Industry Pay television
Founded 1995
Headquarters Ferndale, Randburg, South Africa
Area served
South Africa
Products Direct Broadcast Satellite
Services Television
Owners Multichoice
Website www.DStv.com

DStv (Digital Satellite Television) is MultiChoice's digital satellite TV service in Africa, launched in 1995, providing various bouquets offering general entertainment, movies, lifestyle & culture, sport, documentaries, news & commerce, children, music, religion and consumer channels to MultiChoice subscribers. DStv has around 8 million subscribers,[1] with the majority being in South Africa and Nigeria. These two markets are considered to be the most important markets for DStv, although markets such as Kenya, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius and Tanzania, though not having as many subscribers, are also a focus point for DStv.


Old DStv logo

Packages & Channels

Channel Number Channel Name DStv Premium DStv Extra DStv Compact DStv Family DStv Access DStv EasyView DStv Indian DStv Portuguesa
100 Dish X X X X X X X X
101 M-Net HD X
102 M-Net Edge HD X
103 Vuzu AMP HD X
104 M-Net Movies Premiere HD X
105 M-Net Movies Smile HD X
106 M-Net Movies Action+ HD X
107 M-Net Movies Showcase HD X
110 M-Net Movies Action HD X X X X X
111 M-Net Movies All Stars HD X X X X
112 Studio Universal HD X X X
115 M-Net City HD X X X X X
116 Vuzu HD X X X
117 Universal Channel HD X X X X
118 Telemundo X X X X X
119 BBC First HD X
120 BBC Brit X X X
121 Discovery Channel HD X
122 Comedy Central X X
123 ITV Choice HD X X
124 E! Entertainment Television X X
125 FOX HD X X X
126 FOX Life X X X X X
127 SONY X X X X
128 Sony MAX X X X X
129 BET X X X
130 MTV X X X
131 Lifetime X X
132 CBS Reality X X X X X
135 TLC Entertainment X X X X X
136 Discovery Family X X X X
137 TCM X X X X X X
139 M-Net Movies Zone X X X X X
141 EVA English X X X X
144 kykNET HD X X
145 kykNET & Kie HD X X X X
146 kykNET Nou! X X X X
147 VIA X X X X
152 Africa Magic Epic X X X X X
153 Africa Magic Urban X X
154 Africa Magic Family X X X X
155 Africa Magic World X X X X X X
156 SABC Encore X X X X X X
161 Mzansi Magic HD X X X
162 M-Net Family HD X X X X
163 Mzansi Wethu HD X X X X X
164 Mzansi Bioskop X X X X X
165 Ebony Life TV X X X
166 Zee World X X X X
167 Glow TV X X X X
170 Crime & Investigation HD X X
171 Discovery IDx X X X
174 BBC Lifestyle X X X
175 Food Network HD X X X
176 The Home Channel X X X X X X X
178 Fashion One X X X X X
179 Travel Channel X X X X
180 People's Weather X X X X X X X X
181 National Geographic X X X
182 Nat Geo Wild X X X X X
183 Animal Planet X X
184 BBC Earth HD X
186 History HD X X
189 Ignition X X X X X X
190 Channel ED X X X X X
191 SABC 1 X X X X X X X X
192 SABC 2 X X X X X X X X
193 SABC 3 X X X X X X X X
194 e.tv HD X X X X X X X X
200 SuperSport Blitz X X X X X X X X
201 SuperSport 1 HD X
202 SuperSport 2 HD X
203 SuperSport 3 HD X X X
204 SuperSport 4 HD X X X
205 SuperSport 5 HD X
206 SuperSport 6 HD X
207 SuperSport 7 HD X
208 SuperSport 8 X
209 SuperSport 9 X X X
210 SuperSport Select X X X X X X X
212 SuperSport 12 HD X X
221 SuperSport Maximo 1 HD X
239 TellyTrack X X X X X
251 Soweto TV X X X X X X X
260 Bay TV X X X X X X X
261 1 KZN X X X X X X X
262 Tshwane TV X X X X X X X
263 Cape Town TV X X X X X X X
265 GauTV X X X X X X X
286 Swazi TV X
292 Lesotho TV X X X X X X X
301 Cartoon Network X X X X X
302 Boomerang X X X X
303 Disney Channel X
304 Disney XD X X X
305 Nickelodeon X X
306 BBC Cbeebies X X
307 Nick Jr X
308 NickTOONS X X X X
309 Disney Junior X X X X X
310 JimJam X X X X X
319 Mindset Learn X X X X X X X
320 Channel O X X X X X
321 Mzansi Magic Music X X X X X
322 MTV Base X X X
323 VH1 Classics X X
325 TRACE Urban X X X
326 TRACE Africa X X X X
331 One Gospel X X X X X
340 Dumisa X X X X X
343 TBN X X X X X X
347 ITV X X X X X X X
390 Emmanuel TV X X X X X X
400 BBC World News X X X X X
401 CNN International X X X
402 Sky News X X X
403 eNews Channel Africa X X X
404 SABC News X X X X X X X
405 Africa News Network 7 X X X X X X X
406 Al Jazeera X X X X X X X
407 Russia Today X X X X X
408 Parliamentary Service X X X X X X
409 CCTV News X X X X X X
410 CNBC Africa X X X X X
411 Bloomberg X X
412 Business Day TV X X X X X X
413 NDTV 24x7 X X X X X X
430 RAI Italia X X
431 BVN X X
437 TV5 Monde Afrique X X
446 Deutsche Welle X X
447 CCTV 4 X X X X X X
450 SET Asia X X
451 B4U Movies X X
452 Zee Television X X
453 Star Plus X X
454 Sun TV X X
455 Star Vijay X X
456 Colors X X
507 Telemundo X
508 EVA Portuguese X
515 TV Record X
517 SIC International X
525 RTP Internacional X

DStv MobileX

DStv Mobile DVBH and Bomba

DStv 20th Century Fox generations


DStv has a range of decoders (set-top boxes) manufactured by Altech UEC and Pace. The latest decoders allow subscribers to use XtraView. This allows a subscriber to link two decoders under a single subscription fee, to increase the viewing environments.[6] (similar to Sky‘s multiroom).

Standard decoder

The Standard Decoder is DStv’s entry level HD single view decoder, introduced in 2014. It has XtraView capability, where it can be linked to itself,the HD PVR or the HD EXPLORA.


The explora, released in 2013 is DSTV's top spec decoder, improving on the old HD PVR decoder with more memory. It can record 1 channel and watch 1 channel.

The Explora, despite many updates to the firmware, still has many bugs that frustrate subscribers. In particular the Explora Catchup feature frequently skips episode 1 of a series, rendering the series unwatchable. Likewise, the schedules have been plagued by incorrect synopsis, incorrect series' numbers, incorrect actor and director details as well as recording conflicts and awkward user interface.

DSTV has yet to announce a schedule for repairing these issues, and largely ignore the many complaints.

Drifta decoder

[7] A Drifta is a mobile decoder that receives a DVB-H signal, converts it into Wi-Fi, then relays it to a Wi-Fi enabled viewing device: cellphone, laptop, PC, tablets and most smartphones.

For the product to work it must be within DVB-H coverage.

At purchase


Discontinued decoders

These are decoders which DStv no longer produces:



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  4. "DStv – more subscribers, more money". mybroadband.co.za. 25 June 2013.
  5. "DStv Explora to Revolutionise TV in SA - detail". Multichoice. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
  6. Archived 8 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.

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