DStv video-on-demand plans

ToxicBunny

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Crisis, are the people at DSTV really that dense?

They're only realising NOW that people don't want to be limited to some ridiculous schedule.

BUT, I have Dstv at home, I've never used CatchUp or their BoxOffice feature... I have better sources for my stuff.
 

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Unless they plan something like hulu/netflix... FORGET IT. Oh and HD as well, we are well past 14" crts :erm:
 

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BUT, I have Dstv at home, I've never used CatchUp or their BoxOffice feature... I have better sources for my stuff.
+1. Maybe catchup (although I usually forget about it), but BoxOffice movies are just too expensive.
 

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Multichoice I know you're watching this thread. DSTV on demand is great but with a few minor tweaks it could become very popular.

1st Instead of downloading everything first you need to unable us to watch the show immediately (stream the show) like netfilx, hulu or youtube.

2nd Why not have a subscription fee for DSTV on demand on its own, free for premium dstv subscribers sure no problem, but what if you're not a dstv subscriber or a compact subscriber? So just have a monthly R?? fee for anyone who signs up online using their credit card. So you make more from compact, lite etc subscribers and you also make something from people who don't have a DSTV decoder or don't intend to ever install one. You'll also make something from people with don't own TV's

Lastly get an Android/iOS app, people with smartphones can signup and stream DSTV on demand

These are all things that have been tried and tested and it works, you only need to look at how popular netflix, Hulu & similar services are.
 

ToxicBunny

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Multichoice I know you're watching this thread. DSTV on demand is great but with a few minor tweaks it could become very popular.

1st Instead of downloading everything first you need to unable us to watch the show immediately (stream the show) like netfilx, hulu or youtube.

2nd Why not have a subscription fee for DSTV on demand on its own, free for premium dstv subscribers sure no problem, but what if you're not a dstv subscriber or a compact subscriber? So just have a monthly R?? fee for anyone who signs up online using their credit card. So you make more from compact, lite etc subscribers and you also make something from people who don't have a DSTV decoder or don't intend to ever install one. You'll also make something from people with don't own TV's

Lastly get an Android/iOS app, people with smartphones can signup and stream DSTV on demand

These are all things that have been tried and tested and it works, you only need to look at how popular netflix, Hulu & similar services are.
Wow, you are asking Multichoice to actually LISTEN to what customers want?
 

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I have a question:

If we all turn to VOD content which is Ad free, or time delayed live TV so we can fast forward adverts where does that leave the ad revenue DSTV charges? What will that do to our subscriptions as in the end the poor consumer will end up paying...?
 

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+1. Maybe catchup (although I usually forget about it), but BoxOffice movies are just too expensive.
Boxoffice are just 25bucks if I remember. Cheaper than renting a DVD.

They do need a VOD streaming service though and also allow Pay-Per-View for sports events.
 

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I have a question:

If we all turn to VOD content which is Ad free, or time delayed live TV so we can fast forward adverts where does that leave the ad revenue DSTV charges? What will that do to our subscriptions as in the end the poor consumer will end up paying...?
The adverts get packaged into the content either through bartering or rights (lots of brands get prominence that isn't necessary to tell most stories and they pay for that in some way or another), and then you can include headline or programme sponsors in VOD too.
 

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Boxoffice are just 25bucks if I remember. Cheaper than renting a DVD.

They do need a VOD streaming service though and also allow Pay-Per-View for sports events.
R25 might be cheaper, if you add all the travel cost, but still not good enough to convince people not to download, or just copy 3TB of movies from your buddy.

DSTV has been throwing the consumers in this country the virtual big middle one for a decade over pay-per-view. This despite having a full commercial service for the US/Europe/etc. around 6-7 years ago. Not sure if Kuduclub exists anymore. Suspect not.
 

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I strongly believe that priced at R15-R20 per BoxOffice movie the technology will be so disruptive it will shut down all brick-and-mortar DVD rental stores within 2 years. Then after 2 years they will have no competition left and can increase the price to R25 or whatever they like.
 

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R25 might be cheaper, if you add all the travel cost, but still not good enough to convince people not to download, or just copy 3TB of movies from your buddy.

DSTV has been throwing the consumers in this country the virtual big middle one for a decade over pay-per-view. This despite having a full commercial service for the US/Europe/etc. around 6-7 years ago. Not sure if Kuduclub exists anymore. Suspect not.
Well I was obviously talking about people with morals. People will always have excuses to pirate.
 

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Multichoice I know you're watching this thread. DSTV on demand is great but with a few minor tweaks it could become very popular.

1st Instead of downloading everything first you need to unable us to watch the show immediately (stream the show) like netfilx, hulu or youtube.

2nd Why not have a subscription fee for DSTV on demand on its own, free for premium dstv subscribers sure no problem, but what if you're not a dstv subscriber or a compact subscriber? So just have a monthly R?? fee for anyone who signs up online using their credit card. So you make more from compact, lite etc subscribers and you also make something from people who don't have a DSTV decoder or don't intend to ever install one. You'll also make something from people with don't own TV's

Lastly get an Android/iOS app, people with smartphones can signup and stream DSTV on demand

These are all things that have been tried and tested and it works, you only need to look at how popular netflix, Hulu & similar services are.

+1

I have said this before.

Why would you limit your service to just your subscribers ? (Premium subscribers) at that.

Why not expand the service to everyone or even your lower end subscribers ?

They are going to be paying for the content after all
 

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+1

I have said this before.

Why would you limit your service to just your subscribers ? (Premium subscribers) at that.

Why not expand the service to everyone or even your lower end subscribers ?

They are going to be paying for the content after all
Because they would have a tonne of people downgrading from premium and lose more money than they'd make.
 

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Nah, been a subscriber for many years (mostly for the family) but I never once thought I had the need for Boxoffice or any other overpriced DSTV offering.
 

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Well I was obviously talking about people with morals. People will always have excuses to pirate.
I agreed with you on the principle. Give an affordable product that the consumers want and they will be less inclined to use dubious alternatives. The problem is that consumers have been telling multichoice what they want. Loud and clear. No market research necessary.
This actually encourages me to mount a parrot on my shoulder out of spite.
 

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I agreed with you on the principle. Give an affordable product that the consumers want and they will be less inclined to use dubious alternatives. The problem is that consumers have been telling multichoice what they want. Loud and clear. No market research necessary.
This actually encourages me to mount a parrot on my shoulder out of spite.
I'd wager most people with DSTV don't have ADSL.

The users on this forum are by far the minority here.

There are only 800 000 ADSL connections in SA, but millions have DSTV. ADSL is just a blip on the radar to them.
 

Skerminkel

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There are only 800 000 ADSL connections in SA, but millions have DSTV. ADSL is just a blip on the radar to them.
Yes, but ADSL is not the only broadband available.

You also only need one guy to download, say, a series and share it with five people, who share it with five more..... All technically pirating.

VOD is the future, whether through satellite, DTT or internet. DSTV is behaving like Telkom in trying to protect their dated business model by using their monoply.
 
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