4 Ways to save on DStv

Subscribing to digital satellite offerings like DStv can be expensive, depending on the package you choose. But there are ways to make some savings and still keep your subscription going, says Angelique Ruzicka.

Keeping up your DStv subscription can be hard, particularly if you pick the premium package which can currently set you back R759 a month or R9108 a year. There’s also the annual price hike to consider on 1 April, which is just around the corner.

But there are a few things you can do to reduce the cost of your subscription and avoid the price hikes:

  1. Pay annually and save

If you pay for your subscription on an annual basis you only pay for 11 months. So instead of paying your R759 a month for your premium package (or R9108 for the premium package once the year is up) you pay a once of amount of R8349. And if you pay before the price increase on the 1 April you make an additional saving as you are quoted on the previous year’s prices.

  1. Get into a price lock

If paying annually is too much then consider DStv’s Price Lock options. If you’re going to upgrade to a DStv Explora and will subscribe for at least two years then this should be something to think about. They can be more expensive than the current rates but you never know what the premiums may hike to and you have no control over that. With the Price Lock you won’t pay a price increase, which has been as much as 8% in the past, for 24 months. Price Lock includes a decoder and installation. Depending on the package you select, the price lock bundle will also include: the monthly access fee, DStv Smart LNB and dish, DStv WiFi Connector and free delivery.

  1. Downgrade to a cheaper package

Downgrading to a cheaper package can also save you money. Prices range from DStv EasyView (R29 per month) to the Premium package which costs R759 a month. If you are on Premium, why not consider DStv Extra which saves you R300 at R459 a month or the DStv Family package which will save you R540 at R219 a month.

  1. Consider other options

Alternatively, consider a competitor to DStv, like Netflix which will give you your first month free and will cost you between $7.99 for the basic package (R104 a month) to $11.99 (R157) per month for the Premium package. However, for services such as Netflix you will require an internet connection.