DStv Premium vs Extra vs Compact vs Family

MultiChoice recently extended its Catch Up service to its DStv Compact and Extra subscribers with Explora decoders. Previously, it was only available to those on the Premium package.

DStv’s Catch Up lets subscribers watch episodes of series, movies, or sports events on-demand for a specific period.

The content available via Catch Up is dependent on the package a subscriber is on. Compact customers, for example, will see Catch Up content that has been screened on channels available on DStv Compact.

To get an idea of the differences between the three packages with Catch Up, as well as DStv Family which does not have Catch Up, we compared the channels available on each bouquet.

The prices of the four packages are as follows:

  • DStv Premium: R699 per month
  • DStv Extra: R425 per month
  • DStv Compact: R319 per month
  • DStv Family: R199 per month

Subscription fees exclude the DStv PVR access fee of R80 per month, which subscribers must pay to use their decoder’s PVR features – including DStv Box Office and Catch Up.

The table below shows the channels which are common on all four packages. Channels marked with an (*) are simulcast in high definition.

DStv channels common between DStv Premium, Extra, Compact, and Family
Movies & Entertainment
Sony AMC Africa Magic Epic Movies Universal Channel * SABC Encore
Sony Max KykNet & Kie AfricaMagic Family Telemundo
CBS Reality KykNet Musiek AfricaMagic World M-Net Movies Zone
CBS Action Mzansi Wethu ZEE World M-Net Family
CBS Drama Mzansi Bioskop Glow TV BET 2 International
Documentaries & Lifestyle
VIA The Home Channel Nat Geo Wild TRACE Sports Stars ED
TLC Fashion TV Discovery World Ignition TV
SABC 1 SABC 3 Soweto TV 1KZN Cape Town TV
SABC 2 E-TV Bay TV Tshwane TV Lesotho TV
SuperSport Blitz SuperSport Select TellyTrack
Kids & Teen
Cartoon Network Nicktoons JimJam
Boomerang Disney Junior Mindset
Channel O Mzansi Music One Gospel
Dumisa Faith Rhema iTV
News & Commerce
BBC World News Al Jazeera CCTV News BusinessDay TV
SABC News Russia Today CNBC Africa NDTV
ANN7 Parliamentary Service Weather 24

Channels only available on Premium

The table below highlights the channels you get on each package above DStv Family.

Not shown are specialist and foreign channels, which are mostly limited to DStv Premium, as well as audio channels.

Some DMX audio channels are only available on DStv Compact and up, while all the radio stations available through DStv are on all packages.

Compact and up Extra and up Premium only
Movies & Entertainment Movies & Entertainment Movies & Entertainment
M-Net Movies Action Comedy Central M-Net *
M-Net Movies Stars E! Entertainment Channel M-Net Edge *
Studio Universal Fox * M-Net Movies Premiere *
M-Net City Fox Crime M-Net Movies Comedy *
Vuzu True Movies M-Net Movies Family *
BBC Brit KykNet M-Net Movies Action Plus *
MTV Africa Magic Urban Movies M-Net Movies Romance *
Mzansi Magic Documentaries & Lifestyle M-Net Movies Showcase *
Ebony Life TV Crime & Investigation Vuzu Amp *
Documentaries & Lifestyle Travel ITV Choice
Discovery ID History BET International
BBC Lifestyle Kids & Teen Lifetime
Food Network Nickelodeon AfricaMagic Showcase
National Geographic C-Beebies Documentaries & Lifestyle
Animal Planet Music Discovery Channel *
Sport VH1 Classic BBC Earth
SuperSport 3 * News & Commerce Sport
SuperSport 4 * Sky News SuperSport 1 *
SuperSport 9 * SuperSport 2 *
Kids & Teen SuperSport 5 *
Disney XD SuperSport 6 *
Music SuperSport 7 *
MTV Base SuperSport 8 *
News & Commerce SuperSport Maximo
CNN Kids & Teen
eNCA Disney
Nick Jr.
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