Saturday, 28 January 2012

DSTV Nigeria; Bouquets and Services.


DSTV is a leading Satellite cable TV service from Multichoice in Nigeria and across Africa. DSTV offers direct-to-home DTH pay TV services to customers across Africa and boasts of one of the cheapest pay TV packages in Nigeria as well as innovative services like HD channels, HD PVR decoders, and a mobile TV service. Multichoice has added the DSTV Compact Plus package targeted at sports lovers to their offerings. In this page, you will find information on DSTV HD PVR, decoders, packages or bouquets, HD channels, SD channels, and prices of different DSTV packages. You will also find information on how to order for or subscribe to DSTV from dealers in Nigeria.

HD channels currently available on DSTV include, Supersports HD, MNET Africa HD, iConcert HD, and Discovery HD Showcase. HD offers crisp and bright pictures as well as crystal clear sound.


It is also important to note for those who do not know that the Barclays English Premier League is  shown on DSTV. So, if you want to watch the whole 380 matches live, you are better off with DSTV. However, to be able to view the SuperSorts channels that show the Barclays Premier league, SSNi3 and SSNi7, you have to subscribe for the DSTV premium package, which goes for N10,000/month. DSTV has introduced a cheaper option for sports lovers. The new DSTV Compact Plus package which shows 90% English Premier league matches, sports coverage, as well as all channels available in the Compact bouquet. Compact Plus goes for N7,000 monthly.

DSTV SD & HD PVR Decoders
To receive DSTV channels, subscribers require a satellite dish, a DSTV decoder (HD or SD), a smart card and a remote control. DSTV is a pay-TV, so signals are encrypted. By paying your DSTV subscription and slotting your smart card in your DSTV decoder, your decoder will be enabled to decode the encrypted digital TV signals.

DSTV offers HD ready Personal Video Recording, PVR for short, which can combine perfectly with your standard DSTV decoder, enabling you to watch two channels while recording another two channels, all simultaneously. DSTV HD PVR decoders enables subscribers record live TV programmes and greatly improve user experience. With DSTV HD PVR decoders, subscribers can record up to 150 hours of standard definition TV programming or 50 hours of HD programming.

Imagine being able to pause live programmes, may be when answering a call and starting exactly where you stopped with a click of the button. DSTV HD PVR decoders come with instant replay feature, just press a button and the last 20 seconds of the programme will be replayed. Other possibility of DSTV HD PVR decoders include rewinding and fast-forwarding live TV and recording live TV programmes.

Recording is not the only advantage of DSTV HD PVR decoders, the HD stands for High Definition, which means that you get more details on your HDTV when watching the new DSTV HD channels. Your HD PVR decoder delivers crispier, brighter, smoother, and more colourful pictures to your living room. You also get better sound quality.

DSTV HD PVR decoders will cost more than classic/standard decoders but will add value to your user experience.

To make your HD PVR decoder more useful, DSTV has launched four high definition (HD) channels. DSTV Premium subscribers with HD PVR decoders will now be able to watch dedicated HD channels. HD channels currently available on DSTV include, Supersports HD, MNET Africa HD, iConcert HD, and Discovery HD Showcase. HD offers crisp and bright pictures as well as crystal clear sound.

To experience the full power of HD, you may require some hardware upgrade in addition to the DSTV HD PVR decoder. This include a HD ready TV (HDTV) and a surround sound system (Home theatre).

DSTV Channels
It is no longer news that DSTV has the best selections of channels of any direct to home TV service in Nigeria or Africa. DSTV signals are High quality digital TV signals with HD channels now a part of the mix. Watch exciting DSTV channels for your news, documentaries, live sports, entertainment and so much more. Some popular DSTV channels include:

CNN
BBC News
SuperSport
SuperSport BLITZ
Channel O
CNBC Africa
Africa Magic
Africa Magic plus
Africa Magic Hausa
Africa Magic Yoruba
ESPN
MNET Africa HD
MNET Movies 1/2
MNET E/W
MNET Action
NTA International
National Geographic
Magic World
Discovery Channel
TBN
Cartoon Network
Universal Channels (formally Hallmark)
Sky News
ESPN
NN24
and so much more


Note that not all channels will be available in all DSTV packages, so verify what channels are included on your DSTV package before you buy.

DSTV Packages, Bouquets, and Products



DSTV currently offer four packages in Nigeria. In order of the number of channels they provide and prices:
DSTV Mobile (with compatible mobile phones)
DSTV Access
DSTV Family
DSTV Compact
DSTV Compact Plus
DSTV Premium

DSTV Access is the cheapest package offering the least number of channels.DSTV Family and DSTV Compact packages follow this in that order. DSTV Premium package offers the largest channel options and is the most expensive. DSTV Compact Plus offers all Compact channels but adds more sports channels. It sits between the Compact and Premium package.

DSTV may also have special bouquets for non-English speaking audience. This may include:

Indian Bouquets
French Bouquets
German Bouquets


DSTV Packages and Bouquets Prices

DSTV Access with 3 months subscription - N21,900
DSTV Family with 3 months subscription - N24,900
DSTV Compact with 3 months subscription - N29,900
DSTV Premium with 3 months subscription – N39,900

Prices include Satellite dish, DSTV standard decoder, DSTV smartcard, and installation costs. You will buy the installation cable.

DSTV Access N1,500 per month:
 DSTV Access package offers over 40 channels mostly local and international TV channels, like AIT, SilverBird, Channels, NTA I, SuperSport BLITZ, Magic World, Al jezeera, Mindset Learn, E Entertainment, Africa Magic (Hausa & Yoruba only) and so on. CNN, BBC, and MNET channels are missing in this package the last time we checked. DSTV Access now has Audio channels. DSTV Access is an entry-level cable package. HD channels are not available on this package.

DSTV Family N2,800 per month:
DSTV Family is likely to be the most popular DSTV package; it offers a reasonable selection of TV channels at a reasonable price. DSTV Family offers you all DSTV Access channels and more. Channels Added to the DSTV Family package include CNN, Euro News, Channel O, ESPN Classic, Mnet Series, Inspiration, Africa Magic, MTV Base, Cartoon Network, and so on, over 46 digital TV channels in all. DSTV Family also has all 24 available DSTV Audio services. Audio channels available include BBC (3 channels), Voice of America (VOA), RAI radio, Ray power FM, Star FM, music channels, and so on. DSTV Family installation cost is about 24,900 Naira the last time we checked. This price includes dish, standard decoder, and connection with 3 months free subscription. HD channels are not available on DSTV Family.

DSTV Compact N4,500 per month:
DSTV Compact offers you all DSTV Family channels and more. Channels Added to the Compact package include BBC World, RAI international, Sony Entertainment, MNET Action, Africa Magic Plus, ESPN Sports, SuperSport 10, and so on, over 60 channels in all. DSTV Compact also has all 24 available DSTV Audio services. If you need more Exciting channels then DSTV Compact package is a good choice. HD channels are not available on DSTV Compact.

DSTV Compact Plus N7,000 per month:
DSTV Compact Plus offers all DSTV Compact channels in addition to two sports channels. The sports channels added are SuperSport 7 and SuperSport 10. It is aimed at giving Sports lovers in Nigeria and across Africa access to premium sports at a more affordable price than is possible with the DSTV Premium package. Subscribers to the bouquet will be able to watch 90% EPL matches as well as other live sports like the French League, Bundesliga, PSL, Spanish La Liga as well as rugby, golf, tennis, athletics, boxing and motorsport. If the only reason you subscribe to the Premium bouquet is to watch sports then you are better of with DSTV Compact Plus. HD channels are not available on DSTV Compact. Note that if you need 100% EPL, you have to go for the premium package.

DSTV Premium N10,000 per month:
DSTV Premium package is the high-end package offering you all available DSTV SD/HD video, and audio channels. The last time we checked, DSTV Premium offers over 85 exciting TV channels. Channels exclusive to DSTV Premium package include Mnet Movies 1 & 2, Discovery channel, SuperSport 3, History Channel, Boomerang, Discovery, all HD channels, and so on. DSTV Premium package is for people who want nothing less than the best. If you want to receive HD channels then you need to go for DSTV Premium as HD channels currently exclusive on the Preminm package. If you also want to watch 100% matches of the English Premier league, the DSTV premium package is your best bet. You will also be able to access the Premier league's 24-hour full HD content service, if you own a DSTV HD PVR decoder.



DSTV usage & subscription issues


Here are a few things you may want to know about DSTV
Free Channels on DSTV

DSTV do not offer any free channels, once your subscription expires, you will not be able to receive any TV signal. Initially some channels may be available free for a few hours, but with time all DSTV channels will no longer be available until you pay your subscription. To avoid losing your viewing, visit any DSTV outlet two days before your payment due date to make your payment. Your DSTV subscription will be renewed automatically if you pay on time.
Paying DSTV Subscription

You can pay your
DSTV bills Online which is the most convenient. You can also pay your DSTV subscription at any DSTV outlet near you.You can also pay at some designated banks. If you are on internet banking at your bank, you will not need to visit your bank as you can make payment to DSTV from your home or office. To avoid losing your viewing, make your payment two days before your payment due date.

To make your HD PVR decoder more useful, DSTV has launched four high definition (HD) channels. DSTV Premium subscribers with HD PVR decoders will now be able to watch dedicated HD channels. HD channels currently available on DSTV include MNET Africa HD, iConcert HD, Supersports HD, and Discovery HD Showcase. HD offers crisp and bright pictures as well as crystal clear sound.

To experience the full power of HD, you will require some hardware upgrade in addition to the DSTV HD PVR decoder. This include a HD ready TV and a surround sound system.

DSTV is a digital satellite TV service offered by MultiChoice in Nigeria and across Africa. DSTV signals are officially available in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Madagascar, Cameroon, The Gambia, Liberia, and dozens of African countries.

To find information on DSTV  visit 
www.dstvafrica.com.


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  1. This is a well researched information update on DSTV. I will quickly invite my neighbour who wants to but DSTV to visit this page before going on. The Customers' Service Section can't even give you this kind of information. Thanks dear.

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