Fix DSTV E16 Error Message

Fix E16 Errors on DStv – It’s easy with DStv Self Service

You can fix the E16 error quick and easy from the DStv self-service website. Make sure you switch on your decoder and insert your Smartcard before continuing.

Press the MENU button on your DStv remote control and next press 4 to check your messages. Make sure you have paid your DStv account before reactivation. After you’ve sent payment follow the steps below.

Click here to go the Fix Errors page on the DStv self service site. Fix Errors Link. Make sure you are logged in first.

Fix E16 Error Code DSTV - DSTV Self Service

  1. Select the applicable error code from the drop down list. In this case – E16

Fix E16 Error Code DSTV Drop Down Menu - DSTV Self Service

2. If applicable select your decoder.

3. Follow the steps highlighted in the instructions.

Use the form to reset the error online. Type in your Smartcard Number and Surname. Click on Fix Now.

Alternatively to reset it via USSD you can dial *120*68584# and follow the instructions.

DSTV Trying to Regulate Netflix

There’s a new player in town, giving the satellite television service a run for its money. Although MultiChoice owns shares in ShowMax, an online streaming service, many people are flocking to Netflix for their series binge watching spree.

The Satellite Strategy

Online streaming services have become a game changer in the entertainment world. And this is only focusing on the legal services. Pirate sites are an alluring alternative for people wanting to see the latest episodes of their favourite series but trying to find a way around paying for it.

Related: How pirate content websites affect the entertainment industry

Stats show that MultiChoice has lost over 100 000 premium subscribers in the financial year from 2017 to 2018. The pay-TV operator must now reassess its business model to stay relevant despite the fierce entertainment competition. If DStv fails to rejuvenate its services, it is threatened by digital disruption.

According to Calvo Mawela, the CEO of MultiChoice SA, an issue arises with unregulated competition because Netflix has an unfair advantage as a video-streaming company. Currently the company is not subject to any regulatory pressure in South Africa.

Changing Directions

DStv is very aware of the fact that their viewers have changed their average viewing habits. More and more South Africans are catching on to the convenience of online content. Although the satellite broadcasting service still has a big loyal following, the company wants to aim at capturing a bigger online audience.

Showmax.

Besides offering subscribers access to ShowMax, MultiChoice has created a new online streaming service platform. With DStv Now you can access the satellite television’s content online. Plans are in the pipeline to launch a special 4K-streaming option for DStv Now, offering subscribers a higher resolution, high definition (HD) format. Other changes include possibly offering a new package that will be streaming-only. This way MultiChoice can directly compete on Netflix’s turf. There are also a few other online content services to contend with.

Why is DStv Losing Subscribers

Some onlookers speculate that the substantial subscriber loss is due to the financial challenges that consumers are facing. But MultiChoice still strongly suspects that it is losing many premium subscribers because of unregulated competition, with Netflix at the top of the online content services competitors.

MultiChoice believes that it is the responsibility of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to investigate a way of creating a level playing field so that the pay-TV operators can compete fairly with the over-the-top players. If Icasa does not comply with this request, DStv and other pay-TV operators might very soon be out of business.

Investigating the Allegations

In May 2018, the regulator conducted an inquiry with an oral hearing, listening to the complaints from the subscription television broadcasting services. It is considering opening the market to other players. The plan is to introduce shared sports rights, as well as shorter contract options for premium content.

MultiChoice feels that Icasa misunderstood the request and the inquiry is not focusing on the issue that was brought to them. DStv feels that competition in the industry can have a positive effect on services, they are not against it. The pay-TV operator wants to make its subscribers aware of the value offering they present, appreciating the services offered. They feel that the consumer will benefit from healthy competition.

But now Icasa has shifted its focus to regulate DStv more. MultiChoice still claims that over-the-top players like Netflix should be subjected to the same set of regulations as MultiChoice. Mawela feels that this will be in the best interest of the country. In an interview he pointed out that the country has national objectives to focus on. For instance, currently Netflix does not fall under the same tax compliance laws as MultiChoice. The online streaming company also does not comply with the black economic empowerment regulations.

Related: Legal issues and controversies surrounding Netflix

The Main Aim of The Request

Mawela went on to explain that he feels companies such as Netflix should be placed on the same playing field as local service providers. Netflix does not offer employment to anyone in South Africa, they don’t fall under the country’s tax laws, and they also do not offer any local content. MultiChoice’s main reason for requesting regulations from Icasa was to ensure that the pay-TV operators and the online streaming companies can stand on equal footing when competing for subscribers.

Interview: MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela on SABC News.

Netflix responded positively to the regulation request from MultiChoice. They intend to adhere to the local laws and tax structures of the countries that access their service. Netflix welcomed collaboration with regulators.

Paseka Maleka, Icasa spokesman, confirmed that the regulator is in the process of analysing the pay-TV market inquiry submissions. They aim to publish a conclusion on the matter by March 2019. According to William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa director, Netflix should be regulated. But he also thinks the pay-TV market monopoly should be regulated as well.

For more Netflix, Showmax and DSTV news and updates check out: Which TV Entertainment To Choose: DSTV vs Netflix vs Showmax 

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SuperSport Channels Open to All DStv Customers

Are you a diehard sports fanatic? Do you love watching live games on DStv? Well, good news for you, till the end of July 2018 DStv has decided to make all the SuperSport channels available to all the packages. This includes Compact, Compact Plus, Family and Access packages.  Get access to 13 SuperSport channels at no extra charge. Watch SuperSport 1 to 12 and SuperSport Blitz as much as you want, for free.

Let the Sports Binge Watching Begin

The line-up holds many exciting sporting events such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup final (SuperSport 3), the CAF Champions League (SuperSport 4), the Proteas’ Sri Lanka tour (SuperSport 2), and more.

Here’s a list of the what you can look forward to in July:

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test

Will the South African bowling attack hold up to the challenge of the Sri Lankan wickets? The test will start on Friday 13 July at 6:25. Watch the Proteas on SuperSport 2.

Vodacom Super Rugby 2018: Bulls vs Lions

Two feisty teams battling it out for a prized place in the playoffs. Will the Lions conquer the Bulls in Johannesburg?

Vodacom Super Rugby 2018

Watch the two formidable teams in action on SuperSport 1, Saturday 14 July at 15:00

Wimbledon 2018: Ladies Final

Can Serena Williams make an epic return to the world of competitive tennis with another Centre Court appearance? Enjoy the nail-biting final on SuperSport 6, Saturday 14 July at 14:45.

MotoGP ’18: Germany MotoGP

Marc Marquez will attempt to extend his championship lead in the Germany polls. Watch the race on SuperSport 7, Sunday 15 July at 14:00.

The Germany GP

2018 FIFA World Cup Final

The big final will be in Moscow. Who will go home with the prized trophy, crowned kings of the football world? Watch the 2018 World Cup Final on SuperSport 3, Sunday 15 July at 16:45.

Wimbledon 2018: Men’s Final

Can Roger Federer extend his Grand Slam dominance on the grassy Centre Court? Watch the nail-biting final on SuperSport 6, Sunday 15 July at 14:45

But Wait, There’s More

By the end of July, you will be a professional sport watcher! There’s more fun live sport fixtures to enjoy in July. All of these available to the DStv Compact, Compact Plus, Family, Access, and Premium packages.

SS4, Tuesday 17 July at 14:45 – CAF Champions League: AS Togo vs Sundowns
SS6, starting Thursday 19 July at 07:30 – The Open Championship 2018
SS2, starting Friday 20 July at 06:25 – Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test
SS1, Saturday 21 July – Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifiers
SS1, Saturday 21 July from 03:56 – 2018 Rugby World Cup 7’s
SS8, Saturday 21 July at 15:00 – IAAF Diamond League 2018: London
SS9, Sunday 22 July at 14:00 – IBO Boxing 2018: Simphiwe Khonco vs Toto Landero
SS2, Sunday 22 July at 15:05 – F1 2018: German Grand Prix
SS1, Monday 23 July at 02:44 – 2018 Rugby World Cup 7’s Final
SS1, Saturday 28 July – Super Rugby Quarter Finals
SS4, Friday 27 July at 21:00 – CAF Champions League: Sundowns vs AS Togo-Port
SS2, Sunday 29 July at 06:15 – Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st ODI
SS5, Sunday 29 July – Tour de France Final Stage

Local DStv Installer Can Help You Access All the Sports

If you are experiencing issues with setting up your DStv channels, one of our leading and accredited DSTV and multichoice service technicians can assist you.

Find a reputable DStv technician now by looking at our DSTv installations services areas.

 

Fun Reality Show: The Wedding Bashers

VUZU, channel 116 on DStv, will be rebroadcasting the popular Mnet reality show, The Wedding Bashers. You’ve heard of wedding crashers, now meet the wedding bashers!

Four local celebrities – Cindy Nell, Denise Zimba, Siba Mtongana and Zavion Kotze – attend uniquely South African weddings. Afterwards they discreetly rate the wedding. From the bride’s dress, to the food choices, to the décor. By the end of the season, one newly wed couple walks away with the prized title of best local wedding.

If you missed out on the bashing, you can now re-watch season 1, just in time for season 2, which is around the corner. The exciting wedding reality show will kick off on Friday, the 22nd of June, at 20:30. You can also catch it on Sunday, the 24th of June, at 16:00. Or Wednesday 27 June, at 10:00.

View more videos of The Wedding Bashers

Rating the Perfect Wedding

A stunning dress, top-notch food, and spectacular décor. Oh, and don’t forget epic entertainment. Over the course of 12 episodes, you will get a behind the scenes glimpse of 22 diverse weddings. The show features a variety of South Africans, representing the rainbow nature with its special flavour of culture, background and religion.

The all-star celebrity team of four Wedding Bashers experience each moment of the wedding with the couple. Afterwards they give their opinion of the overall experience they had. Each an expert in their field, it’s not just thumb-sucking opinions offered, but a more objective observation of the big day.

The Wedding Bashers Team

Three ladies and one gentleman.  The former Miss South Africa and now business woman, Cindy Nell, takes a look at the finer elements of beauty and fashion. Next, the bubbly socialite and VUZU star, Denise Zimba, offers her opinion of the wedding vibe. Celebrity chef and food expert, Siba Mtongana, provides a professional opinion on the wedding banquet. Lastly, wedding planner extraordinaire, Zavion Kotze, gives insight into the overall execution of the wedding.

Every little detail of the wedding is scrutinized. The wedding outfits, the flower arrangements, whether the guests looked like they had fun, and everything in between that makes up the nuptial celebration. Watch as the wedding bashers disagree about all these little details, each adamantly offering their opinion.

May the Best Wedding Win

By the end of each show, they score the weddings, taking into consideration all the elements. The wedding that grabbed their attention most, wins prizes to the value of more than R500 000. The votes of the Wedding Bashers are not the only determining factors, viewer participation is also included. Watch the show to see which newlyweds wowed both the Bashers and the public.

MNet’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard, is very proud of the unique wedding show. The interaction between the Wedding Bashers offer great entertainment. The four celebrities are outspoken, openly sharing their opinions.

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The other unique element of the show is seeing a wide variety of weddings. Your idea of the “perfect wedding day” will definitely be challenged. Adding the competitive edge to the reality show also provides excellent entertainment value.

The Wedding Bashers.

The 22 weddings will show you almost every type of wedding you can think of. Budgets, themes, and settings differ. From a simplistic beach setting, to a lavish vineyard affair, to an industrial chic venue or a five-star train. The Wedding Bashers’ comments remain discreet, focusing more on the love that inspired the couple to tie the knot, and their choice of wedding according to their own unique taste.

Weddings Galore on DStv

Are you a big fan of weddings? You should then also watch Our Perfect Wedding on Mzansi Magic, channel 161. Another great reality show, this one follows a couple just before saying “I do”. The engaged couple invites you along on their journey to the altar.

The couple creates a wish list of their perfect wedding. Each week you can watch a couple attempt to turn the wishes into reality, planning every little detail of their ideal special day. Are the ideas too extravagant to execute, or will the wish list tick all the boxes of a dream day? Watch each week on Sunday at 19:00 to find out.

Add an LNB Installation for Multiple Viewing

You might be a big fan of weddings, but the rest of the household doesn’t share your passion. Did you know that you can use an LNB installation for multiple viewing, instead of a multi-switch/DSTV Switch?

If you kept your old decoder when you upgraded, all you need to do is call out one of our qualified local DStv installers to add the DSTV Smart LNB installation to your dish, and you can watch multiple channels from different decoders.

Contact us now to find out more.

Getting Ready for The Soccer World Cup 2018

It happens like clockwork every four years – the world is hit by an extra bout of soccer fever. This year the Soccer World Cup 2018 will be hosted in Russia. To get you ready for all the footie action, DStv has decided to create a special pop-up channel for the event. It’s available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access packages.

From the 18th of April to the 11th of June you can binge watch all things World Cup related on channel 213, SuperSport 13. Alternatively, you can watch it on the DStv Now app via your phone or tablet. Click on the link to access the DSTV Now App, https://now.dstv.com/Home/Login?returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fnow.dstv.com%2F 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup – LIVE on SuperSport.

Travel Back in Time

The special pop-up channel showcases various documentaries and movies, showcasing the history of the Soccer World Cup from 1966 to 2014. The Road to Russia program focuses on the countries that will be participating, tracking their journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Russia. It also covers the Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. You can also see the highlights of other memorable FIFA Soccer World Cup matches.

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You will be able to watch all 64 of the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2018 matches, scattered across the SuperSport channels. Follow all the Soccer World Cup 2018 action on the SuperSport website. DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers will have access to the matches. Or you can just stream the matches live from the app. Download the SuperSport 2018 calendar to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Visit the link below for the World Cup calendar.

Reasons Why You Should Watch the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2018 on DStv

  1.  You will have live access to all 64 matches. Watch all the soccer action in HD, in the comfort of your home.
  2.  The top-tier pre- and post-matches will be analysed by top-notch football experts from across the world including Jay Jay Okocha, Yaya Toure, and Andy Townsend.
  3.  A variety of special programs will offer behind the scenes insights into the host country, Russia. On top of all the great sporting action you can        learn more about this fascinating country. Balance all the sport with a bit of culture and history.

Related: How to deal with signal problems. Check out our page where we give you all the helpful tips and tricks on how to deal with signal loss problems on your DSTV.

The Soccer World Cup Schedule

Thursday, 14 June 2018
Luzhniki Stadium (new) Russia 17:00 Saudi Arabia
Friday, 15 June 2018
Central Stadium Yekaterinburg Egypt 14:00 Uruguay
Saint Petersburg Stadium Morocco 17:00 Iran
Fisht Stadium Portugal 20:00 Spain
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Kazan Arena France 12:00 Australia
Otkrytie Arena Argentina 15:00 Iceland
Mordovia Arena Peru 18:00 Denmark
Kaliningrad Stadium Croatia 21:00 Nigeria
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Cosmos Arena Costa Rica 14:00 Serbia
Luzhniki Stadium (new) Germany 17:00 Mexico
Rostov Arena Brazil 20:00 Switzerland
Monday, 18 June 2018
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Sweden 14:00 Korea Republic
Fisht Stadium Belgium 17:00 Panama
Volgograd Arena Tunisia 20:00 England
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Mordovia Arena Colombia 14:00 Japan
Otkrytie Arena Poland 17:00 Senegal
Saint Petersburg Stadium Russia 20:00 Egypt
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Luzhniki Stadium (new) Portugal 14:00 Morocco
Rostov Arena Uruguay 17:00 Saudi Arabia
Kazan Arena Iran 20:00 Spain
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Cosmos Arena Denmark 14:00 Australia
Central Stadium Yekaterinburg France 17:00 Peru
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Argentina 20:00 Croatia
Friday, 22 June 2018
Saint Petersburg Stadium Brazil 14:00 Costa Rica
Volgograd Arena Nigeria 17:00 Iceland
Kaliningrad Stadium Serbia 20:00 Switzerland
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Otkrytie Arena Belgium 14:00 Tunisia
Rostov Arena Korea Republic 17:00 Mexico
Fisht Stadium Germany 20:00 Sweden
                                                     Sunday, 24 June 2018
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium England 14:00 Panama
Central Stadium Yekaterinburg Japan 17:00 Senegal
Kazan Arena Poland 20:00 Colombia
Monday, 25 June 2018
Volgograd Arena Saudi Arabia 16:00 Egypt
Cosmos Arena Uruguay 16:00 Russia
Kaliningrad Stadium Spain 20:00 Morocco
Mordovia Arena Iran 20:00 Portugal
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Fisht Stadium Australia 16:00 Peru
Luzhniki Stadium (new) Denmark 16:00 France
Rostov Arena Iceland 20:00 Croatia
Saint Petersburg Stadium Nigeria 20:00 Argentina
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Central Stadium Yekaterinburg Mexico 16:00 Sweden
Kazan Arena Korea Republic 16:00 Germany
Otkrytie Arena Serbia 20:00 Brazil
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Switzerland 20:00 Costa Rica
Thursday, 28 June 2018
Cosmos Arena Senegal 16:00 Colombia
Volgograd Arena Japan 16:00 Poland
Kaliningrad Stadium England 20:00 Belgium
Mordovia Arena Panama 20:00 Tunisia

 

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Top 5 Hottest TV Shows on DStv in May 2018

It’s the start of winter, perfect time for snuggling up in front of the telly to enjoy some quality shows. This May DSTV brings you fun pop-up channels, a wedding you don’t want to miss, and new seasons of your favorite seasons.

#1 Bang Bang Heroes Pop-Up Channel

How does non-stop, explosive, jaw-cracking, bone-crushing action sound to you? M-Net brings you a testosterone-fueled movie experience. It’s available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus as well as Compact subscribers.

All the legendary Hollywood action heroes will make an appearance. The channel is available for 24 days: from Friday 18 May to Sunday 10 June. More than 90 action movies are scheduled. All the big names will make an appearance. From Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, to Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li. Oh yes, and don’t forget Chuck Norris. Watch them flex a pec while they punch the bad guys on channel 109. If you want to install your DSTV or repair please contact our listed DSTV Installers

Every day eight classic titles will give you an adrenaline fix. A few of the titles you can look forward to:

  • Over the Top, Cobra, and Get Carter with Sylvester Stallone (Friday 18 May)
  • Parker, The Transporter, and The Mechanic Resurrection with Jason Statham (Saturday, 19 May)
  • Dragon Fight, The One, and Romeo Must Die with Jet Li (Sunday, 20 May)
  • Die Hard franchise with Bruce Willis (Saturday 25 May)
  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Skin Trade, and Masters of The Universe, with Dolph Lundgren (Saturday, 26 May)

Click here for the complete schedule

https://m-net.dstv.com/page/m-net-movies-bang-bang-heroes-pop-up-channel

#2 History of Football pop-up channel

Are you a big football fan? Take a trip down memory lane and learn more about the journey this popular sport has taken over the years. Channel 187 will be transformed into a sports haven from Monday, 28 May to Sunday, 10 June.

It’s available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus as well as Compact subscribers. Watch football legends such as Ryan Giggs, Pelé, Michael Owen, and Philipp Lahm kick up a storm. The World Cup dates back to 1930, priceless memories have been collected over the years.

Perfect timing to stir up the excitement for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Russia. Impress your friends with your vast football knowledge when you switch on the SuperSport channel to watch the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/

Do you pride yourself on being a walking encyclopaedia of football? We’ll ask you that question again after you’ve completed the quiz. Let the games begin!

Take the FIFA World Cup quiz

https://www.dstv.com/en-za/news/quiz-test-your-fifa-world-cup-knowledge-20180508

Did You Know?
You can access DStv Now from your Smartphone or tablet. The free app is available for both Apple and Android devices. It’s like PVR in your pocket! DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact subscribers can now watch live shows on the go, as well as access Catch Up content.
Please note: data costs apply when streaming content.

Download the app now

https://now.dstv.com/Home/Login?returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fnow.dstv.com%2F

#3 Harry and Meghan – The Royal Wedding

ITV Choice, channel 123, will be the proud broadcaster of this much-anticipated event. A comprehensive live coverage of the wedding will air on Saturday 19 May. The special broadcast will be brought to you from a constructed studio on The Long Walk in Windsor.

The build-up will start at 10:25 and continue till 16:00 CAT. Hosts Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will be joined by various guests, sharing their memories about Prince Harry and Meghan. A few Royal family friends will also make an appearance.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding

Another exciting element will be listening to Mary Nightingale live from Windsor Castle, interviewing famous guests as they arrive. Also, listen to Royal commentators and fashion experts, as they share their opinions on the important event. James Mates will provide live commentary of the church service, from inside St George’s Chapel.

Prince Harry co-founded a charity called Sentebale with Rageh Omaar. He will be broadcasting live from the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho. He will be joined by various beneficiaries and staff supported by Prince Harry, at a traditional wedding day celebration, in honour of Prince Harry and Meghan.

Chris Ship, ITV News Royal Editor, will share insightful commentary on the event throughout the day. To get a feel of what the locals think about the big wedding, Charlene White, Charlotte Hawkins, and Nina Hossain will meander through the crowds along the procession route in Windsor. Do you want to repair your DSTV? Visit our DSTV Installation services page and take a look of our listed DSTV Installers services. 

Get yourself ready for the big day with The DStv Guide

https://theguide.dstv.com/playlist/the-royal-wedding/

#4  WestWorld Season 2

Broadcasted Mondays at 22:05 on Mnet, channel 101. Did season 1 of this intriguing Sci-fi/Western hybrid get you hooked? Good news, there’s more action to enjoy! In this season, the reckoning is unleashed. The hosts found the centre of The Maze, and now they stand up against the human captors. Follow them on their journey to a new purpose.

A few of the series themes include dealing with the chaos in their world. Follow the characters on an exploration of the meaning of their lives in this strange world. The Man in Black is still very much alive and he’s on the lookout for a new adventure. Maeve is searching for her daughter, but she wonders if it’s just an aspect of her programmed narrative. Click here to learn more about Us. About Us.

Find out more about the show

https://m-net.dstv.com/show/westworld/watch

#5 Billions Season 3

Broadcasted Mondays at 21:00. The brilliant drama, created by Paul Giamatti–Damian Lewis, returns for another season on Mnet, channel 101. During this season, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) are faced with fighting to survive. They have to combine forces against new enemies, while they still attempt to destroy each other.

New Season of Billions


On the flipside, Chuck’s wife (Maggie Siff) who is also the performance coach of Axe, is rooting for both of them. Who will come out on top?

Find out more about the show

https://m-net.dstv.com/show/billions_767

 

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DSTV vs Netflix vs Showmax: Best TV Entertainment To Choose In South Africa

Almost a century ago the world was forever changed when a 21-year-old American inventor, Philo Taylor Farnsworth, created the first fully electronic television. The next big invention arrived in 1962 – satellite television.

There were a few sceptics in the beginning, speculating that the strange little box with pictures would never amount to very much. Who would have guessed that years later people would be constantly glued to that little box!

Satellite TV vs Digital Providers

The next evolution of entertainment came with online Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) services. One of the most famous ones, Netflix, was founded in 1997. It is the world’s sixth-largest internet company, ranked by revenue. Currently it’s available in more than 190 countries.

Netflix hit the South African shores in 2016, a year after a local SVoD was founded. ShowMax was created in 2015, in partnership with DStv. After its successful launch, the company decided to make its services available through the existing DStv decoder.

So, you can get the best of both worlds, instead of deciding which type of provider is better. But let’s look at each separately to explore the pros and cons.

DStv vs Netflix vs Showmax Best TV Entertainment for South Africa

DStv

When it comes to satellite television, it does feel like DStv has a monopoly in South Africa. The other options are OpenView HD or StarSat. But it does seem that quality-wise, DStv remains the firm favourite.

They offer seven packages, ranging from R29 p/m for 15 channels to R759 p/m for 110 channels. Other add-ons include BoxOffice, a virtual DVD store, and special decoder options such as the personal video recorder (PVR).



The upside of a DStv subscription, is that you can choose a package that fits your budget. Instead of being stuck with only the local channels of SABC and Etv, you can broaden your viewing horizons with movie or documentary channels and more. If you are a big sports fan, DStv will keep you entertained for hours. Of all the local satellite provider options, DStv is definitely the best option if you want high-quality sport coverage.

DStv vs Netflix vs Showmax Best TV Entertainment for South Africa

Netflix

With its formidable reputation around the world, it’s exciting that this service is now available in South Africa. The company grew from a video-on-demand streaming service and DVD sales plus rentals, to solely focusing on online content.

In 2013 they also entered the content-production industry, debuting with the House of Cards series. Their exclusive content makes the service very popular. Plus, they support higher quality visual devices such as HD and Ultra HD.



Packages range from roughly R115 to R175 ($7.99 to $11.99). The different packages are linked to the type of streaming – the basic one offering one standard definition stream and the advanced up to four simultaneous high and ultra-high definition streams.

DStv vs Netflix vs Showmax Best TV Entertainment for South Africa - Netflix Shows

You have access to thousands of movies, series and documentaries with new additions every day. But there are some that complain about the fact that locally you only have access to about 5% of the international content. The exclusive content does remain a big perk. Popular series include Marvel’s Daredevil, Orange is the New Black and Narcos.

Try a 30-day free Netflix trial.

DStv vs Netflix vs Showmax Best TV Entertainment for South Africa

ShowMax

It’s basically the local version of Netflix but with more limited content. The monthly subscription is only R99, which definitely makes it a great subscription video on demand service to consider.

Starting out in 2015, the company offered about 750 different series and 400 movies. The service includes both international and local content. Golden oldies include Egoli, Orkney Snork Nie, Msawa and Ballade vir ’n Enkeling. International shows include Game of Thrones, True Detective and Entourage. They also showcase older classics such as Breaking Bad, The Newsroom and The Wire.



ShowMax is owned by Naspers. Does that name ring a bell? Yes, that’s the same owner of DStv. Both mediums also offer similar content. The biggest difference between Netflix and ShowMax, is the connection to DStv. Because of the partnership between the two companies, you can effortlessly combine the two services to enhance your viewing experience. But with ShowMax, you have to settle for lower quality streaming, on average 720p.

Try a 14-day free ShowMax trial.

DStv vs Netflix vs Showmax Best TV South Africa

Remember Digital Providers Use A Lot of Data

If you are considering completely breaking away from satellite television and only subscribing to Netflix or ShowMax, you must invest in a good data package. Uncapped is highly recommended to make sure you don’t receive an unexpected high bill.

A 22-minute HD series episode will consume about 400MB and a HD movie roughly 1GB to 1.5GB. Your internet connection also needs to be good. To stream a standard ShowMax show to just one device at a time, you will need a 2MB line or higher. If you want to stream a HD show to multiple devices, you need at least a 4MB line.

How to Decide Between Satellite Television and Digital Providers

It all depends on what you like watching. If you are big fan of a few specific series and you’ve got a good internet connection, you could consider cancelling your DStv subscription. But if you are for instance a big sports fanatic, it’s best to keep your subscription and DSTV installation. And in this case, ShowMax can be a nice addition.

On the DStv Compact or Compact Plus packages, a ShowMax subscription will only cost you R49 per month. It’s included for free in a DStv Premium package. Other packages will pay the usual fee of R99 per month. ShowMax can be added to any decoder qualify. But the DStv Explora decoder can be directly used as a streaming device if it is connected to the internet.



How to Connect ShowMax for Free to Your DSTV Account

If you’ve activated a DStv Premium package, you automatically have access to ShowMax. Next all you need is a good internet connection and a robust data deal to enjoy the extra content. Let the binge series watching begin!

Step 1: create a ShowMax account

To add this great extra feature, create a ShowMax account. Click here.

Step 2: specify payment option

Follow the steps and select the “Add to DStv account” instead of your banking details. Type in your DStv login details, using your Connect ID as verification.

Step 3: accept the Terms and Conditions

Read the terms and conditions and tick the accept box. And you are ready to start watching ShowMax!

How to Access ShowMax On DStv Explora

After you’ve activated your ShowMax account and connected your decoder to the internet, press the blue DStv button. Next scroll until you see the “Watch Now” option and select ShowMax. You can scroll through the content with the left and right arrows. Similar to a DStv program you can press the “i” for more information or press the “OK” button to start watching a show or movie.

The More, The Merrier

We would definitely recommend adding ShowMax to your DStv subscription. It’s a great way to make full use of your decoder and access great content, catering to your specific needs. If you are still unsure about how to connect ShowMax to your decoder, chat to one of our experienced DStv installers.

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