DStv vs The World - Satellite TV services compared

Swa

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As I keep saying, these direct comparisons are useless without taking into account basic salaries and buying power. Then there's also usually a better selection of packages so you don't need to subscribe to the ultimate one just to get one type of content and providers will even throw in free cable broadband.
 

Petec

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Where is the comparison of additional services?
When I was in Aus, Foxtel gave you internet on top of their service.
And most of these overseas providers offered cheap, if not free, telephone calls. Nowadays landlines are dead so they offer cell packages.
You simply cannot compare DSTV to these overseas services, unless you have a big chubby for mainstream SA sport only.
 

dingaanone

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DSTV keep on bulsh1ting yourself, stop comparing us to a 1st world country - Catch a wake up
 

dingaanone

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My child in New Zealand gets Government based TV programs with Netflix as part of their fiber package and if I convert salary earned there back to Rands my kid is earning 4 to 5 times more there

So I would say if DSTV premium was charged at around R200 to R250 with the addons would be more in line with international costings
 

Fuzzbox

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We earn rands.
Not dollars.

Please compare apples with apples.

Another useless comparison.
 

Bighit

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A Premium subscription costs R819, which is exponentially more expensive than services like Netflix – which are priced between R100 and R200 per month.

However, streaming services like Netflix do not offer live content such as sports and news broadcasts.


Ok, so how much is a DStv package without sport and news? R529 Vs the Netflix R169...
 

gaboom

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Let's add some similar countries to the mix. I have lived in a few Asian and African countries and always saw red when thinking how I was ripped off in SA. In India, I could get the highest package from tats sky in full HD with pvr, installed and with their streaming service for a year for the same price I paid for 1 months dstv premium package. In Egypt, I paid a little less bit for far more content with osn or paid significantly less with bein but had tons of sport channels (in HD)
 

BLIXEMPIE

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Let's COMPLETELY ignore the fact that MOST of the channels on American sat TV carry premium content, and ignore the fact that there are hardly maybe 15 premium channels left on DStv.
 

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Does the comparison include watchable channels with new/latest content? Because as a previous DSTV subscriber, I could only really find maybe 5 watchable channels which didn't include latest content

DirectTV also includes HBO Max (12 months) on all but one of their packages (the cheapest one doesn't have it), but that's not all, you get Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Epix for 3 months

So value proproposition is way higher than what DSTV can offer

DSTV's highest end package matches DirectTV's lowest end package (and DirectTV offers 160+ channels on the lower end where DSTV's highest is only 157)

Compare pricing on that package, you'll find that DSTV is about R5.21 per channel whereas DirectTV is R6.25 per channel (provided 160 channels and not more than 160 channels)

Then you also have to note that DirectTV OFFERS YOU CUSTOMIZATION on your package, so you can add on channels you want to see, whereas DSTV doesn't offer that at all because "we subsidize other shitty channels and this is how pricing model works"

In 20 years DSTV hasn't innovated or tried keeping up with their international counterparts, I fail to see how we should be paying so much for the premium package if the premium package only touches (barely) on the minimum package offered overseas

If you want to compare yourself to 1st world countries (which, by all means, do), then you have to compare everything. Service levels. Watchable content. Ability to customize. Additional free content. HD PVR without extra cost to the consumer (or having to subscribe to a higher package to get HD or PVR) as well.

Price alone doesn't matter. In fact, for the value you get with DSTV and their offerings, the pricing should be half of what is around internationally.

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I missed the fact that some providers offer you free internet on top of the package as well
 

mrlgm007

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Family in Canada use shaw and get Adsl 2 plus 42mb down with the 100 odd channels at 105 cad
 

dingaanone

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I'm starting to wonder if Mybroadband has shares in DSTV due to large amount of coverage they give them. My wish is that they give us more info and updates on a lot more new tech and detailed editorials about how tech is and will transform our lives and the future. Far more interesting than discussing the demise of DSTV and the SABC
 

Milano

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Let's add some similar countries to the mix. I have lived in a few Asian and African countries and always saw red when thinking how I was ripped off in SA. In India, I could get the highest package from tats sky in full HD with pvr, installed and with their streaming service for a year for the same price I paid for 1 months dstv premium package. In Egypt, I paid a little less bit for far more content with osn or paid significantly less with bein but had tons of sport channels (in HD)

^ This. DStv is at least 10x more expensive than similar services in genuinely comparable countries.
 

FaSMaN

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What about Youtube TV?

Also the number of channels are pointless if the majority of them are terrible anyway....
 
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