Netflix close to beating DStv among “high-tech” South Africans – BMIT

BMIT has released its 2018 Digital Lifestyle Measure (DLM) results, which show that Netflix is close to overtaking DStv in popularity among “high-tech” South African consumers.

The DLM segmentation was created by BMIT in 2008 to classify consumers based on the extent of their digital lifestyles.

Consumers are classified as DLM 1 (low-tech) to DLM 5 (high-tech), where a higher classification shows a more digital lifestyle.

Consumers are scored by answering a list of questions about their personal digital activities, as well as the technologies in their household.

Each consumer then receives a total DLM score, which indicates which of the DLM segments they fall into.

It must be noted that the DLM classification only applies to consumers who have Internet access.

DLM distribution in South Africa

There is a far higher percentage of DLM 1 and DLM 2 consumers in South Africa than DLM 3, 4, and 5.

The image below provides an overview of the breakdown of DLM segments in South Africa.


Home entertainment

BMIT’s 2018 Digital Lifestyle Measure results show that people using DStv at home increases as their DLM rating goes up.

The report shows that 63% of high-tech South Africans have a DStv subscription, of which 45% are DStv Premium subscribers.

By comparison, 62% of high-tech South Africans have a Netflix subscription – which means that Netflix is twice as popular as DStv Premium in this group.

Showmax, which like DStv is a Multichoice product, is also doing well among DLM 5 consumers with an uptake of 51%.

This shows that ShowMax is keeping up with Netflix adoption among high-tech consumers.

A surprise result is that Cell C’s Black is the most popular streaming service among consumers with a DLM 3 rating.

The charts below provide an overview of the findings of BMIT’s 2018 Digital Lifestyle Measure report.

DStv at home


DStv packages

DStv Package

Subscription services


Now read: Why Netflix has an unfair advantage over DStv – MultiChoice SA CEO

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