Over 10,000 people in Mzansi have signed an online petition following the demand that DStv should also drop their prices.
This online petition was launched on Thursday. It occurred just a day after MultiChoice announced that popular shows, such as Gomora and Isibaya, will shut down for the duration of the national lockdown because they have run out of new content.
The TV shows, The River and The Queen, will stop airing new episodes as from next month.
Sfiso Gwala started the petition and he wrote in the petition description:
DStv should give SA subscribers a payment break or decrease prices during Covid-19. DSTV drops process for the rest of Africa except South Africa and now this. We’re being taken for granted here #DstvMustFall.
The Premium (135 + channels) package currently costs R749 per month and the Compact Plus (115 + channels) costs R489. The Compact (100 + channels) goes for R359. DStv cut process in several African countries including Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania in September.
Some of the 100,000 people who have signed the petition gave reasons for their decision.
Gaotingoe Mosiane wrote:
Prices must drop, and we must get new content. Also, we must choose which channels we want.
Matshidiso Assegaai said:
DStv is expensive and repeat shows most of the time.
DStv plans on opening more channels for Compact consumers ‘at no extra cost’ from Friday and the whole month of May.
The channels are such as 1Magic, Africa Magic Urban Movies, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV Music, CBeebies, History Channel, Curiosity Stream, and Sky News.
MultiChoice spokesperson, Benedict Maaga, responded to the petition by stating:
MultiChoice continues to provide an uninterrupted video entertainment subscriptions service with the best available content.