DStv working on streaming-only package to take on Netflix

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DStv working on streaming-only package to take on Netflix

DStv is developing a streaming-only version of the service, MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela told MyBroadband.

This comes after MultiChoice CEO Mark Rayner said at the start of 2017 that DStv will definitely have a streaming service in the future – the only question was when.

Mawela said they have taken significant strides towards offering a streaming-only package, but there are obstacles to overcome.

He said their biggest obstacle was not sports broadcasting rights, but securing the streaming rights for all the entertainment content they offer on their existing DStv packages.
 

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Don't they technically have those rights already? Are they going to compete with the other Naspers streaming service Showmax?
 

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What I am reading is: The end of sharing someone else's account is near! Multichoice giveth, Multichoice taketh away.
 

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He said their biggest obstacle was not sports broadcasting rights, but securing the streaming rights for all the entertainment content they offer on their existing DStv packages.
Should be fun to watch them fall on their face with this.
 

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What I am reading is: The end of sharing someone else's account is near! Multichoice giveth, Multichoice taketh away.
Not really. Currently you need an active decoder to be able to use the DStv Now services. This would be a separate package, just no decoder needed. If you're currently sharing , no reason for that to change
 

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Prediction... the cost will be exactly the same as their satellite service.
 

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Prediction... the cost will be exactly the same as their satellite service.
I think it will be slightly cheaper, but the option with all the channels and the sport will cost the same.
 

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What I am reading is: The end of sharing someone else's account is near! Multichoice giveth, Multichoice taketh away.
Well, Netflix allows up to four streams, if they want to compete squarely with Netflix, that's what they'll have to offer.

I highly doubt these streaming only packages will offer sport, and if they do, then the service would be prohibitively expensive because that's where they have our nutsacks in vice-grip.
 

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They want to compete with other streaming services.
1. I don't see them offering a equivalent package to DSTV Premium for around R100 - R300, that's simply not Multichoice.
2. If the subscription plus uncapped internet costs more than what DSTV Premium currently costs, then what will be the point?
3. They'll have different plans like they do currently, but no way they'll allow you to only pick a couple of channels or only pay for say Supersport over a weekend.

It will be very interesting to see what they come up with, but knowing Multichoice it won't be compeditive price wise and it won't be anything special.
What they need to do here is total out of the box thinking.
 

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What I am reading is: The end of sharing someone else's account is near! Multichoice giveth, Multichoice taketh away.
This.

Also beating Netflix SA won't be difficult. You can work through the entire SA catalog in 2 months after that Netflix SA is pretty mediocre.
 

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Not really. Currently you need an active decoder to be able to use the DStv Now services. This would be a separate package, just no decoder needed. If you're currently sharing , no reason for that to change
When they have the new service in place, they will likely separate it from the decoder-based service again and there will be nothing to share.
 

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Prediction... the cost will be exactly the same as their satellite service.


My point exactly and my question then, what will be the point?
Bying a decoder and installation for R2000 or whatever it costs these days then paying R1000 per month for a sub.
vs
Paying R1000 per month for a streaming sub plus R2000 per month for 100 Mbps uncapped internet.
 

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Prediction... the cost will be exactly the same as their satellite service.
I'd think that they would sink on this pricing...

It's odd that in Nigeria DStv Premium is only just over R500 when converted to rands!
 

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Well, if they allow you the following:

1. Streaming to more than one device ( with obvious increase of price )
2. 1080p Streaming ( or even 4K, ok I can dream )
3. Full sports streaming

I would get it and cancel my premium subscription.
 

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Yeah.. if Sports was part of a streaming package I'd ditch the satellite subscription in a heartbeat...
 

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Well, if they allow you the following:

1. Streaming to more than one device ( with obvious increase of price )
2. 1080p Streaming ( or even 4K, ok I can dream )
3. Full sports streaming

I would get it and cancel my premium subscription.
If they charge me R300 to R350 for just supersport 1 and 2 FHD, I will jizz in my jean pant right there and then and take their price lock thing just because, you know, they're Multichoice.
 
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