DStv and Multichoice announce complete overhaul of SuperSport

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Balls! Kicking! A combination of elated and disappointed tears! While it could be possible that I’m talking about the high school experience of some unfortunate souls, what I’m actually talking about is sports, a field (excuse me) of entertainment that’s been more than a little high and dry at the moment. It’s a change that SuperSport has been forced to adapt to pretty dramatically and for better it worse, it’s needed to make some changes to how its all run. That’s the thinking behind the latest channel overhaul Multichoice is conducting with the veritable onslaught of SuperSport channels on DStv, in an attempt to offer more bespoke packages and all-round quality viewing for all.

Which sounded very professional, actually. I’m impressed by my own ability to spew corporate crap all over the dining room table. All you need to know is that SuperSport is overhauling its abundance of channels to try and clean some of the leftovers into the sink. The first step, throwing out all the numbers. SuperSport 1, 2, 3, 765? There’s too much of that. Instead, SuperSport Grandstand will be the premier location for all the biggest sporting events while every other channel will change to become dedicated to a specific sport. Thus, you’ll soon find a SuperSport channel that’s solely about golf or cricket or maybe Hungarian mud wrestling. Whatever sort of physical activity tickles your fancy.

As for SuperSport Grandstand, that which used to be SuperSport 1, Multichoice has stated that the, “flagship channel will host the best of any live curated sport available to DStv Premium customers at any one time, including soccer, rugby, cricket, golf and tennis.”

Speaking to the massive changes, SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane said, “The changes will mean that additional SuperSport channels of local and international sporting content will be added to the DStv package. Genre channelling will no doubt increase awareness of a broader range of content, which may have always been on the platform, but wasn’t necessarily easy to discover. This signals a radical change designed to make content discovery more seamless.”

The change-over will take place on 1 September and is probably a good thing, really. SuperSport is kind of a mess, with the only real consistency in broadcasting coming from SuperSport 1. So cleaning up all the over useless channels no one was watching anyway and re-purposing them for specific genres? Sure, that sounds like a pretty solid plan actually.

(Source: TechCentral)

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55 Comments

    • Switch to iptv.. satellite tv is stone age technology!! Who uses that crap with cables running all over and stuff hanging from rooftops??

    • Mark Hendticks on

      Dstv is unjust. I applied for price-lock resently it took forever to get my delivery. The price was suppose to be R600 and now I’m told to pay R786 I called several times. It is impossible to to get an explanation why I have to pay even though I’ve been promised feedback by emailweks have gone by and yet no response. Can you help please

      • Too many useless channels. Packed with programs that are if no interest to my family.
        Need to streamline channels for personal preferences.

    • We are old age pensioners and have seen all the series thay are coming back. You are taking away Holby City and Casualty. We look forward to both of them every week. Now we are paying for stuff we have already seen. I have been with DSTV since it first opened. I am on the full package because of these series. So please dont take them away. Cant you put them else where. I dont have wi fi

      • So upset no more channel 119!!, one of the better channels for sure but now just end up watching more repeats!!!…..
        Definitely going down the tubes

  1. Colin Atterbury on

    Seems like re-arranging chairs, nothing has substantially changed. They still milk the rugby, cricket and tennis supporters to prop up the others channels. They falling into the same trap as Blackberry messenger, once a premium product refusing to change with newer trends and technologies.

    You can get a VPN and skysports and netflix subscription for less than half the prices DSTV is charging.

  2. To me nothing has changed, they are getting too expensive for common man, if any others come out and start showing premier league then DStv is done for, they better bring their prices down so they won’t loose more costumers , I for one is getting out of their grip soon

  3. I am a pensioner and watching Dstv take away programmes and keeping the subs at the same level .Less for more !!

    • Absolute nonsense…What value added to the current high cost.
      I have a bigger thing coming soon to abrogate DStv

    • This is pure stupidity, having made increasement in subscription what’s the added value not even a single super sport 4 as a wrestling fan but not their fault anyway but Nigeria government for permitting them to practice monopoly market if not how can we pay that kind of money for confam subscription without a single super sport 4 I’m very sure of one thing sooner or later there must be rival

  4. Reg penfold on

    Why does DSTV not provide a specisl price for pensioners. 30 yrs sgo we could afford to pay our dubs as well as our parents. So it mdkes you think how long i have supported DSTV and asking gives us a special rate as we receive a state pension and cannot go out to pubs and fports bars to watch sport

  5. Hey DStv why don’t you make more packages eg. Like if you only want to watch sports or make a package where one can choose what they want to watch because half the time we pay so much money and don’t even watch half the channels that are playing

    • I fully agree! Give me the option to choose and pay for my own channels! It has been done in Nigeria with some government intervention. Why can’t we do the same?
      Maybe all subscribers must flood DStv ‘s email inbox with such a request..?

  6. Yahaya Adamu on

    You promise to upgrade me to compct plus once I paid before 26/7/2020 within 48 hrs but yet my compact channels remain the same

    • Chris Greager on

      Dropping channel 119 might be the final straw as far as I am concerned. It has some of the best shows such as Casualty, Holby City, and many other excellent serials. Take that away and most of the other entertainment channels are complete rubbish. Why on 120 the constant repeats of Top Gear and other stale shows?. Some more than 10 years old.

      • I agree, what about Riviera, I used to record Casualty, Holby City and Riviera, and now they are doing away with 119 we are looking into British TV.org it’s cheap compared with Multichoice and if it’s good we will cancel DSTV had enough of repeat rubbish!

  7. Same storey. DSTV think thr viewers are all STOOGES by doing a bit of reshuffling of channels for a far too high subscription.!!

    • A lot of waffle that has most people scratching their heads wondering what exactly they are talking about. I have the feeling that channels keep getting axed so there are fewer channels but pricing goes up. And of course the repeats….oh my word the repeats!! But the waffle continues. No wonder people are switching to Netflix!

    • Michel Dolores on

      Dstv is very expensive and Iam paying to watch the same movies over and over. You are a bunch of crooks. You think nothing of your customers your service is very poor. When you are 1 day or 2 days late they disconnect you than you cunt even watch Sabc 1,2 or 3 not even news. Please tell me why?

    • Tabane Rakau on

      Dstv is way too expensive and they busy showing us repeat, their WhatsApp is useless, they make us watch too gear that is older than 10 years, repeat of movies, 1 day late payment they cut you off like seriously. Sure soon they will increase subscription fee. I’m not happy at all

  8. Stephen George on

    Please we need pay as you used the subscription is too expensive for the common man to bear.i can not pay #10.800 just to watch sports channels like champion league

  9. I switched to iptv and for $15 a month I get access to over 10,000 channels and 40,000 vod !! It’s like entertainment on steroids!! Hundreds of movie & sports channels (I mean 2020 movies not the 19th century movies on DStv that keep repeating all year round)

  10. This is pure stupidity, having made increasement in subscription what’s the added value not even a single super sport 4 as a wrestling fan but not their fault anyway but Nigeria government for permitting them to practice monopoly market if not how can we pay that kind of money for confam subscription without a single super sport 4 I’m very sure of one thing sooner or later there must be rival

  11. SHARON VERSFELD on

    Well they drop 119 ,120 123
    i will be dropping them too

    I fully agree! I’d rather have the option to choose and pay for my own channels!I believe its its been done in Nigeria Why can’t we do the same?
    Maybe all subscribers must flood DStv ‘s email inbox with such a request..?
    Guess dstv will be just another company going going down ,more people out of work.

  12. Maureen van der Salm on

    BBC 119 channel is what I view constantly, if you are taking away programmes such as Holby City and Casualty never mind ITV as well I may as well do without DSTV and look elsewhere.

  13. Take away Casualty and Holby City then I may as well right off DSTV as very little else to look forward to each week? Do you ever bother asking before you make such decisions?

  14. I am seriously upset that Casualty and Holby City have been taken away. My two most-favourite shows gone. Saying that “find Channel 119 programmes on other channels, such as 101, 174, 120 – total rubbish – I don’t see any of the Channel 119 shows on those channels. Why have you done this? Especially as the last episode of each show were such huge cliffhangers. Not a happy chappie

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