This post was most recently updated on September 6th, 2019
I would be discussing and analysing the cheapest sports PayTV in Africa in today’s article. According to my thorough research, DStv Nigeria premium subscription which cost #15,800($43.3) monthly. is the overall cheapest full package subscription in the whole of Africa. Taking the 2nd position is beIN Sports complete package($45 around $16,200) and in the 3rd position is canal+ and tout by canal Africa which cost $71.12( about #25,000) per months.
Elsewhere, we have Startimes. Startimes is just there in its own league. Unfortunately for startime, Multichoice just slashed the price of their GOtv max subscription which means startimes Unique package( at #3,800 without EPL) may suffer a drop in revenue.
In addition, the cost of cable tv subscription outside Africa with the exception of Asia is more expensive than what is obtainable in Africa. Let us take, for example, Sky American Directv cost from $110(#38,000), Sky UK complete cost around £79(#38,000). Also in Australia, the cost of cable tv subscription can go as high as AUD 75 ($55)and the trend continues.
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Summarily, my list of the cheapest sports PayTV in Africa will only include those popular pay-TV companies that offer various sports programs. It is by no means an exhaustive list. However, this is a popular list as it contains the 4 most popular satellite tv providers in Africa namely: DStv, beIN, canal, and Startv. Next, I will present to you each one of them and their prices.
DStv & GOtv multichoice Africa
In my introduction, I confidently declared DStv Nigeria premium as the overall cheapest full satellite package in Africa. I mean not only in sub-Sahara but also in the whole of Africa. Interestingly, you can find the reasons below.
Wikipedia gave the list of countries where DStv services are available. DStv (Digital Satellite Television) is a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice. They provide multiple channels and services to their subscribers, which currently number around 11.9 million. The majority of subscribers are in South Africa and Nigeria, with Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, Ethiopia, The Peoples Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Swaziland and Botswana additionally served by the company.
DStv subscription packages for Nigerians as at August 2018
- DStv premium: #15,800 ($43) it has everything you can think of you get all kinds of sporting events.
- Compact plus: #10,650
- DStv compact: #6,800($18) this is their basic EPL and La Liga package
- DStv family: 4000
- Access: 2000
- DStv FTA Plus: #1600
- DStv Indian: 5400
- Great Wall African bouquet: #1000
I conclude that of all the major cable TV companies we have in Africa, DStv Nigerian premium subscription is the cheapest. Only when you are looking at the most complete packages the individual companies have to offer. Sadly, away from DStv Nigeria, DStv subscription is very expensive in other countries where DSTv operates as you will see in the table below.
DStv Multichoice Subscription fees in sub-Sahara African countries
My divisor would be #360 to $1.
|DStv premium in Zimbabwe = $65 (#23,400)
DStv compact in Zimbabwe cost $25
|The chad republic pays $82 for the premium subscription and $29 for compact.|
|The price of DStv premium in South Africa is||Djibouti also pays $82 for DStv premium and $29 for the compact sub.|
|DStv Mega subscription in Angola is AKZ13400 ($52). This is equivalent to #18,720||Interesting twist in Ethiopia as they pay $80 for premium and $33 for the compact subscription.|
|In the Benin Republic, DStv premium goes for $82 while compact is $29||Guinea is $82 and $29 just like the majority.|
|DStv premium in Ghana is GHS330 ($69/#24,800) While compact is: GHS125||Kenya pays KES7900($79) for premium and KES3200($32) for compact|
|DStv premium as at August 2018 in South Africa cost R809( $60.1 , #21,000). Similarly, a Compact bouquet is currently at R385 ($29)||Ivory coast CFA59000($104) and CFA21000($37)|
|In Seychelles, they pay $88 for premium and $29 for compact||Liberia pays to DStv $82 for premium and $29 for compact.|
|Also in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Congo, the cost is $82 and $29 for premium and compact subscription respectively|
|Ask those in bostwana and they will tell you that the premium sub cost BWP670($64.5) while compact is BWP320($30.8)|
|Also in Cape Verde, they pay $82/$29|
Cheapest sports PayTV in Africa
NOTE: From the aforementioned, we can all see that DStv Nigeria from all indications has the cheapest sports PayTV in Africa. Not even South Africa where the headquarters is located comes very close. In Nigeria, we are still battling with overpopulation, economic recession and massive unemployment. I guess that is the reason we pay the cheapest. It currently stands at #15,800(43) and #6,800($18) respectively.
GOtv Max packages and price
As at the 2nd of August, 2018 the price of GOtv Max Nigeria subscription is #3,200( and it has the following sports channels: ss blitz, super sports select 1, 2, 3 and 4. You can watch English premier league, La Liga, Serie A, WWE, rugby and so on.
Canalplus Afrique 22W occupies the second position
Given the second position to canal plus is very difficult as the second position ought to go to beIN. However, since canal plus deservedly has the cheapest all sports only packages in Africa, I will give it to her. The countries where canal plus Afrique have right to broadcast include cover mostly French-speaking West Africa countries like Congo, cot d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria(only none EPL channels), Burundi, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Gabon, Chad, Togo, Mauritania and so on.
Canal+ (Canal Plus, is a French premium cable television channel launched in 1984. It is 100% owned by the Canal+ Group. The channel broadcasts several kinds of programming, mostly encrypted. Unencrypted programming can be viewed free of charge on Canal+ and on satellite on Canal+ Clair (Clear). Canal+ is also one of the two major pay-TV company that offers adult only channels on its package. They broadcast majorly in the french language. 99% of their commentary is in French.
Canalplus Afrique sports packages
For c+ Afrique to be on this list of the cheapest sports PayTV in Africa, it means they deserve to be there. Canalplus actually has three major packages for sports lovers. What however stands them out is their CANAL+ package. This is a package that consists of only sports and canal+ channels. No new, entertainment or any other channels. The sports channels on canal+ are capable of entertaining you with sports programs across the globe. This includes EPL, UCL, UEL, Tennis, boxing and others.
Prices of Major canal+ sports packages
1.CANAL+ (Sports only package): this cost CFA10000($17.7 equivalent to #6440 $17.78 all canal sports only package. The content of this package is what makes it ineligible to be sold in Nigeria. If you buy and use this in Nigeria, you would be using it as a pirated device. Only DStv has the exclusive rights to EPL in Nigeria for now. Simply because of the price of this package, we have a high volume of smuggling of these decoders into countries where they are not officially allowed to operate.
2. CANAL+ & EVASION+ (Sports movies and all) 202 Channels, radio and services: 20k 12,881.22 ($35.56) includes 2 Adult movies
3. TOUT CANAL+ (full package equivalent to DStv premium/mega) 220 CHannels: 40000 fcfa 25,762 ($71.12) also includes 5 adult channels
beIN Sports by beIN Media group
This is one of the grandmasters of sports broadcasting in part of America, Europe, Asia and MENA. It makes my list of the cheapest sports PayTV in Africa because it has the right to broadcast contents including sports in the Middle East and North African countries. The African counties where beIN is officially available to include: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Djibouti, Libya, Mauritania, Morrocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia. It can, however, be received outside the official countries like in Uganda, Nigeria(4meter dish). and so on. Due to the depth and richness of its sports channels, beIN sports is also a target for cross-border piracy and IPTV.
What makes beIN popular in Africa?: beIN Sports packages
We are still staying on the topic. I am focusing on the sports channels of each satellite tv companies in this review. I pick just two out of all beIN bouquet. These are 1. their standard all sports channels and their full package.
- beIN Sports cheapest sports package: Unlike canal+ package. beIN sports consists of all their sports channels plus every channel in their access package. This awesome package cost a meagre $25(around #9000)
- beIN Sports Elite is their ultimate package. It comprises the complete plus the extra shown below for $45 (#16,200)
According to Wikipedia beIN Sports is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by beIN Media Group, a spinoff of Al Jazeera Media Network. beIN also boasts of 59 exclusive channels, dedicated packages and online streaming of all the biggest games, championships and entertainment.
The channels will be dominated by football coverage. beIN Sports 1 HD will focus on year-round live football with the Premier League. Other live coverage will come from the Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Brazilian national leagues (Paulistao & Brasileirão), as well as major cup tournaments such as the FA Cup, Coppa Italia, and the Coupe de la Ligue.
A final note on beIN: beIN sports broadcast in predominantly Arabic language and it is meant to be used only within the countries where they have licenses.
Startimes TV unique (#3,800): Fox Sports, fox sports 1, 2, trace sports, euro sports news, star sports 2, nta sports 24. You can watch German leagues, local league and Carling cup on starTimes.
Cheapest sports PayTV in Africa: the conclusion
Conclusively, it all boils down to what you can get in your country at the cheapest price. For example, as close as Ghan is to Nigeria, Ghanaians are not legally permitted to use DStv Nigeria decoders in Ghana. Similarly, you can only use canal+ Afrique decoders in a non-supported country at your own risk. This is the reason why many opt for Unofficial IPTV. I am certain this guide will come on handy for those who are moving from one region to another within the African continent.
Tread cautiously and don’t get caught in the crossfire if you are planning to watch pay-TV illegally. We all know times are hard in Africa, especially in Nigeria. Nevertheless, we must not throw all caution into the wind. Once again DStv Nigeria full package is $43(#15,800 while beIN sports Elite package is $45(#16,200). Overall, beIN has more sports contents. Do not overrull canal+ tout package even though it cost a wjhopping $71(#25,000). It is an only canal+ tout and canal+ evasion+ that have pure adult channels. tout has 5 adult movies while evasion+ offers just 2. They all have their diffrences and smililarities at the end of the day.