MultiChoice has announced major changes to its channel line-up in the coming months, much of which is aimed at addressing subscriber complaints about frequent repeats.
Among the changes being implemented is the cancellation of channels which mainly broadcast repeated content.
The first of these cancellations saw CBS Action and CBS Drama going off the air on 10 October.
Next in line is AMC on 11 November, followed by True Movies on 12 November.
Although these channels repeated content from the perspective of a Premium DStv subscriber, for those on cheaper packages it was often the only way to view certain shows and movies.
To compensate for the channels that subscribers on cheaper packages are losing, several more DStv channels are being made available to them.
MultiChoice said its decision to make the following channels available to lower-tiered packages was informed by feedback on channel promotions it held.
- Mzansi Music – From DStv Access to EasyView and up.
- JimJam – From DStv Access to EasyView and up.
- Movies Stars – From DStv Compact to Family and up.
- Lifetime – From DStv Premium to Extra and up.
- ITV choice – From DStv Premium to Extra and up.
- Specialist language channels (RTP, RAI, BVN) – From DStv Premium to Extra and up.
“We try to get the latest shows and movies, and when we have to rerun content we try to do it in a creative way not to frustrate subscribers,” said MultiChoice’s head of content Aletta Alberts.
Another change which will affect DStv Premium subscribers is that MultiChoice will increase the number of movies available through Catch Up Plus.
Starting in October, running through December, DStv will build up to 1,000 movies on Catch Up Plus. These will be a combination of the latest films and archive titles, said MultiChoice.