Your guide to DStv online, the DStv App, Catch Up and more
DStv is not limited to the content on DStv decoders or Exploras – there are a number of services that bring the same series, movies and sport to subscribers’ internet-connected devices to give them complete flexibility in how, when and where they watch.
Here’s a simple guide to how streaming with DStv works.
How does streaming work with DStv online and the DStv App?
DStv subscribers get access to the same channels and content on DStv online and on the DStv App as they have in their DStv package – it’s essentially an online version of their DStv package.
Using the DStv App for Android or iOS, and accessing DStv online through a web browser at now.dstv.com gives subscribers access to the same live TV channels they’d have on the Explora, and also includes Catch Up content (read more about Catch Up in the next section).
(Note that the DStv App and DStv online used to be called DStv Now.)
There’s no additional cost for DStv subscribers to use DStv online or the DStv App – all they need to do is download the DStv App (or access DStv online through their web browser) and register on an internet-enabled device.
Every month, a number of season boxsets are loaded to DStv online for subscribers to stream from the very beginning.
Subscribers are also able to download series, movies or sports games onto their device with the DStv App – find out more here.
Find out what’s coming to DStv online this month.
DStv Catch Up
Most series episodes, movies and sports games that air on DStv channels appear on Catch Up within 48 hours for subscribers to watch on demand whenever they choose.
Catch Up is available to all DStv subscribers, and the content varies based on your DStv package.
To access DStv Catch Up, you need two things: a PVR-capable decoder (DStv Explora), and to pay the monthly access fee. You can also watch content on Catch Up using the DStv App or visiting DStv online on the web. (Neither of these two options carries an additional cost.)
When you connect your Wi Fi-enabled Explora to the internet, it will unlock an extended catalogue of Catch Up content. It’s like Catch Up on steroids!
Of course, not everything that airs on a DStv channel on live TV will eventually land up on Catch Up. In this case, customers with PVR decoders or Exploras are able to set the show to record.
But what about Showmax?
Showmax is a separate entity to DStv that is available to anyone, whether or not they have a DStv subscription.
Usually, entire seasons of series are loaded at once, which means subscribers can binge-watch multiple episodes back to back without waiting for the next episode to air on linear TV (such as Normal People and A Discovery of Witches S1-3).
Some brand-new series land express on Showmax from DStv within 24 hours of their first broadcast on DStv (such as Boer Soek ‘n Vrou and The River), and certain Showmax Originals (such as Life With Kelly Khumalo) roll out with an episode per week rather than as a whole boxset.
Showmax is the home of HBO in South Africa (such as Game of Thrones, Mare of Easttown, The Third Day, The Undoing and I May Destroy You); has a library of its own Originals (Devilsdorp, Life With Kelly Khumalo, Uthando Lodumo, DAM, Skemerdans and more); is chock-a-block with local content (including Nqobile, Suidooster, Arendsvlei and The Queen ); offers live sport streaming from SuperSport for Showmax Pro subscribers, plus sports talk shows and documentaries (including The Weight of Gold and Tiger); and also has loads of movies and kids’ shows in their catalogue.
Showmax can be accessed on almost any internet-enabled device, from smart TVs to gaming consoles, from smartphones and tablets to web browsers, and subscribers can choose to stream or download content on their devices.
DStv Premium subscribers who sign up to Showmax get the service for free, and Showmax is available on the DStv Explora. Subscribers who do not have DStv Premium pay R99 per month for unlimited access to the entire catalogue, or R49 per month for Showmax Mobile, which gives subscribers access to the full Showmax catalogue on a single mobile device.
Sign up for Showmax at www.showmax.com.
Latest series on Showmax
What else is coming to Showmax this month? Find out here.