DStv hikes decoder prices

DStv increased the pricing of its decoder hardware, with the single-view HD decoder now R999 with installation and the Explora PVR and Explora Ultra PVR’s price rising to R1,999 and R2,999, respectively.

Pricing for the Explora PVR and Explora Ultra PVR decoders does not include installation. These represent increases of R100 for the lower-specced decoder and R300 for the higher-tier decoders.

Asked about the new prices, MultiChoice confirmed that they took effect on 1 February 2024.

The decoder price changes are summarised in the table below.

DStv decoder price changes
Hardware Standalone/installed Old RRP New RRP
HD Decoder Standalone R699 R799
HD Decoder Installed R899 R999
Explora PVR Standalone R1,699 R1,999
Explora Ultra PVR Standalone R2,699 R2,999

MultiChoice announced price increases across its pay-TV portfolio on 19 February 2024. The changes will kick in on 1 April.

Prices will increase between 3.1% and 7.8%, with the DStv Access getting the largest relative increase. However, MultiChoice South Africa CEO Marc Jury said the package will get a sports boost.

“We have renewed La Liga, and we are in the process of finalising a long-term extension with them,” he said.

Jury said this would expand DStv Access’ sports offerings to include ESPN, La Liga, SuperSport Variety 4, and SuperSport Blitz.

The DStv Compact Plus will also see a significant relative increase of 6.9%. Jury said these subscribers will soon get a revamped set of channels and access to popular original content from Showma.

The CEO also said DStv would focus on its price-guaranteed contract packages, which lets customers who know they will be subscribed for the next two years take up 24-month contracts.

The benefit of this is that their subscription fees will not be adjusted for the contract’s duration.

While subscribers can upgrade their contracts at any point during the two years, they can’t downgrade without cancelling and paying the associated fees.

MultiChoice price guarantee offers are as follows:

  • DStv Premium — R879 / 24 months
  • DStv Compact — R399 / 24 months
  • DStv Access — R109 / 24 months

DStv’s price increases for 2024 are provided in the table below.

DStv Price Increases
Packages 2024 2023 Increase
DStv Premium R929 R879 5.7%
DStv Compact Plus R619 R579 6.9%
DStv Compact R469 R449 4.5%
DStv Family R329 R319 3.1%
DStv Access R139 R129 7.8%
DStv EasyView R29 R29 0%
Add-ons 2024 2023 Increase
Access Fee R120 R115 4.3%
ADD Movies R79 R79 0%
Box Office R40 R40 0%

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