Best Series on Netflix South Africa

Netflix has been active in South Africa since 2016. And it’s becoming more popular by the minute! People are realising how handy the live streaming service is. You can easily access your favourite series and movies with just a good internet connection and laptop, smartphone or tablet.

The selection of shows continually change, bringing you fresh content almost every day. There are a few shows that are firm favourites and that will stick around for quite a while. To see what’s new, click on the Recently Added menu. Another fun feature of the subscription service, is that it will suggest shows you might like, based on the ones you’ve previously watched.

Top 5 Best Series on Netflix

Some series are timeless, they aired years ago but they still have a loyal following. Then there’s new shows that have the potential to become timeless. Here’s a few that we think you should watch.

#1 Friends

1994–2004 | Seasons 1 to 10 available

Follow the lives of six 20 to 30-something friends living in New York, Manhattan. The show follows their personal and professional lives, through all the ups and downs that life throws at them.

To quote Monica “Welcome to the real world. It sucks, you’re gonna love it”

#2 Suits

2011 till present | Seasons 1 to 6 available

Mike Ross is a brilliant college dropout. His life takes an interesting twist after a drug deal gone bad. Without any legal credentials he manages to secure a job with Harvey Specter, one of the best lawyers in New York City. Mike impresses the big shot lawyer with his razor-sharp mind and goes from college dropout to associate lawyer.

#3 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

2013 till present | Season 1 to 4 available

Jake Peralta is a talented N.Y.P.D. detective, but he is a little immature. Working at Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct he must learn how to be a team player who follows the rules when a new captain comes on board. Captain Ray Holt is serious and stern, and Jake’s streak of immaturity oftentimes causes conflict with the new commanding officer

#4 Insatiable

2018 to present | Season 1 available

A Netflix original. Patty is a bullied teenager who chooses an interesting revenge method. Beauty pageants. She seeks help from Bob, a civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach.

The vengeful teenager and disgraced, dissatisfied coach make an odd team. Soon Bob realises he is in way over his head with his quirky new client. He has no idea what he is about to unleash on the world…

#5 Gossip Girl

2007-2012 | Seasons 1 to 6 available

Another oldie but goodie. It offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of hyperprivileged teens, who call the Upper East Side of New York home. The Manhattan private-school kids seem untouchable, able to get away with everything. But an anonymous blogger is keeping an eye on them, watching every little move they make.

The ruthless blogger is on a mission. And no stone goes unturned to expose the secrets they try to hide so carefully.

Interesting Facts About Netflix

The streaming subscription service idea dates back to 1997. The Netflix CEO was charged a $40 fine for returning his VHS copy of Apollo 13 late.

What you need to know about the Mighty Netflix.

  • Netflix is older than Google, established in 1997. And Google started in 1998.
  • Blockbuster could have bought Netflix for $50 million in 2000. The now almost-extinct video rental company wasn’t interested. Today, Netflix is worth $20 billion.
  • The total yearly revenue is estimated at roughly $6 billion.
  • Currently you can subscribe to Netflix in close to 50 countries.
  • Worldwide the series Breaking Bad is the most watched Netflix show

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.


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 

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.

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Rating the Perfect Wedding

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

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

The Wedding Bashers Team

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

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

May the Best Wedding Win

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

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

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

The Wedding Bashers.

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

Weddings Galore on DStv

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

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

Add an LNB Installation for Multiple Viewing

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

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

Contact us now to find out more.

Getting Ready for The Soccer World Cup 2018

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

From the 18th of April to the 11th of June you can binge watch all things World Cup related on channel 213, SuperSport 13. Alternatively, you can watch it on the DStv Now app via your phone or tablet. Click on the link to access the DSTV Now App, 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup – LIVE on SuperSport.

Travel Back in Time

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

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

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

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

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

The Soccer World Cup Schedule

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


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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


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


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


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

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

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

Try a 14-day free ShowMax trial.

DStv vs Netflix vs Showmax Best TV South Africa

Remember Digital Providers Use A Lot of Data

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

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

How to Decide Between Satellite Television and Digital Providers

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

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

How to Connect ShowMax for Free to Your DSTV Account

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

Step 1: create a ShowMax account

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

Step 2: specify payment option

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

Step 3: accept the Terms and Conditions

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

How to Access ShowMax On DStv Explora

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

The More, The Merrier

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

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