After my rant in the previous article I got an email in my inbox suggesting I try MyTV and see how it compares with DSTV which it aims to compete with. MyTV is a smart card pay satellite service just like DSTV. Their service was launched sometime last year after being granted a license by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. The outfit is based in Lebanon and has been a DSTV alternative in other countries especially in North African countries.
They have agents in Harare and Bulawayo. To use their service you will have to purchase a decoder from one of these agents. You can expect to spend about $80 average on equipment. Indications are that the installation is not different from that of DSTV and Free to Air Decoders. There are no bouquets here, the subscriber has to pay a flat fee of $22 per month to access all the available channels. This is comparable to the price of DSTV’s Family bouquet which costs $20. Below is a comparison by category of MyTV channels and the DSTV Family bouquet.
At the moment MyTV has 26 premium channels covering genres like music, general entertainment, sport, series and documentaries. They even have channels like MyTV Series that are roughly an equivalent of Mnet Series which is not in the Family bouquet. A quick perusal of the MyTV guide however will tell you that the content of MyTV Series is different to that of Mnet Series. There seems to be an unusual number of Spanish and Philippine Telenovelas unlike Mnet Series with its American TV shows. Unless you are a fan of Telenovelas this is likely to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.
As said the service is popular in countries north of here and some of the channels on the list betray this. Whilst there are no channels from Sub Sahara there quite a number from Nigeria. The programming itself is mostly North African centered. As a sports fan you are not going to find sanctuary with MyTv unless if you are a Manchester United fan (MUTV is on the list of channels) otherwise you are better off paying for the premium bouquet. The Eurosports News channel compares well with Supersport blitz however.The fact that the number of channels itself is limited does not help matters. If you factor in the requisite $80 investment in a new Strong decoder so you can receive start using the service then you are left with very little incentive to buy this service especially if you are a current DSTV subscriber.
My advice, unless you are a viewer who can stand non-stop North African centred programming that is peppered with a little Western content you will do well to get the Compact bouquet and forget you have ever heard of MyTV even though it costs $8 extra. Just keep an eye on them perhaps one day they will be worthy competitor but at the moment they are way beneath the competition.
|Movies and General||Movies and General|
|Movies Action||Fox Fx|
|Sony Entertainment||Fox Africa|
|Mnet Movies Zone||MyTVSeries|
|Africa Magic||MyTV Yoruba|
|Africa Magic World||AIT|
|e TV Africa||e TV Africa|
|LifeStyle and Documentary||LifeStyle and Documentary|
|Style Network||Fine Living Network|
|The Home Channel||KBS World|
|Fashion TV||National Geo Gold|
|Travel Channel||True Movies|
|Nat Geo Wild|
|Kids and Teen||Kids and Teen|
|Kids Co||Kids Co|
|Channel O||1 Music|
|Culture and Religion|
|BBC World News||BBC World News|
|Al Jazeera||Al Jazeera|
For a detailed list MyTV channels go click here.