MultiChoice has extended the recently launched SABC Encore (DStv 156) channel to more DStv subscribers than who had it when the SABC's rerun channel started on 11 May.
Although the SABC with great fanfare announced that SABC Encore as a TV channel would be available on "all" DStv packages, it wasn't the case - MultiChoice kept SABC Encore off certain packages with DStv Premium, DStv Extra, DStv Compact and DStv Family customers getting the channel.
MultiChoice and the SABC were criticised by DStv subscribers.
Subscribers who pay for cheaper entry-level DStv packages like DStv Access, DStv EasyView, or one of the legacy DStv Select packages, were not given access to the SABC Encore channel by MultiChoice.
"Being a teacher, I sadly do not get enough time to watch TV, so I am only on the DStv EasyView bouquet," a DStv subscriber told TV with Thinus. "I phoned MultiChoice hoping to get SABC Encore if I upgrade to DStv Access. I was then told of the bouquets to find it on," said the subscriber.
MultiChoice on Friday confirmed that SABC Encore has now been given to more DStv customers.
This week MultiChoice extended SABC Encore, making the channel available to all DStv customers on DStv Access and DStv EasyView.
"SABC Encore was extended to DStv Access and EasyView this week to give more of our customers this nostalgic entertainment content," said MultiChoice in response to a media enquiry.