It’s been exactly one year since we mentioned the struggle MultChoice was facing with Zimbabweans that subscribe to DStv South Africa instead of the Zimbabwean bouquets. This practice, although popular in a post-Free-To-Air-Decoder Zimbabwe, is illegal.
Yesterday, it was reported by the Chronicle that MultiChoice Zimbabwe terminated the signal for some Zimbabweans viewing DStv South Africa bouquets. These cutoffs, which affected hundreds of subscribers, were reported in the city of Bulawayo.
So far, this hasn’t triggered panic among the majority of DStv Zimbabwe subscribers that are enjoying SABC, eTV or access to Supersport channels from the cheaper DStv Compact bouquet.
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A lot of these illegal subscribers are banking on the fact that Multichoice has struggled to isolate the genuine South African subscribers from the Zimbabwean sign ups. The task has proved to be extremely difficult for Multichoice and if reports coming from Bulawayo are anything to go by, these cutoffs only happened because a list of illegal subscribers was leaked to Multichoice Zimbabwe.
When we spoke to Multichoice’s PR representative, Elizabeth Dziva, she pointed out that this is just the beginning of a series of cutoffs and anyone who wants to watch DStv has to subscribe locally. It will not be limited to Bulawayo only.
I doubt that people will be spooked by this though. DStv is becoming even more expensive and for most people this is the best option to have content variety. As long as there is a cheaper way to access more content and beat the system, illegal subscribers will hold on to their South African signal.