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DStv price hikes for 2022

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MultiChoice has announced updated pricing for its DStv pay-TV packages, effective from 1 April 2022.

The new fee schedule includes increases on most of the broadcaster’s packages, with a weighted 2.7% increase adjustment across all DStv’s offerings.

The company said this was significantly lower than the projected consumer price index (CPI) for the year.

DStv said the adjustments come after a period of “increased value offerings” in the form of local and international general entertainment and sports content, DStv Internet, and DStv Rewards.

The broadcaster added it had considered the challenges facing South African consumers and absorbed as much of the increase of the cost of doing business as possible to implement minimal adjustments.

“We realise that customers remain under pressure two years into the Covid-19 pandemic,” said MultiChoice South Africa CEO Nyiko Shiburi.

“These adjustments will help us to ensure that South Africans continue to enjoy the best value, and unrivalled access to entertainment, anywhere, anytime, and at the most affordable price.”

Nyiko Shiburi, MultiChoice South Africa CEO

For the top-end DStv Premium package, subscribers will pay R10 more per month, which works out to an increase of about 1.21% and takes the monthly fee to R839.

Compact Plus subscribers will also pay R10 more, an effective increase of 1.86% that makes their price R549 per month.

Mid-tier and low-end package subscribers will bear the brunt of the increases.

The biggest hike is for Compact subscribers, who will have to fork out R20 more per month, an increase of 4.89%.

That is marginally below the South African Reserve Bank’s Headline CPI forecast for 2022 of 4.9%.

DStv’s Family and Access plans will be R14 and R5 more expensive per month, respectively. These reflect increases of 4.75% and 4.35%.

MultiChoice COO Simon Camerer explained this was down to DStv’s hyper-local content strategy aimed at subscribers in these packages.

“We’ve now got Big Brother Mzansi, we’ve generated a whole host of local content across our Mzansi packages and even into our Mzansi Wethu packages, where we are bringing new content on board,” Camerer said.

“We think that strategy around strengthening our local offering is certainly where we feel our customers want their entertainment experience, and as result, you will find the cost pressures in those areas are probably more.”

The access fee has also been increased by R5 to R110.

EasyView, Showmax, Add Movies and BoxOffice prices will remain unchanged.

The table below compares the current month-to-month fees of DStv packages with the prices that will take effect from 1 April 2022.

Netflix price hike in South Africa explained
Netflix subscribers in South Africa have gradually been receiving price increase notifications over the last few months.

The streaming giant first announced price changes to its Standard and Premium plans in October 2021.

Netflix said the new prices reflected improvements to its content catalogue and new features on the platform and were necessary to continuously increase the service’s value proposition.

The pricing revisions included Standard plans increasing from R139 per month to R159 and Premium jumping from R169 to R199.

The prices of the Mobile and Basic plans remained the same, at R49 and R99, respectively.

This was the first price increase for the streaming giant’s packages since it launched in South Africa in January 2016.

Netflix said at the time prices would be increased in the “coming weeks”, and that existing members would be notified by email and within the Netflix app a month before the new prices were applied to them.

New customers would pay the increased prices from day one.

The table below summarises the new and old pricing of each Netflix plan in South Africa.
Netflix pricing in South Africa
Tier Current price New price Increase
Mobile R49 R49   0%
 Basic R99 R99 0%
 Standard R139 R159 14%
 Premium R169 R199 18%

The extended timeline for the increases has caused some confusion among Netflix subscribers in South Africa.

While certain existing members are still paying the old price, others have cried foul over already paying the new fees.

One MyBroadband employee’s price increase already came into effect in December, while two others only saw their price changes implemented from February.

A MyBroadband forum member also reported his increase came into effect in January.

Therefore, the confusion comes from Netflix not implementing pricing changes across the board from a set date, like some other online services do.

Instead, it implements price changes to specific customers based on their billing cycles.

Netflix customers are billed on different dates, depending on when they signed up for the service.

That means that some who signed up later in the month would only start paying their new fee at a later stage.

It is unclear why the changes weren’t implemented during the same month for all customers, however.

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