DStv is adding a Harry Potter pop-up channel from M-Net to DStv from 4 November while its lowering DStv subscription prices in several African countries.
MultiChoice announced that it will be lowering monthly DStv subscription fees from 1 November in several African countries where the DStv prices were inaccurate with the average and will add a temporary Harry Potter pop-up channel from M-Net. DStv will also add several TV channels to lower-tiered bouquets in several countries and make more soccer viewing available on SuperSport channels given to its lower-tiered offerings, to boost the content offering for cheaper DStv packages and to add content value.Excluding South Africa and Nigeria it's two biggest markets in the country.
Subscribers will see a reduction in monthly DStv subscription fees from 1 November. The DStv price reduction comes as tough economic conditions facing consumers and greater competition in the pay-TV market have seen the pan-African pay-TV operator decide to lower prices to try and attract new and returning customers back on DStv and to avoid customers cancelling subscriptions due to monthly fees.
New channels added outside of South Africa are Eva+, a sister channel to the telenovela channel Eva, will be added to DStv, along with the Nigerian entertainment channel ROK from ROK Studios, with several channels that will be upgraded to high definition (HD) like South Africa.
While DStv Premium subscribers across the continent and including South Africa can watch the pop-up M-Net channel M-Net Movies BlockParty on DStv channel 109, DStv subscribers can look forward to more exciting pop-up channels in the coming months like the M-Net Movies Harry Potter pop-up channel which will run from 4 to 14 November and FliekNet and M-Net Inspire for the December holidays.
The Harry Potter pop-up channel will show all of the Harry Potter movies before the debut of the first movie in the new spin-off film series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that is scheduled for a worldwide release on 18 November.
The price of DStv in South Africa as well as some of the other markets including Nigeria compare favourably with the pricing in the countries where subscription prices are currently being reviewed downwards.
Multichoice spokesperson in Kenya said they realized that it increasing subscriptions all the time won't help the country grow sustainably because in future you can't pay R1800pm for the little you have on DStv Premium while DStv Compact pays R1325pm and the lowest package Easyview ends up paying R750pm. On the other hand, people will not afford our services if they continue this way.
MultiChoice Africa in a statement that was slightly adjusted for each African country where DStv price reductions are being introduced. These changes are not only a defining moment in MultiChoice story, but also a defining moment in the African entertainment landscape and pushing as hard as they can to delight every television entertainment fan in Africa.
No price reduction is expected in South Africa.
MultiChoice in South Africa says South African DStv subscribers won't see a price reduction and that the price of DStv Premium in South Africa compares favourably with the pricing in other African countries. Their prices for next year will be announced before 1 April 2017.
If you DStv knows what value for money the only way DStv can gain more subscribers and positive reviews is to give the audience what they want add more value to the packages especially South Africa like:
DStv Premium, Extra and Compact Plus remains the same
DStv Compact - Comedy Central, E!, Lifetime, Nick Jr and Cbeebies
DStv Family - Studio Universal, BET, Comedy Central, CBS Reality and Cbeebies
DStv Access - BET, Eva and CBS Reality
DStv Easyview - Telemundo/Eva, CBS Reality and Disney Junior
Bring back AMC and FOX Crime along with other recently dumped channels that the audience. The female channels are really slow on offering in lower bouquets
Try adding these new channels that I picked up as well as everyone else:
Diva Universal - NBC female channel airs programs such as Tia and Tamera, How Do I Look, Life In The Red Carpet and WWE Total Divas along with Telemundo telenovelas like Precious Rose and Aurora.
Syfy Universal - more male focused from NBC airs programs such as Haven, Dark Matter, The Librarians, WWE and reality shows such as Face Off.
TNT - owned by Turner Broadcasting System an TCM entertainment channel airs programming from CBS Studios and NBC.
FOX Movies - owned by FOX Network Group offers classic and modern movies from FOX.
Toonami - Superhero kids channel targets kids 8-12 years (boy focused) owned by Turner Broadcasting System. Programs such as Teen Titans (which didn't air on Cartoon Network Africa), Young Justice, Superman, Batman, Justice League as well as some Cartoon Network favourites Secret Saturday, Ben 10 (2005) and Thundercats and Japanese series such as Dragonball, Yu Gi Oh, Naruto and One Piece.
Boing - Resemblance to the underrated pop-up channel Hoole (From DStv) from Turner Broadcasting System. Programs from Cartoon Network Archives such as The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Johnny Bravo, YoKai Watch, Ed Edd'n Eddy and expect Toonami series such as Green Lantern, Fantastic Four and more only Marvels.
Adult Swim - owned by Turner Broadcasting System. Targets an audience between the ages of 18-49 years. Programs such as ever popular Robot and Chicken, American Dad, Futurama, Mission Hill, Son Of Zorn and more.
MondoFOX - a FOX telenovela channel from FOX Network Group.
TeenNick owned by Viacom International Media Networks offers programs for the youth such as iCarly, Sam and Cat, Victorious, Big Time Rush and True Jackson along with classic favourites such as Drake and Josh, Unfabulous and The Amanda Show, All That and animated such as All Grown Up and Legend of Korra and acquired programming such as What I Like About You and How I Met Your Mother
Splat - Latest addition to Viacom International Media Networks portfolio offers classic animated and live-action programming such as CatDog, As Told By Ginger, The Mighty B!, Doug, Drake and Josh, Marvin Marvin and All That.
ToonCast - a family kids channel owned by Turner Broadcasting an older version of Boomerang with Cartoon Network classics programs such as Dexter Laboratory, The Jetsons, Johnny Bravo, The Flintstones, Time Squad, Sheep In The Big City and many more.
Cartoonito - Turner Broadcasting System preschool channel - not 24 hour channel and airs programs such as Ha Ha Hairies, Bananas in Pyjamas, Jelly Jam, Gerald McBoing Boing and Lazytown along with Cartoonito originals.
DStv Premium - Adult Swim, MondoFOX, Syfy Universal, Diva Universal, Toonami, TNT, ToonCast, Splat, FOX Movies, TeenNick and Cartoonito (replace JimJam)
DStv Extra/Compact Plus - Syfy Universal, Diva Universal, FOX Movies, Splat, TeenNick, Toonami, TNT, ToonCast and Cartoonito (replace JimJam)
DStv Compact - Syfy Universal, Diva Universal, FOX Movies, Toonami, Splat, TeenNick, TNT, ToonCast and Cartoonito (replace JimJam)
DStv Family - TNT, FOX Movies, TeenNick, ToonCast, Splat, Cartoonito (replace JimJam) and Boing
DStv Access - TNT, Splat, Cartoonito (replace JimJam) and ToonCast
DStv Easyview - TNT (replaces AMC), Cartoonito (replace JimJam) and ToonCast (retro programming)