MultiChoice upping DStv fees

2012-03-02 16:02
Thinus Ferreira
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.



  • Angela - 2012-03-02 16:16

    To cancel subscription, or not to cancel subscription? I think they have us backed into a corner with this one. When will DSTV realise that Pay Per Channel is the way to go? Or is that a completely naive thing to dream of...?

      Roy - 2012-03-02 17:01


      Chris - 2012-03-02 18:07

      It is so sad that that i have to pay R590 for supersport 1 but you can get two soccer channels for R260. Flippen skelms. If you like rugga you will pay, finish and klaar.

      kobus.botes999 - 2012-03-03 04:37

      Pay per channel is good. I think still better is to pay for the time you sit in front of the tele. Then people will start to think about the value of wasted time. I do not watch more than 6 hours TV per month. Why must I pay R100 per hour to watch TV while for some other people that is glued to the TV it will cost them less than R6 per hour. The technology exists to let people pay per hour.

      Jason - 2012-03-03 08:22

      I currently pay 624 dstv and 550 adsl at home. If I combine that I can get uncapped 4meg line and hd stream all the sport i want for free and access any movies live streaming tv. I can even download episodes of carteblanche! AND im taking my money away from DSTV!

  • Riaan - 2012-03-02 16:20

    The only reason i have DSTV is for the sport, maybe it is just not a good enough reason anymore?

      David - 2012-03-02 17:07

      Riaan, try this site. there are a few adverts, but if you maximize the screen then they go away. You can watch all the sport you like free of charge. Screw DSTV....:

      Byron - 2012-03-02 18:07

      google atdhe

      Byron - 2012-03-02 18:10

      google atdhe

      John - 2012-03-03 08:08

      @David. Hell man thanks for the link to vipbox I'm now sitting and watching live cricket in Thailand. In comment to DSTV, over here it costs us +-R400. We can buy sport packages for a whole series.

      Trish - 2012-03-03 10:24

      David, we don't have dstv, we have an htpc, and a high speed adsl line, which we need for our work from home. We watch what we want, when we want and its great - no adverts, watch when we like etc. etc. Only problem is no sport, which only effect me, not my husband. You have solved this. Thanks so much. Just watching the cricket now. Yay! Can watch tennis again. Yay. Thanks so much.

      Paul - 2012-03-03 10:48

      THE absolutely only reason why I have dstv is for F1. This will be coming to and end on the 10th, the past two years I feel I have been strong armed into paying a total over R11 000 to watch F1 for 2 years as F1 is only available on a premium subscription. Well this year I will stream it online for FREE!!!! DSTV Thanks but no thanks

  • Treatwell Trey - 2012-03-02 16:21

    Mother Fada, Top TV here I come

      Juan - 2012-03-03 02:00

      @R269 per month, good bye DSTV, hello TOP TV. Getting sick and tired of being ripped off.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-03 07:58

      You will be sorry.

  • Stuart - 2012-03-02 16:21

    I am seriously miffed with these peeps, the drifta price increase amounts to 26%!!!!!! what is CPI now? Around 6%? TIA!!

      collinml - 2012-03-03 09:39

      ts a 36% increase.Now im also just as miffed as you. I mean really, just because they charged us R36 does not mean it must increase by 36%. So what next? Because its now going to be R49, next increase will be 49%!!!!

  • Bonjo - 2012-03-02 16:22

    Now that TopTv has totally messed things up,there's no longer a credible competitor to Dstv. Meaning they can afford to hike their prices *met trane in my oe*

      Ben - 2012-03-02 16:44

      Maybe another competitor will solve the problem. Lets keep hoping.

      Gert - 2012-03-02 17:30

      As long as DSTV has the broadcast rights for rugby, they will have upper hand. The moment they let go of the rugby broadcasting rights, they will loose half of their subscribers.

  • hayden.cajee - 2012-03-02 16:24

    And the extortion begins!!

      Roy - 2012-03-02 17:02

      It began years ago and will only get stronger.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-03-02 17:16

      And im sure the thumbs down is Nico Meyer(CEO of Multichoice)

      hayden.cajee - 2012-03-02 17:21

      And the thumbs down should be MULTICHOICE!!

      hayden.cajee - 2012-03-03 12:40

      3 Thumbs down????? Hahahahahaha

  • Rainbow - 2012-03-02 16:29

    I have no probs with them putting up the fees so long as we get the promised channels and they take afrimagic, soweto ect.. and the other african channels ( excepting Vuzu and Mzanzi) and move them to great wall afica so we dont have to pay for them.

  • Bennie - 2012-03-02 16:30

    This is a ripe off, because now that the super 15 start they upping the fees!!! Think the consumer protection act must investigate DSTV for monopolization

      Roy - 2012-03-02 17:04

      Someone should start the ball rolling?

  • Mark - 2012-03-02 16:31

    A DVD contract and a few good books comes to less than R590 p/month, plus reading makes you smarter.

  • Tiaan - 2012-03-02 16:32

    Even though they'll be increasing the prices,TopTv is still not an option!They've lost more than half of their viewers already!DStv will be adding new Channels,so I hope it's all worth the extra R30 a month!I agree,I think Pay Per Channel will be much better!!!

  • Gareth - 2012-03-02 16:36

    I bet that if they have all the sport channels @ R299 pm, 70% of subscribers will opt for the sport only bouquet. Or am i just daft?

      Jacqui - 2012-03-02 17:07

      My husband will be the first to agree with you. Lets hope that the new channels they are talking about won't be anything like the rubbish they have been adding until now. I mean how many more cooking programmes do we need, not to mention brides in ill fitting bridal gowns and crime. According to me they get these channels for next to nothing and make us pay for them. Some of them I know from Europe and they were free.

      Gareth - 2012-03-02 17:29

      @ Jacqui, maybe they can add channels for an extra R25 per channel, onto the bouquet for when rain delays play.

      Deepchund - 2012-03-02 20:19

      I agree with Gareth. I will go the same route.

  • Hallo - 2012-03-02 16:37

    Monochoice are a bunch of snakes and should be investigated for monopolistic practices.

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-02 16:39

    This is just ridiculous.

  • Wicus - 2012-03-02 16:39

    This is ridiculous! DSTV, you are busy pissing off your loyal customers! I only have it these days for Sport and I can get all of it much cheaper over the Internet. Just did a comparison for what they pay in the UK. (Yes, I know they are first world, but still, this is getting too much). Virgin Media 30Mb TiVo Bundle, Sky Sports/Movies30Mb Broadband & Weekend Calls 175+ Digital TV Channels + TiVo Full Sky Sports & Movies HD Channels. This is for uncapped 30MB adsl (we're still trying to get to 10MB) All that for £32.50 which is about R350! DSTV is becoming a rip-off!

      Guus Van Der Got - 2012-03-02 17:54

      If you pay less for those compact bouquets why don't they offer a sports only bouquet for more or less the same price. that's the only thing that is relevant.

      James Elias - 2014-04-02 14:16


  • JakesLR - 2012-03-02 16:43

    Hhmm. Monopoly.Instaed of bettering their programmes they increase prices. I saw this coming. Luckily I cancelled all my multichoice subs a few months back. Once you learn to go without it, it is not that difficult- There is only one proper sports channel these days on multichoice as well. The other 10 shows soccer..

      Roy - 2012-03-02 17:08

      Did this about a year ago and now find it cheaper to hire movies which MultiChoice etc is only showing now. Not very interested in watching sport anymore and can find all the info I need on the Internet.

  • Cindy Fredericks - 2012-03-02 16:46

    And then we pay more and the service stays the same! Reception in Kimberley is sometimes beyond poor! Yet we MUST pay, queues are longer than the Nile River @ the offices where you make payments or have enquiries OR GOD FORBID, you need to have your insured decoder fixed with the understanding that it will take 7 working days, well we r going on 14 and still counting.....! Also,why do they have comedies on Action Channels or MM1 or MM2, they have a comedy channel for this! Then, surely they must realise that kids are not awake all hours of the night, why have kiddies or family movies showing after 10 @ night and that still on more than one channel???

  • Shipingana - 2012-03-02 16:48

    This is not any more Multichoice, but No-choice because of repetitions, if its stormy outside than no transmission. I don't have a choice as it is better than nothing. Will tighten my belt.

  • Raymond - 2012-03-02 16:49

    Fantastic! I'm retired and constantly look for programs that are not repeats.We need competition to fight this conglomerate that has no respect for it's viewers. At least bring in cheaper bouquets that agree with different demographic profiles. We need more flexibility, even the Dish program book is a total disgrace, the editor of this needs a big kick in the backside and dumped out of the back door! We need competition though to prove that MultiChoice is pretty valueless. R600 per month is huge money for substandard programs.

      eric.wiese1 - 2012-03-02 17:12

      Are you a smoker? How much does a daily packet of 20 cigaretts cost per month?

      Irene - 2012-03-02 18:37

      Eric, you're missing the point pal.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-03-02 16:54

    Um - It's already at R621.72 p/month ( over that "psychological R600 barrier")so I take it the figure quoted here exclude VAT??

      Wicus - 2012-03-02 17:10

      What... we're supposed to pay vat???

      Stuart - 2012-03-03 08:25

      hmmm, i have been paying - at the last minute - R624 per month for the premier service with a dual view decoder.

  • Thozi - 2012-03-02 16:56

    The problem with DSTV is that... no, forget it - it won't help. They'll just ignore me.

      Warren - 2012-03-02 23:56

      Well, I for one think you have a point... but that's just me! P.S. I see Nico Meyer also "thumbs downed" your comment. Lol.

  • Thefat - 2012-03-02 17:08

    Damn - not again! TOP TV here I come!!!

  • cruywagen - 2012-03-02 17:23

    We have not had DSTV for a whole year and do not miss it. Paying a ridiculous amount to see the same thing over and over again has just not been worth it. I am just wondering how do they justify those fees?

  • demitri.baroutsos - 2012-03-02 17:28

    Why has the National Consumer Commission not enforced this yet:

      Carlo - 2012-03-02 20:11

      The Hearings start next week - i am sure the bribes are flying around more than Velvet or Mango..

  • deniselyn.fennell - 2012-03-02 17:52

    I cancelled end of last month. Haven't missed it at all. The last straw was the 800th repeat of Dr Zhivago and Singing in the Rain and the 400th repeat of The Wall. Not to mention Mud Men etc etc etc.

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-02 19:40

      I also wish they'd give us some new movies on TCM. I for one would love more musicals. There were thousands made back in the day and TCM are only showing us like 5 (figuratively speaking)

      David - 2012-03-03 13:25

      "new' and TCM don't kinda go together. But I get your point

  • Louis Hager - 2012-03-02 18:12

    Never had DSTV. Have a nice external hard drive and got a buck load of series and movies on there. Sport, I hear you say. Seriously. R600+ Only to see the likes of Bryce Lawrence screwing us over? Why can businesses like B&B's get a special Bouquet, with all the channels we actually DO want to see? Dual-view with the neighbour ME THINX

      robqb - 2012-03-02 18:27

      I have had only the M Net channel for yonks and if it wasn't for the wife wanting to watch that 6.00pm till 7.00pm crap, I'd have dumped it ages ago. How often do you find a loss of sound? Then it's just a case of a very quiet "sorry" and then ONLY if somebody complains. They need a GOOD competitor like SABC has in etv. I seldom watch the box anymore and when I do it's mainly e! Don't complain, abstain!!

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-03-02 18:43

    We need more service providers competing with DSTV ....

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-02 19:18

    Is it b/c the price of petrol is going up? I figure it must be more expensive now transporting the signal to&from the satellites up there.

  • pooiendri.naidu - 2012-03-02 19:25

    Seems like a cancellation is on the cards for me. Indians are being ripped off while everyone else seem to get at least one channel catering to their needs for free. Afmag for 3 hours on Sundays!!!!!!!!!! come one now who is Multichoice fooling. What about choices of movies? Can there at least be a different mix monthly. We are still watching old seasons mixed with new seasons, some shows being abruptly cut off in the middle of a season. We need value for money..been a customer since 1998 and am still waiting.

  • Stephen - 2012-03-02 19:26

    if dstv can stop with all the repeats i might sit back and enjoy further more if not i will terminate the service that i find i am paying to much for

      Herman Krause - 2012-03-02 19:55

      i do agree Dstv raises our monthly payments but its repeats after repeats and low budget movies why must we pay all most R600 for what it is ridiculous.

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-03-02 19:51

    I stopped my subscription three months ago and believe me - We do NOT miss it. The repeats are so rampant - even the bloody music videos on VH1 and MTV repeats around the clock on the same time. They SUCK.

      Rachell - 2012-03-03 07:02

      Well said. We've taken back "our" time and don't miss DSTV at all. Especially the repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat....

  • Carlo - 2012-03-02 19:55

    DSTV needs to know that the shareholders are NOT as important as the PAYERS.It starts in-house DSTV..Your treatment of staff reflects on how you treat US.DSTV are undervaluing there staff by keeping them on contracts that's the reason why they are so proficient with contracts. Not staff benefits more profit. Your hypocrisy towards TOPTV is appalling "sex movies" do you not show movies of this genre on a Friday night? This reflects on us,why care if they dont.Why not reduce the premiums of the clients who have been with them for 10 years (respect we deserve)- Lets look at this properly : 1. WE no longer get bills in the post,it must be accessed via internet...DSTV saves Money - As we pay for internet access. 2. They "married" the card to the decoder - I own my entire DSTV. To do this YOU MUST GO TO THE DSTV Offices..cost Ours! 3. The AFTER SERVICE is non-existent - the attitude is take it or leave it..when you call in you have to play charades with the IVR to get service.."tell me what you want,which dept do you seek" 4. Is Robert Marawa the ONLY soccer presenter in the country? He is on ALL the shows and that limits our expose to varying presentations. 5. The DSTV does a payment confirmation and even if you paid you receive a "E16" message and it takes a while even a re-boot to fix.." f#$% what you were watching,why ? because its all about the "pleasing of the shareholders. DSTV - You have shown us that pleasing the minority is your key focus.

  • 01ndivhu - 2012-03-02 20:00


      Carlo - 2012-03-02 20:13

      We are talking Billions my friend..

  • Carlo - 2012-03-02 20:09

    Example : The Kings Speech - When they showed a movie on a Sunday, it would be shown the following Friday ONLY ..It was re-broadcasted 7 to 9 times THIS WEEK AND ITS only Friday TODAY. Next week they will appear before the Consumer Protection agency to substantiate why " its called Multichoice " if we have NO CHOICE as to what Bouquets we want to watch or structure.. i wish we have the opportunity to structure the viewing to whats palatable for the individual..DSTV will fight to the death to suppress this because it will mean more OVERHEADS and TECH CHANGES...i am seriously considering cancellation..and i will ensure that many other follow..

  • David - 2012-03-02 23:11

    I used to live in SA but now I live in Mexico. We have depending on the area 3 diffenet satellite and cable companies with competitive pricing. I can get full cable, 2mb adsl uncapped and phone line with 100 free calls for about R300!So unfortunately until you get some competition and people cancel subscriptions it will continue! Fight people!

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-03 02:18

    Wonderful! I can't see anything wrong with paying more for this exemplary service that grants us the ability to watch a half-hour of advertisements with little bits of our favorite TV shows in between, mid-year Christmas stories, Tom Hanks films repeated ten bloody days in a row and every cheesy sci-fi flick you can snap up cheaply. Raise the quality before you raise the cost - if faced with the choice of a premium service or uncapped ADSL for the same amount, which do you think consumers will rather go for?

  • Emmanuel - 2012-03-03 04:11

    Good day to all. This product is not in South Africa yet. To save LOTS of money go read about it and even go look at it on youtube. If you find yourself interested in this product just send me a message on facebook. "SLINGBOX PRO HD"

  • BelindaS12 - 2012-03-03 06:33

    I dont mind the increase as long as I don't get the repeat things over and over again. My payment is "new " every month and not "repeated" for months. I accept a movie to be repeated or show at least one so that if you should miss it due to "power failure" which happens a lot. But the sport seems to go back for years. We would have to look at Inter-national repeated sport when our own South Africans are playing a "Live" match that I don't accept. We have sport like bowls, ladies cricket,netball,Indoor National sport,that we don't even see. WHY.

  • Alan - 2012-03-03 07:06

    Cut dstv 10 mths ago ,now got R5500 towards my trip to le mans 24hr race.dstv are arrogant and think they have the only sweet shop in town,nothing lasts forever.

  • Fernando - 2012-03-03 07:19

    Time to cancel my DSTV and spend the money on better broadband

  • henry.jordaan - 2012-03-03 07:34

    I hope that we will get more value for our money. there are so many repeats that I've thought of asking them to look at last month's payment , cause I'm seeing the same programs again.

  • Sammy - 2012-03-03 07:47

    Oh well I've always wondered what Top TV is like I guess April I will know.

  • Craig - 2012-03-03 08:14

    A petition to have these greedy scumbags reported and then investigated under the consumer protection act needs to be instituted. The CRAP:COST Ratio is insane

  • Tina - 2012-03-03 08:26

    Figure this out people. DSTV have around 4,6 million subscribers at an average of around R250 per subscription. So they make about 1,1 Billion Rand a month. Their offers ring has not changed and now they charge more. If anything their hugely increase subscriber base should have driven the rates down. But corporate greed prevails!

  • Fidel - 2012-03-03 08:27

    Since 1994 SA has become a paradise of profiteers, both black and white. Capitalism, exploitative capitalism, is colour-blind, and knows no colour-consciousness.

  • Phillippa - 2012-03-03 08:51

    This is absolutely priceless!!multichoice?what multichoice? They offer is a very disappointing service.but what other choice as south africans do we have but to be subscribers as there is no competitor.How many times do we have to watch the same movies? Why can multichoice not offer the same option to the consumer as tv cable companies abroad;that you can choose the channels you want.

      William - 2012-05-12 07:14

      And why don't we have cableTV here? Government allow multichoice to get away with a monopoly.

  • Nhlanhla - 2012-03-03 09:05

    Dstv is ripping us off.I think it is time to go back to radio where there are no repeats like Dstv channels.

  • Zion - 2012-03-03 09:16

    I have de-subscribed 3 years ago and never looked back. the only regrets one has with DSTV is when you have it.

  • Mark - 2012-03-03 09:19

    Seriously people! Stop complaining! It's a measly 5%!!!! There's more to DSTV than just Sports. Ever watched History, Nat Geo and Discovery!? I am MORE than HAPPY to pay mine! Pay it annually, you get one month free!!

  • KCorsar - 2012-03-03 10:10

    Will happily pay the increase. As where I live there are no movie houses, limited alternate entertainment, so sadly TV is the primary 'source'. Streaming is an option, if I divert the DSTV cost to a faster DSL line. But PLEASE cut the repeats, that's not what we pay for - high fees deserve some high quality viewing. I dont buy their marketing BS of that's how they buy programmes, to have the same programme run more than once in two weeks is more than too much. Also repeats of old series on top of each other is relentless. Maybe DSTV need a lesson, let as many as possible cut their subscriptions for two months - see if that revenue drop has any effect on their attitude. Power to the Consumer!

  • neo.mokhonoane - 2012-03-03 10:16

    Let all sport channels be opened and the increase will then be regarded as fair. I mean all if not most of the subscribers are very loyal to DSTV, the history channel must be open for all. Undoubtedly, DSTV is better than SABC but they must not take advantage of the situation.If they can read all these comments maybe they will realize the importance of prices to the viewers.