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 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 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 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 | The Best Smart DNS Proxy to Watch Netflix America in South Africa

If you are a big Netflix fan, but you are frustrated by the limited content on the South African site, you can watch Netflix America in South Africa by using a Smart DNS proxy. It’s a fast and easy way to unblock geo-restricted content.

What is a Smart DNS Proxy

A DNS (Domain Name System) is the system that turns a domain name into IP (Internet Protocol) address. For example, google.com becomes 8.8.8.8. Usually the DNS is located close to your computer’s IP address. And an IP address is assigned according to your location.

By using a Smart DNS, you can transfer your IP address location to another country. Unlike using a VPN, it does not permanently change your IP address, it simply relocates it. If you want to access Netflix America in South Africa, and not compromise your online streaming speed, it is recommended to use a Smart DNS Proxy. To access Netflix America you still need to pay for the content, but you must first hide your real location.

The Risks of Using a Free Smart DNS Service
Opting to use a free Smart DNS service can be tempting, but it is not advisable. Once you activate a DNS it acts as a proxy between your device and online browsing. Oftentimes free DNS proxies are used to mine data. The usage can range from innocent marketing purposes, to criminal intent to steal your personal information. It’s best to choose a reputable Smart DNS service.

Another problem with free Smart DNS services, is that they often don’t allow you to use https:// sites. The s in the http stands for secure. Without this, you are exposed online, without any guarantees of browsing safely. It is another way of compromising your cyber security and potentially exposing your personal information to cyber criminals.

Related: Netflix How To | The Best VPN’s To Watch Netflix America in South Africa

How to Use a Smart DNS Proxy Safely

Rather choose to use a paid Smart DNS service. You can investigate the company to know exactly who you are dealing with. The most important aspect of choosing a Smart DNS service provider, is to make sure you know where the proxy is located. Every country has different privacy and cybersecurity laws. In some countries it’s legal to sell your online browsing data. Plus, other countries are forced by their governments to store certain personal data of clients.

Carefully read through the company’s privacy policy. If you feel uncomfortable with certain stipulations, rather choose a different provider. Also, make sure that the DNS service has good security protocols. If it forbids the usage of https:// — do not choose it.

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Pros

  • Best Smart DNS provider in Asia and Oceanic
  • Netflix America works on any device with a Smart DNS network
  • BBC works on any device with a Smart DNS network
  • It works from anywhere in the world.
  • Affordable price
  • Global Smart DNS Network
  • Fast DNS Queries across the world
  • Also offers Smart VPN and Full VPN support
  • Access to Torrent Download Servers with 10Gbit Ports
  • Offers a DNS-over-VPN network
  • Provides 24/7 Live Support
  • A 30-day Money Back guarantee
Click here for list of server locations 14 days trial period

$3.90 per month

$32.26 per year

Cons

Netflix America only allows access to paid subscribers. All free trials must be upgraded.

Trick Byte The Best Smart DNS Proxy to Watch Netflix America in South Africa Supported Devices

PC, Mac Devices (Mac, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV), Android Tablet and Phone, Windows Phone, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire,
Boxee,
Roku, Xbox One and 360, Xbox, Wii and Wii U, PlayStation 3/4, WDTV,
Smart TV’s: Samsung,

LG, Philips, Sony

Services/channels:

255

Pros

  • Netflix America supported on every device on the Smart DNS network (after paid upgrade)
  • Add-on of VPN and Smart VPN
  • More than 200 Global VPN Nodes
  • Offers a fast DNS Response in South Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and America
  • Can support multiple devices
  • User-friendly web interface for changing Smart DNS regions.
  • Good discounted rates for longer subscriptions (year or more)
Click here for list of server locations 14 days trial period

$4.99 per month

$39.90 per year

Cons

Netflix America only allows access to paid subscribers. All free trials must be upgraded.

uflix The Best Smart DNS Proxy to Watch Netflix America in South Africa Supported Devices

PC, Mac Devices (Mac, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV), Android Tablet and Phone, Windows Phone, Now TV Box, Sky HD Box, Boxee,
Roku, Smart TV’s: Samsung, LG, Philips, Panasonic, Sharp Smart, Sony, Toshiba

Services/channels:

242

Pros

  • User-friendly website and interface
  • Provides 24/7 Live Support
  • Netflix America supported on all devices
  • BBC supported on all devices
  • Free VPN Network access to subscribers
Click here for list of server locations 14 days trial period

$4.95 per month

$39.90 per year

Cons

The VPN Instructions are not very clear

unlocator The Best Smart DNS Proxy to Watch Netflix America in South Africa Supported Devices

PC, Mac Devices (Mac, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV), Android Tablet and Phone, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Google TV, Now TV Box,
Chromecast, Boxee,
Roku, Xbox, Xbox PlayStation 3/4, most of the Smart TV Models.

Services/channels:

150

Pros

  • User-friendly interface
  • A popular Smart DNS service provider
  • Supports most smart devices
Click here for list of server locations NO trial period

$4.95 per month

$49.95 per year

Cons

  • Netflix America not properly supported on the Smart DNS network.
  • Does not provide global DNS network
  • Channels supported could be broader
  • BBC does not work properly at all times

How to Find Out Your DStv Payment Due Date and Amount

Are you wondering when your next DStv payment due date is? It is quite easy to see on DStv’s new self service dashboard.

Follow these steps.

 

  1. Log into DStv self service at https://www.dstv.co.za/self-service – if you are logged in it will automatically take you to your dashboard.
  2. If your are not logged in – then log in using your username and password:
  3. Click on “dashboard”
  4. Here you should be able to see your DStv payment due date underneath the balance amount that you owe. See image for details.

 

DStv Payment Due Date

We hope you found this useful. Please leave any comments in the section below.

How to Choose Between a Smart DNS and VPN?

If you want to watch Netflix America in South Africa, you can do so with a Smart DNS proxy or VPN (Virtual Private Network) Read our post how to watch American Netflix in South Africa to learn more about the different options available to access the Netflix America suite of programs in South Africa.

Smart DNS Proxy vs VPN

Before we look at the best option for you to choose, first a basic explanation of the difference between the two technologies.

A Smart DNS is used to access geo-restricted content. A DNS (Domain Name System) is the system that translates internet domain names into IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. For instance, google.com becomes 8.8.8.8.The DNS is usually located close to your computer’s IP address. If you use a Smart DNS provider, information will be redirected through a proxy server, which is not restricted by your current location.

Alternatively you can use a VPN which is used to add privacy and security to all your online activity. Setting up a VPN tunnel, your identity and online activity will be encrypted, meaning that outside sources can’t access your location or track your searches.

The biggest difference between a Smart DNS and a VPN is the privacy. A Smart DNS does not use encrypted connections. It also doesn’t change your device’s IP address. The DNS server location is used to gain access to blocked content.

Your connection to the internet will be faster with a Smart DNS because there is no delay to encrypt data, as with a VPN tunnel. If you are interested in cyber security, you will need to choose a VPN.

Smart DNS Explained

To access Netflix America in South Africa, you need to trick the service into thinking that you are in America. You will still need to pay for the content, creating a separate account for the American Netflix site.

If you are only concerned with streaming speed, you can use the Smart DNS technology to do this. By using a remote DNS server, you will be able to mask your location, but your private information will not be encrypted and your IP address not hidden.

VPN Explained

The VPN technology is a great way to protect your online privacy. Although using a VPN’s encrypted tunnel can slow down your browsing speed, it is a small price to pay to remain protected online.

A VPN service will create a new IP address for your device, which is not linked to your location, offering you access to Netflix America in South Africa. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates an encrypted middleman point between your device and the internet, where your IP address is changed and it becomes anonymous.

Choosing Between a Smart DNS and a VPN

Both these options will change or hide your device’s location to unlock geo-restricted content, so you can use either to watch Netflix America in South Africa. Your choice will depend on whether you are interested in online streaming speed or data security.

The Smart DNS will only reroute/redirection a portion of your web traffic, compared to a VPN which encrypts all of your online activity through the encryption tunnel. This function of the VPN will have an effect on the online streaming speed. If you are not concerned about online browsing anonymity, you can use a Smart DNS to access Netflix America in South Africa.

Risks of Using a Smart DNS Service

How to Watch American Netflix in South Africa

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You might be tempted to opt to use a free Smart DNS service provider. The DNS becomes the proxy between your device and the internet. This means that the proxy has access to your online activity. Many free proxies are used to mine data. It could be as innocent as gathering browsing information for marketing purposes, but some free Smart DNS proxies also use their service to steal your personal information. Rather use a reputable Smart DNS service provider.

With a free Smart DNS service you also don’t know who is providing you with the IP address codes. It could be generated by a cybercriminal organization or maybe a government surveillance program. While you are using the free Smart DNS service, you are giving up your personal information such as usernames and passwords, as well as bank account numbers.

Some Smart DNS services don’t allow you to use https:// sites. This is a safety feature of browsers, to give you cyber safety. The http:// sites expose your online activity, offering up your personal information to anyone that has access to the proxy. An unsecure Smart DNS service can also manipulate the website you visit, stealing cooking or injecting advertising. Oftentimes these ads can carry malware.

How to Use a Smart DNS Proxy Safely

It’s best to rather use a paid Smart DNS service. This way you know exactly who you are dealing with. A legitimate provider will offer you information about their whereabouts and openly offer you their operating procedures.

You can also do more research about the company through a thorough online search. If there are any security risks, you will be warned by other users that have used their services. It’s important to check in which country the Smart DNS provider is located. Each country has its own set of cybersecurity and privacy laws. In some countries it is legal to sell your browsing data.

Make sure you carefully read the company’s privacy policy. Even if it is a legitimate provider, you may be offering up certain privacy rights, affecting how the proxy provider will be dealing with your personal information. If at any time you feel uncertain of the company’s operating procedures, rather choose another one. Lastly, make sure that the DNS provider has good security protocols in place. If it forbids the use of https:// — do not use it. Some companies will even offer extra encryption protocols for better online security and secure connections.

Risks of Using a VPN

How to Watch American Netflix in South Africa

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Same as with Smart DNS proxies, if you choose to use a free VPN, you are at risk of your online security being compromised. It is crucial to read the company’s privacy policy, because you are allowing a third party to handle your online data.

The VPN offers you online privacy by agreeing to not do any IP logging, or at least as little as possible. If you choose to use a disreputable VPN service, you can’t tell what they are doing with the logs they might be keeping. A VPN provider must also adhere to the country’s privacy laws. Some governments require by law that some user information is stored. So make sure you know from which country your VPN service provider operates.

If you decide to use a free VPN service provider or one with a dubious privacy policy, you can be exposed to a man-in-the-middle-attack. This means you think you are connecting directly with a website. But a third party first has access to your personal information. Some VPN’s also have a lot of traffic restrictions, which can affect your browsing experience.

How to Use a VPN Safely

It is best to use a paid VPN service provider. You can research the company properly to make sure that you agree with all their privacy policies. Also read other people’s opinions of the company. A strong encryption protocol and good privacy policies will ensure a safe online experience.

Check up on your VPN service provider’s server network. To create a specific IP address, the VPN has to have servers located in that country. Once you know the country, you can read up about its cybersecurity and privacy laws. The servers also need to compensate for the encryption slowing down your internet connection. A reputable VPN service provider will have top speed servers. Lastly, make sure that the VPN service provider clearly states that it offers a strict zero-logging policy.

DStv Self Service - Download Account Statements

View your DStv account statements – It’s easy with DStv Self Service

Stay in control of your account with the easy to use DStv self-service website.

To check your DStv account statement:

Sep 1- Log in to DStv Self Service

Step 2- Click on Self Service on the top menu.

How To View and Download Your DSTV Account Statement - DStv Self Service

Step 3- Click on “My Statements” in the drop down menu

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Step 4- Then click on the month you want the statement for and it will be downloaded onto your computer/

You will be able to view it with a pdf viewer on your computer.

Or follow this direct link.

DStv Video:

DSTV Self Service-How to activate DStv for your holiday home & your home via EFT or Credit Card_

How to activate DStv for your holiday home & your home via EFT or Credit Card

 

Are you travelling to your holiday home and want to take your DStv decoder with? There are a few options you can consider to do this. Use the self-service platforms for instructions. Or follow the steps below

  • Step 1- Dial *120*68584#
  • Step 2- Twitter: @DStvSelfService (can send a direct message)
  • Step 3- Facebook: @DStvSelfService (send a message via Facebook Messenger)

Visit the DStv Self Service website to remove your decoder from the XtraView set-up. This is a great option if you have more than one decoder.

If you are a Price Lock customer you can choose from the following options.

Option 1:

Switch off the main home decoder and switch on the holiday home decoder. This will be a like-for-like switch, keeping you on the same DStv package.

Option 2:

Activate both your main and holiday home. This option is available via the DStv Self Service website. You must indicate which decoder will be your holiday home decoder on the My DStv function.

Make sure your holiday home has the right installation for the Catch Up and BoxOffice functions to work. You can also use DStv Now to stream live channels, and stream or download DStv Catch Up content to your tablet or smartphone. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers, with live streaming channels and Catch Up content linked to the specific package of the customer.

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.

Related: Dealing with signal problems. Check on our page on how to fix DSTV Signal Problems.

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

 

DSTV Installations, DSTV Installers

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.

Contact us now.