DStv Extra vs Premium vs Compact

MultiChoice quietly launched a new DStv bouquet recently; here’s how it compares to the existing channel packages

June 23, 2013
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A new DStv channel bouquet called “DStv Extra” was quietly launched recently, offering an 86-channel package for R380/month.

DStv Extra is priced to fit between the Premium (R625) and Compact (R275) bouquets, offering 13 more channels than Compact, and 33 fewer channels than Premium.

According to MultiChoice, DStv Premium offers 119 channels, Extra has 86 channels, and Compact includes 73 channels.

The table below summarises which channels Extra has that Compact doesn’t, and which channels Extra doesn’t have which Premium does:

Premium channels not on Extra Extra channels not on Compact
M-Net BBC Entertainment
M-Net Movies Premiere Comedy Central
M-Net Movies Comedy E!
M-Net Movies Family Fox
M-Net Movies Action+ True Movies
M-Net Movies Drama & Romance Kyknet
M-Net Movies Showcase Africa Magic Movies 1
Discovery Channel Crime & Investigation
MTV Travel Channel
Africa Magic Entertainment History Channel
BBC Knowledge Trace Sports
Supersport 1 Nickelodeon
Supersport 2 C-Beebies
Supersport 5 VH 1 Classic
Supersport 6 Sky News
Supersport 7
Supersport Maximo
ESPN
ESPN Classic
Disney
Afro Music

Simplifying the comparison somewhat is the fact that DStv Premium includes all the channels offered by DStv Extra, while DStv Extra offers all but two of the channels on Compact: ESPN and Afro Music.

The Premium bouquet also offers access to HD channels, with Discovery HD Showcase, Supersport 1 HD, Supersport 2 HD, Supersport 3 HD, and Supersport 4 HD being counted towards the 119 channel total.

Premium also includes a number of foreign language channels such as RAI Italia, Beste van Nederlands, ERT Sat, RTPi, TV5 Monde Afrique, and Deustche Welle.

Bloomberg TV is also still counted among the channels exclusive to the Premium bouquet, but it will soon be discontinued in South Africa. Some of Bloomberg TV’s content will be rolled into the newly rebranded Business Day TV (formerly Summit), which is available not only on Premium, but to Extra, Compact, and Family bouquet subscribers as well.

The three bouquets also share the following common channels:

Channels common to Premium, Extra, and Compact
Movies & Entertainment
M-Net Movies Action M-Net Movies Stars Studio Universal M-Net Series
Vuzu Universal Channel Sony Entertainment TV Sony Max
Blackbelt CBS Reality TCM M-Net Movies Zone
Kyknet & Kie Kyknet Musiek Africa Magic Movies Africa Magic
Africa Magic World Mzansi Magic Magic World Mzansi Wethu
Documentaries & Lifestyle
Discovery ID TLC Style BBC Lifestyle
Food network The Home Channel Fashion TV National Geographic Channel
Nat Geo Wild Animal Planet Discovery World Ignition
Free-to-air
SABC 1 SABC 2 SABC 3 E-tv
Soweto TV Bay TV 1 KZN
Sports
Supersport Blitz Supersport 3 Supersport 4 TellyTrack
Kids
Cartoon Network Boomerang Disney XD Kids Co
Disney Junior Mindset Learn
Music
Channel O Mzansi Music M-TV Base Trace Urban
One Gospel
Religion
Dumisa TBN Africa Rhema iTV
News
BBC World News CNN eNCA Russia Today
Al Jazeera NDTV 24×7 Parliamentary Service CCTV News (CCTV-9)
CNBC Africa Business Day TV
Specialist/Foreign
CCTV-4

Two non-permanent channels common to all three bouquets that appear to be counted as part of their totals are two channels for Big Brother Africa: The Chase (197, 198).

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Tags: DStv, DStv Compact, DStv Extra, DStv Premium, Headline, MultiChoice

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