DStv vs Netflix: Price comparison for all subscriptions in 2020
As frustrated DStv viewers turn their attention to online streaming sites like Netflix, it's time to compare the prices and packages of each service.
We’re in the grip of a global health crisis, and South Africans across the land are spending more time indoors than ever before: With nighttime curfews, three-hour exercise windows and abandoned town centres, there’s nothing left to do but stay in and watch television. But DStv and Netflix now find themselves in competition.
Audiences migrating online
Some citizens have moved away from the MultiChoice bouquet completely, opting to consume their favourite shows exclusively through streaming services. Others, meanwhile, remain fiercely loyal to the domestic brand. And somewhere in the middle, you have social media users voicing their frustrations with SA’s cable service:
Most shows on DSTV are on production break, even sport dololo and yet we pay same premium hhayi mani #DSTVmustFall— ????????Zwile The PI???????????? (@MduZwile) May 12, 2020
Disgruntled subscribers find their voices
#DStvMustFall has topped the Twitter trends for the second time this month. A haze of repeats – and stubbornly high subscription fees – have tested the patience of their viewers. The broadcaster has introduced more free channels to certain packages, but a failure to cater to everyone only caused more frustration.
In April, Netflix reported a boom in new sign-ups, as telly addicts get their kicks elsewhere. So, for those of you wanting to know how both services compare in price, we’re going to break it down into two tables. First, we’re looking at all the packages DStv offer, and how prices have changed in the past year:
Cost of all DStv packages in 2020
|Package||Cost in 2019||Cost in 2020||Increase in %|
|DStv Compact Plus||R519||R529||1.9%|
DStv vs Netflix: Prices, packages and value for money
Now we’re throwing Netflix into the mix: There are three separate packages you can subscribe to with the online provider: Premium, Standard, or Basic. Interestingly, you get the exact same number of shows and features on each offer, but the picture quality varies. Furthermore, Premium allows up to four people to use your Netflix account all at the same time. Pay a little extra, and your friends and family can reap the benefits.
|Package||Monthly cost in 2020||Yearly cost for the next 12 months|
|DStv Premium||R819||R9 828|
|DStv Compact Plus||R529||R6 348|
|DStv Compact||R399||R4 788|
|DStv Family||R279||R3 348|
|Netflix Premium (UHD)||R169||R2 028|
|Netflix Standard (HD)||R139||R1 668|
|DStv Access||R110||R1 320|
|Netflix Basic (SD)||R99||R1 188|
|Access fee (for installations)||R100||N/A|
Netflix ‘the more affordable’ option
Incredibly, you can get access to all Netflix shows available in South Africa, and it will only be more expensive than one DStv package. In fact, the price of the MultiChoice network’s Premium is over four-and-a-half times costlier than what one would pay for the Premium version of the online streaming site.
DStv will argue that their provision of live sports and entertainment channels warrant a higher fee, and to an extent, they have a case: More ‘traditional’ forms of TV – with time slots and individual stations – have a broad appeal.
But with the world at a standstill, justifying a subscription fee of almost R10 000 each year for the top-end of customers becomes increasingly difficult – especially when their competitors are offering more affordable services. There are only so many times ETV can make Anaconda the Sunday Night Movie, we guess.