DStv to hike prices on 1 April

MultiChoice is hiking the prices of its main DStv bouquets. However, most of the increases this year are relatively modest compared to last year’s adjustments.

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MultiChoice is hiking the prices of its main DStv bouquets. However, most of the increases this year are relatively modest compared to last year’s adjustments.

The 2017 increases are mostly below the prevailing consumer inflation rate, and are significantly less than the increases announced in 2016.

In a communication with customers, MultiChoice acknowledged that consumers are under pressure because of a tough economic environment and it said it has attempted to keep increases in 2017 to a minimum.

The less-steep hikes may also reflect the growing competition from Internet streaming rivals such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and ShowMax, a sister company to MultiChoice in the Naspers stable.

Another factor is that cost pressures on MultiChoice have lessened significantly since last year’s steep price hikes thanks to the strength of the rand against international currencies, especially the US dollar.

Since the last price adjustment was announced, on 1 March 2016, the rand has improved by almost 25% against the greenback. The purchase of foreign programming, often in US dollars, is a significant cost driver in MultiChoice’s business.

From 1 April 2017, the price of DStv Premium — the company’s top-end bouquet — will rise to R789/month, from R759/month now, an increase of 4%, it said in the communication to customers. Last year, MultiChoice hiked the price of DStv Premium by more than twice that — by 8,6% — from R699/month to R759/month.

DStv Extra will increase on 1 April 2017 by 6,5% to R489/month, from R459/month now, while DStv Compact customers will have to fork out R365/month, a 5,8% increase over the R345/month currently charged. The 2016 increases for Extra and Compact were 8% and 8,2% respectively.

DStv Access and EasyView customers will be pleased to learn that the prices of the two bouquets remain unchanged at R99/month and R29/month respectively.

However, DStv Indian and Portuguesa subscribers will have to cough up more from 1 April.

The DStv Indian bouquet will rise to R360/month, from R340/month now, while an add-on Indian bouquet, offering even more channels, will cost R229/month, from R220/month now. Portuguesa subscribers will in future pay R465/month, from R445/month now, with add-on channels rising from R220/month to R299/month.

The personal video recorder access fee remains unchanged at R85/month, as do BoxOffice rentals (R35/title) and decoder insurance, MultiChoice said in its communication with customers. — © 2017 NewsCentral Media

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  • Ofentse Letsholo

    These guys ba nnyela straight up, is it legal for them to hike prices yearly?! This is too much, just too much regardless of how small it is. Maybe I’m complaining too much, let me go back to my Amazon prime and Netflix and leave DSTV users alone.

  • FatBoySlim

    Been DSTV less for a good few months now, my TV junkie family have never happier with better content for less than a third of Dstv price, soon that will be a fifth of the price considering the Rand has strengthened.

  • CharlieTango

    I wonder if MultiCoice (Naspers) sent a price increase notification to the Guptas for their propaganda news – ANN7 – on DStv Channel 405?
    How MultiChoice can have this channel on their bouquet is beyond me. But then again, if you are just in business for money and not a responsible corporate citizen, then you’ll sell your corporate soul to anyone.

  • Steve Nossel

    Rand appreciates by 25% , so their costs drop accordingly. We should get a price decrease not a price increase.

  • GreenOrangeKat 1.0

    Yip, you’re complaining too much.

  • GreenOrangeKat 1.0

    QFT.

  • John Khulubuse Hill

    I read that they pay £200mil for premier league rights so I’m not complaining

  • AnRkey

    DSTV is obsolete and they keep pricing themselves out of everyone’s budget. I don’t think they’ll last very long at this rate. They’re making a mistake.

  • Co

    Why can’t we have SS1 & 2 on the cheaper bouquets, like the soccer channels?

  • William Stucke

    Quoted For Truth – I had to look that one up!

  • MelcolmX

    Now Im not the first to admit that this now the time for me to drop this deal once and for all. People you can 36 sport channels streaming free. People there are great talk shows free. I can go on lets not waste any more of our money on this crapola!

  • Vladimir Putin

    A few months ago there was something in the news (on Pretoria FM) that we might see in the short future a “Pay per Chanel” option. I think that would be great. The only chanel I watch is RT – so I will pay only for that chanel. (It’s the only non-mainstream news chanel in the world – DSTV 407)