MultiChoice has announced new prices for its DStv services, which will result in increases for many subscribers. The new prices will kick in on 1 April 2016.
This year’s price increases are significant, with the subscription fees of DStv Premium, DStv Extra, and DStv Compact increasing by 8% or more.
This was brought on by the weakness of the rand, which has lost around 30% of its value against the US dollar in the past year.
While DStv offers a unique value proposition – which includes SuperSport, DStv On Demand, and DStv Catch Up – it is facing competition from online streaming services like Netflix and ShowMax.
To use a high-quality video streaming service, an uncapped broadband service with a speed of at least 4Mbps is suggested.
This raises the question: How does the price of DStv’s premium service compare against the price of an uncapped 4Mbps ADSL service combined with a Netflix or ShowMax subscription?
|Service||Monthly subscription||Access Fee||XtraView||Total monthly cost|
|Advantages: Over 130 TV channels, excellent live sport coverage, DStv Catch Up, Livestream Supersport, DStv Now, multiple viewing environments.|
|4Mbps Uncapped ADSL with Netflix|
|Service||Uncapped ADSL bundle||Telkom line rental||Netflix subscription||Total monthly cost|
|4Mbps uncapped ADSL||R499||R189||R158||R846|
|Advantages: You can use uncapped Internet access for many tasks, great Netflix catalogue, HD video content, view on 2 screens at the same time.|
|4Mbps Uncapped ADSL with ShowMax|
|Service||Uncapped ADSL bundle||Telkom line rental||ShowMax subscription||Total monthly cost|
|4Mbps uncapped ADSL||R499||R189||R99||R787|
|Advantages: You can use uncapped Internet access for many tasks, great ShowMax catalogue, HD video content, view on 2 screens at the same time.|