Multichoice slashes DStv subscription rates, adds new channels

MultiChoice has announced that it will reduce its subscription rates for DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access from November 1, 2016 for

MultiChoice East Africa Regional Director Stephen Isaboke has announced the decrease in DStv subscription prices alongside a content upgrade on all DStv packages.

“This significant price drop, coupled with the major boost in entertainment value across all DStv bouquets demonstrates our commitment to ensuring DStv customers receive the best possible access to great entertainment and outstanding value.  For new customers the price reductions in both subscription prices and state of the art decoders will ensure that great family entertainment is available to everyone at the most affordable price. These changes are not only a defining moment in the story of MultiChoice, but also a defining moment in the African entertainment landscape and we are proud to be pushing as hard as we can to delight every television entertainment fan in Africa,” said Isaboke.

The move follows the DStv price freeze which was has been effective since April this year.

Below is a breakdown of the price cuts and additional channels:

DStv Premium: 

DStv Premium will now offer more for less with a price reduction of 13% from Kshs 9,400 to Kshs 8,180. Four new high definition (HD) channels have also been added to the bouquet bringing the total number of HD channels to 16. DStv Premium customers will also receive two new pop-up channels M-Net Movies Blockparty (DStv 109) and M-Net Movies Harry Porter which will run from November 4 to 14, 2016.

DStvCompact Plus: 

DStv Compact Plus, customers will enjoy more channels with buzzworthy original series plus hilarious local sitcoms, talk shows and documentaries previously only available on the DStv Premium package along with a 15% drop in subscription from Kshs 6,400 to Kshs 5,425.

As of November 1, 2016, Compact Plus subscribers will receive 11 new channels including Vuzu AMP, Lifetime, Discovery Channel, Crime & Investigation, History Channel and Africa Magic Showcase. More extra sporting content is now also available on DStv Compact Plus with the addition of more UEFA Champions League matches alongside the best of European Football leagues and Europa League on SuperSport 6 (SS6) and SuperSport 4 (SS4).

New channels ROK, Eva Plus and B4U Movies will also be launching soon to deliver the best of Nollywood content, Latin American telenovelas and Bollywood movies respectively.

DStv Compact: 

DStv Compact will receive a 5% drop in price to Kshs 3,550 from the previous price of Kshs 3,750. The Premier League and La Liga will still be available on this package and additionally, customers will now get more content from ITV Choice (DStv Channel 123) as well as a trip down memory lane on TCM (DStv Chanel 137) and SS4. From November onwards, Compact subscribers will also have other new channels – ROK, Eva Plus and B4U Movies.

DStv Family: 

The DStv Family package will be reduced by 12% to Kshs 1,900 and will be boosted with 5 additional channels B4U Movies, Eva and Eva Plus channels. Also added to the bouquet are SS4 and FOX.

DStv Access: 

DStv Access also gets a content boost of three new channels namely SS4, B4U Movies and Eva Plus – where viewers will get access to the latest library content of the hottest telenovelas that have aired on Eva – in addition to a great new line up of sporting events.

 

SUMMARY TABLE

PACKAGE % DECREASE OLD PRICE NEW PRICE CHANNEL CHANGES
Premium 13% Sh 9400 Sh 8180 4 HD Channels added to bouquet

·         Vuzu Amp HD,

·         MNET Edge West HD,MNET East HD,

·         MNET Action + HD

 

Two new pop-up channels

·         M-Net Movies Blockparty pop-up channel (DStv 109)

·         M-Net Movies Harry Porter

 

Compact Plus 15% Sh 6400 Sh 5425 11 New Channels added:

 

·         Vuzu AMP

·         Lifetime

·         Discovery Channel

·         Crime &Investigation

·         History Channel

·         Africa Magic Showcase

·         SuperSport 6

·         SuperSport 4

·         ROK

·         Eva Plus

·         B4U Movies

Compact 5% Sh 3750 Sh 3550 6 New Channels added:

 

·         ITV Choice

·         TCM

·         SuperSport 4

·         ROK

·         Eva Plus

·         B4U Movies

 

Family 12% Sh 2150 Sh 1900 5 New Channels added

 

·         Eva

·         Eva Plus

·         B4U Movies

·         SS4

·         Fox

 

Access Sh 1050 Sh 1050 ·         Eva Plus

·         B4U Movies

·         SS4

 

DStvExplora:

 

In addition to the above, DStvExplora, MultiChoice’s advanced decoder, is now available at 60% less, down to Kshs 12,500 from a previous price of Kshs 30,650. The new price is inclusive of the decoder, cabling and installation costs.

The Explora decoder delivers the better TV experience in full HD with features such a PVR functions, Video on Demand (VoD) services on DStv Catch Up and video rental capabilities on DStv Box Office.

The DStvExplora offers more viewing control and a customized viewing experience with a pause, play and rewind feature available for live TV. The PVR functionality of the decoder allows viewers to record shows from the existing programme line up and later access them via a play list stored on a 2TB hard drive within the decoder allowing viewers up to 220 hours of personal recorded content. The PVR function also allows a viewer to view one programme while recoding another.

DStv HD decoder:

DStv subscribers will also access premium content at a reduced price of Kshs 3,750 on the DStv HD decoder. The offer on the decoder comes bundled with 1-month Compact subscription and will retain sports channels that offer the Premier League and La Liga. In addition, Compact subscribers will get 6 new channels beginning November 1, 2016.

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