Pay TV operator MultiChoice announced that all DStv Compact subscribers will have access to the full bouquet of DStv Premium channels this weekend, increasing the offering from 39 to 87 channels.
Referred to as an ‘open weekend’, Compact subscribers will be able to view all Premium channels from “22 January 00:01 to 24 January 23:59” at no extra cost the company revealed.
This may be part of an effort to encourage Compact subscribers to convert to the more costly Premium option. Currently all Compact viewers are charged R219 monthly for the service; this affords them 39 channels including MNet Series, BBC Lifestyle, SuperSport 3 and SuperSport 4 among others.
The Premium option however is considerably more comprehensive and offers a number of additional movie, news, sport and documentary channels. DStv Premium subscribers are charged R499 monthly for this privilege – R280 more than Compact subscribers.
Users who wish to add either the SD PVR or HD PVR offerings to their Premium package are charged an additional access fee of R60 monthly.
In recent months the broadcaster has made several new products and services available to subscribers, perhaps in a bid to ready the company for incoming pay-TV competitors On Digital Media and Super5Media. MultiChoice recently announced the addition of two new HD channels (SuperSport HD and Discovery HD) to the HD PVR bouquet, bringing the total to three, and also released a new UEC HD PVR decoder priced at R2999.
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