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.
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 $1.
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|BOUQUET||Current Monthly Price ($US)||New Monthly Price ($US)|
|HD PVR Premium||87||92|
|XtraView Access Fee||10||11|
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.