Digital satellites television [DSTV] has been the preferred choice for South Africans for many years until the arrival of Netflix. Nonetheless, DStv and Netflix are two different platforms. Already 9/10 South Africans use Dstv. Recently, South Africans have abandoned Dstv and opted for Netflix.Dstv and opted for Netflix.
According to the latest survey conducted by South Africans suggested that an online streaming service like Netflix is killing the satellite TV providers. This is not the first time TV providers are losing the competition to online streaming services. South Africans who are financial constraints have opted for reasonable platforms like Netflix and Showmax ahead of DStv and the reason is affordability.
Reasons Netflix is overtaking Dstv
The survey proved about 70 percent of South Africans that owned Dstv also have other online movie streaming accounts. It further explained that 50 percent of South Africans who ditched Dstv was a result of Netflix. The survey also showed they cancelled their account due to high-cost subscription. However, some users also say, with Netflix, they get first-hand programs without commercials. Programs can be also be downloaded and watch offline.
Netflix with its cheaper subscriptions, all of its contents are streamed at 4K. To top it up, the user can stream on up to 4 devices simultaneously. In an attempt to salvage the lost battle against Netflix saw the introduction of the Dstv Now app which is available in both Android and iOS. According to mybroadband.co.za, the most popular package among DStv users in South Africa is the DStv premium package.
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The advantage DStv has over Netflix.
Dstv offers something Netflix doesn’t have, which is sports, news, entertainment and kids programs. So the question is would you rather forgo sports, news, entertainment and kids program for a movie bound platform, is it worth it? Moreover, it is an online service which requires internet to work while Dstv is a satellite TV.
Another complain South Africans have about their streaming platform is, it takes a little while for new programs to be made available to users. Furthermore, when it does, movie selection depends on your location. What this means is users in the United States and South Africa may not have available the same movie for selection.
In conclusion, both offer great forms of entertainment. The choice may be inspired by your preference. If you are only into movies then an online streaming platform may be your ideal choice. For users with interest in current affairs, news, sports and kids program, they will prefer the satellite TV.
I see the online stream best suited for singles or perhaps young couples without children. On the other hand, satellite television is something for the entire family. You can also share your thoughts in the comment box.