DSTV is one of the topmost Satellite Cable TV service providers in Nigeria, and Africa at large. The Service is offered by Multichoice which services customers throughout Africa. They offer one of the cheapest TV subscription packages and highly innovative services in the country. These include mobile TV service, HD PVR decoders and HD channels. Sport lovers also get to enjoy extra benefits in a dedicated package called DSTV Compact Plus. This review X-rays all the mobile packages, subscription, payment channels you need to know to get on the DSTV Nigeria network.
DSTV Products , Packages and Bouquets
There are currently six DSTV packages and bouquets. Here are the number of channels and prices of packages available:
• DSTV Compact
• DSTV Family
• DSTV Compact Plus
• DSTV Mobile Devices
• DSTV Mobile (able to work on most mobile devices)
• DSTV Access
• DSTV Premium
So far is the most affordable subscription package even though it offers the smallest number of channels. The number channels with each package increases in from DSTV Family to DSTV Compact Plus bouquet. You will have the largest number of channel options in the DSTV Premium package, the most expensive and it goes for about 11,000 Naira monthly.
Non-English audience too can enjoy special bouquets such as Indian Bouquets, French Bouquets and German Bouquets.
How much do DSTV Packages and Bouquets Cost?
The starting access cost of DSTV varies between N20, 000 to N65, 000 (approximately) depending on the decoder. The starting cost covers installation charges, satellite dish, DSTV decoder and cables. You will also enjoy 3 months subscription access.
DSTV Access costs N1, 500 monthly:
DSTV access is the entry-level package on the DSTV network and it often does not give you HD channels. It is sold for around N24, 900. There are also Audio services on this package.
With the DSTV Access bouquet, you get to enjoy over 45 TV channels both local and international. This includes channels like Al jezeera, SuperSport BLITZ, E Entertainment, Magic World, Mindset Learn, Africa Magic, SilverBird, AIT, Channels and many more. However, DSTV Access bouquet does not include BBC, CNN and MNET channels as at the last check.
DSTV Family N3, 000 per month:
DSTV Family is the most widely known package so far, offering reasonable choice channels at an affordable price. It basically gives you access to all DSTV Access channels and much more. Additional channels in the DSTV Family package include Cartoon Network, CNN, Channel O, ESPN Classic, Euro News, Mnet Series, Africa Magic and lots more. Over 55 channels are in this package.
All the 24 available DSTV Audio services are included in this package. Examples of these include Voice of America (VOA), BBC (3 channels), Ray power FM, RAI radio, music channels, Star FM and lots more. Installation of the DSTV Family package cost N24, 900. For this price, you will get a dish, standard decoder, as well as 3 months free subscription.
Just like DSTV Access, DSTV Family does not include HD channels.
DSTV Compact 5,000 Naira Monthly
DSTV Compact comprises all Family channels and much more. Besides, added channels in this package include Africa Magic Plus, SuperSport 10, MNET Action, Sony Entertainment, ESPN Sports, BBC World, RAI international, and a host of other channels.
DSTV Compact has 60 channels in all and 24 audio services. It is a good choice if you need a wider selection of channels. However, HD channels are also missing.
DSTV Compact Plus Costs N7, 500 per month:
On this bouquet, you get all the channels in the DSTV Compact package with 2 additional Sports channels—SuperSports 7 and 10. Sport lovers can now have wider access to premium sports without the need to drain their bank account or pay more as in a DSTV Premium package.
You will be able to watch close to 90% EPL matches and other live sport actions such as Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, golf, athletics, French League, motorsport, boxing and so on.
In fact, you are simply better off with DSTV Compact Plus if your sole reason to pay for Premium bouquet subscription is to watch sports. However, 100% of EPL match actions are available for the Premium bouquet. Unfortunately, HD channels are also not available.
DSTV Premium at N11, 000 Monthly
The DSTV Premium package is a high end bouquet which offers you all the available audio, SD/HD channels. The DSTV Premium package gives access to over 85 interesting TV channels as at the last time we checked.
If receiving HD channels is of utmost concern to you, then you should take advantage of their exclusive availability on DSTV Premium. You will also get full access to Premier league’s 24-hour complete HD content service and 100% English Premier League matches. All you need is to have a DSTV HD PVR decoder.
Your subscription to the Premium bouquet comes with DSTV Mobile+ free of charge, of course, provided you have a DSTV Drifta decoder.
DSTV Nigeria Customer Care Services.
1381 Tiamiyu Savage Street; Victoria Island, Lagos State
1 270 3232 or 080 3900 3788
Fax 01 270 3256
or you visit THE Multichoice Nigeria Office:
3 Kaura Namoda Street
Area 3 Garki, Abuja
Tel: 2347291/2 Fax: 2347295
Finally, don’t forget that DSTV Nigeria reserves the right to alter any of their packages or prices anytime they deem fit.