DStv Premium half-price package explained

M-Net on its own is a fairly costly service if one goes by DStv’s bouquet pricing

By - March 18, 2013
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MultiChoice recently announced its yearly DStv price hikes and its original table contained a line item for “DStv Premium bouquet minus M-Net” priced at less than half the cost of a full Premium subscription.

This interesting package was spotted by keen-eyed readers, raising many questions about the bouquet.

The pay TV operator confirmed that the Premium without M-Net subscription excludes only M-Net channel 101, even though it is priced at R278.80 per month, R346.20 less than the cost of the full Premium bouquet.

However, MultiChoice recently told MyBroadband that the Premium bouquet minus M-Net is a legacy issue and is limited to a certain type of subscriber.

“Customers who have this bouquet are original M-Net subscribers who could subscribe to M-Net only when it was still offered as a stand-alone channel,” MultiChoice explained.

These customers have an M-Net analogue decoder, through which they receive the M-Net channel, and a digital DStv decoder, through which they receive the rest of the channels on the Premium bouquet.

When the digital migration process is completed, this bouquet will no longer be available, MultiChoice said.

DStv package From To
DStv Premium Bouquet R590.00 R625.00
DStv Compact R260.00 R275.00
DStv Select 1 and 2 R166.00 R175.00
DStv EasyView R20.00 R29.00
Access Fee for Dual-View, PVR and/or XtraView R65.00 R70.00
M-Net (Analogue/ Terrestrial transmission) R285.00 R300.00
DStv Premium Bouquet minus M-Net (not available to new subscribers) R263.20 R278.80
MNDST R326.80 R346.20
DStv Indian (North + South) Bouquet R466.20 R493.90
DStv North + South Indian Bouquet Add-on R300.30 R318.10
DStv North Indian + Portuguesa R530.30 R561.80
DStv North Indian Add-On R171.00 R181.10
DStv North Indian Bouquet R265.10 R280.80
DStv Portuguesa Bouquet R265.10 R280.80
DStv South Indian Add-On R129.30 R137.00
DStv South Indian Bouquet R201.10 R213.00
ZEE TV R123.80 R131.10
EastNet R36.10 R38.20
Standard Repair Charges
DStv Standard Decoder R342.00 R365.00
DStv Dual View R399.00 R425.00
DStv PVR (SD & HD) R479.00 R510.00
M-Net Analogue/ Terrestrial Decoder R433.00 R460.00
There’s no increase to below products
DStv Lite R99.00 No change
DStv Mobile (Excl. discounted product*) R49.00 No change
Decoder Care Contracts
DCC Single View R 20.00 No change
DCC Dual View R 25.00 No change
DCC SD PVR R 35.00 No change
DCC HD PVR R 35.00 No change
DCC HD PVR 2P R 29.50 No change
DCC IP HD-1 R 25.00 No change
DCC Drifta R 5.00 No change
DCC Walka R 20.00 No change
DCC Walka 7 R 25.00 No change

Is this what channels would cost on their own?

Another interesting question raised by the difference in price between DStv Premium with and without M-Net is how indicative it is of M-Net’s overall value in the bouquet and a la carte channel subscription costs.

When asked if this is an accurate reflection of what the channel would cost if it were unbundled, MultiChoice didn’t answer directly.

“We do believe that offering individual channels would greatly increase the cost to the consumer,” MultiChoice said. “It is for this reason that we have created different bouquets to suit different lifestyles and pockets.”

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