DStv Family vs DStv Compact and Select

MultiChoice recently announced a new lower price bouquet for its satellite pay TV service called DStv Family which costs less than DStv Compact, and as much as the Select bouquets.

It is only natural to compare the new Family bouquets to those around it to see how it differs from what MultiChoice already has on offer.

DStv Compact offers a subset of the channels available on the Premium bouquet for a significant reduction in monthly subscription fees.

While DStv Premium is set to cost R625 per month as of 1 April 2013, Compact will have a subscription fee of R275.

The Family bouquet is priced lower than Compact, but it remains interesting to see what the different packages offer that may result in the lower cost.

In the table below, the channels available on DStv Compact but not on DStv Family, and vice versa, are shown:

DStv Family vs DStv Compact
Family/Compact common channels DStv Family (R175) DStv Compact (R275)
117 – Universal Channel 229 – SuperSport Select SA 106 – M-net Movies Action
127 – Sony Entertainment Television 302 – Boomerang 111- M-net Movies Stars
128 – Sony Max 405 – Russia Today 112 – Studio Universal
129 – Blackbelt 414 – EuroNews 114 – M-net Series
132 – Zone Reality (CBS) 447 – CCTV 4 116 – Vuzu
137 – Turner Classic Movies 161 – Mzansi Magic
145 – KykNET & Kie 171 – Discovery ID
146 – KykNET Musiek 174 – BBC Lifestyle
152 – Africa Magic Movies 175 – Food network
154 – AfricaMagic 181 – National Geographic
155 – AfricaMagic World 183 – Animal Planet
162 – MagicWorld 189 – Ignition TV
172 – Discovery TLC 203 – Supersport 3
173 – Style Network 204 – Supersport 4
176 – The Home Channel 230 – ESPN
178 – FASHIONTV 239 – TellyTrack
182 – NatGeo Wild 304 – Disney XD
187 – Discovery World 307 – Koowee
191 – SABC 1 308 – KidsCo
192 – SABC 2 309 – Disney Junior
193 – SABC 3 322 – MTV Base
194 – e.tv 325 – Trace
251 – Soweto TV 401 – CNN
260 – Bay TV 403 – eNCA
261 – 1KZN
200 – BLITZ
301 – Cartoon Network
308 – KidsCo
319 – Mindset Learn
320 – Channel O
321 – Mzansi Music
326 – AFRO Music English
331 – One Gospel
340 – Dumisa
341 – Trinity Broadcast Network
343 – Rhema Network
347 – iTV Networks
400 – BBC World News
406 – Al Jazeera
407 – NDTV 24×7
408 – Parliamentary Service
409 – CCTV News
410 – CNBC Africa
412 – Summit TV
415 – Weather24
447 – CCTV 4

Two other comparisons that are interesting is the difference between the upcoming DStv Family bouquet and the DStv Select bouquets.

These all cost R175 per month, but offer slightly different channel configurations.

As before, the table below highlights the differences between the packages.

DStv Family vs DStv Select 1
Common channels Channels on Family and not Select 1 Channels on Select 1 and not Family
117 – Universal Channel 127 – Sony Entertainment Television 106 – M-net Movies Action
132 – Zone Reality (CBS) 128 – Sony Max 114 – M-net Series
137 – Turner Classic Movies 129 – Blackbelt 161 – Mzansi Magic
152 – Africa Magic Movies 145 – KykNET & Kie 181 – National Geographic
162 – MagicWorld 146 – KykNET Musiek 305 – Nickelodeon
176 – The Home Channel 154 – AfricaMagic 322 – MTV Base
178 – FASHIONTV 155 – AfricaMagic World 401 – CNN
187 – Discovery World 172 – Discovery TLC 402 – Sky News
191 – SABC 1 173 – Style
192 – SABC 2 182 – NatGeo Wild
193 – SABC 3 260 – Bay TV
194 – e.tv 261 – 1KZN
251 – Soweto TV 301 – Cartoon Network
200 – BLITZ 302 – Boomerang
229 – SuperSport Select SA 321 – Mzansi Music
308 – KidsCo 326 – AFRO Music English
319 – Mindset Learn 340 – Dumisa
320 – Channel O 405 – Russia Today
331 – One Gospel 414 – EuroNews
341 – Trinity Broadcast Network
343 – Rhema Network
347 – iTV Networks
400 – BBC World News
406 – Al Jazeera
407 – NDTV 24×7
408 – Parliamentary Service
409 – CCTV News
410 – CNBC Africa
412 – Summit TV
415 – Weather24
447 – CCTV 4
DStv Family vs DStv Select 2
Common channels Channels on Family and not Select 2 Channels on Select 2 and not Family
132 – Zone Reality (CBS) 117 – Universal Channel 106 – M-net Movies Action
137 – Turner Classic Movies 127 – Sony Entertainment Television 144 – KykNet
162 – MagicWorld 128 – Sony Max 181 – National Geographic
176 – The Home Channel 129 – Blackbelt 305 – Nickelodeon
178 – FASHIONTV 145 – KykNET & Kie 322 – MTV Base
182 – NatGeo Wild 146 – KykNET Musiek 324 – MK
187 – Discovery World 152 – Africa Magic Movies 401 – CNN
191 – SABC 1 154 – AfricaMagic 402 – Sky News
192 – SABC 2 155 – AfricaMagic World
193 – SABC 3 172 – Discovery TLC
194 – e.tv 173 – Style
251 – Soweto TV 260 – Bay TV
200 – BLITZ 261 – 1KZN
229 – SuperSport Select SA 301 – Cartoon Network
308 – KidsCo 302 – Boomerang
319 – Mindset Learn 320 – Channel O
331 – One Gospel 321 – Mzansi Music
341 – Trinity Broadcast Network 326 – AFRO Music English
343 – Rhema Network 340 – Dumisa
347 – iTV Networks 405 – Russia Today
400 – BBC World News 414 – EuroNews
406 – Al Jazeera
407 – NDTV 24×7
408 – Parliamentary Service
409 – CCTV News
410 – CNBC Africa
412 – Summit TV
415 – Weather24
447 – CCTV 4

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