OpenView to start blocking decoders that are outside South Africa

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OpenView decoders blocking

Popular free-to-air satellite TV provider OpenView which offers a range of channels like eTV, SABC, France 24 and more is going to be blocking decoders that are outside South Africa. Chatter of this surfaced on WhatsApp and we reached out to Openview to verify the messages that were circulating and this is the response we got:

Currently Openview has a license to only operate in South Africa. Meaning, we are not authorized to extend our service outside the borders of the Republic of South Africa. We are hoping to expand to other African countries at a later stage, but at this point we are more focused on growing our South African Viewership.  For now we have taken a decision to block decoders being used outside our legal jurisdiction.


So it looks like if you are in Zimbabwe and you have an OpenView decoder you will soon be cutoff if you haven’t already. This is will definitely affect a number of households in Zimbabwe who have OpenView as their primary source of entertainment and news.

Fortunately, there is an alternative that doesn’t require a decoder but you’ll need to have an internet connection if you want to continue enjoying OpenView in this way and you can find a link to that below:

How to watch OpenView TV shows for free without the decoder

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  1. Anonymous

    Mamemame. Chatochaya

  2. Anonymous

    how are they going to block decoders? i mean, it is a satellite service afterall isnt? they cant really just narrow the coverage to just rsa

    1. Zulu

      I have already been blocked.

    2. Zico

      I was wondering the same and came to read this article hoping to find some answers

  3. Real wex

    So isnt there any other free to air decoder available in our region. That is besides the kwese. Back then we used to have wiztech and philibao.

  4. Anonymous

    Lies you just need to upgrade your decoder if you have an old NDS decoder and buy decoder which is 2-3 years with newer tech PVR Supported

  5. Anonymous

    You just need to upgrade your decoder if you still using an old NDs decoder

  6. Star

    That’s just some sort of messed up ways…
    Looks like everything worsens by the day

  7. Darell Magwenzi

    Guys why does openview decide to cut us people who are out of SA. House of Zwide barely has a month and they cut us off😭😭😭

    1. Brandon

      Haaa House of Zwinde is fire . That’s the first show l think of when saw this blog. πŸ’”

    2. Anonymous

      enda unoitsvaga kubhuku remeso

  8. Phillmon

    And that is the only reliable source of intertainment in Zimbabwe so far, How can they be so wicked, after all it’s their business growing beyond borders.

    1. That’s life

      I don’t have a tv so i have to ask: Do they have advertising targeting regional markets? If they don’t, then it makes sense to drop us coz there’s no money in it for them. And I’m willing to bet they either anticipated or actually had some governments come sniffing for some kind of licensing or fines behind the scenes.

      1. Anonymous

        they make money by selling the decoders

        1. Paul Walker

          No, they don’t make money from selling decorders. The cost is actually subsidized. Still, it’s a once off minor payment. They make money from selling ads.

  9. Konzendi yuza

    If expanding is part of their future plans why not just do it now. Im willing to bet that 3 quarters of their users is made up by us the pple they want to cut off majority of South africans afford DSTV
    They shuld just do it now we really need this EPL is about to start.

  10. @hvydagreat

    This can’t be what are we going to do 😭😭

  11. Anonymous

    Haaaaaaaaaa.There’s no other decorder that can offer free fun channels like OV did.It’s a shame that they are cutting us off.

  12. Anonymous

    kkkkkk using it for just less than a month ,apa kwese zvakavhariswa ,dstv inobva yakwira zvayo ,

  13. L Venter

    Why cant we look Elif now in our telephones with internet connection? We have to pay for the data and now for Elif to watch it

  14. Hunssy Paul

    You should just leave it like that becoz it’s same thing.

  15. Gordon Rudman

    Qell as of yesterday 9/08/2021 we had our decoder blocked and we are living in Natal KZN.. after getting the E04 error to authorise our decoder again adter 5 years of use.. did the authorisation (yes and having to Pay for the service at R1.50/60sec) and an hour later got signal again.. 6 hours later same thing. E04 to authorise, redid authorise ussd and yes paying again… still waiting for signal to come back..

    This should be taken to legal as they are not allowed to “disconnect” a perfectly working decoder and force you to purchase a New decoder after promising 1 payment for access for life… (or until they need more money)…

  16. Imi vanhu musadaro

    Sounds like a fund raising tactic. Usually they verify by using a SA number to SMS their activation gateway. This SMS is charged a bit higher than normal. So, if they force everyone to reactivate they easily raise thousands and thousands of rands.

  17. Ndini wacho

    Yanga iri time pusher byeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  18. Ndini wacho

    Yanga iri time pusher byeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  19. KadzaDsmall

    Can I just get my money back I don’t need their decoder anymore. Why did they leave it in the first place to be in other surrounding nations. Their working capital increased significantly and now they want to cut everyone. Nonsense.

  20. Hama

    There is no way for them to know the decoder is outside of sa. I activated multiple devices for my relatives in zim, while i myself I’m based in sa.

  21. Mark

    As a South African I saw many foreigners purchase the device to use in their country, now it is unfair that you block them, I think that the units be returned for full refund.

  22. Mark

    As a South African I saw many foreigners purchase the device to use in their country, now it is unfair that you block them, I think that the units be returned for full or just leave unblocked

  23. Anonymous

    Ov decoder got no GPS to track its current location . As long uri pa satellite footprint kuwona chete unless wa communicater navo pa WhatsApp platform yavo using a foreign # vanoku blocker

  24. ba lee

    what a shame to us ZIMBABWE

  25. Da_BTM

    😀😀😀From High definition to showers 😹

    1. Anonymous


  26. Boss Dewa

    They have made millions of Rand by selling those to foreigners, how can they be so wicked to cut the services, only a minority of South Africans needs those. If they cut,they will also run a loss in terms device sales.

    1. Paul Walker

      They don’t make money from device sales.

      1. ping

        They do

  27. Elif

    This aint fair,foreigners contributed to their growth.Everytime they celebrated of the many users they now got,those numbers also included those foreigners.we are buying the stuff they are advertising on OV contributing to their economy.ngavambomira izvozvo nxaa!

    1. skhavoc

      So how will they know this decoder is in zimπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

      1. Zico

        Im wondering the same, I doubt these decoders have GPS hardware

  28. Sthandazile

    You can’t be doing that coz at first you allowed us to buy those decoders

    1. Anonymous

      Actually they can because according to the Broadcasting Commission it is illegal to be viewing SABC in Zimbabwe as it would be for them to view Ztv in South Africa without the proper agreed documentation or proper rights

  29. Eldorado

    Its like openview is produced in spain and owned by Leo Messi now everything that is close to messi is taken out,my life wont be the same imagine without viewing Bundesliga,Laliga,Epl,Dstv mxm ngeke phela kudlaliwe ngathi la when they say once off payment bebesitshoni abasnike phela izimali zethu

  30. Anonymous

    kwakatombouya mamwe madecoda emafree channel wani akavharwa ana filibao
    saka this is not new to us

  31. Ashley

    Hi,how nd were can i upgrade my old openview decoder?

  32. beeman

    its time to throw it into the bin………….Next

    1. Anonymous

      Haa ma1

    2. Anonymous

      sebeqalile yin ukuwa vala bakhona esebevalelwe yin sizabona kungasa dlali bakithi lokhu kunzima

  33. Anonymous

    Make your own decoders you bloody idiots. What kind of country depends entirely on SA for everything.

    1. Anonymous

      πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯thats a gud thought I guess econet will bring baq its kwese

  34. Anonymous

    well obvious they had to say something formal coz they had been asked. otherwise they are well aware of decorders outside SA and they are making a Killing. When profits drop maybe thats when they may say bring and top up and we give you another decorder. like what they did on GoTV

  35. skhavoc

    πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯thats a gud thought I guess econet will bring baq its kwese

    1. Anonymous

      actualy you are right ,,this is a good time for KWESE to bounce back , the biggest problem that stopped KWESE ( among other reasons ) was that some time after launch pakabva parambidzwa payments in USD if you remember ,, remember paJoina nekuDSTV kuchizara nevanhu vaibhadhara in forex, so now KWESE needed USD to pay for tv rights to foreighn programs… DSTV could survive after later it was allowed to pay USD via the banks

  36. Nimethembeni

    This website is owned by morons. They are not blocking openview for viewers oitside SA but they are blocking old decorders. You just need a new decorder which is upgraded then you are sorted whether in Zim o SA. Even those in SA with old decorders will be blocked

  37. Ndini wacho

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚maybe ndopamuchatenga DStv nhai kuda zvamahara

  38. Deliverance Dzingirai

    Romans 8 verse 28

  39. gaap

    Kkkkk there is an alternative to free on air. Only that most Zimbos do not know it have been using it for the past 6 months.

    1. Elif

      Can you please tell us how?

  40. OVHDHero

    Dont worry, tinokuitirai plan, hazvipere zvekumhanya kkk

  41. Praise

    L loved it that was so cool

  42. Romio Zhuwaki

    Kunonyuka zvimwe takabva kure nazvo musatya ma Zimbos tinovaba5a muswe chete tisu anhu acho Havana ma guts anotidarika takambo introduce sei kuti kune open view kkkkkkkk

  43. Prince

    Hah back to ZBC hah guys apa I thought I had made an upgrade in life πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  44. Tercia

    I feel for team STARLIFE.. shame!!!!!

  45. fta satellite technician

    dont worry to air will never die.even after blocking their openview.we satellite technician have the technical knowledge of tracking free to air satellite and veiw for life without worries.there are alot of good content besides openveiw.engage satellite technicians and enjoy the benefits of of free technology.
    viva free veiwership

  46. Alfred Power

    Did they already blocked open view to be used outside the South Africa?

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