Our expert says:
Perhaps the questioner is aware of the years of high-quality TV reviews I wrote here in H24, when working with the folks at DSTV and elsewhere
I strongly suspect DSTV makes more profit out of the hardware than the programming, which without doubt has been seriously degraded in recent years. It is puzzling that the version of many of the multi-national channels we receive is very VERY much more feeble than those seen in other countries. We no longer see most great new movies, and if one or two are chosen for publicity purposes, they are shown only a couple of times, where as the dreck of the cinema world is repeated endlessly.
And DISH magazine frankly lies about content, ignoring the occasional really good film ( I suspect its authors wouldn't know a good film if it bit them on the ankle ) and falsely listing as "Premiere" showings, films they have shown endlessly on DSTV and all other free channels as well.
And some of the taff are incredibly cack-handed, interrupting a program in mid-sentence to cram in yet another of the endless ads for DSTV, often urging us to watch the very show we were actually watching before we were so rudely interrupted ! And then resuming, abruptly, either with an overlap we've already seen, or having missed a minute or two crucial to the plot, during the inane ads.
DSTV is firstly devoted totally to profits and no viewers. Then it is determined by all means to build market share in the rest of Africa, and will always cheerfully ignore the interests of SA viewers ( even though they pay most of the profits ) to encourage a handful of new viewers in Chad or wherever. And there seems after management changes in recent years to be an unfortunate preponderance of women with a highly old-fashioned view of wone, hence the mass of bad rom-coms and bad chick-flicks, and the ignoring of materials actually interesting to intelligent and independent women.
There's no point in e-mailing your concerns to DSTV as they would pay no attention whasoever. Only correspondence from sycophants is welcomed
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