DStv prices vs inflation in South Africa – 2000 to 2020

MultiChoice recently announced its annual price adjustments for DStv, with the fees of several packages set to increase from 1 April 2020.

Last year, for the first time ever, the price of a DStv Premium subscription did not increase. This year it will increase by R10 per month to R819.

DStv Compact Plus subscriptions also increased by R10 per month to R529. The increase last year was 2% – also R10 per month.

Statistics South Africa has determined that the average inflation for 2019 was 4.1%. This means that both the DStv Premium and Compact Plus increases are well below inflation.

DStv Family and DStv Access will see more substantial increases percentage-wise.

Subscribers on the DStv Family package will pay R279 per month. This is R14 more than last year – an increase of 5.9%. DStv Access has increased by 4.8%, from R105 to R110 per month.

Both these increase are above the average inflation rate for 2019.

The price of DStv Compact and DStv EasyView will not change in 2020.

The price of DStv EasyView has been R29 per month since 2013. MultiChoice increased this to R39 in 2015 but decreased it again in 2016.

The following graphs show how the price of DStv Premium and DStv Family has performed relative to inflation.

DStv Premium against inflation – 2000 to 2020

Graph of DStv Premium against inflation 2000-2020

DStv Family against inflation – 2013 to 2020

Graph of DStv Family against inflation 2013-2020

DStv price increases – 1 April 2020

The following table shows how the price of DStv will change on 1 April 2020 compared to the current fees.

DStv Packages 2020 Price 2019 Price % Increase
DStv Premium R819 R809 1.24%
DStv Compact Plus R529 R519 1.93%
DStv Compact R399 R399 0.00%
DStv Family R279 R265 5.28%
DStv Access R110 R105 4.76%
DStv EasyView R29 R29 0.00%
Add-ons 2019 Price 2018 Price % Increase
Access fee R100 R95 5.26%

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DStv prices vs inflation in South Africa – 2000 to 2020