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DStv Subscription On The High Side Subscribers Agitate

MultiChoice is often criticised for its high DStv prices, especially on its high-end Premium bouquet which carries all the popular sports channels.

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DStv subscribers have become accustomed to an annual DStv premium pricing increase, with the monthly premium currently sitting at R665.

This annual increase – typically inflation linked – is usually met with unhappiness, and MultiChoice is described by many people as a monopoly which is trying to maximise profits at the expense of its customers.

But is MultiChoice’s DStv premium product really as expensive as many people think? We sought to find an answer to this question.

However, while embarking on an exercise to benchmark DStv against international offerings seemed to be a good idea at first, it proved to be exceedingly difficult.

Not only were pay-TV offerings packaged differently from provider to provider, they were sometimes not even available on their own.

Bundled pay TV

For example, many pay-TV operators are also telecommunications companies (or have a partnership with one), bundling both telephone and broadband services with pay-TV into what is sometimes called “triple play” packages.

Even “triple play” has started to become an outmoded buzzword.

With the ubiquity of mobile phones, some companies have even started bundling cellular services with broadband, telephone, and TV into what marketers have called “quadruple play” packages.

For our comparison we’ve avoided the difficult task of trying to compare DStv to bundled services, and instead looked only at stand-alone subscription television services.

Month-to-month versus contract

Many overseas pay TV operators also don’t advertise their services on a month-to-month basis, preferring contracts instead.

In South Africa, DStv and StarSat both work on month-to-month subscriptions.

StarSat even has a prepaid option available, while a few MyBroadband forum members have highlighted how easy it is to cancel your DStv service and receive a pro-rate refund for the remainder of the month you’re not watching.

DStv does offer its subscribers an incentive if they pay for 11 months up-front, by offering them the 12th month free.

Many overseas pay-TV companies prefer to advertise lower monthly fees with conditions. Usually those conditions involve signing a 6-month to 2-year contract, with the fees increasing after the first half of the term.

Promotional prices from overseas operators are also usually only valid for new customers.

For this comparison we disregarded the initial lower fees, looking only at the regular prices after the initial 6 or 12 month periods had elapsed.

What makes a “premium” bouquet?

Another consideration was which pay TV bouquets to include in the comparison.

The obvious starting point was DStv’s Premium bouquet, which includes all the content the platform has to offer in South Africa, particularly its high-value sports channels.

What remains then is to decide which packages from overseas players to compare DStv Premium against.

Since DStv Premium is the highest tier in MultiChoice’s subscription TV offering, would it not be right to compare it to the top-tier offerings of other pay-TV operators?

A quick comparison revealed that this might not be the case, as some of the companies we used in the comparison offered many more channels than DStv.

Channel count is also not necessarily fair as not all channels have equal value to a broadcaster (or distribution platform such as DStv).

In the end we decided to use premium sports as a starting point for this comparison.

If a mid-tier package had a premium sports offering (e.g. NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL in the United States) and a decent number of entertainment channels, it was used in the comparison rather than a company’s higher-end bouquets.

Additional costs

Now that we’ve decided how we want to compare pay TV operators from different countries, the last thing that remains is to try and ensure that as many of the hidden costs are incorporated.

Most of the operators in this comparison have some kind of access fee subscribers have to pay before they can use high definition (HD), or digital video recording (DVR) services.

DStv doesn’t charge an additional fee to receive HD channels (though you do need a compatible decoder), but its does impose a PVR Access fee.

For the purpose of this comparison, PVR/DVR access fees were not considered, but where an operator required a fee to access HD channels, it was added to the price.

Some overseas pay-TV providers also don’t advertise the additional taxes levied on subscriptions to fund local programming initiatives.

In the US and Canada, prices are also quoted without any sales taxes included.

The Money Shot: DStv vs (some of) the world

A last caveat for this comparison: To keep it concise (yet meaningful), and for the sake of our sanity, only pay-TV providers with up-to-date English websites were considered.

The companies used in this pay-TV comparison are:

Service Country TV channels HD channels Monthly price
Dish Top 120 Plus US 190+ 40 R635 ($59.99)
DStv Premium South Africa 135 14 R665
Directv Choice US 150+ 100+ R710 ($66.99)
Shaw Direct Silver Canada 200 40 R716 ($73.34)
Virgin Media More TV + Sky Sports + Movies UK 100+ 24 R938 (£52.25)
Comcast Xfinity TV Digital Preferred US 220+ 100+ R968 ($89.99)
Bell Best Canada 339 76 R1,054 ($107.95)
Dish Everything Pack US 330+ 78 R1,325 ($124.99)
Platinum Foxtel Australia 90 26 R1,332 ($134)
Directv Premier US 285+ 285+ R1,378 ($129.99)
Exchange rates used: R10.60/$, R17.95/£, R9.94/AU$, R9.76/CA$

A note on exchange rates

The above exchange rate-based comparison suggests that DStv fares reasonably well price-wise against similar overseas pay-TV products.

However, doing a direct comparison of the cost of DStv against the converted Rand prices of overseas services has a few pitfalls.

For instance, it does not take into account how much people in a country earn, so it does not really indicate how affordable a pay-TV service is to people in those countries.

While it should be kept in mind that the input costs of pay-TV, such as content and equipment, aren’t adjusted to fit the average income of the people in the countries from which they operate, it would still be interesting to try and measure affordability.

To get an idea of how affordable DStv is, we converted the cost of the various pay-TV services compared earlier to international Dollar – calculated using the World Bank’s 2013 purchasing power parity conversion factors.

Service Country TV channels HD channels Converted price
Shaw Direct Canada 200 40 $59.28
Dish Top 120 Plus US 190+ 40 $59.99
Directv Choice US 150+ 100+ $66.99
Virgin Media More TV + Sky Sports + Movies UK 100+ 24 $75.16
Bell Best Canada 339 76 $87.25
Platinum Foxtel Australia 90 26 $88.74
Comcast Xfinity TV Digital Preferred US 220+ 100+ $89.99
Dish Everything Pack US 330+ 78 $124.99
Directv Premier US 285+ 285+ $129.99
DStv Premium South Africa 135 14 $130.13
Converted prices in international Dollar, and based on the World Bank’s 2013 purchasing power parity conversion factors

The table above shows that, in terms of affordability, DStv Premium is in-line with the top-end packages of Directv and Dish.

However, it does not compare favourably to the cheaper bouquets we originally compared it to in the first table.

Culled from http://mybroadband.co.za

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Japanese Neurologists Confirm Neymar’s Brain on Auto-Pilot When He Plays Soccer

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Neymar's Brain on Auto-Pilot When He Plays Football, Say Japanese Neurologists

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Scientists in Japan have measured Neymar‘s brain activity while he plays football and have worked out that,  compared to an amateur footballer, he uses 10 percent less cerebral function when he performs a task such as rotating his ankle.

The Brazil and Barcelona forward had his brain activity recorded during a session in February, and it was compared to those of footballers playing at a lower level in Spain, as well as several other athletes from different sports.

Their findings back up the theory that a player of Neymar‘s quality owes a great deal to instinct and playing naturally, with the brain almost on auto-pilot as he makes football decisions.

Researcher Eliichi Naito told AFP, via Yahoo! Sports: “From MRI images we discovered Neymar‘s brain activity to be less than 10 percent of an amateur player. It is possible genetics is a factor, aided by the type of training he does.”

And Naito also added in an interview with Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbu: “Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows (the player) to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies.”

Although neither were tested, Naito also added that he expected the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would register similar levels of brain activity as they play.

Neymar made an early impression at the 2014 World Cup with four goals, but a back injury in the quarter-finals ended his campaign early, and Brazil fell apart with heavy defeats to Germany and the Netherlands as the tournament reached its conclusion.

Culled from Naijafrik.com

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Telcom Mobile CEO Cloned Car License Plates To Escape Traffic Fines

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Telkom SA SOC Ltd. (TKG), the South African phone company part-owned by the government, will probe allegations that Chief Executive Officer Sipho Maseko cloned car license plates allowing him to avoid traffic fines.

“The board will look into the matter,” Chief Risk Officer Ouma Rasethaba said by phone yesterday. “We haven’t seen a docket. The matter hasn’t been lodged formally with us.”

Johannesburg’s Star newspaper reported yesterday that Maseko, who has been CEO of Africa’s biggest fixed-line carrier since April last year, is accused of running up about 30,000 rand ($2,853) in traffic fines that were sent to Mabena Motshoane, who runs a company called Purple-Blue Technologies. A police investigation is under way, according to Wayne Minnaar, spokesman for the Johannesburg traffic police. The City of Johannesburg also confirmed the complaint against Maseko.

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Motshoane bought a black Range Rover from a used-car dealership called EJX Auto last year that previously belonged to Maseko, according to documents he showed to Bloomberg News. Following the purchase, Motshoane received several traffic fines linked to a newer model Range Rover with the same license plate, he said.

“I was driving down the highway from Pretoria to Johannesburg and I saw the car with my number plate so I flashed my lights and pulled him over,” Motshoane said in an interview in a restaurant near Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg. He believed the driver of the other car was Maseko. Motshoane has laid charges with the police, alleging that the Telkom CEO cloned the license plates of his old Range Rover resulting in speeding fines being sent to the new owner.

Police Investigation

Maseko said by phone he couldn’t immediately comment because he was in a meeting and that his personal spokesman, Dick Foxton, would comment. He didn’t immediately respond to e-mailed questions. Foxton declined to comment when contacted by mobile phone.

Pynee Chetty, a spokesman for Telkom, also declined to comment.

“A high-level investigation is currently under way” police spokesman Minnaar said by phone. “The docket will soon be handed over to the South African Police Service and the director of prosecutions for a decision on the matter.”

Telkom is about 40 percent owned by the South African government.

“I’m still pondering over” the story, Kholeka Mzondeki, a Telkom board member, said by mobile phone. “It’s probably a confusion. I’m sure the appropriate action will be taken. I will leave it with the chairman.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Renee Bonorchis in Johannesburg at rbonorchis@bloomberg.net; Christopher Spillane in Johannesburg at cspillane3@bloomberg.net

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How Facebook Tagging Can Drive More Traffic To Your Blog

Most Bloggers know how to tag their friends in their Facebook status updates, unfortunately, most are not using it to drive massive traffic to their blogs. Some bloggers even think getting traffic from Facebook is all about using Facebook Pages, which to me, is not easy to use especially in terms of management.

If you own a Facebook account, you can start driving massive traffic to your blog for free if you tag like a pro. It’s a quick way of getting traffic back to your blog while doing what you’ve been doing; updating your Facebook status. I’m not just telling you this without testing it out.

The first day I tried it, I tagged only 3 of my friends who are bloggers. The trio has up to 15000 friends combined, an average of 5000, I only having about 500 friends. The next morning, I opened my StatCounter tracker and to my surprise I saw about 600 unique visits all coming from Facebook. For 2 days, I got up to 2000 visits. I also noticed increase in ads revenue too. Since that day, I’ve been using the trick and working fine for me.

Facebook Traffic

So, How Does It Works?

It works like this:

– You shorten the URL of the blog post you want to promote;
– Sign in to Facebook, go to your privacy settings and set your status updates to public;
– You compose a normal but engaging status update that is relevant with the link you’re promoting, insert that link there and update.

Boom!

You’re done, but there are some factors that will determine whether this will really work for you or not. These are:

1. The Quality Of Friends

The quality of friends matter a lot, not just the quantity here. It’s very important you have friends that are interested in your topic, in what you blog about.

Even if it’s 20 targeted friends, it’s ok. Out of the 20 some have to be high-worth.  For instance since you’re a blogger, you’ll need blogger friends that have a good number of blogger friends.

What do I mean?

Having someone like Darren Rowse of Problogger as a friend on Facebook and tagging him not only brings his eyes on that contact, it brings your contents to thousands of blogger’s too, who are friends with Darren Rowse, because the organic reach of tagging is very powerful. So, this goes with other friends you’ve tagged. Their friends will see it. Since they are bloggers their privacy will be public for obvious reasons.

2. Use Url Shortner

Shortening your links is good, it actually lends an air of mystery and raises the awareness level of the tagged, which will move him or her out of curiosity to follow that link and see what’s that all about.

If you do not shorten your link, those tagged and those viewing through the window (their friends), will not only see the title, they’ll also see the site, which could be a turn off, especially if the title is not catchy and the domain name unprofessional (e.g a blog with a sub-domain like blogspot).
This decreases your visits.

I sign off with a fair warning: don’t tag the same people you’ve tagged before constantly.

Doing that may get them annoyed. If you must tag, give them space or find another sets of friends.

I hope this makes some sense.

What’s your take on this?

This post was written by +Chima Tim . He is a blogger and the founder of the “Internet Helper” blog.  You can connect with him on Facebook and Google+.
More Internet Entrepreneurship Ideas @ Naijafunbox.wordpress.com
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Download and Enjoy Palmchat Messenger For Q5, Q10, Z10, and BB 10 Phones

palmchat for blackberry q10A Friend told me about this new development, do some search and put up here for my friend and other followers to enjoy…

Palmchat is a free social software integrating chatting and dating, which supports multiple chatting types. The app allows users to make more friends through chatrooms, look around, shake, search, dating etc.

If you own a Blackberry 10 device (Q5, Q10, Z10, Z3 etc), you might have noticed that Blackberry 10 devices are not listed on the official download page of Palmchat messenger. More so, if you search for it in the Blackberry World, the reviews there might discourage you from downloading it because many users complained they can’t register with the Palmchat for Blackberry
10 app and that it’s very slow.

Honestly, the reviews discouraged me too. I could still remember how the 2go for Blackberry 10 frustrated me the last time I downloaded it from the Blackberry World, which prompted me to delete it immediately.

Instead of downloading the Palmchat from App World, I downloaded the it’s apk and installed it on my Q10. I was able to register easily and Palmchat login was instant even without email verification.  It has been running fine for me since then.

So, if the one you downloaded from the Blackberry App world is frustrating you, you can download Palmchat apk here and use it to install the app on your Blackberry 10 phone.

Note: Your BB10 phone must be running on at least Blackberry OS Version 10.2.1 for it to be able to accept apk files.

Enjoy it all the way…

You can still do well by liking our facebook page, follow us on twitter and share with our share buttons.

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Dunga To Assume The Position of Chief Coach of Brazil

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Brazil have named former player Dunga as their new coach for the second time.

Dunga was the captain of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning team and coached the national team from 2006 to 2011.

“I am immensely happy to be back,” said the 50-year-old, who was the favourite to land the job.

Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after Brazil reached the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup, but suffered the joint-heaviest in their history, losing 7-1 to Germany.

Dunga was in charge at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals.

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Scolari consoles midfielder Oscar on the final whistle

Defeat worst day of my life – Scolari

Scolari, who guided Brazil to World Cup victory in 2002, and his entire backroom staff have all left their posts since the tournament finished.

Meanwhile, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, 59, will decide his future next week after his side lost 1-0 to Germany in the World Cup final.

Members of the squad have said they want Sabella to remain in charge for the 2015 Copa America in Chile.

“It’s down to whether I feel strong enough to give 100%,” said Sabella.

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Brazil won the 2013 Confederations Cup, but lost in the semi-finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup

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Did You See Drake Get His Long Waited Kiss From Skylar Diggins

This was a long time coming, and it was on live TV, so no one can deny that it happened. It wasn’t a kiss on the lips or anything, but to quote Drake, “I’ll take what I can get.”

The Toronto rapper’s obsession with WNBA player Skylar Diggins has become the butt of a few jokes over the past few months (plus, her boyfriend got a little annoyed), but they put all of that behind them when Drake hosted the ESPYs on Wednesday night.

Drizzy started by reading a poem about Diggins called “Can I Dig In?” — yep, he’s a clever one — and then she showed up behind him on stage, of course. She addressed his creeping, calling it “craziness” and finally consented to one kiss, if he’d stop all of it forever.

When it finally happened…sparks flew. And then they walked off the stage holding hands. Watch in the video above.