MultiChoice confirms that there’s no price increase or reduction for DStv this year

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MultiChoice Zimbabwe has announced that it will not be imposing its annual price increase to its DStv bouquets as the media company tries to help its subscribers deal with economic challenges.

This communication comes after subscribers of DStv South Africa were hit with an increase of up to 8.6% on most its bouquets earlier this month.

At the time, MultiChoice justified the increase as an adjustment to the depreciating value of the South African Rand and the resulting economic turbulence which affects the content acquisition process.

In its statement, MultiChoice Zimbabwe had this to say;

It’s been a tough year for Multichoice Africa. Our markets have suffered as a result of commodity and oil price weakness, coupled with the huge devaluations of local currencies. Most of MultiChoice’s costs are incurred in dollars forcing us to pass through price increases in 2015. Nevertheless, we continue to take financial strain.

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But we are not alone! Our subscribers, our biggest asset, are suffering. So we are going to do our bit. We’ve decided to absorb some of the pain and NOT impose a price increase on any of our DStv bouquets in April as we usually do. Barring any further external economic shocks, we do not anticipate a price increase in 2016.

No increase, and no decrease for $US subscribers either

Sure, the suspended annual price increase is a welcome move, seeing that the issue has often triggered a backlash in countries like Zambia and even legal action in Nigeria.

However, it’s a suspended increase, not a price reduction. Pay TV was expensive before this announcement and it still is. This suspended price increase doesn’t make it any less difficult to pay for content.

It actually justifies the actions of Zimbabweans who are opting for grey DStv South Africans accounts and are paying significantly less than DStv Zimbabwean subscribers.

MultiChoice could have extended a price reduction, even a minor one at that, to its bouquet prices for subscribers who pay in United States dollars. That would feel a lot like them “doing their bit”.

For other services and commodities that Zimbabwe has been getting from South Africa, the fall of the rand has meant price reductions and, at the very least, improved terms for negotiations. It’s even what’s secured a constant supply of electricity for the country over the past few months. It would have been commendable if a DStv price reduction also materialised from it.

But that’s asking for too much. With a near monopoly, MultiChoice doesn’t need to do any of this, not yet anyway. The competition hasn’t matured yet, so suspended price increases and bouquet improvements like English Soccer on a $32 package are what we’ll have to accept.

7 Comments

  1. Ngodza says:

    An increase wasn’t warranted for this year.However good news from Dstv👍

  2. rip off artists says:

    So what, how about a price decrease? everybody else is LOWERING prices!!!! Big deal !!!

  3. Holocast says:

    Reaper Dstv please justify why are subscribers outside SA who are paying in hard currency being subjected to paying almost double for the same bouquet. Your monopoly is short lived and won’t last long because you are only enticing competitors left, right and center. Be warned – hakuna matata!

    1. Ponga Ra says:

      AGREED 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. komrad says:

    These Guys are the Only remaining Vultures enjoying the monopoly on electronic Media in Zimbabwe. In other sectors companies have been forced to slash prices as the USA $ strengthens and cash crunch bites. Telecom companies cut off more than 30% and DSTV increased last year!!!

  5. Noreasontobeloyal says:

    We will not be fooled Multichoice. All of a sudden you giving us “more” because you have seen the threat on the horizon. Strive Mas is coming and if he offers a better package we will jump ship. Thank you for rping us off for all these years.

  6. Ponga Ra says:

    Zimbabweans are getting Royally Shafted by Multichoice Zimbabwe – it is approx 50% cheaper to watch DStv in SA than it is here !!!!!!!!! Do they really think we are THAT dumb ?? @Holocast is right 🙂 – their time is coming !!! Hokoyo !!!

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