DStv Premium, Family, and Access prices vs inflation - 2000 to 2023

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23 years of DStv price hikes in South Africa

Price increases for DStv Premium remain below inflation, whereas DStv Family subscribers are still paying more for their service in real terms than in 2013, a MyBroadband analysis shows.

Although MultiChoice’s price hikes for DStv Access have generally been above inflation, it only started increasing the package’s price in 2019.
 
It would be interesting to compare DSTV's regular price increase with Netflix and others. It will clearly show how MC is milking South Africa. By the way MC comes up worth all kinds of lame excuses because they have to do whatever they do but, in the end, the truth will set you free! (That is, if you were honest with your excuses)
 
Internet prices meanwhile has dropped dramatically.

Getting a 100Mb/s connection to your house 10 years ago would have been impossible for almost everyone.
 
What Multichoice should do is list quality of content from 2000 - 2023 and/or number of repeats increasing from 2000 - 2023.

They have morons at the helm trying to drive growth by cutting from the content that people actually want to watch. Their model is extremely dated. About time they get the board dissolved and maybe get someone who knows wtf he's doing. Left them a very long time ago. But also Netflix and all other providers running low on content. What are we suppose to do? Go outside and live a little? Damn, that sounds scary!
 
Amazing how the price only deviated from inflation when competition was introduced in 2016/2017. Shows how it was always overpriced. Heck, Netflix today is cheaper than DSTV was 23 years ago.
Netflix has how many subscribers? Offers you how much sport?
Sadly the biggest reason for DSTV pricing is sport, without that it would be cheaper by probably 75%
 
Amazing how the price only deviated from inflation when competition was introduced in 2016/2017. Shows how it was always overpriced. Heck, Netflix today is cheaper than DSTV was 23 years ago.
Their current model is to rewash old content, cutting on expenses to drive growth since they can't charge crazy increases no more. They are not spending on new content and the only thing keeping them afloat is the monopoly on Sport.
 
What Multichoice should do is list quality of content from 2000 - 2023 and/or number of repeats increasing from 2000 - 2023.

They have morons at the helm trying to drive growth by cutting from the content that people actually want to watch. Their model is extremely dated. About time they get the board dissolved and maybe get someone who knows wtf he's doing. Left them a very long time ago. But also Netflix and all other providers running low on content. What are we suppose to do? Go outside and live a little? Damn, that sounds scary!
Repeats are necessary as there isn't enough content in the entire world to supply a channel 24/7 365 days a week. They cut the content people actually want to watch? Or perhaps they are focusing on a demographic you don't fit into?
Streaming services are now seeing that running a TV "station" isn't easy, isn't cheap and people will never be happy.
 
Their current model is to rewash old content, cutting on expenses to drive growth since they can't charge crazy increases no more. They are not spending on new content and the only thing keeping them afloat is the monopoly on Sport.
What new content don't they have? They are airing the latest seasons of the Good Doctor, Rookie, they aired House of Dragons and are airing the Last of Us right now. So what new content aren't they getting?
 
Repeats are necessary as there isn't enough content in the entire world to supply a channel 24/7 365 days a week. They cut the content people actually want to watch? Or perhaps they are focusing on a demographic you don't fit into?
Streaming services are now seeing that running a TV "station" isn't easy, isn't cheap and people will never be happy.
Sigh,

I get that, I'm sure we all get that. At no point have I or anyone here said repeats are not necessary. You must think I'm an utter and complete moron?

The issue is the amount of repeats compared to other years. I'm sure you would have read that, if you read my posting in full. Now instead of trying to be a smartarse, read my post again. They are not spending nearly as much on acquiring new content as they did years ago. So now their expenses decrease but they need to fill the time slots with less content, so more repeats. It's a scheme they have been using in order to keep the expenses down in light of them getting less subscribers to make up the profit. Unfortunately, it's reached a point where it's all just no longer worth-it for the fee you pay. Remove sport and Multichoice would have been dead already.
 
What new content don't they have? They are airing the latest seasons of the Good Doctor, Rookie, they aired House of Dragons and are airing the Last of Us right now. So what new content aren't they getting?
Again, read my post. Compare that to content of 2008 vs 2023. New content numbers vs current. You are a moron if you think they are on the same level content wise as they were back then. And it's people like you who seem to not realise what you are being fed is beans instead of meat :D
 
Again, read my post. Compare that to content of 2008 vs 2023. New content numbers vs current. You are a moron if you think they are on the same level content wise as they were back then. And it's people like you who seem to not realise what you are being fed is beans instead of meat :D
What new content do you want them to spend money on? You never answered that? Also they are spending money on new content, but you're not the demographic?
 
What new content do you want them to spend money on? You never answered that? Also they are spending money on new content, but you're not the demographic?
Sigh, you are living some sort of dream.

Like I said, should be easy for you to prove they are buying the same amount of content they did 15 years ago, surely? They aint. Simple as that. Demographics has nothing to do with it. Unless you are implying they are buying cheaper "bad" content? Because Prime TV is Prime TV.
 
What new content do you want them to spend money on? You never answered that? Also they are spending money on new content, but you're not the demographic?
The things that they are actually good at. Which is sports.
 
Sigh, you are living some sort of dream.

Like I said, should be easy for you to prove they are buying the same amount of content they did 15 years ago, surely? They aint. Simple as that. Demographics has nothing to do with it. Unless you are implying they are buying cheaper "bad" content? Because Prime TV is Prime TV.
Yes but remember we're in a completely different market now compared to 15 years ago, 15 years ago studios were happy to sell their content to cable channels, now they are producing their own streaming platforms and those are where first runs happen.
So what new series would you like on DSTV that isn't on there?
 
Something I would actually consider paying DSTV for (but probably not for long) is a "Retro Bundle". They set up a bundle of the popular channels from their heyday, or differing time periods, buy all the old content for those channels and run it like it was that period.

Think of MTV, VH1, Cartoon Network etc ... and the other channels I don't remember from the late 90's and early 2000's being replayed just as they were.

I would pay R100 to have that on in the background.
 
Sigh,

I get that, I'm sure we all get that. At no point have I or anyone here said repeats are not necessary. You must think I'm an utter and complete moron?

The issue is the amount of repeats compared to other years. I'm sure you would have read that, if you read my posting in full. Now instead of trying to be a smartarse, read my post again. They are not spending nearly as much on acquiring new content as they did years ago. So now their expenses decrease but they need to fill the time slots with less content, so more repeats. It's a scheme they have been using in order to keep the expenses down in light of them getting less subscribers to make up the profit. Unfortunately, it's reached a point where it's all just no longer worth-it for the fee you pay. Remove sport and Multichoice would have been dead already.
I agree, and by reducing the channels like fox and the original 115 before it was what it is today makes it easier for them to do so because it means you will be watching less shows than you previously did per day. They could have made a separate reality channel and still keep 115 as it was.
Since they changed the format I stopped watching. I've missed shows like being human, lost girl, shadow hunters, van hellsing, from dusk till dawn, I still know what you did lady summer, lethal weapon, APB, 24 live another day and 24 legacy, vampire dairies, expanse, the strain. My point is there is still so much content out there. I wouldn't mind binging on criminal minds, nip and tuck, greys anatomy, or CSI franchise if I could find it.
 
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