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Multichoice Zimbabwe announces new bouquet prices for DStv

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Are channels like this sports centre worth an extra $48 per year? Multichoice thinks so

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Just two days ago it was confirmed that Multichoice, the Naspers owned Pay TV service would be effecting a price increase on its DStv bouquets.

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It has become the norm actually (they have tagged it as an “Annual Price Increase”), with DStv Zimbabwe, like every other subsidiary, following the same route.

Today the new prices, which are effective from 1 April 2015, were announced, with US$1 increases for the three lowest priced packages (Access, family and Compact) $4 increases for Compact Plus and Premium and a $5 increase for HD PVR Premium. XtraView Access fee has also been increased by $1.

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BOUQUETCurrent Monthly Price ($US)New Monthly Price ($US)
Access1011
Family2021
Compact3132
Compact Plus5155
Premium7781
HD PVR Premium8792
XtraView Access Fee1011

 

One of DStv’s selling points has always been its sports coverage, specifically European football which has a cult following locally. Live matches are available on Supersport which is accessible on Compact Plus, Premium and HD Premium packages. It’s hardly surprising that these 3 bouquets are the ones that carry higher price increases.

Multichoice has always justified these annual price increases by citing rising operational costs, challenges with inflation and acquiring content etc. It’s up to other DStv subscribers to choose to believe any of that.

I think it’s just a game of plain old monopoly. With FTA decoders no longer an option and a local broadcaster that….let’s not go there… Multichoice is the only player that has firmly established itself as the consistent provider of  TV entertainment.

We might have a “slew of sources” for movies and series but even if you consider those options plus the few workaround cases where people have adopted streaming services (the big disruptor everyone is waiting for) DStv has no competition.

It’s even more apparent if you are a sports fan and want to watch live Barclays Premier League or La Liga matches from the comfort of your home. It’s not that wide a choice really; just So Much More DStv or nothing at all.

Nov 2016 UPDATE: DSTV Considers Letting You Select Your Own Channels


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52 thoughts on “Multichoice Zimbabwe announces new bouquet prices for DStv

  1. Let’s organize a campaign against this they absolutely taking advantage of the market in an unfair manner

  2. DStv Zimbabwe has just announced news that will infuriate all football fans in Zimbabwe. Super Sport 3, the traditional home of the English Premier League (EPL) will no longer show most games from this division starting this coming season due to start on Saturday 8 August. The company says all EPL games will now only be available on Super Sport 5.

    This means if you want to enjoy all EPL games on DStv, you will have to bump up your subscription for this month and onwards by paying for the Premium bouquet.

    The company announced the bad news on Facebook and Twitter and has already received damning feedback from subscribers.

  3. your prices are now out of reach as compared to other Nations,we need justification on that please

  4. If dstv doesn’t want to operate in this country they must leave. I know competition is coming soon and their actions will catch up with them. just like it was with “netone”

  5. Why not come up with bouquet for
    sports channel only some of us
    dont give a hoot about all other channels

  6. spot on Chinos.they should have separate boutiques for sport. movies, cartoons,music,gospel, local dramas. documentaries…..etc.or even giving consumers the option of paying a certain fee per channel, so that one can only pay only for those channels of choice.

  7. i have written numerous emails to Multichoice Zimbabwe regarding pricing but the lady who has replied me has been totally off topic as if she is a robot with a pre-cooked answer..

    Please advise if its possible to to have an online petition on this matter..in SA, premium is only 670 rand (us$56.00) which is the price of compact plus here in Zim..Please assist..as i would like to start an online petition as soon as possible..

    We are talking about the US$ here and the country is in deflation..so there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for a price increase.

    this is just one of three complains i have against Multichoice Zim.

  8. Iam going back to compact buquet becoz the compact plus no longer has english soccer. l mean wth this economic situation i cant commit more cash chasing EPL.

  9. Ya is the us$ going down as well,I know we are getting short changed,all we get are boring “behind the scenes & repeats & the making of some movie ,that I wouldn’t watch anyway” , but what really gets my goat is u lot even make up our minds for us as well by removing BBC E channel 184 from the premium bouquet (Zimbabwe only) reason being there’s not enough people that want to watch it,REALLY !!!!!!!!! are you serious , I don’t remember there being a referendum or public questioneer to the fact, who the hell are u to make up our minds that pay u lot in US$ ??????? But in RSA they watch it, there are a lot of educated people north of the Limpopo that have more than 3 brain cells , that appreciate good, interesting ,informative, quality international programs , obviously u lot don’t.
    And the time will come when competition will come knocking on “multi choices door”.

  10. Why can’t DSTV have pay perview, since we are experiencing power shortages can’t they operate like what zesa is doing, having prepaid so that we are not short changed of hard earned cash. No power you are not charged rather than being when actually you not watching anything because of these power cuts. Lets have a fair deal than just ripping us on monthly basis. Do something that we all benefit.

  11. Try to justify your attitude. Zimbabweans are always getting every services at higher prices, please have mercy on our fate as Zimbabweans.
    Why high prices on us.
    Please stop it.
    Give and support our will to enjoy watching Dstv.

  12. So typical of Zimbabwe. Get rich quick at the expense of the man in the street. Is it true we are paying for the house that burnt down on Mozambique?

  13. Dstv Zimbabwe is just a money maker, taking advantage of us all. why can’t we get A decent service? So many repeats!!

  14. DSTV to me it’s history, kutowana USA rei pasina bhora,RSA kana vachiwana bhora rese ne$30.(us),zvakanaka,migration ngaiitwe

  15. Dstv Zimbabwe is just a money maker, taking advantage of us all. why can’t we get A decent service of what we are paying for , especially selection of channels in each bouquet ?

  16. Why do we no longer have British comedies such as Keeping up Appearances, Hello, Hello, Love Thy Neighbour, Some Mothers do have them etc…Equally, some variety on the Geographic channels 181-184 would do instead of the boring aquatic programs shown these days.

  17. Zim charges are a rip off for sure. And as you say gone are the days when they used to have good programmes.
    We need competition for sure.

  18. Why cann’t DSTV equate the prices of Zim to SA, in Zimbabwe we pay twice more than those paid in SA.

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