MultiChoice Kenya has announced that its Kenyan customers will have to pay more for its DStv and Gotv Services from September due to the increased cost of producing content as well as the weakening of the Kenyan shilling.
“DStv has over the past year absorbed increased content costs and foreign exchange impacts, due to the weakening Kenya shilling…Africa’s most-loved storyteller has considered the rate of consumer inflation and current economic pressures facing Kenyans when considering its annual price adjustments.” said MultiChoice Kenya managing director Nancy Matimu in a statement.
The charges are set to rise by 8.61 per cent in response to rising operation costs, the pay television company said yesterday.
The higher charges for its various bouquets will see adjustments of between 5 per cent and 8.61 per cent for both DStv and GOtv customers. Some GOtv bouquets will however remain unaffected.
Customers on the DStv Premium tariff plan will pay Sh8,900 per month from the previous Sh8,400 in the new rates. While Subscribers to the Compact Plus tariff plan will pay Sh5,500 from Sh5,100.
Those on the Compact tariff plan will pay Sh3,000 from Sh2,800, while those on the DStv access package will pay Sh1,150 from Sh1,050.
GOtv Supa customers will have to pay an extra Sh100 to access their channels from the current Sh1,499 monthly. Those on the GOtv Max bouquet will pay Sh1,249 from Sh1,150.
Customers on lower bouquets such as GOtv Plus and GOtv Value will pay an additional Sh60 and Sh40 every month, respectively. They are currently paying Sh870 and Sh550, respectively.
Multichoice has in the last three years increased charges on its bouquets, citing increased operational costs.