Seven new channels added to DStv Compact

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 06 Dec 2006
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Christmas has come early for subscribers to DStv Compact, the "slimmed-down" satellite service for the budget-challenged, in the form of seven new channels which were added to the bouquet on 1 December.

Subscribers to DStv Compact now have 23 channels to choose from, as well as the radio channels and all four free-to-air channels.

The subscription (R199/m) remains the same.

DStv Compact was launched in 2005 with the aim of lowering the barrier to entry into pay television, for aspirant subscribers.

In almost two years since launch, the DStv Compact subscriber base has grown remarkably according to Multichoice, making it possible to strengthen the channel selection of choice.

Arguably the best new addition is National Geographic, although CNN will be useful for late-night newshounds.

The new channels are:

CNN - 24-hour live news and programmes
FTV - fashion television
BBC Food - cooking, Brit style
National Geographic - wildlife, nature, technology and adventure
Telly Track - horse betting
Mindset Learn - education
IQRAA - Arabic channel offering religious, media, social and economic shows

The existing channels are:

SuperSport 3 - 24-hour soccer coverage
SuperSport Update - sporting highlights and news
ESPN - primarily American sports like baseball, basketball and football
M-Net Series - various TV series from classic to comedy to reality and drama
Hallmark - family movies and programming
actionX - "edgier" drama and sci-fi series, as well as action movies
Zone Reality - international reality documentaries
Channel O - music
BBC World - 24-hour live news and programmes
Animal Planet - wildlife up close
Cartoon Network - cartoons
Play Games - various games you can play using your remote
SABC Africa - news, entertainment and current affairs for the African continent
Africa Magic - entertainment channel dedicated to African programming
Rhema - church network
TBN - a Christian-based television channel
Radio channels

Worth R199 per month? What do you think? If there was one more channel you could add to the bouquet, what would it be?

Ours would be either E! Entertainment (celeb news and gossip) or SuperSport 2 (which carries all cricket), depending on who has the remote.


13 May 2008 03:43

Will it cripple their business if they at least include one MNET movie channel on the compact bouquet? This compact package is very hopeless. Thanks for including the christian channels in it though. BUT SERIOUSLY think of at least one MNET movie  channel - at least one!

13 May 2008 03:48

I also hate the way they separated the cartoon network into boomerang and CN. Cartoons on compact are worse than cartoons on family and yet compact is more expensive! Now what incentive would i have to buy compact? Family is an obvious no and premier too expensive. Please make compact a little more enticing. i write on behalf of many more who share my opinion. 

13 May 2008 03:51

Movie Magic!!!! nothing beats waking up in the middle of the night to watch a movie when you can't fall asleep....if u have TV in ur room that is

13 May 2008 03:53

Mnet and Movie Magic would really make the package much more desiring!!!!!

pastor chic
13 May 2008 05:30

i would add mnet and movie magic aswell...Aowa hle Lady-K. IF those two channels are removed where would i get ideas for sermons....

pastor chic
13 May 2008 05:36

eish i mearnt lady-D, dnt knw where i got the k from

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