How To Pay DSTV

How To Pay DSTV Online

There are a number of way to pay DSTV online? The easiest way is to use option 1 and pay through the DSTV online self service website using your credit card.

In this post we will cover

  1. Pay DSTV via Online Self Service
  2. Pay DSTV via their mobile app
  3. Pay DSTV through an Internet Payment ( EFT )
  4. Pay DSTV Online With A Credit Card
  5. Pay DSTV via USSD Technology
  6. Pay With DSTV’s QR Code
  7. Payment Link

1. Pay DSTV via Self Service

You can pay DSTV online using DSTV’s  online self service website. Click here to visit DSTV’s self service website.

You can check your DSTV balance on the self service website to see how much you owe and then pay the correct amount straight from the website.

To pay DSTV through the self service portal click on the “Pay Now” button from your dashboard.

How To Pay DSTV Online Via DSTV Self Service 2020 click Pay Now

You will be taken to a page that shows the amount you owe and displays a number of options for how to pay.

You can choose from Instant EFT, Credit Card, Debit Order, Snapscan, Zapper, Masterpass or Online Banking.

How To Pay DSTV Online Via DSTV Self Service 2020

Choose the option that suits you and you will be redirected to that payment method. Eg. This is the screen if you decide to pay DSTV via credit card.

Pay DSTV Credit Card 2020

2. Pay DSTV via their mobile app

You can download the mobile app from the Google Play store or Apple App Store.

3. Pay DSTV through an Internet Payment ( EFT )

You can pay for your DStv account by using an EFT.

 

To find out how much you owe, you can view your balance on your Account dashboard or dial *120*68584# from your mobile phone.

 

Then go to your banks internet banking website, or their app on your mobile phone and add Multichoice as a new beneficiary. To do this, choose MultiChoice from the list of pre-approved beneficiaries on your bank’s internet banking website. Use your eight-digit MultiChoice customer number as the payment/beneficiary reference.

 

If you don’t bank with major banks your payment may take up to 48 hours to reflect.


For your convenience, if your services have been disconnected and you have paid the correct amount, we will reconnect you automatically once the payment reflects.

4. Pay DSTV Online Account With A Credit Card

You can either use the DSTV self service website to pay via a credit card and check your balance at the same time. Alternatively you can use a credit card at any DStv Service Centre or DStv Agency near you.

5. Pay DSTV via USSD Technology

If you bank with FNBNedbankStandard Bank or Absa, you can now pay your DStv subscription and top up your BoxOffice account from your mobile.

Simply dial the following number, depending on who you bank with, and follow the steps to pay.

FNB USSD

  • Dial *120*321#
  • Reply 1 for buy
  • Reply 7 for PayTV
  • Reply 1 for DStv
  • Enter your smart card or customer number for Dstv
  • Reply 1 for Pay amount due
  • Reply 1 for confirm

Nedbank USSD

  • Dial *120*002#
  • Reply 1 for login
  • Enter your profile number followed by your pin
  • Reply 2 for payments
  • Reply 2 for bank apprived beneficiaries
  • Select debit account
  • Enter the first three letter of the beneficiary name (DStv)
  • Reply 2 for DStv subscription
  • Enter the statement description (you can find this on your statement)
  • Enter the beneficiary’s statement description (DStv reference / account number)
  • Enter the amount you want to pay
  • Choose the notification type (this is for the beneficiary)

Standard Bank USSD

  • Dial *120*2345#
  • Reply 1 to login / register
  • Enter your customer-selected PIN (CSP)
  • Reply 2 for payments and transfers
  • Reply 6 to pay MyBills
  • Reply 1 to pay bill
  • Reply 1 to select DStv Subscription
  • Reply 2 to pay other amount
  • Enter the amount you would like to pay
  • Enter your reference for the payment
  • Select the account you would like to pay with
  • Reply 1 to confirm payment

ABSA USSD

  • Dial *120*2272#
  • Enter your USSD PIN number
  • Reply 3 for payments
  • Reply 4 for bill payments
  • Reply 3 for pay bills
  • Reply 3 for DStv
  • Reply 1 for amount due
  • Reply 1 to pay full amount
  • Reply 1 to accept payment T&Cs
  • Reply 1 to confirm payment
  • Reply 1 to make payment

Banks that are currently not offering USSD payment

  • Capitec
  • Discovery
  • Investec
  • African Bank

Remember that you can dial *120*68584# to see how much you owe.

6. Pay With DSTV’s QR Code

For immediate and hassle free payment and to pay now, scan the QR code below.

Pay DSTV QR Code

Need help with how to scan a QR code? Click here to activate your QR code reader on your iPhone and scan your DSTV QR code.

7. Payment Link

When you receive an SMS or MMS from us, reminding you to pay your DStv account, you’ll notice a link at the end of the message. Simply click on this link to make an instant payment from your mobile phone.

How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax

How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax?

How long is a piece of string, neither of these questions have a definitive answer it depends on a number of variables, but we have tried to give you a few guidelines and measuring sticks so that you can have an idea of how much data you need and what you can watch.

The below table gives a pretty good estimate of how much data is used to watch Showmax.

 

DataViewing Hours
1 GB3 Hours
2 GB9 Hours
5 GB16 Hours
*This data has been taken directly from the Showmax website.
How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax HD vs SD

With Showmax you get the option to watch in SD or HD resolution. Streaming in SD will use less data than in HD, so if you are concerned about data usage or have a slow line speed, choose SD. SD is 576i (+-633MB per hour) while HD content is 1080i (+-2.2GB per hour).

Another source has slightly different stats and was measured using Netflix. Techforluddites.com measured their data consumption as: “watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video.”

Again these are just estimates and it depends on the quality of the video you are streaming and if you watch it in SD or HD.

We advise you to watch movies and TV on the internet using uncapped Wifi as much sa possible, but we know this is not always the case. Another way to save on your data costs is to download your movies and shows between midnight and 6 am on your midnight data and then watch them later when you want to. remember this is possible on Showmax.

Happy viewing.

How Much Data Do You Need To Watch Showmax Channels
How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account FI

How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account

If you are a DStv subscriber on one of the DStv Packages then you have the option to connect your Showmax to your DStv account as well as your Explore and watch Showmax through your DStv decoder. This means that you can opt to pay for Showmax as part of their monthly DStv bill.

Depending on what package you subscribe to you can either get Showmax for Free or pay the full amount.

All other DSTV package subscribers below DStv Compact need to pay the full amount for their Showmax account, but they can still connect it to their account and decoder.

It is quick and easy to connect your Showmax to your DStv account.

How To Connect Showmax To You DStv Account

  1. Go to showman.com

    Click here to go to https://www.showmax.com/

  2. Log In

  3. Go To “My Account”

    Click on your profile in the top right hand corner and select “My Account”How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account

  4. Click On Manage Subscription

    Choose the “Manage Subscription” option on your My Account page.How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account - Manage Sub

  5. Choose Your Subscription

    If you have not already click choose your subscription.How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account - Manage Sub

  6. Choose Standard Option

    Choose the Standard option. We do not believe this works with the mobile only option and you will not be able to connect it to your Explora, so we do not advise it.Sign Up For Showmax Get Started

  7. Select “DStv Account” As Your Payment Choice

    How To Get Showmax Payment Options DSTV account

  8. Enter Your RSA Id Number or Smartcard ID Number

    Enter your South African ID Number and then click “Next Step”. Showmax will advise what discount you qualify for.How To Connect Showmax To Your DStv Account - RSA ID

  9. Confirm your mobile phone number. A one-time pin (OTP) will be SMSed to this number to verify your account.

  10. Enter the OTP and accept the T&Cs.

    Yay once you enter the OTP and accept the T&Cs you are connected and you can start watching straight away.

How Do I Connect  Showmax To My DStv Account If I Am Already A Showmax Subscriber?

If you already have a Showmax subscription and you pay via a credit, cheque card or Paypal subscription, then login to your Showmax account and change your payment method to “Add to DStv Account”.

Note: If you have added your Showmax subscription to another partner account or bill such as Telkom, Vodacom or MTN, you will need to cancel the current payment method and then reactivate your subscription by selecting “DStv add to account”.

How To Get Showmax

Showmax is a South Africa series, movie and video streaming service similar to Netflix. It is DStv’s offering to compete with Netflix.

Showmax has some fantastic series and movies available on their service. One of the best features is that whole seasons of series and shows are kept on Showmax where they often disappear from DStv Catch Up after a week or two.

You can either watch the shows or movies online or download them to watch later.

How To Get Showmax
A selection of the series available on Showmax

Showmax is quick and easy to get access to, simply follow the step by step process below to enjoy hours of entertainment.

Cost: R49 P/M – R99 P/M

There are currently two promotions running for new Showmax subscriptions.

A. Get 3 Months of Showmax for only R 149 – That means you save 50%

B. Try out Showmax with their free 14 day trial.

  1. Go To Showmax.com

    Click this link to be directed to https://www.showmax.com

  2. Click On The Offer You Prefer

    Choose either the 14 day trial or the 3 month offer. Click on that button.How To Get Showmax Deal Options

  3. Sign Up for Showmax

    Complete the form with your email, password and optional phone number.
    Sign Up For Showmax

  4. Pick The Plan That Works For You

    Choose from Mobile Only – R49 P/M or the Standard option – R 99 P/M. Scroll down to see the difference between the two options.

  5. Click “Get Started”

    Click “Get Started” On the option you want.Sign Up For Showmax Get Started

  6. Select Your Payment Method

    You can choose to pay via Credit or Cheque Card, Paypal, A Showmax Voucher, Your DSTV Account, Add It To Your Telkom Bill, Add It To Your Vodacom Bill or Add It To Your MTN Bill.

    In order to be eligible for the 14 day trial you need to select a recurring bill option which includes, credit cards, PayPal, DStv account or your Vodacom bill.
    How To Get Showmax Payment Options

  7. Complete Your Payment Details

    Enter your payment details and then hit “Start Your 14 Day Trial”.How To Get Showmax Payment Details

I the process gets interrupted your profile with have already been created using your email address and password. You can simply log in and you will be prompted to “Update You Payment Details” which will take you straight to step 4.

If you choose to go for the 3 month deal instead you will be taken directly to the deal option once you have created your account in Step 3.

How To Get Showmax For Only R149 For 3 Months

 

Once you click “Get my deal” you will be directed to straight  to the credit or cheque card payment details page. Complete your details and hit “Submit”

You now have access to hours and hours of high quality entertainment. Enjoy.

You can also connect Showmax to your DStv account for even more hours of great shows and movies. Click here to read our post on how to connect Showmax to your DStv account.

Keep reading below to find the answers to our most commonly asked questions about Showmax.

Showmax Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Showmax Cost?

Showmax has two plan options – Mobile-Only and Standard.

Mobile-Only Plan: R49 P/M
Standard Plan: R 99 P/M

If you choose to pay with Paypal then you will be charged US$ 7.99 P/M

Is Showmax Free With DStv?

It depends on which DSTV Package you are on. If you are on the Premium package then Showmax is included free with your subscription along with JOOX music streaming.

If you are a DStv Compact or Compact Plus subscriber then you can add Showmax for only R49 P/M.

Click here to read how to do this.

How Can I Watch Showmax On My TV

It is possible to watch Showmax on your TV. There are three ways to do this.

1. You can connect your Showmax account to your Explora
2. If you have a SMART TV then you can login and access your Showmax account directly from your TV.
3. If you do not have a smart TV you can buy a Chromecast which allows you to stream TV and access your Showmax account from a normal TV using your tablet , phone or computer.

For full details on how to do this click here.

Do I Need WiFi For Showmax?

You need an internet connection of at least 2Mbps to watch Showmax effectively. You can also use your phones data to watch movies or series.

Please be aware that downloading or streaming video consumes a large amount of data so please be aware of your data package limits and costs.

Does Showmax Use Data?

Yes. If you are watching Showmax on your phone or tablet or if you are using your phones internet connection to watch and connect to Showmax it will use up your data. What is more it will use up your data fast. Downloading or streaming video consumes a large amount of data so please be aware of your data package limits and costs.

How Can I Get Showmax For Free?

Showmax offers you a 14 day free trial to try out their service. However you need to complete your payment details on a recurring monthly plan in order to take advantage of this deal. If you cancel your plan before the end of your 14 days then you will not be charged.

DStv premium subscribers also get Showmax for free included in their service and they can even connect their Exploras to their Showmax account. DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers have the option to add Showmax to there account for only R49 P/M

DSTV Access Channels

DSTV Access is the 5th package available from DSTV. The monthly cost in 2020 starts from R99 P/M when taken on a price lock for 12 months. The per month cost for DSTV Access is R110 P/M on a month to month basis.

There are over 30 channels available on the Access package. They include:

  • 19 Entertainment Channels
  • 7 Kids Channels
  • 3 Sport Channels
  • +95 Audio Channels

What Channels Are Included In DSTV Access?

The full list of DSTV Access channels are listed below:

DescriptionDSTV Access Channels
EntertainmentDStv
Telemundo
FOX life
WWE Superslam
WWE Superslam
Discovery TLC Entertainment
TNT Africa
eMovies
M-Net Movies Zone
eMovies Extra
kykNet Lekker
Africa Magic Epic
Real Time
SABC Encore
Mzansi Magic
Mzansi Wethu
Mzansi Bioskop
e.TV Extra
Ultimate Love
Documentaries & LifestyleThe Home Channel
Fashion One
Nat Geo Wild
Spice TV
Free ChannelsTV Mall
SABC 1
SABC 2
SABC 3
e.TV
Soweto TV
Bay TV
1 KZN
Tshwane TV
Cape Town TV
GauTV
Lesotho TV
NTA i
SportsSuperSport Blitz
SuperSport 10
TellyTrack
Kids & TeensJimJam
eToonz
Mindset
Toonami
Cartoon Network
Disney Junior
PBS Kids
MusicMzansi Music
Channel O
MTV Base
Sound City
One Gospel
ReligionFAITH
Day Star
TBN Africa
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
Dumisa
News & CommerceSABC News
Newzroom Afrika
Al Jazeera
Russia Today
Parliamentary Service
CGTN News
CNBC Africa
Business Day TV
BBC World News
NDTV 24×7
Specialist & ForeignCCTV 4
InteractivePeople’s Weather

When you get a DSTV package you also get access to:

  • DSTV Boxoffice
  • Showmax – Add Showmax to your Axxess Package for only R99 P/M
  • JOOX – Add JOOX Music streaming to your Axxess Package for only R59 P/M
DSTV EasyView Channels Package

DSTV EasyView Channels

DSTV EasyView is the 6th package available from DSTV. The monthly cost in 2020 starts from R27 P/M when taken on a price lock for 12 months. The per month cost for DSTV EasyView is R29 P/M on a month to month basis.

There are over 30 channels available on the EasyView package. They include:

  • 4 Entertainment Channels
  • 3 Kids Channels
  • 1 Sport Channels
  • +95 Audio Channels

Click here to see all DSTV Packages.

What Channels Are Included In DSTV EasyView?

The full list of DSTV EasyView channels are listed below:

DescriptionDSTV EasyView Channels
EntertainmentTNT Africa
Real Time
SABC Encore
e.TV Extra
Free ChannelsSABC 1
SABC 2
SABC 3
e.TV
Soweto TV
Bay TV
1 KZN
Tshwane TV
Cape Town TV
GauTV
Lesotho TV
SportsSuperSport Blitz
Kids & TeensJimJam
eToonz
Mindset
MusicMzansi Music
ReligionFAITH
Day Star
TBN Africa
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
News & CommerceSABC News
Newzroom Afrika
Al Jazeera
Parliamentary Service
CGTN News
CNBC Africa
Business Day TV
Specialist & ForeignCCTV 4
InteractivePeople’s Weather

When you get a DSTV package you also get access to:

  • DSTV Boxoffice
  • Showmax – Add Showmax to your EasyView Package and only pay R99 P/M
  • JOOX – Add JOOX Music streaming to your EasyView Package and only pay R59 P/M
DSTV Compact Plus Channels Package

DSTV Compact Plus Channels

DSTV Compact Plus is the 2nd package available from DSTV. The monthly cost in 2020 starts from R489 P/M when taken on a price lock for 24 months. The per month cost for DSTV compact plus is R529 P/M on a month to month basis.

There are over 115 channels available on the Compact Plus package. They include:

  • +45 Entertainment Channels
  • +10 Kids Channels
  • +8 Sport Channels
  • +95 Audio Channels

Click here to see all DSTV Packages.

What Channels Are Included In DSTV Compact Plus?

The full list of DSTV Compact channels are listed below:

DescriptionDSTV Compact Plus Channels
EntertainmentDStv
1Magic
M-Net Movies Action
M-Net Movies Stars
Studio Universal
M-Net Binge
M-Net City
Vuzu
Universal Channel
Telemundo
BBC Brit
Comedy Central
ITV Choice
E! Entertainment Television
FOX
FOX life
WWE Superslam
BET
MTV
Lifetime
CBS Reality
Discovery TLC Entertainment
Discovery Family
TNT Africa
eMovies
M-Net Movies Zone
eMovies Extra
EVA
kykNET
kykNET & Kie
KyKNet Nou
Africa Magic Epic
AfricaMagic Urban Movies
AfricaMagic Family
Real Time
SABC Encore
Moja Love
Mzansi Magic
Mzansi Wethu
Mzansi Bioskop
ZEE World
Star Life
ROK
e.TV Extra
Ultimate Love
TV Record
SIC International
Documentaries & LifestyleVIA
CBS Justice
Discovery ID
BBC Lifestyle
Food Network
The Home Channel
HGTV
Fashion One
Travel Channel
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
Curiosity Stream
The History Channel
Ignition TV
Spice TV
Free ChannelsTV Mall
SABC 1
SABC 2
SABC 3
e.TV
Soweto TV
Bay TV
1 KZN
Tshwane TV
Cape Town TV
GauTV
Lesotho TV
NTA i
SportsGinx eSports
SuperSport Blitz
SuperSport 3
SuperSport 4
SuperSport 7
SuperSport 8
SuperSport 9
SuperSport 10
SuperSport 11
TellyTrack
Kids & TeensToonami
Cartoon Network
Boomerang
Disney
Disney Channel XD
Nickelodeon
Cbeebies
Nick Jr
NickTOONS
Disney Junior
JimJam
eToonz
PBS Kids
Mindset
MusicChannel O
Mzansi Music
MTV Base
MTV Music 24
TRACE Urban
TRACE Africa
Sound City
One Gospel
Trace Gospel
ReligionDumisa
FAITH
Day Star
TBN Africa
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
News & CommerceBBC World News
CNN International
eNews Channel Africa
Sky News
SABC News
Newzroom Afrika
Al Jazeera
Russia Today
Parliamentary Service
CGTN News
CNBC Africa
Business Day TV
NDTV 24×7
Euronews
Specialist & ForeignRAI Italia
Beste van Nederlands
RTPi
TV5 Monde Afrique
Deutsche Welle
CCTV 4
InteractivePeople’s Weather

When you get a DSTV package you also get access to:

  • DSTV Boxoffice
  • Showmax – Add Showmax to your Compact Plus Package and save 50% and only pay R49 P/M
  • JOOX – Add JOOX Music streaming to your DSTV for free.
DSTV Premium Channels Package

DSTV Premium Channels

DSTV Premium is the 1st package available from DSTV. The monthly cost in 2020 starts from R749 P/M when taken on a price lock for 24 months. The per month cost for DSTV Premium is R819 P/M on a month to month basis.

There are over 135 channels available on the Premium package. They include:

  • +60 Entertainment Channels
  • +10 Kids Channels
  • +15 Sport Channels
  • +95 Audio Channels

Click here to see all DSTV Packages.

What Channels Are Included In DSTV Premium?

The full list of DSTV Premium channels are listed below:

DescriptionDSTV Premium Channels
EntertainmentDStv
M-Net
1Magic
M-Net Movies Premiere
M-Net Movies Smile
M-Net Movies Action Plus
Sundance TV
Tom Cruise Pop-Up
M-Net Movies Action
M-Net Movies Stars
Studio Universal
M-Net Binge
M-Net City
Vuzu
Universal Channel
Telemundo
BBC First
BBC Brit
Discovery Channel
Comedy Central
ITV Choice
E! Entertainment Television
FOX
FOX Life
WWE Superslam
BET
MTV
Lifetime
CBS Reality
Discovery TLC Entertainment
Discovery Family
TNT Africa
eMovies
M-Net Movies Zone
eMovies Extra
EVA
kykNET
kykNET & Kie
KyKNet Nou
Africa Magic Epic
AfricaMagic Urban Movies
AfricaMagic Family
Real Time
SABC Encore
Moja Love
Mzansi Magic
Mzansi Wethu
Mzansi Bioskop
ZEE World
Star Life
ROK
e.TV Extra
Ultimate Love
TV Record
SIC International
M-Net Plus 1
Documentaries & LifestyleVIA
CBS Justice
Discovery ID
BBC Lifestyle
Food Network
The Home Channel
HGTV
Fashion One
Travel Channel
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
BBC Earth
Curiosity Stream
The History Channel
Ignition TV
Spice TV
Free ChannelsTV Mall
SABC 1
SABC 2
SABC 3
e.TV
Soweto TV
Bay TV
1 KZN
Tshwane TV
Cape Town TV
GauTV
Lesotho TV
NTA i
SportsGinx eSports
SuperSport Blitz
SuperSport 1
SuperSport 2
SuperSport 3
SuperSport 4
SuperSport 5
SuperSport 6
SuperSport 7
SuperSport 8
SuperSport 9
SuperSport 10
SuperSport 11
SuperSport 12
SuperSport Maximo
TellyTrack
Kids & TeensToonami
Cartoon Network
Boomerang
Disney
Disney Channel XD
Nickelodeon
Cbeebies
Nick Jr
NickTOONS
Disney Junior
JimJam
eToonz
PBS Kids
Mindset
MusicChannel O
Mzansi Music
MTV Base
MTV Music 24
TRACE Urban
TRACE Africa
Sound City
One Gospel
Trace Gospel
ReligionDumisa
FAITH
Day Star
TBN Africa
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
News & CommerceBBC World News
CNN International
Sky News
eNews Channel Africa
SABC News
Newzroom Afrika
Al Jazeera
Russia Today
Parliamentary Service
CGTN News
CNBC Africa
Bloomberg
Business Day TV
NDTV 24×7
Euronews
Specialist & ForeignRAI Italia
Beste van Nederlands
RTPi
TV5 Monde Afrique
Deutsche Welle
CCTV 4
InteractivePeople’s Weather

When you get a DSTV package you also get access to:

  • DSTV Boxoffice
  • Showmax – At No Extra COST!!!
  • JOOX – At No Extra COST!!!
DSTV Compact Channels 1

DSTV Compact Channels

DSTV compact is the 3rd package available from DSTV. The monthly cost in 2020 starts from R359 PM when taken on a price lock for 24 months. The per month cost for DSTV compact is R399 P/M on a month to month basis.

There are over 100 channels available on the Compact package. They include:

  • +45 Entertainment Channels
  • +8 Kids Channels
  • +7 Sport Channels
  • +95 Audio Channels

Click here to see all DSTV Packages.

DSTV Compact Channels 1

What Channels Are Included In DSTV Compact?

The full list of DSTV Compact channels are listed below:

DescriptionDSTV Compact Channels
EntertainmentMzanzi Magic
Mnet City
Mzanzi Wethu
BET
MTV
DStv
M-Net Movies Action
M-Net Movies Stars
Studio Universal
Telemundo
Vuzu
Universal Channel
BBC Brit
FOX
FOX life
WWE Superslam
Lifetime
CBS Reality
Discovery TLC Entertainment
Discovery Family
TNT Africa
eMovies
M-Net Movies Zone
eMovies Extra
EVA
kykNET & Kie
KyKNet Nou
Africa Magic Epic
AfricaMagic Family
Real Time
SABC Encore
Moja Love
Mzansi Bioskop
ZEE World
Star Life
ROK
e.TV Extra
Ultimate Love
TV Record
SIC International
Documentaries & LifestyleVIA
Discovery ID
BBC Lifestyle
Food Network
The Home Channel
HGTV
Fashion One
Travel Channel
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
Ignition TV
Spice TV
Free ChannelsTV Mall
SABC 1
SABC 2
SABC 3
e.TV
Soweto TV
Bay TV
1 KZN
Tshwane TV
Cape Town TV
GauTV
Lesotho TV
NTA i
SportsGinx eSports
SuperSport Blitz
SuperSport 3
SuperSport 4
SuperSport 7
SuperSport 9
SuperSport 10
SuperSport 11
TellyTrack
Kids & TeensToonami
Cartoon Network
Boomerang
Disney
Disney Channel XD
Nick Jr
NickTOONS
Disney Junior
JimJam
eToonz
PBS Kids
Mindset
MusicChannel O
Mzansi Music
MTV Base
TRACE Urban
TRACE Africa
Sound City
One Gospel
Trace Gospel
ReligionDumisa
FAITH
Day Star
TBN Africa
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
News & CommerceBBC World News
CNN International
eNews Channel Africa
SABC News
Newzroom Afrika
Al Jazeera
Russia Today
Parliamentary Service
CGTN News
CNBC Africa
Business Day TV
NDTV 24×7
Euronews
Specialist & ForeignRAI Italia
Beste van Nederlands
RTPi
TV5 Monde Afrique
Deutsche Welle
CCTV 4
InteractivePeople’s Weather

When you get a DSTV package you also get access to:

  • DSTV Boxoffice
  • Showmax – Add Showmax to your Compact Package and save 50% and only pay R49 P/M
  • JOOX – Add JOOX Music streaming to your DSTV for free.
DSTV Family Channels package

DSTV Family Channels

DSTV Family is the 4th package available from DSTV. The monthly cost in 2020 starts from R265 PM when taken on a price lock for 24 months. The per month cost for DSTV Family is R279 P/M on a month to month basis.

There are over 75 channels available on the Compact package. They include:

  • +20 Entertainment Channels
  • +5 Kids Channels
  • +3 Sport Channels
  • +95 Audio Channels

Click here to see all DSTV Packages.

DSTV Family Channels

What Channels Are Included In DSTV Family?

The full list of DSTV Family channels are listed below:

DescriptionDSTV Family Channels
EntertainmentMeet Movies All Stars
VUZU
DStv
Universal Channel
Telemundo
FOX life
WWE Superslam
CBS Reality
Discovery TLC Entertainment
Discovery Family
TNT Africa
eMovies
M-Net Movies Zone
eMovies Extra
EVA
kykNET & Kie
KyKNet Nou
kykNet Lekker
Africa Magic Epic
AfricaMagic Family
Real Time
SABC Encore
Moja Love
Mzansi Magic
Mzansi Wethu
Mzansi Bioskop
ZEE World
Star Life
e.TV Extra
Ultimate Love
Documentaries & LifestyleVIA
The Home Channel
Fashion One
Travel Channel
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
Ignition TV
Spice TV
Free ChannelsTV Mall
SABC 1
SABC 2
SABC 3
e.TV
Soweto TV
Bay TV
1 KZN
Tshwane TV
Cape Town TV
GauTV
Lesotho TV
NTA i
SportsSuperSport Blitz
SuperSport 9
SuperSport 10
TellyTrack
Kids & TeensToonami
Cartoon Network
NickTOONS
Disney Junior
JimJam
eToonz
PBS Kids
Mindset
MusicChannel O
Mzansi Music
MTV Base
TRACE Urban
TRACE Africa
Sound City
One Gospel
Trace Gospel
ReligionDumisa
FAITH
Day Star
TBN Africa
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
News & CommerceBBC World News
eNews Channel Africa
SABC News
Newzroom Afrika
Al Jazeera
Russia Today
Parliamentary Service
CGTN News
CNBC Africa
Business Day TV
NDTV 24×7
Euronews
Specialist & ForeignCCTV 4
InteractivePeople’s Weather

When you get a DSTV package you also get access to:

  • DSTV Boxoffice
  • Showmax – Add Showmax to your Family Package and only pay R99 P/M
  • JOOX – Add JOOX Music streaming to your DSTV account and only pay R59 P/M
How To Pay DSTV

How To Pay DSTV

There are a number of way to pay DSTV? 

In this post we will cover

  1. Pay DSTV via Self Service
  2. Pay DSTV via their mobile app
  3. Set up a debit order to pay your DSTV account.
  4. Pay DSTV through an Internet Payment ( EFT )
  5. Pay Your DSTV Account With A Credit Card
  6. Pay Your DSTV Account From Your Banks ATM
  7. Direct Deposit Through ABSA
  8. Pay DSTV At Your Local Supermarket
  9. DSTV Walk In Centers
  10. Pay DSTV via USSD Technology
  11. Pay With DSTV’s QR Code
  12. Payment Link

1. Pay DSTV via Self Service

You can pay your DSTV account using DSTV’s self service website. Click here to visit DSTV’s self service website.

You can check your DSTV balance on the self service website to see how much you owe and then pay the correct amount straight from the website.

To pay DSTV through the self service portal click on the “Pay Now” button from your dashboard.

Pay DSTV Via DSTV Self Service 2020 click Pay Now

You will be taken to a page that shows the amount you owe and displays a number of options for how to pay.

You can choose from Instant EFT, Credit Card, Debit Order, Snapscan, Zapper, Masterpass or Online Banking.

Pay DSTV Via DSTV Self Service 2020

Choose the option that suits you and you will be redirected to that payment method. Eg. This is the screen if you decide to pay DSTV via credit card.

Pay DSTV Credit Card 2020

2. Pay DSTV via their mobile app

You can download the mobile app from the Google Play store or Apple App Store.

3. Set up a debit order to pay your DSTV account.

You can make your DSTV payment simple and easy and always on time by setting up a debit order for your account.

To set up your debit order, click on the button below and it will take you to the page on DSTV Self Service where you can do this and just follow the step by step process.

i. Select the DSTV Account Number from the dropdown list.

*If there is no account number you will need to contact DSTV in order to proceed.

Pay DSTV Debit Order 2020

ii. Select your payment option from “Debit Order” or “Cash”. Choose Debit Order.

Pay DSTV Debit Order 2020 step 2

iii. Fill in your bank account details, make sure these are accurate and from the bank account you would like the amount to be debited from.

Pay DSTV Debit Order 2020 step 3

iv. Click submit once all your details have been filled in.

4. Pay DSTV through an Internet Payment ( EFT )

You can pay for your DStv account by using an EFT.

 

To find out how much you owe, you can view your balance on your Account dashboard or dial *120*68584# from your mobile phone.

 

Then go to your banks internet banking website, or their app on your mobile phone and add Multichoice as a new beneficiary. To do this, choose MultiChoice from the list of pre-approved beneficiaries on your bank’s internet banking website. Use your eight-digit MultiChoice customer number as the payment/beneficiary reference.

 

If you don’t bank with major banks your payment may take up to 48 hours to reflect.


For your convenience, if your services have been disconnected and you have paid the correct amount, we will reconnect you automatically once the payment reflects.

5. Pay Your DSTV Account With A Credit Card

You can either use the DSTV self service website to pay via a credit card and check your balance at the same time. Alternatively you can use a credit card at any DStv Service Centre or DStv Agency near you.

6. Pay Your DSTV Account From Your Banks ATM

You can pay your DSTV account from one of your banks ATMs. All you have to do is add Multichoice as a beneficiary and then make a payment. Remember to use your eight-digit MultiChoice customer number as the payment / beneficiary reference.

7.Direct Deposit Through ABSA

You can pay DSTV via direct deposit from an ABSA branch or ATM. 

ABSA Branch: MultiChoice is already a pre-approved beneficiary. All you have to do is give the bank teller your eight-digit MultiChoice customer number.

ABSA ATM: MultiChoice is already listed as one of the service providers. Just select the option and follow the instructions to make payment.

Retrieve the amount due for payment online, or dial *120*68584#.

Pay DSTV Shops

8. Pay DSTV At Your Local Supermarket

You can pay your DSTV account at your local supermarket. You can pay at any of these locations:

  • PEP
  • Pick n Pay
  • Shoprite
  • Checkers
  • Ackermans
  • Spar
  • Shoprite/Checkers

When making a payment, you will need to provide your DStv Customer Number as your reference, as well as the code 11374 before your customer number. So, if your DStv Customer Number is 12345678, when paying, the reference number will be 1137412345678.

Pay at any store with a Kazang© or Flash© point of sale device

Apart from various supermarkets, you can pay for your DStv account at any store that has a Flash or Kazang point of sale device. If you see any of the below signs at a store it means you will be able to pay for your DStv account there.

NB! Payments made at stores must be made at money-market counters using your eight-digit MultiChoice customer number as the reference. 

9. DSTV Walk In Centers

DStv walk-in centres are located in Cape Town, Durban and Randburg. For Pretoria customers, DSTV is in Menlyn. You can visit the Aerial & Satellite Excellence store – Shop 44, Waterglen Shopping Centre.

Alternatively, you can check your balance & pay, clear errors, upgrade & more using our WhatsApp Self Service option, save our number 060603788 & say ‘Hello’ to get started.

DStv Agencies

  • DStv Agencies are located in various places nationwide.
  • Only credit card or debit card payments are accepted at MultiChoice Agencies, no cash payments or cheques are accepted.
  • Decoder insurance payments are not accepted at DStv Agencies, only via the self-help kiosk.

DStv Self Service kiosks

DStv Self Service kiosks are available at the Cape Town, Durban and Randburg walk-in centres and DStv Agencies nationwide. The kiosks enable customers to make DStv payments and view payment transactions and are designed to process card payments.

The kiosks accept debit cards with 3D secure chips and pin verification. Customers can also use credit card payments including American Express. The machines do not print out receipts but give customers an option to choose between receiving confirmation via an email or SMS.

10. Pay DSTV via USSD Technology

If you bank with FNBNedbankStandard Bank or Absa, you can now pay your DStv subscription and top up your BoxOffice account from your mobile.

Simply dial the following number, depending on who you bank with, and follow the steps to pay.

FNB USSD

  • Dial *120*321#
  • Reply 1 for buy
  • Reply 7 for PayTV
  • Reply 1 for DStv
  • Enter your smart card or customer number for Dstv
  • Reply 1 for Pay amount due
  • Reply 1 for confirm

Nedbank USSD

  • Dial *120*002#
  • Reply 1 for login
  • Enter your profile number followed by your pin
  • Reply 2 for payments
  • Reply 2 for bank apprived beneficiaries
  • Select debit account
  • Enter the first three letter of the beneficiary name (DStv)
  • Reply 2 for DStv subscription
  • Enter the statement description (you can find this on your statement)
  • Enter the beneficiary’s statement description (DStv reference / account number)
  • Enter the amount you want to pay
  • Choose the notification type (this is for the beneficiary)

Standard Bank USSD

  • Dial *120*2345#
  • Reply 1 to login / register
  • Enter your customer-selected PIN (CSP)
  • Reply 2 for payments and transfers
  • Reply 6 to pay MyBills
  • Reply 1 to pay bill
  • Reply 1 to select DStv Subscription
  • Reply 2 to pay other amount
  • Enter the amount you would like to pay
  • Enter your reference for the payment
  • Select the account you would like to pay with
  • Reply 1 to confirm payment

ABSA USSD

  • Dial *120*2272#
  • Enter your USSD PIN number
  • Reply 3 for payments
  • Reply 4 for bill payments
  • Reply 3 for pay bills
  • Reply 3 for DStv
  • Reply 1 for amount due
  • Reply 1 to pay full amount
  • Reply 1 to accept payment T&Cs
  • Reply 1 to confirm payment
  • Reply 1 to make payment

Banks that are currently not offering USSD payment

  • Capitec
  • Discovery
  • Investec
  • African Bank

Remember that you can dial *120*68584# to see how much you owe.

11. Pay With DSTV’s QR Code

For immediate and hassle free payment and to pay now, scan the QR code below.

Pay DSTV QR Code

Need help with how to scan a QR code? Click here to activate your QR code reader on your iPhone and scan your DSTV QR code.

12. Payment Link

When you receive an SMS or MMS from us, reminding you to pay your DStv account, you’ll notice a link at the end of the message. Simply click on this link to make an instant payment from your mobile phone.

Activate QR Code Reader iPhone

How To Activate Your QR Code Reader On Your iPhone

It is very easy to activate your QR code scanner on your iPhone. You can add it to your control centre from your settings.

Activate QR Code Reader iPhone
  1. Go to your settings app on your home screen.
  2. Scroll down and find the control centre option.
  3. Click on it.
  4. Click on customise controls

5. Make sure “QR Code Reader” is in your include list. If not then scroll down find “QR Code Reader” and hit the green plus icon.

6. Exit the settings app.

7. Pull down the control centre from the top right hand corner of your iPhone.

8. Find the QR Code Reader Icon. Tap it. 

Activate QR Code Reader iPhone
Activate QR Code Reader iPhone

9. With your QR Code Reader open lift it up and find the QR code you are trying to scan in your screen.

10. The QR code reader will pick it up and automatically direct you to the appropriate link.

11. For DSTV customers you will be greeted by a screen asking you to inset your ID/Customer/Smartcard Number

12. Enter your number and follow the prompts to pay.

Pay DSTV QR Code 2
Pay DSTV QR Code 3

For other ways to Pay DSTV read our post here. Click Here.

Openview vs DSTV

Openview vs DSTV – Which Is Better For You?

Are you trying to decide which satellite TV provider you should choose and what are the benefits of each? We are going to break each one down as much as possible including the content and channels you get with each and the price and cost involved.

Openview offers a free satellite TV service, all you have to do is buy the decoder and install a dish system and you get access to all the e-TV channels, while DSTV offers a number of DSTV packages, but for the purpose of this comparison we are going to compare the cheapest option, the DSTV Easyview option to Openview HD.

DSTV’s Easyview option costs R29 per month and you get 37 channels.

The easiest way to compare the two is in a table:

DescriptionOpenviewDSTV Easyview
Monthly PriceFreeR29
Decoder PriceR1399 ( HD Decoder with satellite dish installation )
R599 ( HD Decoder only )
R599 ( HD Decoder )
Installation CostContact an installerR649 with Installation voucher from GAME
Contact an installer
Television Channels
Entertainment & Lifestyle ChannelsSABC 1SABC 1
SABC 2SABC 2
SABC 3SABC 3
e.TVe.TV
eExtrae.TV Extra
eMoviesSoweto TV
eMovies ExtraBay TV
eReality1 KZN
eRewindTshwane TV
eForceCape Town TV
Glow TVGauTV
Star LifeLesotho TV
TNT Africa
Real Time
SABC Encore
e.TV Extra
Children & EducationeToonzeToonz
MindsetTVMindsetTV
DBE TVJimJam
ReligionFAITH
Day Star
TBN
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
SportNews & SportSuperSport Blitz
Fight Sports
News, Commerce, Specialised Channelse.TV NewsSABC News
BBC World NewsNewzroom Africa
Al Jazeera
Parliamentary service
CGTN News
CNBC Africa
Business Day TV
Weather24
CCTV 4
People’s Weather

So if we compare the two just in the numbers then we get:

Openview vs DSTV Decoder
Openview HD Decoder
Openview vs DSTV Decoder
DSTV HD Decoder
DescriptionOpenviewDSTV Easyview
Monthly CostFreeR29
Decoder CostR1 399 ( HD Decoder with satellite dish)
R499 ( HD Decoder only, excludes dish and installation )
R599 ( HD Decoder )
Installation CostDecoder and Dish comes with installation voucherR649 with Installation voucher from GAME
Channels1937

So if you are looking for more channels then you should choose DSTV Easyview

However it is not as simple as that. We think it is important to know what kind of TV you like to watch before you decide.

If you like watching movies then Openview has more dedicate movie channels such as eMovies and Movies Extra.

If you like sport it is a bit tricker. If you enjoy all different kinds of sport then DSTV’s Supersport Blitz is a great option for highlights and news. If you mainly just love soccer then Openview HD might be a better bet for you.

Openview recently announced that they it had acquired the broadcast rights for the English Premier League.

This allows the free satellite TV service provider to broadcast Premier League matches live on its News & Sports channel.

Openview plans to broadcast one live match every week, which will usually include one of the top six Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, or Tottenham Hotspur. Please check with Openview to see if this is still the case when purchasing your Openview Decoder.

If you like faith based TV channels then DSTV is definitely your best option with their 5 religious channels.

Finally lets compare the costs involved. Openview HD offers a free monthly service but the decoder and installation cost is R1 399 for an HD Decoder, where DSTV’s decoder only costs R 599 for an HD Decoder.

So if you already have a satellite dish then the DSTV decoder is R 800 cheaper. This means that even though DSTV has a monthly cost of only R29 per month it will take 27 months ( i.e 2 years and three months ) before the cost of DSTV Easyview is the same as the Openview decoder cost.

For this reason we think that DSTV Easyview is cheaper than Openview HD.

Update: Openview now offers a HD decoder for only R499 that will work with your existing functioning satellite dish. This means that using this option Openview becomes the better and cheaper option. But if you already have a DSTV Easyview contract and decoder we would stick with that rather than changing.

Where can I buy Openview HD?

Read our post here for more Openview information.

Where can you buy Openview

Click here to find out about the other DSTV packages.

How To Connect Your Openview Decoder To Your TV

How To Connect Your Openview Decoder To Your TV

The OpenView connection process is easy and hassle free. If you already have a satellite dish in place and would like to install and activate your decoder, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do just that. To connect your decoder to the satellite dish, you will need to connect the LNB cable from your satellite dish to the LNB IN or DISH IN slot at the back of your decoder. There are three ways to connect your decoder to your TV:

You can connect with an RCA Cable, an AV Mini Jack or an HDMI Cable

RCA Cable

  • If you are using an RCA cable connect the cables to the back of your decoder – matching the colours of the connectors to the colours of the ports (red to red, white to white and yellow to yellow).
  • Then, connect the other end of the cable to your TV. Make sure you are plugging them into the ports that are marked INPUT. Again, match the colours of the connectors to the colour of the ports (red to red, white to white and yellow to yellow).
  • If your TV does not have coloured ports, then plug the connectors in accordingly: yellow into VIDEO IN, white into AUDIO IN (L) and red into AUDIO IN (R) – if available.

AV Mini Jack

  • If you are using an AV mini jack cable, plug the single jack into the back of your decoder. Then, connect the other end of the cable to your TV.
  • Make sure you are plugging them into the ports that are marked INPUT. Match the colours of the connectors to the colour of the ports (red to red, white to white and yellow to yellow).
  • If your TV does not have coloured ports, then plug the connectors in accordingly: yellow into VIDEO IN, white into AUDIO IN (L) and red into AUDIO IN (R) – if available.

HDMI

  • If you are using an HDMI cable, then plug it into the HDMI port on the back of your decoder and then plug the other end into an HDMI port on your TV.
  • You will then need to switch to the relevant HDMI source/input channel on your television.

To power your decoder, you will need to connect the power cable to the decoder and connect it to a power source. Your decoder should then switch on and start scanning. Once scanning is complete you will see channel 100. Your decoder is now ready to be activated.

How To Connect Your Openview Decoder To Your TV

To learn more about Openview click here.

Click here to read about the DSTV packages available in 2020.

Openview HD Logo

Openview Satellite TV

OpenView is a Free To View Direct Broadcast Satellite television provider in South Africa. In fact, OpenView was South Africa’s very first free-to-air satellite TV service. Today, OpenView has been installed and activated in over 1.9 million homes nationwide and is certainly showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Dedicated to being one of the leading direct broadcast satellite television providers in South Africa, OpenView aims to be the future of entertainment that is free and available to all people across the nation. With access to over 20 TV and radio channels (with some channels in HD), OpenView offers viewers an exciting selection of top local and international entertainment to provide you and your family with non-stop premium viewing.

Why is OpenView a great choice for you?

  • There are no monthly fees! OpenView only requires a once off payment
  • OpenView is compatible with existing dishes
  • It offers a wide range of top local & international shows and channels
  • You can record with Open PVR
  • You receive crystal clear picture quality anywhere in South Africa
  • OpenView includes a variety of HD channels
Openview Satellite TV

TV Channels & Radio Stations you will have access to on OpenView

With access to over 20 TV and radio channels (with some channels in HD), OpenView provides viewers with a wide range of premium entertainment to choose from. Thereby bringing non-stop world-class entertainment right to your home all across South Africa. OpenView gives you the opportunity to enjoy the very best in 24-hour A-grade Blockbuster Movies, Drama, Series, premium Kids’ Entertainment & Learning Channels, Reality TV, Sports and News. Not to mention a range of Bollywood, as well as Turkish and Indian telenovelas dubbed in English and Afrikaans. Some channels are also broadcasted in full high definition. It’s therefore safe to say that there is something for everyone to enjoy on OpenView!

With OpenView’s 100% coverage, you can get crystal-clear picture quality wherever you are in South Africa. As well as a whole lot more premium entertainment all without any monthly fees. In addition, OpenView will from time to time add or remove channels in order to further enhance their offering and improve viewer experience. 

What Channels Do You Get Access To On OpenView:

  • SABC 1
  • SABC 2
  • SABC 3
  • tv (HD)
  • eExtra (HD)
  • eMovies (HD)
  • eMovies Extra (HD)
  • eReality (HD)
  • Rewind
  • Star Life (HD)
  • Fight Sports (HD)
  • News & Sport (HD)
  • BBC World News
  • eToonz (HD)
  • Mindset
  • Glow TV

Radio Stations you will have access to on OpenView:

  • YFM
  • Bok Radio
  • LM Radio
  • Gagasi FM
  • OFM
  • Heart FM
  • Radio Pulpit
  • Kaya FM
  • Trans Africa Radio

In addition, parents can also rest assured that OpenView has a parental control function. This means parents can lock programmes that they personally deem to not be suitable for their children by choosing an appropriate “Lock Level”, depending on the parental guidance rating of the programme. In order to active the Parental Control Function on OpenView, follow these steps by using your remote control:

  1. Press the “menu” button
  2. Go to “setting”
  3. Follow the steps and prompts to activate the parental control function

Read our post on DSTV packages to compare or this post on DSTV’s EasyView Package vs Openview

OpenView Satellite TVs

What is Open PVR

In addition to OpenView HD, OpenView launched an exciting Open PVR service (personal video recorder), which allows OpenView subscribers with the latest decoder models to enjoy premium features on OpenView with the innovative Open PVR capabilities. Open PVR gives South African OpenView viewers the chance to record and store free-to-air content of their favorite shows without being restricted to watch them at a specific time. Thereby giving them the opportunity to watch their shows whenever they please at their own time.

In addition, Open PVR provides viewers with the exclusive opportunity to schedule recordings across a range of channels, through easy to use functionality. As well as pause live television for up to 15 minutes. Viewers will also be able to record one channel while watching another channel, thereby making sure they don’t miss out on a single second of the action and drama on their television screens.

Openview Satellite TV Decoder and Dish
How Much Does OpenView HD Cost


Here are the pricing options for OpenView:
OpenView Decoder with Satellite: R 1399
OpenView Decoder: Openview decoder prices start at R499 at leading retail stores nationwide.
Open PVR: R 199
OpenView HD with Dish, Decoder & Installation: R 1599

By far one of the greatest features of OpenView is the fact that there are NO monthly fees and no contracts! Yes, you read that right! You just pay a once off fee for your decoder and dish (that’s if you don’t already have an existing dish installed), plug it in, install and activate it and you are good to go, and free to sit back, relax and enjoy crystal clear satellite TV right at your finger-tips in the comfort of your own home anywhere in South Africa.  

How to connect to OpenView

The OpenView connection process is easy and hassle free. If you already have a satellite dish in place and would like to install and activate your decoder you can do so with a RCA Cable, a AV Mini Jack or an HDMI cable.

Click here to read our step-by-step guide on how to connect your Openview decoder to your TV.

To connect your decoder to the satellite dish, you will need to connect the LNB cable from your satellite dish to the LNB IN or DISH IN slot at the back of your decoder. There are three ways to connect your decoder to your TV. Read more here.

Can you use a DStv dish for you OpenView HD?

Yes! OpenView HD is compatible with any existing satellite dish, including your DStv dish. Therefore, simply put, if you have an installed dish, that has been used to receive DStv, Freevision, StarSat/Top TV or Vivid, you can use the same dish to receive OpenView HD.

If you already have a working satellite dish on IS-20 satellite (pointing North East), all you need to do is buy the OpenView decoder, plug it in and follow the activation instructions and you’ll be good to go!

However, please note that even though DStv and OpenView use the same IS20 Satellite, they use different transponders/frequencies. Therefore, although you can most definitely use your existing DStv dish for your OpenView HD (and by no means need to purchase a new one) in order to receive the optimal OpenView signal, the dish needs to be turned to 68.5 degrees in a north-easterly direction.

Would I need to buy a new TV set & can you keep your DStv as well as have OpenView at the same time?


These are two frequently asked question we often receive. First off, no, you absolutely do not need to buy a new TV set or replace your current TV in order to utilize OpenView. OpenView is compatible with all TV sets, both SD and HD, old and new. All you need to do is get it installed, activated and set-up and you’re ready to start watching! However, every TV set would need its own decoder in order to view different channels simultaneously. 

Secondly, with regards to having both DStv as well as OpenView, that is perfectly acceptable. Two decoders can be connected to a single TV using a dual LNB. If you are not 100% sure how to do that, call your local installer for assistance.

Set-up of OpenView

Openview Satellite Tv Decoder

How to activate your OpenView

Once your decoder has been installed, completed scanning and channel 100 is playing, you will need to activate it. Please follow these steps:

  • Press the ‘HELP’ button on your OpenView remote control to display the help screen.
  • Write down your STB number.
  • Press ‘EXIT’ on your remote control to return to channel 100.
  • Dial the number on the bottom right-hand corner using a cell phone and follow the prompts. Use your STB number to complete your decoder activation.
  • Your decoder may reboot and update its software during the activation. Please allow a few minutes for this.
  • Once your decoder has been activated, you can use ‘P+’ and ‘P-’ or ‘P’ or ‘P’ buttons on your remote control to change channels.

Please do not attempt to activate your decoder if you have already attempted to activate it before. It may take up to 5 minutes to view your OpenView channels once the decoder has been activated.

How to setup your Open PVR

Follow these steps-by-step instructions on how to install, use, watch and record programmes on your Open PVR:

  1. Installing your Open PVR
  • Insert your Open PVR USB stick into the USB port at the back of your Open PVR enabled Openview set-top box.
  • Once your set-top box is back on a prompt screen will appear. Select ‘OK’ to activate your Open PVR.

 

  1. How to use your Open PVR to record a programme
  • Press the ‘GUIDE’ button on your Openview remote to display the programme guide.
  • Select the programme you would like to record and press the ‘RECORD’ button on your Openview remote to schedule the recording. A screen will pop up.
  • Select record and press ‘OK’ to confirm your recording.

 

  1. How to watch and record programmes on your Open PVR
  • Press the ‘OPT’ or ‘PVR’ button depending on your Openview remote control, to view your recordings.
  • Select the programme you would like to play and enjoy. To pause live TV press the ‘PAUSE’ button on your remote control. You can pause live TV for up to 15 minutes with the 32G Open PVR USB stick and 30 minutes with the 64GB Open PVR USB stick.

PVR functionality is not available on SABC 1, SABC 2 or SABC 3. You should only insert an authentic Open PVR USB stick into your OpenView set-top box. Any other USB sticks will not function.

OpenView Satellite TV

 

Where can you purchase your OpenView decoder?

OpenView is available nationwide at the following leading retailers:

  • Game
  • PEP
  • Makro
  • Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket
  • Dion Wired
  • Fair Price
  • Checkers Hyper
  • House & Home
  • OK Furniture
  • Hi-Fi Corporation
  • Incredible Connection
  • Cash Crusaders
  • Jet Mart
  • Online at Takealot.com

CONTACT US

  • Cape Town:021 204 4853
  • Durban:031 940 0532
  • Johannesburg:010 880 3284
  • Sandton: 010 595 3887
  • Location: 204 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
DSTV Packages 2020

DSTV Packages and Prices For 2020

Do you love entertainment? Sport? Movies? Series? DSTV is one of the most comprehensive entertainment options available in South Africa and indeed Africa. With more than 100 channels you can enjoy a fantastic variety of options.

Depending on your budget there are a number of DSTV packages to chose from which let you choose how much you are willing to pay and the channels and options you will receive for that price.


DSTV Packages 2020

We have put together a table to compare the DSTV package prices and options available and what you will get with each package.


DSTV PackagePrice per Month 2019Price per Month 2020Annual PricePrice Lock for 2 yearsTV Channels
DSTV PremiumR809R819R8899R749 P/M135+
DSTV Compact PlusR519R529R5709R489 P/M115+
DSTV CompactR399R399R4389R339 P/M100+
DSTV FamilyR265R279R2915R249 P/M75+
DSTV AccessR105R110R1155R99 P/M55+
DSTV EasyViewR29R29R31930+
DSTV IndianR38929+

MultiChoice has released an updated price list for DStv subscriptions for 2020, with several packages getting an increase.

Updated fees will take effect from April 1, 2020.



What is DSTV Price Lock?

Multichoice has introduced DSTV Price Lock which allows subscribers to some money by locking in their monthly payment amount for 24 months.

This allows you to skip any price increases that may arise during the price lock period. Once the price lock period expires new prices become applicable for renewing your monthly subscription or new price lock rate.

You can also use Price Lock if you are using another decoder with XtraView and linking the two decoders.

Some packages do not offer Price Lock – They are the

  • EasyView Package
  • Access Package

Compare The Channels Available On Each DSTV Package

See the table below


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Movies & Entertainment
100 – DSTVYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
101 – M-NetYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
103 – 1MagicYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
104 – M-Net Movies PremiereYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
105 – M-Net Movies SmileYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
106 – M-Net Movies Action PlusYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
108 – Sundance TVYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
110 – M-Net Movies ActionYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
111 – M-Net Movies StarsYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
112 – Studio UniversalYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
115 – M-Net CityYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
116 – VuzuYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
117 – Universal ChannelYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
118 – TelemundoYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
119 – BBC FirstYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
120 – BBC BritYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
121 – Discovery ChannelYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
122 – Comedy CentralYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
123 – ITV ChoiceYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
124 – E! Entertainment TelevisionYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
125 – FOXYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
126 – FOX lifeYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
128 – WWE SuperslamYesYesYesNoYesNoNo
129 – BETYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
130 – MTVYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
131 – LifetimeYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
132 – CBS RealityYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
135 – Discovery TLC EntertainmentYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
136 – Discovery FamilyYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
137 – TNT AfricaYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
138 – eMoviesYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
139 – M-Net Movies ZoneYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
140 – eMovies ExtraYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
141 – EVAYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
144 – kykNETYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
145 – kykNET & KieYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
146 – KyKNet NouYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
152 – Africa Magic EpicYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
153 – AfricaMagic Urban MoviesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
154 – AfricaMagic FamilyYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
155 – Real TimeYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
156 – SABC EncoreYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
157 – Moja LoveYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
161 – Mzansi MagicYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
163 – Mzansi WethuYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
164 – Mzansi BioskopYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
166 – ZEE WorldYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
167 – Star LifeYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
168 – ROKYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
195 – e.TV ExtraYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
198 – Naija Stand-Up ComedyYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
450 – SET AsiaNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
451 – B4U MoviesNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
452 – ZeeTV
NoNoNoNoNoNoYes
453 – Star PlusNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
454 – Sun TVNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
455 – Star VijayNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
456 – ColorsNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
457 – SET MaxNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
507 – TelemundoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
508 – EVANoNoNoNoNoNoNo
515 – TV RecordYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
517 – SIC InternationalYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
901 – M-Net Plus 1YesNoNoNoNoNoNo


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Documentaries & Lifestyle
147 – VIAYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
171 – Discovery IDYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
174 – BBC LifestyleYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
175 – Food NetworkYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
176 – The Home ChannelYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
177 – HGTVYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
178 – Fashion OneYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
179 – Travel ChannelYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
181 – National GeographicYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
182 – Nat Geo WildYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
184 – BBC EarthYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
186 – The History ChannelYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
189 – Ignition TVYesYesYesYesNoNoYes
190 – Spice TVYesYesYesYesYesNoNo


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Free Channels
173 – TV MallYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
191 – SABC 1YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
192 – SABC 2YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
192 – SABC 2YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
194 – e.TVYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
251 – Soweto TVYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
260 – Bay TVYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
261 – 1 KZNYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
262 – Tshwane TVYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
262 – Tshwane TVYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
262 – Tshwane TVYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
262 – Tshwane TVYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
262 – Tshwane TVYesYesYesYesYesNoNo


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Sports
127 – Ginx eSportsYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
200 – SuperSport BlitzYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
201 – SuperSport 1YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
202 – SuperSport 2YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
203 – SuperSport 3YesYesYesNoNoNoNo
204 – SuperSport 4YesYesYesNoNoNoNo
205 – SuperSport 5YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
206 – SuperSport 6YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
207 – SuperSport 7YesYesYesNoNoNoNo
208 – SuperSport 8YesYesNoNoNoNoNo
209 – SuperSport 9YesYesYesYesNoNoNo
210 – SuperSport 10YesYesYesYesYesNoYes
211 – SuperSport 11YesYesYesNoNoNoNo
212 – SuperSport 12YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
235 – SuperSport MaximoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
239 – TellyTrackYesYesYesYesYesNoNo


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Kids & Teen
301 – Cartoon NetworkYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
302 – BoomerangYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
303 – DisneyYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
304 – Disney Channel XDYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
305 – NickelodeonYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
306 – CbeebiesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
307 – Nick JrYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
308 – NickTOONSYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
309 – Disney JuniorYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
310 – JimJamYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
311 – eToonzYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
319 – MindsetYesYesYesYesYesYesYes


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Music
320 – Channel OYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
321 – Mzansi MusicYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
322 – MTV BaseYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
323 – MTV Music 24YesYesNoNoNoNoNo
325 – TRACE UrbanYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
326 – TRACE AfricaYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
327 – Sound CityYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
331 – One GospelYesYesYesYesYesNoNo


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Religion
340 – DumisaYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
341 – FAITHYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
342 – Day StarYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
343 – TBN AfricaYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
347 – iTV NetworksYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
390 – Emmanuel TVYesYesYesYesYesYesNo


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
News and Commerce
400 – BBC World NewsYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
401 – CNN InternationalYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
402 – Sky NewsYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
403 – eNews Channel AfricaYesYesYesYesNoNoNo
404 – SABC NewsYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
405 – Newzroom AfrikaYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
406 – Al JazeeraYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
407 – Russia TodayYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
408 – Parliamentary ServiceYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
409 – CGTN NewsYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
410 – CNBC AfricaYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
411 – BloombergYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
412 – Business Day TVYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
413 – NDTV 24×7YesYesYesYesYesNoYes


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Specialist & Foreign
430 – RAI ItaliaYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
431 – Beste van NederlandsYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
435 – RTPiYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
437 – TV5 Monde AfriqueYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
446 – Deutsche WelleYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
447 – CCTV 4YesYesYesYesYesYesNo


ChannelDSTV PremiumDSTV Compact PlusCompactFamilyAccessEasyViewIndian
Interactive
180 – People’s WeatherYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

How Much Do DSTV Packages Cost In 2020

There are a number of options for your DSTV package and satellite entertainment. We have broken them down simply here:

DSTV Premium from R749 P/M. 135+ TV Channels.
DSTV Compact Plus fromR489 P/M. 115+ TV Channels.
DSTV Compact fromR339 P/M. 100+ TV Channels.
DSTV Family fromR249 P/M. 75+ TV Channels.
DSTV Access fromR99 P/M. 55+ TV Channels.
DSTV Easyview fromR29 P/M. 30+ TV Channels.
DSTV Indian fromR395 P/M. 25+ TV Channels.

DSTV Error 48-32 E48-32 Clouds Text

How to Solve Error E48-32

DSTV Error Code E48-32

One of the most common DSTV error codes users experience is the E48-32 along with a message that says, “There is no signal due to bad weather, faulty wiring, or wrong installation.” If this has happened to you one or two times, the struggle of figuring out how to fix it can be very frustrating especially if it is something you personally cannot do on your own.

DSTV Errors Error 48-32 E48-32 - DSTV Bad Weather Error - Bad Signal

This error usually comes from the DSTV decoder models 4S, 4U, 5S, 5U, and Explora 1, 2, and 3. If you still own a HD PVR 2P and 4P, the message will say, “searching for footprint” and for those who still own 1110, 1131, and 1132 models the message will say “Searching for signal.”

If this problem persists you will need to call your local DSTV installer to come and look at the problem and test your system and maybe realign your dish.

 

 

DSTV Error 48-32 E48-32 Clouds

What is Causing the problem?

Normally, this error would only be temporary if a rainstorm causes it, but it can also cause permanent damage if your dish is not installed properly with faulty or obstructed wiring.

  • Rain Fade – This causes the user’s signal to get lost because of a strong rain shower amid your dish and the satellite in the DSTV transmitting dish at the broadcast company. If this is the culprit, there is nothing much you can do about the problem except to make sure that your dish is seamlessly corrected by a licensed technician and a signal strength meter. The other option would be to have a bigger dish installed, so that the dish can provide a sturdier signal and overcome the signal loss during smaller storms.
  • Obstruction – This is caused by balconies, trees, or overhanging roofs. To fix this problem, you can cut down some branches on the trees or move the dish to a better location where it cannot be obstructed. There are special dish brackets available for purchase, which you can avail and mount on another part of your house over your roof so that it is above the trees.

 

DSTV Error 48-32 E48-32

Other Faulty Satellite Dish Installation Possibilities

  • Low Noise Block (LNB) – a faulty LNB is quite common especially after a rainstorm because it is sensitive to electronic items. If you do not know what this is, it is the “eye” on the end your dish’s metal arm. If the skew angle on your LNB is incorrect, it could cause a high bit error rate (BER) and lower the quality of your signal. This is also a result of non-licensed technicians who use cheap signal satellite finders that do not have the capability to measure BER.
  • In some cases, if your dish is not mounted properly, bumped, or misaligned, it can also cause signal issues. This is why having a licensed installer is important, so as not to cause issues.
  • Water could also be an issue, especially if it gets into the cables. If you see that it has nothing to do water, it could also be due to poor workmanship where the F-connector on the cable has not been waterproofed at the Low Noise Block. The water could have entered the LNB, which can happen if the plastic cover found on the front is too old and ends up cracking in the sun.
  • Check if your inline cables are faulty. If they are exposed to moisture especially since they are outside it can cause your signal to weaken. Ideally, your cables should have no joints. Should the need arise for joints; these should be placed inside your house not outside.
  • Loose F connectors that loosen from the cable can also cause signal loss. When a decoder has been connected and disconnected one too many times, it can cause your signal to weaken. At times, this can also be caused by accidentally pulling out the cable out of its connector while cleaning behind the TV.

Netflix How To | Watch Netflix on your TV

There are many ways to enjoy Netflix on your TV. Most broadband connect Smart TVs have Netflix already built in. Simply search for the Netflix app in your TV’s menu.

It’s also easy to watch Netflix on your TV through game consoles and streaming devices. On PlayStation, XBox, or Wii you can download the Netflix app from the app store. While popular streaming devices like ChromeCast and AppleTV will already have the Netflix app installed.

If you haven’t yet, go to netflix.com on your web browser to sign up. When you’re ready, log in on your TV with your Netflix username and password to start enjoying the wide selection of TV shows and movies that Netflix has to offer.

Related: Netflix How To | Getting Started On Apple TV

How Do I Use My Smartphone To Watch Netflix On My TV?

Did you know that you can connect an Apple or Android phone to a variety of TVs? This way you can watch online content on a bigger screen, using the Netflix mobile app. You can also use your phone as a remote. There are a few ways to connect your phone to a TV.

Connect with Built-in Chromecast (Google Cast)

If your TV has a built-in Chromecast, you can use it to cast between your Smartphone (Android or iPhone) and the Smart TV. This feature is available on the following TV brands: Toshiba, Soniq, Sharp, Philips, Skyworth, Sony, Polaroid, and Vizio TVs.

How to Cast

  • Launch the Netflix app on your Smartphone
  • After signing in, select the Chromecast Icon on the top of the screen.
  • Select the phone you want to connect
  • Select the movie or show you want to watch and start play
  • Your phone will turn into your remote to fast-forward, rewind, or pause. You can also control the subtitle and audio settings

Connect to a Second Screen

You can also synch the Netflix app from your phone to selected TVs and streaming media players. This way you can use your phone to control your Netflix viewing experience.

  • Connect your phone to a shared Wi-Fi network
  • Start the Netflix app on both your phone and TV
  • Use the same login account on both devices
  • Select the Cast icon at the top of the screen.
  • Choose the phone you want to connect
  • Select a movie or show and start play
  • Your phone will turn into your remote to fast-forward, rewind, or pause. You can also control the subtitle and audio settings

If you experience any issues, view the Troubleshoot Netflix 2nd Screen article.

Connect the Phone with an External Cable

You can connect your phone directly to your TV to watch Netflix from it. The connections vary between the phone’s output and the TV’s input. Modern TV’s will have a USB or HDMI connection you can use. It will depend on your TV brand and whether it has software compatible with viewing the content on your phone.

Make sure you are also running the newest version of your phone’s software for it to be compatible with the latest Smart TV brands. You can also purchase a compatible connection kit, but it might affect the viewing quality. Netflix no longer support Airplay due to technical limitations. The Autoplay function and interactive content is also not available on cable connections.

Netflix How To | Watch Netflix on your Phone or Tablet

Netflix stepped onto the scene in 1997, and forever changed the way viewers would interact with entertainment, both TV shows and movies. In 2010 the company joined the online video streaming revolution. And currently one-third of all the internet traffic goes to Netflix. If you haven’t yet joined the revolution, go to netflix.com to sign up. Click here to read more about getting a free Netflix trial.

Related: Netflix How To | Getting Started On Android

It’s easy to watch Netflix on a variety of mobile devices, like tablets and SmartPhones. You can make sure that your device is compatible with Netflix. Once you have registered your account, go to the app store on your SmartPhone or tablet and download the Netflix app.

Simply log in with your Netflix username and password and start watching anything you like, whenever and wherever you want. And if you start a Netflix show or movie on your TV, you can easily continue watching it on your mobile device or on your laptop at Netflix.com.

The Netflix iPhone Experience

The Netflix iPhone experience has been enhanced even more. First thing you’ll notice, is how many more categories of movies and TV shows there are on the home screen. At the top you’ll see the Continue Watching row, which shows all of the movies and shows you’ve recently watched. By tapping on the title you’re interested in, you can resume watching where you left off.

For the other titles, anywhere in the app, simply tap on any one of them to get more information. You’ll see the synopsis, actors, and all the episodes available to play. If you just want to play the title directly, double tap on it, and play begins immediately.

Netflix How To Watch Netflix on your Phone or Tablet

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In addition to all the personalised lists on the home screen, you can go to the browse menu and see even more movies and TV shows, organised by genre. For parents, tap on the Children & Family genre and you’ll see a whole gallery of children and family movies and TV shows, organised by age group. So it’s really easy to find something appropriate for your kids to watch when you’re out and about.

Search is available everywhere in the application. By tapping the search button, located at the top right, you can begin typing for anything you’re interested in finding. Results will appear as you are typing. Tap on it for more information or play it directly by tapping on the image.

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The Best Original Netflix Series – Part 2

Here’s the next batch of the best original Netflix series you should schedule for a binge watching session. If you can’t find something you like here, read our part 1 post for more ideas.

#1 Master of None

Seasons: 2

Genres: Sitcom, TV Comedies, US TV Shows

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Quirky, witty, irreverent

The show is similar to Louie, with a Millennial twist. The name Aziz Ansari is familiar in the comedy world. But this time he breaks away from his usual style (goofy, loud, and ridiculous) and offers something a bit more grounded. The series follows Dev Shah, played by Ansari, on his journey as a not-so-famous actor trying to carve out a career in New York. Later on he moves to Italy, scraping by. There are appearances by Aziz’s real parents, offering an even more real-life edge to the series.

#2 Mindhunter

Seasons: 1

Genres: TV shows based on books, TV Mysteries, TV Thrillers

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Chilling, scary

Serial killers have a strange effect on our psyches, a morbid fascination with what makes their minds tick. This series takes that obsession, and fleshes it out into an interesting concept. The two main characters, FBI agents, interview serial killers and attempt to create personality profiles to solve cases. These interviews are based on real life serial killers. The content is bleak, but fascinating.

#3 Narcos

Seasons: 3

Genres: TV Thrillers, TV Dramas, Crime TV Shows

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook

Gritty, dark, suspenseful

Based loosely on the real-life events of one of the biggest drug cartels in history. The events play out mostly in Medellin, Colombia. Pablo Escobar builds up a formidable empire for himself, affecting a whole continent. On the other side, two DEA agents (Steve Murphy and Javier Peña) are in hot pursuit. If you don’t know the story of the famous drug lord, resist the Google search and watch the series to see what happens.

#4 Orange is the New Black

Seasons: 4

Genres: TV shows based on books, TV Dramas, TV Comedies, US TV Shows

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew

Deadpan, witty

Inspired by a memoir. One little bad choice affected Piper Chapman’s life forever. The repercussions only kicked in ten years, but she still had to pay the consequences of her decision. In her 20’s she agreed to smuggle drug money through the airport, for her girlfriend. Who then rats her out to the police a decade later to ease her own jail sentence. Piper could never in her wildest nightmares imagine what life inside a woman’s prison would be like. Follow the stories of herself and her fellow inmates, glimpsing the effects of one “small” bad decision in each person’s life.

Related: How to Watch American Netflix in South Africa

#5 Ozark

Seasons: 2

Genres: TV Thrillers, TV Dramas, Crime TV Shows

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Omnious, dark

A financial planner’s career takes an unexpected turn when he becomes a money launderer, with a Mexican cartel breathing down his neck. And the police tracking him down as well. He relocates his family to Missouri’s remote Ozark mountains to try and stay under the radar while he tries to amend the unfortunate twist in his life.

#6 Russian Doll

Seasons: 1

Genres: TV Dramas, TV Comedies, US TV Shows

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Yul Vazquez

Cynical, offbeat, witty

Imagine reliving the same day over and over, trying to get out of the loop. Yes, that sounds like a familiar storyline (Groundhog Day). But when you throw a quirky star like Natasha Lyonne into the mix, you’re bound to have anything but ordinary. Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland were her co-creators of this intriguing series with a strong undertone of exploring complicated psychological events in the main character’s life.

#7 Sense8

Seasons: 2

Genres: TV Thrillers, TV Dramas, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Bae Doona

Mind-bending, dark, suspenseful

In the sci-fi genre the names Lana and Lilly Wachowski plus J. Michael Straczynski will immediately make you sit up and take notice. With this series they went above and beyond their previous amazing creations. The storyline draws the lives of 8 random strangers together. One event binds their destinies forever. But they become sought-after “Sensates” who can experience each other’s lives emotionally and mentally. And so they find themselves on the run from a mysterious government agency who wants to round them all up. Watch them draw on the combined talents of 8 people scattered across the globe, and glimpse a variety of ways to love and be loved.

#8 Sex Education

Seasons: 1

Genres: Teen TV Shows, British TV Shows, TV Dramas, TV Comedies

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey

Raunchy, heartfelt

If you were a teenager, would you be chuffed or horrified if your mom was a sex therapist? Otis is not quite sure which side of the spectrum he falls into, and constantly fluctuates between the two extremes. He’s a typical socially awkward teenager, who then finds unexpected fame from all the sex therapy info he’s gathered from his mom’s practice. Not the usual high school drama series, and with a big name such as Gillian Anderson (X-Files) involved, you will soon find yourself very fond of all the characters involved in Otis’ life.

#9 Stranger Things

Seasons: 2

Genres: Teen TV Shows, TV Thrillers, TV Horror, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown

Omninous, scary

The series is a great homage to Spielberg coming-of-age films and epic ’80s horror. It’s set in a small American town, Hawkins, where kids can still roam about freely and visit each other on their bikes. But then 12-year-old Will Byers doesn’t make it home one night, and his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) becomes convinced that he had been kidnapped by a supernatural force. Is she losing her mind, or is it true?

#10 The Umbrella Academy

Seasons: 1

Genres: TV shows based on comics, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Action & Adventure, US TV Shows

Age restriction: 16

Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Mind-bending, offbeat

Another series with a supernatural edge. It’s based on the comic books created by writer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Bá as illustrator. It starts with a mysterious event, 43 women give birth on the same day. At the exactly the same time. But the odd twist – prior to the moment of giving birth, none of them had shown any signs of being pregnant. An eccentric billionaire decides to adopt as many of these children he can buy, and creates a mismatched family of seven kids. They are trained to become superheroes, called The Umbrella Academy. After going their separate ways after high school, they must reunite to prevent the end of the world.

Netflix How To | Getting Started On Your PS3

The Netflix app is available on various different devices. To see a list of the devices compatible with the streaming service, click here.

Before you can use Netflix on the PlayStation 3, you need to download the app. On the PlayStation cross media bar, go over to the TV and Video Services tab and press “x” to download the app.

Log into your Netflix account to begin using the app. The first thing you’ll see is “Select your Netflix experience” to choose between the normal Netflix experience, or the Just for Kids section. To select, click “x” on your control. You’ll notice the rows with TV shows and movie options. You can go up and down, or left and right to select a title to watch. When you find something you like and you pause on it, all the information about it will appear on the right.

Related: Netflix How To | Find Ratings & Recommendations

Netflix How To Getting Started On Your PS3

To learn more about the title and to play it, hit select again. For series, the second menu allows you to select a specific season or episode to watch. You can also select specific audio and subtitles from this menu. To watch, press “x” on your remote. If you want to rate the title, go back to the main menu, select rate and add the stars or thumbs up/thumbs down.

Another great feature of Netflix on PlayStation, is that the search option is always available. Press the triangle button on your controller, and the search experience pops up. As you begin typing, the search results begin loading on the right.

Click on the search result to get more information about the series or movie. The menu with more information and play options will appear. When you want to go back to the browse experience, press the circle button on your remote to go back to the home screen.

Netflix How To | Getting Started On Xbox

You can enjoy the Netflix experience on a variety of devices. If you already have a connection set up between your television and Xbox, with an active internet connection, simply switch between playing games to live streaming of TV shows and movies.

Before you get started, download the Netflix app on your Xbox. Go over to the app section and select Netflix. To download and use Netflix on your Xbox, you require an XBox Live account. After downloading the app, you will need to sign up or sign in to your account. Once you are signed in, you can download the application.

Firstly, you can choose the normal Netflix or Netflix for Kids experience. In the Netflix app, you will notice various rows with Netflix content. Move up and down, using the controller to scroll across all of the lists. When you stop on a title, more information will be loaded about the title.

Related: Netflix How To | How Do I Change My Netflix Plan?

Netflix How To Getting Started On Xbox

To play a selected title, just hit the play button on your controller. As it begins to play, the information will be displayed on the screen, as well as options to select episodes, and to configure your audio and subtitles.

To change audio, move over to the audio and subtitle selection and click on it. Move over to your choice, and select it. And you’ll notice the subtitles appearing when you resume play. Some of the other features on the Netflix Xbox app, is that you can rate the show you’re watching directly on the viewing screen. Scroll through the features and click on Rate this Title. To fast-forward and rewind is also very simple. Bring up the menu and click forward or backwards. You can also easily search for specific titles. Hit “Y” on your controller and a search box appears.

Netflix How To | Getting Started On Apple TV

You will find Netflix on the second row of the AppleTV menu. After logging in for the first time, you’re presented with several ways to find something to watch. The Suggestions for You section provides you with personalised lists based on taste and what you’ve been watching.

You can use the buttons on your AppleTV remote to navigate through the lists. Once you’ve selected a movie, more information is displayed with option to play or rate. You can also select the More button to see the actors, and categories. Selecting an actor displays the movies and TV Shows they’ve acted in on Netflix. To go back, press the main menu on your AppleTV remote.

Selecting a TV show also provides you with more information and shows you different episodes and multiple seasons. You can select any season to see the different episodes. To play an episode, simply select the episode and then select Play or just press Play on your AppleTV remote.

Related: Netflix How To | Download Netflix Shows & Movies

Netflix How To Getting Started On Apple TV

While playing you can fast-forward or rewind. Pressing and holding the Select button on your remote displays the subtitle menu. Choose your preferred language and the play will resume automatically. To exit playback, press the Menu button on your remote.

The Just for Kids section is available from the Netflix main menu. It’s a special section for kids to find tons of shows and movies that they will love. There is only content provided for kids 12 and under. Browse through a list of personalised suggestions or continue watching a title. Or watch all the movies and TV shows from your favourite characters. You can also search for Kids Only titles.

You can search the entire Netflix catalogue by selecting Search from the Netflix main menu. Start typing the name of an actor or the title you are looking for, and the results are displayed as you type.

Netflix How To | Getting Started On Android

To start, go to the Google Play Store on your phone, and search for the Netflix app. Hit install and the application will start downloading automatically and appear on your phone’s home screen. Open the app and enter your login details.

The first thing you’ll see on your home page, is the Continue Watching row. This is all the shows you’ve been watching before, so you can hop right back into it. It has a simple play button on the title, once you’ve scrolled onto it. You can continue watching, or drag the bar back and forth to rewind or fast-forward. The nice thing is that if you’ve been watching a show on your XBox or PS3, you can continue watching it on your phone or tablet and get right back into it.

More Options at Your Fingertips

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Right after Continue Watching you will see your Top 10. This is a great place to find new things that Netflix thinks you might be interested in. The new shows that appear are based on shows that you’ve previously watched, or rated. Click here to learn how the Netflix algorithm generates recommendations for you.

The other lists that appear show similar shows to the ones you’ve watched before, classified as Because You Watched. If you’re looking for something specific, you can go through the genres under the browse menu (the three lines in the top left corner). Under the genre you choose, you will also see other sub-genres to choose from.

If there’s a specific title you’re looking for that you’re not seeing under the categories, you can use the search button, located at the top of the screen on the right. The related titles will appear as you are typing. Click on the title to view the information page where you can read a synopsis and view other details about the title such as the creator and actors. Select the episode you want to watch, and click the play button.

Netflix How To | Get a Netflix Free Trial

Experience Netflix free for a month. Sign up for your trial offer and instantly access the entire Netflix catalogue of TV shows and movies. Go to netflix.com to get started. Enter your email and choose a password, select the plan and payment option that’s best for you, and start watching.

You only have to fill in your payment information in advance, so you can enjoy Netflix uninterrupted after your trial offer ends. You will never be charged during your free trial and you can cancel at any time. Netflix will email you a reminder three days before your trial ends. After your trial ends, you’ll pay one low monthly fee, no matter how much you watch.

Who Created Netflix?

Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph created Netflix in Scotts Valley, California. Originally the business model included DVD sales and rentals via mail. But the sales stopped after a year, to solely focus on DVD rentals.

By 2010 they expanded into the streaming media world, but still kept the DVD and Blu-ray rentals on the side. In the same year they expanded their DVD rentals to Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. And in 2012 Netflix joined the content-production industry. Their debut series was Lilyhammer.

When Was Netflix Founded?

Netflix’s official launch was 29 August 1997. As of April 2019, the online streaming giant had more than 154 million subscriptions worldwide. They’ve expanded into over 190 countries. Outside of America, Netflix has offices Brazil, India, Japan, South Korea, and the Netherlands. They are also a member of MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).

By 2016 the company released an estimate of 126 original series and films. This is more than any other cable or network channel. They are true revolutionaries of the entertainment industry. Netflix has been a pivotal player in transforming the entertainment world with their on-demand library of streamed content.

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A Blockbuster Late Fee Sparked the Company Concept

Who knows if this is completely true, or an urban legend. But the story goes that the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was appalled at a late fee that Blockbuster Video required for a movie rental. He decided that there should be a rental service without late fees. Up to date the company still has 4 million rental subscribers in America.

Blockbuster Didn’t Want To Buy Netflix

In 2000 Hastings decided to contact Blockbuster and offer them the online service as a complementary to their traditional brick and mortar business model. The offer was for $50 million. But Blockbuster declined the offer.

By 2005 the innovative online company had 4.5 million customers. And Blockbuster were struggling to adapt to the internet entertainment economy. In 2004 the traditional movie rental company peaked with close to 9 000 retail locations. By 2010, Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy. And at the end of 2017 they only had 9 stores left in operation. At the same time, Netflix was worth over $40 billion. In July 2018, the mighty Blockbuster was whittled down to a solitary branch in Bend, Oregon.

One-Third of All the Internet Traffic Goes To Netflix

Anybody that has used Netflix, knows how much data the online streaming site chows. If it’s hogging your bandwidth, imagine everybody else around the world logging into the service as well. During peak times Netflix streaming accounts for roughly one-third of the total worldwide internet traffic.

Original Content Worth $13 Billion

By 2018, Netflix’s budget for original content was roughly $13 billion. In the beginning their budget was only $8 billion to create their own original content. Their new target is about the same as the gross domestic product of Albania, and more than the total GDP of countries such as Madagascar. The main reason for increasing this budget, is to lock down on their licensing fees debt.

140 Million Hours Every Day

The rough streaming estimation of the average Netflix subscriber is about 90 minutes per day. Multiply this with the number of Netflix subscribers around the globe, and that adds up to more than a 1 billion hours of Netflix content streamed every week.

The First Netflix Original “Show”

To test out different video formats and streaming capabilities, Netflix created this strange 11-minute-long video clip. They wanted to ensure that the company could successfully stream high-definition content. It features various abstract clips.

Netflix How To | Personalize your Netflix Account

Netflix offers something for everyone in your household on a variety of devices. With just one Netflix account, you can register up to five individual profiles. Based on what you watch, Netflix makes suggestions tailored to each profile. So simply watch your favourite TV shows and movies, and Netflix will recommend similar titles to enjoy.

And by selecting kids 12 and under when creating a profile, your kids can have their own profile too. They can safely and easily browse through kid-friendly TV shows and movies with the help of their favourite characters.

NOTE: Netflix profiles cannot be created on devices older than 2013.

How Do Profiles Work On a Netflix Account

You can use a profile to customize the Netflix experience for each member of your family. The profile will store the unique TV shows and movies the user enjoys. Each profile has its own:

  • Maturity level
  • My List*
  • Recently Watched list*
  • Ratings*
  • Language preference*
  • Playback settings
  • Personalized TV show and movie suggestions

*Not available on Kids profiles via computers.

But if your device requires an activation code, you won’t be able to switch between profiles, or create a new profile. If you have a specific profile that is your favourite, you can set it on the Netflix website as your favourite. Then you can activate it for the specific device on Netflix.com/Activate. If you want to switch profiles on the older devices, you must sign out and reactivate it as your preferred profile.

How to Create a Profile

Select Manage Profiles from the menu on the Netflix app or browser. You must specify a different name for each profile. If you can’t create a new profile from your mobile device, log in on Netflix.com via a computer. You can add a maximum of five profiles per account.

How to Customize or Delete a Netflix Profile

You can delete a profile from your device on the Netflix app, and change the profile icon. But to customize it extensively, such as changing the language settings or maturity level, you must log in on Netflix.com via a computer. Click on the Manage Profiles link and select the profile you want to customize or delete. Make the required changes, and click on Save.

Please note: once you’ve deleted a profile, you will no longer have access to the specific viewing history linked to it. You can’t delete the main profile linked to your Netflix account.

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How to Set Maturity Limits on a Netflix Profile

Some devices will allow you to set the maturity levels for a profile. Each individual profile can have its own specific maturity rating limit. Log in to Netflix.com from a computer browser if you can’t edit the profile on your device.

The parental control feature is under the drop-down menu called Allowed TV Shows and Movies. You can also make a specific profile kid-friendly by choosing the Kid setting when editing the profile.

Please note: a profile cannot be password protected. The parent/guardian must make sure that the Netflix-enabled device is set on the right profile for kid-friendly viewing.

Read our post about setting up the parental controls on your Netflix account.

Netflix How To | Choose a Netflix Streaming Plan

Why can’t I stream Netflix in HD (High Definition)?  If you are on the Netflix basic plan, you will only have access to Standard Definition (SD) viewing. Netflix offers three streaming plans. The plan you choose will determine how many people can stream series and movies from Netflix at the same time, as well as the streaming quality.

The Basic Plan lets one person stream series and movies from Netflix, in Standard definition (SD). The Standard Plan lets two people stream series and movies from Netflix, in High definition (HD) when available.

The Premium plan lets up to four people stream series and movies from Netflix, in High definition (HD) when available. Additionally, select titles will be available in Ultra HD 4K to those who are using new HD compatible devices.

You can change your plan at any time. To do so, visit netflix.com/changeplan. No matter what plan you choose, you will have unlimited access to all the TV shows and movies available on Netflix. And you can watch them on any Netflix ready device. Plus, you can install the Netflix app on as many devices as you want.

Related: How Do I Change My Netflix Plan

What is the Difference between Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) Viewing?

The Standard Definition (SD) video resolution is classified as 480p or 480i. The High Definition (HD) is 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. And Ultra HD 4K is 4096p. Your choice of video resolution will greatly influence the quality of your viewing experience, especially on larger format screens.

What Is Video Resolution?

The video resolution is based on how many pixels it takes to make up one frame of the video. A pixel is the smallest measuring unit of a picture. The more pixels in a frame, the clearer the image will be.

What Do The Numbers Mean?

Resolution is determined by the height of an image. Working on a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1080 resolution picture is 1080 pixels high, and 1920 pixels wide. So that means that in total the image has 2,073,600 pixels

What Do the “I” And “P” Mean?

The “I” stands for “interlaced” and the “p” for “progressive scan”. Interlacing is a video viewing trick. Your eye thinks you’re seeing the full image in motion, but you are in actual fact only viewing every other line of the image. Your eyes will fill in the gaps automatically. This is a video streaming technique used to double the perceived video frame rate, without taking up extra bandwidth.

Progressive scan draws each line in sequential order, one at a time. A single frame is “painted” every 1/60th of a second. This means that twice the detail can be sent in the same time as an interlaced system. The image is more detailed and you’ll notice less flickering, a common flaw of interlaced scanning.

SD Resolution

SD is the standard quality resolution. Often it refers to 480 pixel height in an image. A single frame has more detail than a 144p, 240p, or 360p image. But less detail than a 720p or 1080p frame. You don’t want to drop below 480 for video streaming.

In the late 20th century it became the standard for most broadcast television, as well as DVD’s. The 480p is the common standard for digital video.

Streaming in Standard Definition (SD)

On the internet, a lot of uploaded videos and video streams are limited to the 480p standard definition format. But with the advancement in technology, the 480 resolution will soon be phased out by higher quality formats. You will need to ensure that your equipment is upgraded to handle the higher resolution streaming.

Why can’t I stream Netflix in HD

HD Resolution

HD (high definition) is a higher definition resolution. The pixel height is 720 or 1080 pixels. Each frame is displayed with more detail than the standard definition resolution. 720p is the bottom range of the resolution type. It’s often called “standard HD” or “HD ready”.

720p is the usual resolution used on the internet. Most modems will have 720p capabilities. The 720i isn’t a HD media standard in the industry, because of a lack of demand for it.

The 1080i and 1080p resolutions are called Full HD. These offer higher quality standards for HD streaming. Most television broadcasters prefer the 1080i format. 1080p is a more progressive format for video streaming content on internet platforms such as Netflix and YouTube.

When To Stream In High-Definition: SD vs HD vs 4K

The other HD resolution option, is Ultra HD 4K. It still refers to the pixel height, but rounds it up (or down) a little bit. Ultra HD 4K is usually either 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels. The second format is usually for big cinema screens.

4K is the latest craze in video resolution. The technology is still very new, on Netflix for example not all shows are available in this format yet. For now you can consider switching to the normal HD resolution for a higher viewing quality. But by 2024, an estimated 50% of American households will have 4K-enabled televisions.

If you are viewing video streaming content on a smaller screen, you can consider sticking to the SD resolution. But once you’ve compared the quality difference between SD and HD, you won’t easily switch back to SD.

Netflix How To | Find What’s New On Netflix

Netflix is always adding more — new releases, TV shows, hidden gems, classic movies. Plus, Netflix Originals like “Lilyhammer” and “House of Cards”. Here are some ways to stay on top of the latest and greatest.

If you’ve been a Netflix member for more than a month, you’ll see a Recently Added row that has shows and movies added to Netflix in the previous 30 days. The New Releases row on Netflix shows you the titles that were first released, either in the movie theatre or on TV, in the past year and a half.

You can also follow Netflix on Facebook or Twitter, where they regularly feature new Netflix TV shows and movies. If there’s a new season of a TV show you’ve been watching, you can opt to receive an email notification about it.

While Netflix continuously adds titles to their collection, the rights to stream particular titles also expire. When you’re browsing Netflix, you will see a notification if a show’s scheduled to go offline, so you have the chance to enjoy it before it becomes unavailable.

Netflix Shows and Movies Lists on Different Devices

How To Find What's New On Netflix

On your Netflix homepage, you will find various category lists of TV shows and movies. Depending on the platform you are using to access Netflix, these lists will vary. These lists include Award-winning TV Shows, Trending Now, New Releases, Netflix Originals, Popular on Netflix, Award-winning US TV Shows, Off the Beaten Path, Hollywood Movies, Witty TV Dramedies, and more.

You will also see lists of suggestions, based on other series or movies you watched on Netflix. These lists are a handy way to keep up to date with the ever-changing offerings on Netflix. You can also opt in to Netflix email notifications, under your account settings. Scroll down to the My Profile section under the settings, select Communication settings and activate the Now on Netflix option. You will receive email notifications with information on newly added movies, TV shows, and seasons. Plus, it will also include personalized suggestions and alerts.

If you want to use your Netflix account to the fullest, read our post How to Find Ratings & Recommendations to optimize your account.

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The Best Netflix Original Series

Netflix stepped onto the entertainment scene in 1997, and they keep ruffling feathers in the entertainment industry. And in 2013, Netflix also decided to start creating their own shows. The innovative company’s first big hit was House of Cards. Since then, they’ve rolled out plenty of other original hits.

From traditional series, to documentaries – the Netflix production house is gaining more momentum by the minute! They produce some in-house. And others are co-produced in collaboration with other studios. The following is a list of the current best original Netflix series to binge watch.

American Vandal

Seasons: 2
Genres: Teen TV Shows, TV Comedies, Crime TV Shows
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro

Deadpan, raunchy, irreverent

27 cars are vandalized in a high school faculty parking lot, with crude phallic images. The school’s resident slacker and class clown is pinpointed as the perpetrator and expelled. But two other student’s decide to scrutinise the incident. A documentary-style investigation ensues, and everyone is a suspect…

The series is mockumentary, satirically poking fun of true-crime documentaries such as Making a Murderer and Serial. Focusing on the usual “Did he really do it?” angle creates a suspense-filled and binge-friendly series.

Chef’s Table

Seasons: 6 volumes
Genres: Food & Travel TV, Docuseries, US TV Shows
Age restriction: 16+

Have you ever wondered about the day-to-day responsibilities and experiences of well-known chefs? This documentary web series focuses on various successful restauranteurs and features their personal stories, mixed with culinary content.

It is presented in the traditional documentary style, which can become a bit dull at times. But the intriguing emotional backstories will offer you a greater appreciation for the world of fine dining. A few of the memorable chefs include Massimo Bottura (season 1), Dominique Crenn (season 2), and Ivan Orkin (season 3). It’s a refreshingly break from the reality show competition style cooking shows. There’s also a Chef’s Table France to explore.

The Crown

Seasons: 2
Genres: Political TV Shows, Period Pieces, British TV Shows
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Claire Foy, John Lithgow, Matt Smith

The Crown is a high-calibre British period drama, in the league of Downton Abbey. It follows the still-reigning Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II (91) across the various periods of her life. The series starts with her marriage to Prince Philip of Edinburgh, 1947.

The series is a big hit, with great historical accuracy. It follows an interesting format, with the role of Queen Elizabeth and other main characters recast from season to season. In the first two seasons Claire Foy portrays Queen Elizabeth, alongside Vanessa Kirby and Matt Smith (Dr. Who). Netflix confirmed that Olivia Colman (Peep Show) will be taking over in season three, with Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. Netflix wants to produce six seasons in total (60 episodes)

Daredevil

Seasons: 3
Genres: TV shows based on Comics, Crime TV Shows, TV Action & Adventure
Age restriction: 18+
Starring: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Gritty, dark, exciting

One of many Marvel shows on Netflix. Charlie Cox in the title role creates a firm foundation for the series. It is similar to Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, focusing on the darker side of Marvel Studios’ superheroes.

A blind vigilante dedicates his days to protect Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, as a lawyer. And at night he continues to do the same, but with a more violent edge to his protection methods. The supporting cast brings a good balance to the show. These include Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) and Elden Henson (The Mighty Ducks). The colourful villains include Vincent D’Onofrio as deranged Kingpin, and Jon Bernthal as The Punisher. Unfortunately Netflix decided to cancel the series by season 3, as part of an attempt to reduce the number of co-produced series.

Dark

Seasons: 1
Genres: German TV Shows, TV Mysteries, TV Thrillers
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel

Mind-bending, chilling, ominous

This one is perfect for a serious show lover, with a dose of the dramatic. It’s a foreign-language series, in German. But it will be worth your while to follow along with the subtitles. The storyline might remind you of Stranger Things, although Dark has much darker undertones.

It’s set in Winden, a small town covered in eternal shadowy clouds. The mysteries include missing children, strange laboratories, and supernatural occurrences. This might sound like a very predictable formula, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns. Multiple storylines are weaved together, so get ready to concentrate and follow the complicated life in a small town.

The Best Netflix Original Series

Dear White People

Seasons: 2
Genres: Social Issue TV Dramas, TV Dramas, TV Comedies
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Witty

In 2014 a forward-thinking young director, Justin Simien, created a film depicting the challenging dynamics in a fictional Ivy League college. Winchester University (predominantly white, with a scattering of black students) served as a blank canvas to explore issues of group and individual identities in the school’s social ecosystem.

Netflix sat up and took notice of the remarkable film, and approached Justin to expand on the concepts, fleshing it out into a series. Its second season kicked off in 2018, and the show is scheduled for a third season as well. Sam White (Logan Browning) creates a stir among the students with her outspoken radio show, called Dear White People. The director manages to tackle controversial topics in a tactful way. And the show offers different viewpoints on major issues such as identity, romance, socialization, and education.

Easy

Seasons: 3
Genres: TV Comedies, US TV Shows
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Judy Greer, Jane Adams

Understated, Witty

Created by Joe Swanberg (Win It All), the series is a collection of short stories about relationship challenges in the 21st century. The short 30-minute vignettes share stories from the lives of a wide variety of people in modern day Chicago.

The cast include big names such as Orlando Bloom, Dave Franco, and Emily Ratajkowski who inhabit the complicated characters with ease. Some stories might leave you wanting more, but the relatable stories are highly entertain, albeit short. Find out how other people deal with relationship barriers, ranging from redefining gender roles to figuring out communication across language divides.

GLOW

Seasons: 2
Genres: TV Dramas, TV Comedies, US TV Shows
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Offbeat, witty, irreverent

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) wowed audiences with their wrestling skills during the mid-80s. Netflix saw the entertainment potential to create a series about the show and the behind the scenes dynamics. Two seasons are currently available, and it is renewed for a third.

A desperate actress (Alison Brie) joins a low-budget women’s wrestling program, that’s run by a dodgy director (Marc Maron). She’s joined by a crew of colourful, wacky fellow performers. Follow their journey of dealing with personal issues while attempting to create a successful show. Brie and Maron are joined by Betty Gelpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, and British rocker Kate Nash. Together they create an entertaining glimpse into the strange entertainment world of ladies wrestling.

Godless

Seasons: 1 (limited series)
Genres: TV Dramas, US TV Shows
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Jack O’Connell

Gritty, dark

Created by the two-time Oscar nominee, Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Logan). This Western drama miniseries racked in a handful of Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Netflix. The perfectly planned seven-episode story arc emerges you in the 1880s. In a small mining town a catastrophic mine accident kills almost all the men in the town. The women left behind must pick up the pieces and rebuilt their lives.

They are doing just fine until a mysterious stranger decides to use the town as his hideout. The gunslinger is on the run from his former mentor, a bloodthirsty leader of an outlaw gang. Jeff Daniels plays the cruel gang leader on the hunt. Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) plays a pair of pioneer women who upholds the town. The cinematography is stunning, the dialogue witty, and awesome action scenes pull it all together beautifully. Dockery, Wever, and Daniels were nominated for their performances.  Wever and Daniels both won their Emmy nominations categories.

The Haunting of Hill House

Seasons: 1
Genres: TV shows based on books, TV Mysteries, TV Dramas
Age restriction: 16+
Starring: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton

Chilling, scary, suspenseful

Stephen King described this series as “close to a work of genius”. Horror film writer and director Mike Flanagan created it, who produced Ouija: Origin of Evil and Oculus. The series is an adaptation of a 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson, with the same name.

It follows the family who moves into the Hill House, dreaming about renovating it. But soon each family member has their own scary paranormal encounter, which will haunt them for years to come. And it all ends with a mysterious tragedy, that finally drives the family out of the haunted house. Get ready for timeline-hopping as you explore Hill House through each family member’s eyes and then catch up with them years later. It’s one of the best horror stories of recent years.