Multichoice Africa has relaunched the DStv Compact bouquet, now featuring 25 satellite television channels and more than 50 music and radio channels. DStv Compact is designed as an alternative to the Premium Bouquet, which features the full range of more than 50 television channels as well as the music and radio channels selection.

The monthly fee for the service is discounted and makes available DStv viewing to people who cannot afford to pay for the full bouquet. Included in the relaunch are several new channels, notably ActionX, SuperSportZone, BBC World and National Geographic. In addition, the popular horse racing channel, Teletrack is included in the bouquet.

"Although the DStv Premium Bouquet remains the first choice for most satellite television viewers, DStv Compact is also proving popular and enables access to the DStv service to a wider number of people, given its discounted subscription level," said Kirsty Brien, marketing manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe.

Other channels available to Compact viewers include movie channels Hallmark and Africa Magic, SuperSport Update and the internationally renowned sports channel ESPN, which features a range of sporting attractions, including European soccer. Other Compact channels range from CNN and SABC Africa to The Series Channel and BBC Prime, as well as Reality TV, BBC Food, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Cartoon Network, Channel O and MTV. Various educational and specialist channels make up the remainder, which also includes ZTV.

"In the context of Zimbabwe's challenging economic environment, the availability of an alternative channel offering a strong selection from the Premium Bouquet at a discounted rate is extremely positive and opens DStv to a wider audience across the country," said Ms Brien.

The Herald


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