DStv price and channel comparison – Compact vs Family

MultiChoice recently announced its annual price adjustment, which will see the prices of all its packages, besides DStv Premium, increase on 1 April.

While the price increases of DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact were below the 4.7% average inflation rate for 2018, other packages will receive above-inflation increases.

To show viewers the latest differences between the Family, Compact, and Compact Plus packages in terms of channels and pricing, we have created comparison tables below.

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

It should be noted that the prices shown below exclude the Access Fee which enables video-on-demand services on your decoder like Catch Up and Box Office, and services such as personal video recording and XtraView.

The Access Fee is R90 until 1 April, when it will increase by 5.6% to R95 per month.

Package Channels Price Price per channel New Price Price per channel
DStv Compact Plus 122 R509 R4.17 R519 R4.25
DStv Compact 103 R385 R3.74 R399 R3.87
DStv Family 80 R249 R3.11 R265 R3.31

Channel comparison

To see how the channels available on DStv Family, Compact, and Compact Plus compare, we have listed the channels common to them in the table below.

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

DStv Family and up — R249 (From 1 April: R265)
Movies & Entertainment
M-Net Movies Action (110) Sony Channel (127) M-Net Movies Zone (139) SABC Encore (156)
M-Net Movies All Stars (111) Sony Max (128) eMovies Extra (140) Moja Love (157)
Vuzu (116) CBS Reality (132) EVA (141) eBella (159)
Universal Channel HD (117) TLC Entertainment (135) kykNET & Kie (145) Mzansi Wethu (163)
Telemundo (118) Discovery Family (136) kykNET Nou! (146) Mzansi Bioskop (164)
Fox Life (126) TNT (137) AfricaMagic Epic Movies (152) ZEE World (166)
eMovies (138) AfricaMagic Family (154)
Documentaries & Lifestyle
VIA (147) Fashion One (178) Nat Geo Wild (182)
The Home Channel (176) Travel Channel (179) Ignition (189)
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)
Sports
SuperSport Blitz (200) SuperSport 10 (210) SuperSport Play (238)
SuperSport 9 (209) SuperSport 13 (213) TeleTrack (239)
Kids & Teen
Cartoon Network (301) NickToons (308) JimJam (310) Mindset (319)
Boomerang (302) Disney Junior (309) eToonz+ (311)
Music
Channel O (320) Trace Africa (326) One Gospel (331)
Mzansi Music (321) Soundcity (327)
Religion
Dumisa (340) Daystar (342) iTV (347)
Faith (341) TBN (343) Emmanuel.TV (390)
News & Commerce
BBC World News (400) Al Jazeera (406) CNBC Africa (410) Weather24 (415)
eNCA (403) Russia Today (407) Business Day TV (412) CGTN (449)
SABC News (404) Parliamentary Service (408) NDTV 24X7 (413)
Specialist / Foreign
CCTV-4 (447)

DStv Compact and up

DStv Compact and up — R385 (From 1 April: R399)
Movies & Entertainment
Studio Universal (112) ITV Choice (123) Mzansi Magic (161)
Zee Bollywood Movies (114) Fox HD (125) Ebony Life TV (165)
M-Net City (115) BET (129) ROK (168)
BBC Brit (120) MTV (130)
Documentaries & Lifestyle
Discovery ID (171) Food Network (175)
BBC Lifestyle (174) National Geographic Channel (181)
Sports
SuperSport 3 (203) SuperSport 4 (204) Ginx eSports (240)
Kids & Teen
Disney (303) Disney XD (304)
Music
MTV Base (322) Trace Urban (325)
News & Commerce
CNN (401)

DStv Compact Plus and up

DStv Compact Plus and up — R509 (From 1 April: R519)
Movies & Entertainment
Comedy Central (122) Lifetime (131)
E! Entertainment Television (124) kykNET (144)
Documentaries & Lifestyle
Crime Investigation (170) Spice TV (190)
History (186)
Sports
SuperSport 7 (207) SuperSport 8 (208)
Kids & Teen
Nickelodeon (305) C-beebies (306)
Music
VH1 Classic (323)
News & Commerce
Sky News (402)
Specialist / Foreign
RaiItalia (430) RTPi (435)
Beste van Nederlands (431) TV5 Monde Afrique (437)
Deutsche Welle (446)

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