MultiChoice South Africa yesterday announced that it will increase DStv subscriptions in South Africa effective 1 April 2014. The increases will affect the major bouquets – Premium, Extra, Compact, Family and Select.
Unfortunately, the increases will not remain south of the Limpompo. MultiChoice Zimbabwe has confirmed to Techzim that local DStv subscribers will be expected to pay more in DStv subscriptions come April. The increases are across six local bouquets including the popular Compact bouquet. The company will start running press ads within the next few days advising customers of the new subscription fees.
Here’s the full statement from MultiChoice Zimbabwe and the new DStv subscriptions.
MultiChoice will implement an annual subscription price increase on DStv subscriptions from 1 April. This is an increase necessitated by business operational costs such include satellite costs, channel costs and operational costs.
In determining the price increase MultiChoice takes into account many factors including the impact on the subscriber, current inflation, and efficiencies effected within the company that may offset the necessity for a price increase. Unfortunately, it is necessary to implement a price increases on an annual basis due to rising costs to the business. Our pricing reflects the cost of doing business and the necessary return on capital in order to ensure a world class, reliable and sustainable pay television service.
As MultiChoice we are continuously improving and growing our services and product offerings, providing our subscribers with the best home entertainment and viewer experience supported by great subscriber management services.
New DStv subscription schedule:
The DStv subscriptions in South Africa increased by an average of 6% across all bouquets. The Compact and Premium bouquets have the largest increases of 7.27% and 6.4% respectively. The rest (Xtra, Family and Select) have increases under 6%. Easy View and Access subscriptions remain unchanged.
By comparison, the local DStv Subscription increases are lower than those in South Africa. Zimbabwe’s Compact increased by 3.3% and the our local premium package increased by 2.6%. However it’s important to note that our local bouquets have fewer programs to those available to South African subscribers.
Access bouquet remains unchanged at $10. This means former GOtv subcribers who had just started to swap their GOtv decoders for DStv decoders won’t be affected by theses increases unless they decide not to remain with the Access bouquet as offered by MultiChoice Zimbabwe.