DStv vs Uncapped ADSL with Netflix – prices compared

MultiChoice has announced new prices for its DStv services, which will result in increases for many subscribers. The new prices will kick in on 1 April 2016.

This year’s price increases are significant, with the subscription fees of DStv Premium, DStv Extra, and DStv Compact increasing by 8% or more.

This was brought on by the weakness of the rand, which has lost around 30% of its value against the US dollar in the past year.

While DStv offers a unique value proposition – which includes SuperSport, DStv On Demand, and DStv Catch Up – it is facing competition from online streaming services like Netflix and ShowMax.

To use a high-quality video streaming service, an uncapped broadband service with a speed of at least 4Mbps is suggested.

This raises the question: How does the price of DStv’s premium service compare against the price of an uncapped 4Mbps ADSL service combined with a Netflix or ShowMax subscription?

DStv Premium
Service Monthly subscription Access Fee XtraView Total monthly cost
DStv Premium R759 R85 Free R844
Advantages: Over 130 TV channels, excellent live sport coverage, DStv Catch Up, Livestream Supersport, DStv Now, multiple viewing environments.
4Mbps Uncapped ADSL with Netflix
Service Uncapped ADSL bundle Telkom line rental Netflix subscription Total monthly cost
4Mbps uncapped ADSL R499 R189 R158 R846
Advantages: You can use uncapped Internet access for many tasks, great Netflix catalogue, HD video content, view on 2 screens at the same time.
4Mbps Uncapped ADSL with ShowMax
Service Uncapped ADSL bundle Telkom line rental ShowMax subscription Total monthly cost
4Mbps uncapped ADSL R499 R189 R99 R787
Advantages: You can use uncapped Internet access for many tasks, great ShowMax catalogue, HD video content, view on 2 screens at the same time.

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