DSTV subscribers will be expected to fork out more on their monthly bill in a few days time. A public announcement by DSTV confirmed that their prices will be increasing as from Thursday, 01 April 2021.
The Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service usually jerk their prices yearly; even though there is nothing much that has changed in terms of new channels and new content. Obviously inflation plays a vital role in this prices increases.
Even though a small amount of fee is added on a monthly basis, through the year millions of subscribers end up paying a whole lot of money; just to keep their screens on.
Although a lot of the increases are nominal, some customers could be paying R192 more for their DStv package over the course of the next year. Premium, Compact, and Compact Plus customers are looking at an extra R10 monthly, (R120 per year), whereas the DStv Family Bouquet rises by another R16 each month.
Simon Camerer, Multichoice COO claims that the latest price schedule has ‘been kept under control, with increases averaging at about 2.4%. He suggests that customers should consider a move away from monthly payments, and instead negotiate a ‘long-term contract’ to save themselves some money.
DStv Premium prices will now reach R829 each month, or R9 948 each year. Those who subscribe to the Compact Plus package will be billed R6 348 over the course of the next 12 months, with those on Compact forking out R4 788 annually. Family and Access packages come with the cheapest yearly fees, totalling R3 348 and R1 320 respectively.
DSTV has always been criticized for repeating the same content over and over again. One other thing that frustrate subscribers is that, they cannot choose their own channels to make up their own packages. However ,despite all this, DSTV continues to thrive and make huge profits; probably this is due to the fact that they do not have competition .
Which DSTV package are you using and What is your take on the yearly increase of packages; and do you think they should be lenient on their subscribers because of the coronavirus pandemic?
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