DStv to cut off SA subscriptions

HARARE - Multichoice intends to cut off Digital Satellite Television, (DStv) viewers who pay their subscriptions in South Africa while residing in Zimbabwe.

Without specifying the time when this move will be implemented, DStv parent company Multichoice last week said that an audit had been conducted to determine the accounts that needed to be corrected.

“In line with international law and copyright conventions MultiChoice is obliged to ensure the correct and legal distribution of channels. To comply, an audit has been done on our accounts and subscribers with accounts outside of their designated territory they are registered for need to be corrected,” said Nano Gasenewe, an official from Multichoice.

A brief survey by the Daily News showed that many people in Zimbabwe prefer paying their subscriptions in South Africa as it offers cheaper rates. It offers South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) channels, which include soap operas in their programming something that Zimbabweans are hooked to.

Some of these soapies include Generations, Isidingo, and Muvhango, which the Zimbabwean viewers used to watch on the free to air channels.

But the locals were cut off after a South African television signal carrier, Sentech, was ordered by the Johannesburg High Court to encrypt its signal. This development saw many Zimbabweans losing access to the neighbouring country’s free-to-air TV channels.

Comments (11)

Baba pindirai vanhu vaye vatanga zvakare

Bruno - 23 March 2015

sies mhani

bibiyana - 23 March 2015

Multichoice is bluffing. They ahave no means of identifying these people who subscribe in SA. The only way is if someone inform them. Its an empty threat which will never materialise.

bluff - 23 March 2015

Mu lti choice must find out why its customers are opting to pay with south african accounts than the local and redress.


no one would have been worried if your rates were cheap and you were offering the channels that the people are following in SA. just offer what the customer wants not what you want and force people to opt fo you out of desperation

dee - 23 March 2015


swann - 24 March 2015

i think mulitchoice should just revist its charges to acommodate all zimbabweans.we are prefering south africa because we can not aford there charges

vengai gibson - 24 March 2015

The reason why pple are paying in SA is because, the rates are cheap and value for money. What has Multichoice Zim has to offer. Rather than cutting why not improve your services to meet SA standards? Offer better services and pple will rush to you

Luke - 24 March 2015


CHIMURENGA - 25 March 2015

If people pref are to pay in South Africa let them do after all who is to benefit from this ? You offer something that people can not afford they simple look for alternatives after all they are not stealing.

Israel - 2 April 2015

people are looking for means to give them money and they are complaining. Can any one help me with how to pay my own subscription, because i have been looking for a means to mine because am in Cameroon. DSTV subscription here is too expensive and Cameroonians are on able to pay.

Terrence - 17 October 2015

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