Goodbye DStv — 10 streaming services you can get for the price of DStv Premium

South Africans can subscribe to numerous video streaming services for the price of DStv Premium and get access to more content, on-demand and ad-free.

Five years ago, MultiChoice’s DStv Premium package was the prime destination for entertainment at home in South Africa.

With free-to-air channels from the SABC and E-tv being rather limited, many South Africans were more than willing to pay hundreds of rands for access to channels with premium international content.

This has rapidly changed over the past few years with the arrival of video streaming services, particularly the global launch of Netflix in January 2016, supported by cheaper and more widely available uncapped broadband connectivity.

While DStv’s Compact, Compact Plus, and Family packages still offer solid value for households without fast and affordable Internet access, DStv Premium has been bleeding subscribers.

We decided to see how many video streaming services you could subscribe to for around the same price as an R829 DStv subscription.

Our list was focused specifically on streaming services that can be subscribed to in South Africa without requiring a virtual private network, a foreign-based payment method, or any elaborate workarounds.

While there is an argument that you should consider the cost of broadband Internet access for such a comparison, most households with DStv Premium will likely already include this in their monthly budget.

Therefore, it is not an additional cost that must be accounted for when dropping the DStv Premium package.

The table below shows 10 popular video streaming services you can sign up for at the same monthly price as DStv Premium.

10 streaming services for the price of DStv Premium
Service Library size Key content Price
Netflix (Standard) 3,603 movies
1,996 TV shows
Netflix Originals R139.00
Showmax* 1,247 movies
564 TV shows
HBO shows
Local kykNET and MzansiMagic content
R99.00
Amazon Prime Video 6,965 movies
1,089 TV shows
Amazon Originals
Twitch Prime
$5.99 / R88.22
BritBox 150 titles BBC and ITV shows R99.99
AcornTV 74 titles British programming R79.00
Apple TV+ 71 titles Apple TV+ Originals R84.99
Vodacom Video Play 9,000+ titles Select blockbusters and rentals R99.00
eVOD Premium 1,500 hours of content e.TV soaps, shows, and Hollywood movies R29.99
TelkomOne Amp n/a SABC channels
News channels
R49.00
VIU Premium 2,000 hours of content South African TV shows and soaps R69.00
Total R837.19
*Figures from JustWatch as of 29 August 2021. Does not include local content. 

Specialist genres

There are also several other streaming services catering for more specialist needs, for which you can swap out some of the above.

Alternatively, some of the services in the table above also offer free, ad-supported tiers, so you can opt for those instead of the paid versions and add one or two of the services listed below.

The table below shows some of these specialist streaming services.

Specialist streaming services
Service Type of content Price
DEOD Binge Religious, family-friendly R39
Deukom German language programming R725
Marquee TV Performing arts programming R179
NET Afrikaans Afrikaans lifestyle programming R79
PrideTV LGBT programming R79
YouTube Premium Ad-free YouTube R72

Sports

If you must have a sports streaming service, things get a little bit tricky.

MultiChoice has secured exclusive rights to many top sporting events and worked to ensure that SuperSport remains South Africa’s one-stop premium sports destination.

This means that you will require either DStv Premium or Showmax Pro to watch most high-profile sporting matches and events.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to an international service using a VPN and/or a foreign payment method.

The table below compares Showmax Pro with the international services you can buy.

Sport streaming services
Service Sporting content Additional requirements Monthly price
Showmax Pro Athletics
Football
Boxing
Swimming
None R449
Now TV Sky Sports Football
Rugby
Cricket
Golf
Athletics
MotoGP
Formula 1
Tennis
Boxing
MMA
Basketball
VPN
UK-based payment method
UK address
£30 / R608.21
ESPN+ (Limited range of live events)

Rugby
Cricket
Golf
Boxing
MMA
Basketball
American football
Baseball
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Formula 1

VPN
US zip code
$5.99 / R88.22
FuboTV Rugby
Cricket
Golf
Boxing
MMA
Basketball
American football
Baseball
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Formula 1
Tennis
MotoGP
VPN
US zip code
$65 / R957.35

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