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
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.
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