DSTV is not shy to constantly broadcast the message that it gives us so much more.
Indeed, there are a lot of channels to choose from. Sometimes there is something that I really do want to see. But whenever I really want to watch something worthwhile, hopping through the channels produces very little.
A part of the problem could be that we are simply getting what the world's TV channels are churning out. In fact some of the shows are award winners back home in the US.
What do we actually get with DSTV?
There is a bunch of movie channels showing predominantly Hollywood commercial movies. All in all there is very little that is not mainstream commercial US cinema. There is, however, a large audience for European cinema. There is a small audience for almost every type of film. The fact of the matter is that most films that reach Cannes will never be shown on DSTV which would rather show endless repeats of Hollywood movies.
The news channels have become poor. Not our fault. BBC entertainment has become a joke. BBC Lifestyle has become poor.
As for sports, DSTV is outstanding! Probably the best in the world - at least for the sports that enjoy wide popularity.
Multichoice is in the business of making money. There is nothing wrong with that. But when I have to pay R559 every month, I expect Multichoice to also cater for more minority tastes.