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Industry Pay television
Founded 1995
Headquarters Ferndale, Randburg, South Africa
Products Direct Broadcast Satellite
Slogan Feel every Moment
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 6.7 million customers[citation needed], with the majority being in South Africa (around 4.5 million) and Nigeria (around 2 million). These two markets are considered to be the most important markets for DStv, although markets such as Kenya, Uganda,Mauritius and Tanzania, though not having as many customers, are still considered crucial by DStv due to the growing number of customers in these countries.


Old DStv logo
  • 1986, Pay-television came to South Africa when an analogue, single-channel service, M-Net, was launched by Naspers. For almost seven years, all M-Net's operations were handled by a single company.
  • 1993, Naspers created a subsidiary company, Multichoice, which was to handle the business arm of M-Net, such as decoder sales, subscriber services and account management.[citation needed]
  • 1995, Multichoice announced that it was launching a new digital, satellite service in South Africa and, on 6 October 1995, DStv was officially activated to subscribers. The original video channel bouquet consisted of 17 channels: M-Net, MGM Channel, TCM, TNT Sci-Fi Universal, SuperSport, ESPN, SelecTV, Travel Channel, KTV, Cartoon Network, BBC World News, CNN International, Sky News, Rhema Network, MTV, VH1 and TV5Monde.
  • 2000, Launch of W4 Eutelsat satellite with Ku-band services to sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
  • 2001, Launch of Indian and Portuguese bouquet.
  • 2002, Launch of Interactive Television.
  • 2003, Dual View decoder launched.
  • 2005, The DStv PVR decoder and DStv Compact is launched. DStv Premium subscribers South Africa cross the 1 million mark.
  • 2006, MultiChoice launches BBBEE Share Scheme, Phuthuma Nathi. Channel Shuffle on 1 October, moving channels around to 3-digit numbers and for them to be in their right genre groups.
  • 2007, Launch of DStv Select and of entry bouquet DStv EasyView.
  • 2008, Launch of DStv's first High Definition decoder the HD PVR, XtraView and the first HD channel, M-Net HD.
  • 2009, HD channels - SuperSport 1 HD, Discovery HD Showcase are launched.
  • 2010, DVB over IP (Digital Video Broadcast over Internet Protocol) and DStv on Demand service launched, as well as the HD PVR 2P and M-Net Movies 1 HD.
  • 2011, DStv BoxOffice & DStv Mobile launched.
  • 2011, GOtv, a new digital pay television offering on digital terrestrial television platforms is established in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 2012, DStv launched a new satellite in August "Intelsat 20", shuffling the channel numbers and offering subscribers 8 new HD channels from 1 October:
    • M-Net Movies Premier
    • M-Net Movies Comedy
    • M-Net Movies Family
    • M-Net Movies Action +
    • M-Net Movies Romance
    • M-Net Movies Showcase
    • M-Net Series Showcase (is a dedicated Series Channel first Fresh HD Series )
    • Studio Universal HD
    • 2 new AfricaMagic channels[clarification needed - Which ones?]
  • 2013, Multichoice adds FoxHD to (DStv Premium Premium package only) and kykNET & Kie (DStv Family, Compact, and Premium packages). It also launched a new DStv Family bouquet[1]
  • 2013, DStv subscribers across Africa reach 6.7 million, with 4.5 million within South Africa.[2]
  • 2013, Multichoice launches its next-generation PVR decoder, the DStv Explora to Revolutionise TV in SA[3]
  • 2014, Africa Magic discontinues their old channels and replaces them with Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Family and Africa Magic World.
  • 2014, The new channels, Lifetime (131), Nicktoons, Nick Junior, Vuzu Amp, M-Net Edge and Glow (167) are launched


  • DStv Premium
  • DStv Extra
  • DStv Compact
  • DStv Family
  • DStv Access
  • DStv EasyView
  • DStv North Indian
  • DStv South Indian
  • DStv Indian
  • DStv Portuguesa
  • DStv Mobile
  • DStv Mobile DVBH and Bomba
  • DStv Video Technology (Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X only)


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.[4] (similar to Sky‘s multiroom).

Standard decoder[edit]

The Standard Decoder is DStv’s entry level single view decoder, manufactured by Altech UEC. It has XtraView capability, where it can be linked to itself or the HD PVR.


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

Drifta decoder[edit]

[5] 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

  • Drifta Device
  • Battery
  • USB cable
  • Power Adapter


  • Broadcast Mobile TV on your PC, Smartphone or Tablet
  • Connects to your device via Wi-Fi or USB
  • Access the Mobile TV Guide
  • Small, light-weight and ultra portable
  • Rechargeable with up to three hours of viewing

Discontinued decoders[edit]

These are decoders which DStv no longer produces:

  • HD PVR, a decoder that had 2 versions, one that could record 1 channel and watch 1, the other could watch 1 while recording 2 channels.
  • SD PVR, DStv’s first personal video recoder which allowed to view two and record one concurrently. It was manufactured by Altech UEC and has XtraView capability with the HD PVR.
  • Dual-View decoder is a decoder which allowed two separate viewing environments. It was manufactured by Altech UEC.


  • 1995-2014: So much more
  • 2014–present: Feel every Moment


  1. ^ "DStv launches new bouquet, channels". Businesstech.co.za. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ "DStv – more subscribers, more money". http://mybroadband.co.za. 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "DStv Explora to Revolutionise TV in SA - detail". Multichoice. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2][dead link]

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