DSTV Nigeria Packages – DSTV is a leading Satellite cable TV service from Multichoice in Nigeria and across Africa. The service 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 streaming services like DSTV Now and Showmax.
Multichoice has the DSTV Compact Plus package targeted at sports lovers and has introduced three new bouquet in the DSTV Padi, DSTV Yanga and DSTV Confam with the Access and Family packages discontinued.
DSTV Nigeria Packages
This popular cable TV operates in several African countries and beyond. Although often criticised for the ever-increasing cost of its packages, one can hardly speak ill of the influence Multichoice has on the Nigerian Cable TV industry. Actually, the target audience is generally low-income earners, which makes it very much necessary to provide friendly pricings.
HD channels currently available on DSTV include, SuperSport HD 11, SuperSport HD 12, SuperSport HD 3, MNET West HD, 1Magic HD, MMET Premium HD, MNET Movies Smile HD, MNET Action+ HD, Studio Universal HD, WWE Channel HD, TLC HD, Discovery Family HD, Africa Magic Showcase HD, Discovery ID HD, and Discovery HD Showcase. HD offers crisp and bright pictures as well as crystal clear sound.
Barclays English Premier League is available on DSTV. So, if you want to watch the whole 380 matches live, you are better off with the pay TV service. However, to be able to view all SuperSport channels that show the Barclays Premier league in Nigeria, you have to subscribe for the DSTV Compact Plus package, which goes for ₦12,400/month.
The package of over 150 channels is available on DSTV Premium, which costs ₦18,400 monthly. The Premium package also comes with free subscription to the Showmax streaming service. The Compact package also offers some more sports channels.
DSTV Explora Decoder
DSTV Explora is the most advanced decoder from Multichioce. It offers a lot of features that offers a great viewing experience. The Explora is first an HD PVR decoder. This means you can watch high quality HD content from HD channels. It also means you can record content on the decoder. According to Multichoice, the Explora can record up to 220 hours of content.
However, Explora decoder is not just a PVR decoder, it also comes with internet access allowing you stream and download content online. The DSTV Catchup feature enables you catchup with programmes you may have missed, plus other content. The DSTV BoxOffice gives you exclusive access to latest blockbuster movies. You can rent and download any of the available movies and keep them for up to 48 hours.
The price of the Explora decoder is currently put at 55,000 Naira with installation kit (Dish, LNB, etc), though a couple of merchants on Jumia currently sells the Explora decoder for between 65,000 and 90,000 Naira. The offers on Jumia usually adds one month subscription to Compact, Compact Plus, or Premium packages.
DSTV SD & HD PVR Decoders
To receive DSTV channels, subscribers require a satellite dish (with dish kit like LNB, etc), a DSTV decoder (HD Zapper Decoder or Explora Decoder), a smart card and a remote control. DSTV is a pay Satellite TV service, so signals are encrypted. By paying your subscription and slotting your smart card in your decoder, your decoder will be enabled to decode the encrypted digital TV signals.
DSTV offers HD ready Personal Video Recording, PVR for short built-into the Explora, which can combine perfectly with your Zapper decoder for Xtraview, enabling you to watch two channels while recording another two channels, all simultaneously.
The Explora enables subscribers record live TV programmes and greatly improve user experience. With the Explora decoder, subscribers can record up to 220 hours of 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 Explora decoders come with instant replay feature, just press a button and the last 20 seconds of the programme will be replayed. Other possibility of the HD PVR decoders include rewinding and fast-forwarding live TV and recording live TV programmes.
Recording is not the only advantage of the Explora, the HD stands for High Definition, which means that you get more details on your HDTV when watching the new HD channels. Your HD PVR decoder delivers crispier, brighter, smoother, and more colourful pictures to your living room. You also get better sound quality.
The 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 now has seven 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 the satellite TV service include, SuperSport HD 1, SuperSport HD 2, SuperSport HD 3, MNET West HD, 1Magic HD, MMET Premium HD, MNET Movies Smile HD, MNET Action+ HD, Studio Universal HD, WWE Channel HD, TLC HD, Discovery Family HD, and Africa Magic Showcase HD. 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 HD PVR decoder. This include a HD ready TV (HDTV) and a surround sound system (Home theatre).
DSTV Nigeria Packages and Bouquets Prices
DSTV initial access cost is around ₦18,600 to ₦90,000. This will include cost of satellite dish (with dish kit), decoder, and cables. This price may also be bundled with subscription for one month or more. You will pay for installation separately.
DSTV Padi (₦1,850 per Month):
DSTV Padi bouquet offers over 40 channels mostly local and international TV channels, like BBC World, CNC World, Telemundo, Televista, B4U Movies, Africa Magic (Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba), NatGeo Wild, Spice TV, SilverBird, NTA 2, NTA News 24, Galaxy TV, AIT, Channels TV, SuperSport BLITZ, Jim Jam, Mindset, and so on.
CNN, most MNET channels, and most SuperSport channel are missing in this package the last time we checked. You also get audio channels with the Padi plan. The Padi package is an entry-level cable package.
DSTV Yanga (₦2,565 per Month):
The Yanga bouquet looks similar to the discontinued DSTV Access, but boasts of over 95 channels mostly local and international TV channels. Yanga adds a couple of new channels to the Access channels like Africa Magic Epic, ROK2, ROK GH, SuperSports Football, RealTime, MTV Base, and EL.
However, all the highlight Access channels are available like BBC World, Telemundo, MNET Movies Zone, Fox Life, ROK3, Zee World, Africa Magic Family, Discovery Family HD, NatGeo Wild, AIT, SilverBird, Channels, NTA I, SuperSport BLITZ, Al jezeera, Mindset Learn, E! Entertainment,Jim Jam,Disney Junior, Africa Magic (World, Hausa & Yoruba only) and so on.
DSTV Confam (₦4,615 per Month):
The Confam bouquet looks similar to DSTV Family, but boasts of over 120 channels mostly local and international TV channels You get all the DSTV Access channels plus CNN, ESPN, MNET City, Universal Channel, Fox, Africa Magic Epic, ROK2, BBC Lifstyle, Food Network, Boomerang, MTV Base, Cartoon Network.
Compared the DSTV Yanga, DSTV Confam adds channels like SuperSports La Liga, SuperSports Variety 3 HD, SuperSport Variety 4 HD, ESPN, CNN, Fox, Universal Channel, Da Vinci, CBS Reality, MNET City, BET, TNT Africa, Star Life, BBC Lifstyle, Food Network, SuperSport HD 7, SuperSport 8 HD, Boomerang, Cbeebies, Cartoon Network.
DSTV Compact (₦7,900 per Month)
DSTV Compact offers you all Confam channels and more. Channels Added to the Compact package includes MNET Movies 4, KIX HD, Studio Universal HD, VUZU, BBC Brit, BET, MTV, TNT Africa, Africa Magic Urban, ROK, National Geographic, Discovery ID HD, SuperSport Premier League HD, SuperSport Variety 2 HD, WWE Channel HD, Disney, Disney XD, Trace Mziki, Sky News, Ebony Life TV and so on, over 135 channels in all.
If you need more Exciting channels then, the Compact bouquet is a good choice. HD channels are also not available in this package. This is usually the entry package that comes with your initial DSTV purchase. You get it free for one month with decoder, remote, dish, and dish kit all for 18,600 Naira. You can always subscribe to a higher or lower package after the first depending on what your budget can handle.
DSTV Compact Plus (₦12,400 per Month)
DSTV Compact Plus offers all DSTV Compact channels in addition to more sports channels. The sports channels added are SuperSport Football Plus HD, SuperSport Variety 1 HD, SuperSport Action HD, ESPN 2 HD. 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 Premium package.
Subscribers to the bouquet will be able to watch EPL matches, Champions League 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. However, it is not only sports channels that are added to the Compact Plus compared to the Compact plus package.
Other additional channels include Africa Magic Showcase, MNET Movies 3 HD, CBS Justice, Discovery Channel HD, Lifetime Entertainment, Crime and Investigation Network, History Channel, CGTN News. If the only reason you subscribe to the Premium bouquet is to watch sports, especially football then you are better off with Compact Plus.
DSTV Premium (₦18,400 per Month):
DSTV Premium package is the high-end package offering you all available DSTV video, and audio channels. The last time we checked, the Premium package offers over 175 exciting channels. Channels exclusive to Premium package include MNET HD, MNET Movies 1 HD, MNET Movies 2 HD, Comedy Central, TLC Entertainment, CNC World, all HD channels, and so on.
Note that despite Compact Plus being all about sports, not all sports channels are available on the package. To get all sports channels, you will have to subscribe to the Premium package.
Sports channels exclusive to the Premium package include: SuperSport GrandStand HD, SuperSport Rugby, SuperSport Cricket, SuperSport Golf, SuperSport Tennis HD, and SuperSport MotorSport HD. The 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 the Premium as HD channels currently exclusive on the Preminm package.
If you also want to watch 100% matches of the English Premier league, the 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 HD PVR decoder or Explora Decoder. Subscribing to the premium package means you can stream movies and series on Showmax free. Showmax currently costs 2,900 Naira per month.
DSTV Access (₦2,000 per Month) [Discontinued]
DSTV Access bouquet offers over 90 channels mostly local and international TV channels, like BBC World, Telemundo, MNET Movies Zone, Fox Life, ROK3, Zee World, Africa Magic Family, Discovery Family HD, NatGeo Wild, AIT, SilverBird, Channels, NTA I, SuperSport BLITZ, SuperSport 9, SuperSport 10, Al jezeera, Mindset Learn, E! Entertainment, Jim Jam, Disney Junior, Africa Magic (World, Hausa & Yoruba only) and so on.
CNN, most MNET channels, and most SuperSport channel are missing in this package the last time we checked. The Access plan now has Audio channels. The Access package is an entry-level cable package.
DSTV Family (₦4,000 per Month) [Discontinued]
DSTV Family is likely to be the most popular DSTV package; it offers a reasonable selection of TV channels at a reasonable price. The Family package offers you all DSTV Access channels and more.
Channels Added to the Family package include CNN, ESPN Classic, MNET City, Universal Channel, Fox, Africa Magic Epic, ROK2, BBC Lifstyle, Food Network, SuperSport HD 7, SuperSport 8 HD, Boomerang, MTV Base, Cartoon Network, and so on, over 100 channels in all.
Note that Multichoice reserve the right to alter channels in any package at anytime so always verify what is included in the package you intend to buy or subscribe for before making payment.
DSTV Installation may be free or paid separately. This should cost 3,000 Naira to 10,000 Naira depending on the nature of the installation. Currently the cost of getting DSTV is 18,600 Naira. This includes cost of decoder, dish, dish kit (installation kit), remote, and one month free subscription to the compact package.
Free Channels on DSTV
DSTV offers a one free channel when your subscription expires. However, this is a local free-to-air channels NTA 2. Once your subscription expires, you will not be able to receive exciting TV channels.
Initially some channels may be available free for a few hours, but with time all DSTV channels, except NTA 2 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 subscription will be renewed automatically if you pay on time.
Paying DSTV Subscription
You can pay your DSTV subscription at any outlet of the pay TV service near you. You can also pay at some designated banks. If you are on internet banking or mobile banking service of your bank, you will not need to visit your bank as you can make payment to DSTV from your home or office.
You can also pay online in Nigeria at using payment services like JumiaPay, QuickTeller, OPay, etc. To avoid losing your viewing, make your payment two days before your payment due date. To make your HD decoder more useful, DSTV now offers many high definition (HD) channels.
Some HD channels currently available on DSTV include SuperSport HD 5, SuperSport HD 2, SuperSport HD 3, MNET Africa HD, MMET Movies Premiere, 1Magic HD, and Discovery HD. 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 HD decoder or Explora 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 specific to any African country, visit DSTV Africa website at www.dstvafrica.com. There you can select your country to view information specific to your country.
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