DStv price and channel comparison – Premium vs Compact

MultiChoice’s contract with the Afro Worldview news channel, formerly ANN7, expired on 20 August. As a result, the channel is no longer broadcast on DStv.

A new 24-hour news channel called Newzroom Afrika has won a bid to replace Afro Worldview on DStv.

No launch date for the new channel has been announced, but the channel’s cofounders said they hope to be on air by early 2019.

This is but one of many changes to DStv’s channels in recent times, as shown below.

  • The HD channel Vuzu Amp was replaced with 1Magic (103).
  • Africa Magic Family (154) was removed from DStv Access.
  • A new channel focusing on local shows called Moja Love (157) was added to DStv Family and up.
  • Animal Planet (183) was removed from the platform.
  • The Disney channel (303) was extended to DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact.
  • God TV (344) was removed from the platform.

Channels

To show users the latest differences between Premium, Compact Plus, and Compact from a channel perspective, we have created comparison tables below.

The price differences and number of channels per package are also listed in a separate table.

DStv Premium, Compact Plus, and Compact also have access to the decoder-based versions of DStv Catch Up and BoxOffice, provided you pay the additional R90-per-month Access Fee.

They also have access to DStv Now, which offers streaming of their respective channels through web browsers, and the DStv Now apps.

Package Monthly Price Channels
DStv Premium R809 139
DStv Compact Plus R509 119
DStv Compact R385 100
DStv Family R249 77
DStv Access R99 57
DStv EasyView R29 31

Channel comparison

To see how the top three packages compare, we listed the channels common to them in the table below.

The channels available on higher packages are then listed further down.

DStv Compact and up — R385 per month
Movies and Entertainment
M-Net Movies Action (110) BBC Brit (120) Discovery Family (136) SABC Encore (156)
M-Net Movies All Stars (111) Fox HD (125) TCM (137) Moja Love (157)
Studio Universal (112) Fox Life (126) eMovies+ (138) Mzansi Magic (161)
Zee Bollywood Movies (114) Sony Channel (127) M-Net Movies Zone (139) Mzansi Wethu (163)
M-Net City (115) Sony Max (128) kykNET & Kie (145) Mzansi Bioskop (164)
Vuzu (116) BET International (129) kykNET Nou! (146) Glow TV (167)
Universal Channel HD (117) CBS Reality (132) AfricaMagic Epic Movies (152) Z World (166)
Telemundo (118) TLC Entertainment (135) AfricaMagic Family (154) ROK (168)
DStv Explora Tutorials (197)
Documentaries and Lifestyle
VIA (147) Food (175) Travel Channel (179) Ignition (189)
IDx (171) The Home Channel (176) National Geographic Channel (181) Spice TV (190)
BBC Lifestyle (174) Fashion One (178) Nat Geo Wild (182)
Free-to-Air
SABC 1 (191) e.tv HD (194) Bay TV (260) Cape Town TV (263)
SABC 2 (192) e.tv Extra (195) 1KZN TV (261) GauTV (265)
SABC 3 (193) Soweto TV (251) Tshwane TV (262) Lesotho TV (292)
Sport
SuperSport Blitz (200) SuperSport 3 HD (203) SuperSport 9 (209) TeleTrack (239)
Ginx eSports (240) SuperSport 4 HD (204) SuperSport 10 (210)
Kids and Teen
Cartoon Network (301) Disney XD (304) Disney Junior (309) Mindset (319)
Boomerang (302) NickToons (308) JimJam (310)
Disney (303) Disney Junior (309) eToonz+ (311)
Music
Channel O (320) MTV Base (322) Trace Africa (326) One Gospel (331)
Mzansi Music (321) Trace Urban (325) Soundcity (327)
Religion
Dumisa (340) Daystar (342) iTV (347) Emmanuel.TV (390)
Faith (341) TBN (343)
News and Commerce
BBC World News (400) SABC News (404) Parliamentary Service (408) Business Day TV (412)
CNN (401) Al Jazeera (406) CGTN (409) NDTV 24X7 (413)
eNCA (403) Russia Today (407) CNBC Africa (410) Weatert24 (415)
Specialist / Foreign
CCTV-4 (447)

DStv Compact Plus and Premium

DStv Compact Plus and Premium include the channels listed above, plus the following 19 channels.

DStv Compact Plus and up — R509 per month
Movies and Entertainment
Comedy Central (122) E! Entertainment Television (124) kykNET (144)
ITV Choice (123) Lifetime (131) AfricaMagic Urban (153)
Documentaries and Lifestyle
Crime Investigation (170) History (186)
Sport
SuperSport 7 HD (207) SuperSport 8 (208)
Kids and Teen
Nickelodeon (305) C-beebies (306)
Music
VH1 Classic (323)
News and Commerce
Sky News (402)
Specialist / Foreign
RaiItalia (430) RTPi (435) Deutsche Welle (446)
Beste van Nederlands (431) TV5 Monde Afrique (437)

DStv Premium

DStv Premium features the channels listed above, plus the following 21 channels.

DStv Premium only — R809
Movies and Entertainment
M-Net HD (101) M-Net Movies Smile (105) BBC First (119)
Vuzu Amp HD (103) M-Net Movies Action+ HD (106) M-Net Binge (900)
M-Net Movies Premiere (104) Sundance TV (108) M-Net Plus 1 (901)
Documentaries and Lifestyle
Discovery HD (121) BBC Earth (184)
Sport
SuperSport 1 HD (201) SuperSport 5 HD (205) SuperSport 11 (211)
SuperSport 2 HD (202) SuperSport 6 HD (206) SuperSport 12 (212)
SuperSport Maximo (235)
Kids and Teen
Nick Jr. (307)
News and Commerce
Bloomberg (411)

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