The arrival of the world’s largest streaming movie and TV provider has been met with excitement coupled with a lot confusion . Just how does Netflix work? Is it cheaper compared to other competing TV and movie providers that we already have?

Zuku and Netflix vs. DSTV

Well, I will break the costs of having a just a DSTV subscription versus a broadband (fiber) network plus a Netflix subscription. This will help you decide which option best fits your needs.

Zuku and Netflix versus DSTV

Let’s compare DSTV, the leading TV content provider in Kenya versus Zuku the leading broadband ISP (whom also have TV services under their Triple Pay umbrella). There are a few things to note:

  • Coverage – Zuku currently only provides broadband internet service in selected locations in Nairobi and Mombasa, while DSTV’s coverage is much larger across the nation.
  • Premier League – DSTV is the only licensed provider of Barclays Premier League coverage in this region. If this is important to you, then you have no choice but to subscribe to the DSTV Premium bouquet that provides full BPL coverage (KES 9,400). The DSTV Compact Plus bouquet only offers 2 live games per weekend. The only other way to legally watch BPL content on the web is through subscribing to your team’s online club membership and then accessing the content there (though often delayed for several days). Examples of this are ArsenalTV, Chelsea TV or MUTV etc.

Zuku and Netflix versus DSTV


The key advantage of DSTV (other than BPL coverage) is that the provides shortly after they are shown in the United States. For example, if you follow the Scandal series, it will be aired on DSTV just an hour later. As DSTV is the incumbent provider, they have done an incredible job in securing rights for content that is unavailable on other providers.

NOTE: Kenyan DSTV Subscribers can access DSTV content online however it’s to prudent you check if your favourite movies and series mostly run on Zuku + Netflix or DSTV. For KES 1000 bob a month you can subscribe to Netflix!

Zuku and Netflix versus DSTV

The key advantage of Netflix is having great, top tier content available to you wherever you have an internet connection. Thus if you wanted to watch an episode of Jessica Jones on your morning commute, the Netflix app affords you that flexibility. However one must note that streaming video consumes data rapidly, thus it is recommended that you use an unlimited and fast connection. Also note that Netflix does not offer offline viewing. It is strictly a streaming platform.

TV Bouquet Name                    DSTV                    ZUKU
TV Bouquet Cost 3750 6400 9400 4099 5299
Internet Package n/a n/a n/a Unlimited Unlimited
  1000  800  1200 1000 800 1200
3750 6400 9400 6299 6099 6499
Installation 10200 10200 10200 4500-7500 (dependent on location)

The difference between Netflix offers;

Zuku and Netflix versus DSTV

Channel Comparison

Have a look at the different channels offered on Zuku versus DSTV.

  • Local Content Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
K24 K24
Kiss (KE)
Kass TV
3Stones TV
NBS Uganda
Clouds TV
Njata TV
Lolwe TV
Inooro TV
  • Movie Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
Dish (Interactive Channel) Zuku Entertainment
M-Net Action Zuku Movies Max
Universal_Channel Zuku Movies Max +2
Studio Universal Zuku Movies Action
Zuku Movies Action +2
  • Movie (African Content) Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
Africa Magic AMC
Africa Magic Plus Zuku Nolly
Africa Magic Hausa
Africa Magic Yoruba
Africa Magic Swahili Zuku Swahili Movies
  • Sports Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
Super Sport Blitz (Updates Channel) Zuku Sports HD
Super_Sport_9 Zuku Sports
Super Sport 9 East Eurosport News
Select Sports MCS International
ESPN Kombat Sports
ESPN Classic MBC
Super Sport 7 Fox Sports
Super Sport 10 (EPL Live) Fox Sports 2
Trace Sport Stars
  • Entertainment Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
M-Net Series AMC USA
Magic World Africa ShortsTV
Sony Entertainment Television AMC Series
BBC Entertainment FX
E! Entertainment E! Entertainment
Zone Reality Fox Entertainment
Sony Max Zuku Novella Africa EATV
  • News & Commerce
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
BBC World BBC World News
Al Jazeera Al Jazeera (English)
NDTV Fox News
CNBC_Africa Sky News
Bloomberg Bloomberg
NN24 TVC News
CNC World i24 News (English)
Euronews (English)
Press TV
NHK World
  • Documentaries Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
CCTV-9 CCTV 9 Documentary
Discovery World Zuku Life
Discovery ID Viasat Nature
National Geographic Viasat Explore
National Geographic Wild Viasat History
Viasat Crime
Nat Geo Gold
Discovery Science
  • Lifestyle Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
Style_Network Fine Living Network
Fashion TV TLC
Food Network Fashion One HD
Discovery TLC Luxe.TV HD
Ginx TV
  • Religious Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
One Gospel Hope TV
TBN Emmanuel TV
Rhema Network EWTN
Daystar God TV
Kingdom Africa Family TV
Islam Channel Fashion One
EWTN Global Catholic Network Inspiration TV
Inspiration TV Peace TV
TV Mundial Kaaba
Ahlulbayt TV
Hope International
Alerth Alnabawi
  • Kids Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
Cartoon Network Zuku Kids
Boomerang Smile of a Child
Disney BabyTV
Disney XD Duck TV
Nickelodeon Nickelodeon
Disney Junior
Mindset Learn
  • Music Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
Channel O One Music
Trace TV Kiss
Afro Music Kerrang!
Sound City MTV Base
I Concert iConcerts
B4U Music VH1
Smash Hits
  • Foreign Language Channels
DSTV Compact Plus Zuku Premium
NHK Al Jazeera (Arabic)
France 24 (Arabic)
France 24 (English)
RTPi TV5 Monde Afrique
TV Brazil France 24 (French)
TV5 Monde I24 French
Dubai TV
Abu Dhabi TV
CCTV4 CCTV-4 (Chinese)
CCTV F Vox Africa


The best person to make a conclusion between Zuku and Netflix versus DSTV is you, the user. You will need to assess your needs and budget and determine which option works for you.

Tech Weez.

Oyaro Clinton