:35

    Rugby and cricket are supposed to be development sports to encourage the previously disadvantaged. One can only watch these on the Premium Bouquet at a helluva price! Who is helping the development of these sports for the people that cannot afford much? Not even SABC!! This is disgusting and insulting to the previously disadvantaged people who remain disadvantaged!!

      Katlego Raphuthi - 2013-06-26 11:42

      Lois, i concur, i couldn't have said it better myself. why don't they have an extra fee for supersport channels or a stand alone bouquet for supersport. now that's what will bridge a gap between compact and premium.

      Donovan Dunn - 2013-06-27 13:16

      the R1Billion Supersport paid SARU for the exclusive rights is what is meant to help development of Rugby. They can't be blamed if SARU doesn't spend it properly.

  • TTka Mthiya UMbatha - 2013-06-26 11:42

    Nothing specialy with this package Realy. Is the same as Compact

  • Deryck Siddons - 2013-06-26 11:42

    DSTV and the anc are one and the same greedy, corrupt and and and. They too must read the writing on the wall.

  • Willem Perold - 2013-06-26 11:44

    Without SS1 there is nothing else to watch ? Guys go and read my article about DSTV . http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/My-rights-to-SA-TV-SABC-and-pay-TV-20130618

  • Zondra Hoffmann - 2013-06-26 11:45

    Without aal the Supersport channels for everyone - and not only the ones for soccer fans which are mainly African - which of course is where you hope to enlarge your viewership, you can go to Timbuktu and back. You are doing absolutely nothing to satisfy your subscribers who have been with you for years now! You really want to eat your cake and have it!! Ifthere is any further increase in the fees for the Premium package, I can assure you my prescription will be cancelled and I know a lot of pensioners who do not stay in old age homes - where you have special rates - who will be doing the same. It is just becoming too much to handle financially because of your Sport channel exclusions in all the other cheaper packages!! I shall be visiting sports Clubs when that happens to watch the sport I want to watch, because then I do not have to pay you anything!!! Your movie channels are a waste of time and apart from occasionally watching Kyknet and BBC Entertainment, I can really do without that!! I bought a PVR and and HD Television for absolutely nothing!!!

  • Thobi Milano Pheto - 2013-06-26 11:47

    They just feed us more nonsense repeats repeats and more repeats, they should have at least added more sports channels on it. Thanks but no thanks I`ll stay on compact

  • Laurie Poolman - 2013-06-26 11:59

    And the discrimination goes on! What about the people that can't afford the Premium bouquet but love their rugby or cricket! So still I'm forced to pay R650 for premium and 85% of the crap I don't watch! This is a rip-off! What about creating a bouquet where you can say choose 35 or 40 channels and pay R350 or R400 pm for it? Wouldn't it be better?

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-06-26 12:00

    Discriminating against rugby viewers

  • Se-Atile Mmereki - 2013-06-26 12:00

    Can't DStv just make people choose the channels they want!? And calculate that cost? I find many of the channels unwatchable- like Africa Movie Magic. Some of us really just need maybe 10 channels in total. Rest is stuff you never watch but are paying for. Like me, I would just want Mnet, Mnet Series, SSBlitz,1,2,3,7, ESPN, CNN, eNCA. Add to that the free public channels of SABC, & eTv. There you go, I'm set.

      Se-Atile Mmereki - 2013-06-26 12:05

      Of course I'm not saying this is what I would choose, just thought of random channels I watch when I get the chance, which isn't a lot of times:( like now, last time I watched tv was last Saturday watching football. Next time will proli only be whenever the Confeds final is, or the next very nice Wimbledon match-up...whichever comes first!

  • Christo Van Dyk - 2013-06-26 12:09

    Nope sorry, have ADSL and a smartcard nr of a friend who uses Premium and not uses Online viewing. So I stream but Live sports(not the best quality) but for me for free. Futher Netflix is their. Sorry DSTV but you can shove it!

  • Japie Mostert - 2013-06-26 12:09

    When are you making box office available in Botswana???

  • Simon Berry - 2013-06-26 12:11

    Screw DSTV. Make a PAY PER CHANNEL so you can choose what channels you want and you will get a lot more business! At the moment the ONLY package that interests me is the R49 a month DSTV Walka because it has SS1 and SS2. Not a fack am I paying the R500 for your premium just to get 2 sports channels. Give me a pay per channel and I will add in Discovery/Animal planet/History/BBC and maybe the movie channels.

  • Peter Barrett - 2013-06-26 12:38

    The Sports channels should be grouped in a seperate bouquet, then the sports fans could subscribe to it seperately.

  • Ntokozo Ntokie Shirley Dambuza - 2013-06-26 12:48

    Without Mnet, its pointless!!

  • Mpho-Gaara Don-Phoster Namane - 2013-06-26 12:49

    If only they would realize that we are interested in sports channels than all these useless channels they have...... Can they just give a sports bouquet with all the SS1, SS2 and the rest....other than that I agree with Sean, they can stick it!!!!

  • Mpho Leopeng - 2013-06-26 12:57

    Here is an Idea why don't they let the subscribers choose 25% of the channels they want.

  • Pieter Kempen - 2013-06-26 13:00

    I fully agree with shaun and has signed on to a lower package only because our normal sabc coverage is poor and I would like to watch the news. Dstv only cares for themselves -big salaries and bonuses and they get it because of their monopoly on sport. They promote soccer at the cost of rugby -because all new channels features soccer and soccer and soccer. Why must rugby have a population representative team but not a population representative viewer representation. Which come down to the fact that Dstv only hold rugby at ransom!

  • Jonathan Johnny Lodewyk - 2013-06-26 13:02

    This is not what we need,give us SS1 on a cheaper pakage!!

  • Mpho Leopeng - 2013-06-26 13:18

    Blame this all on ICASA and their red tape. If they had given other companies licences earlier multichoice would n't be dominating like it is.

  • Chris Potgieter - 2013-06-26 13:19

    Wonder when they will offer pensioners a package that will include rugby? Have to cancel this luxury now as the current offering are mainly repeats.

  • Arischa Durrheim - 2013-06-26 13:32

    DSTV needs competition!!!

  • Debby Timm - 2013-06-26 13:54

    For pity sakes - it is time for DSTV to come to the party! Offer the various cheaper bouquets, but then allow people "add-ons". I don't watch half the damn channels I have, but none of the other bouquets are acceptable. For instance allow us to have DSTV Extra and then be able to add on SS1 & SS2 for an extra R10 rand a month per channel (for example). Catch a wake up DSTV!!!!!!

  • Raymond J. O'Connor - 2013-06-26 13:57

    Everything DSTV has to offer, you can stream for free off the internet. Too many ads. Everything repeats. Waste of money. Get the internet rather.

  • Jeffrey David Hamilton Walker - 2013-06-26 14:03

    I have full premium and it costs a fortune, half the programs I never watch. NOW THIS HAS MOST OF WHICH I WATCH, BUT NO SUPERSPORT 1 & 2 ? always catering for the black people and the premium viewers have to subsidize them, Undemocratic. Do a survey and see who wants what on a particular bouquet, there quite a few now but most cat er only for a certain segment of the population.

      Oscar Phalane - 2013-08-24 08:44

      why can u pls put mzamzi magic on family package, we luv it but we can't affort 2 pay compact

  • Max Cuzzucoli - 2013-06-26 15:24

    Another DSTV rip-off.

  • Marius Pringle - 2013-06-26 17:37

    Cut Supersport 3 and 4 and replace it with 1 and 2 think about the other people to and then you will get more subscibers

  • Cheslyn Varrie - 2013-06-26 17:47

    I'll still stick with my old school mnet decoder ......I get my rugby, cricket and f1 . I still don't get the logic thou ,I pay 300 for 2 channels and dstv compact is 73 channels for 275....