By Jamie McKane for MyBroadband
DStv Now has made a selection of channels available to all South Africans for free.
DStv Now is an online streaming service which is bundled with DStv’s satellite broadcasting service, and allows subscribers to watch TV and shows from mobile devices, smart TVs, laptops, and more.
The new free channel package is available to all South Africans, however, and not only DStv subscribers.
The company said that in response to the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, a number of DStv Now channels are no longer locked behind a subscription and are available to anyone with an Internet connection.
DStv channels which are now available to stream for free are:
100 – DStv
180 – People’s Weather
238 – SuperSport Play
313 – PBS Kids
320 – Channel O
343 – TBN
400 – BBC World News
401 – CNN
402 – Sky News
403 – eNCA
404 – SABC News
405 – Newzroom Afrika
414 – Euronews Now
Staying informed about the latest news on the virus is the first step in stopping its spread, said the company. For this reason, it has made several 24-hour news channels available.
In addition to these channels, episodes of popular series are also available via the Catch Up portal on the free service, including Igazi, The River, Isibaya, Binnelanders, Suidooster, and Die Ware Naarheid.
Source: Telecom Paper
Thousands of MultiChoice’s DStv subscribers have signed a petition against DStv’s plan to cut three popular channels from its offering, MyBroadband reported. DStv recently announced that it will discontinue History, Crime + Investigation, and Lifetime at the end of October. They have been available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact Plus subscribers for years but the contract term for the channels, provided by A+E Networks, ends on 01 November.
MultiChoice senior manager for corporate communications Benedict Maaga told MyBroadband that the decision is part of an overhaul of the DStv line-up. He said the fact that the contract for these three channels came to an end gave MultiChoice an opportunity to evaluate the value it offers subscribers.
Angry DStv subscribers have launched a petition on Change.org in support of A+E Networks, trying to convince MultiChoice to reconsider its decision. The petition states that A+E Networks has opened an African office, which is growing and creating local employment.
According to a recent MyBroadband article, DStv is set to cut three popular channels from its network at the end of October: History, Crime + Investigation, and Lifetime.
This is due to the ending of contract with the American broadcasting company A&E Television Networks.
MultiChoice has said that “the decision to cut these channels forms part of its ongoing efforts to refresh content line-up and optimise the suite of channels on offer”.
New channels to be announced soon
MultiChoice said it will soon announce the introduction of two new channels to DStv – an established global brand and a new innovative brand.