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Do you have an SA DStv account? You can watch all SuperSport channels for free this weekend

South Africans are starting the weekend early as it’s Heritage day tomorrow so today is the last day they are going to work. There is also a bit of cheer for them and those Zimbabweans who “illegally” have DStv South African accounts-you can watch all SuperSport channels for free no matter what your package is […]


This is how streaming is going to kill DStv

You have probably heard this before but it’s worth repeating: Streaming is going to bring about the end of satellite providers like DStv. I know what your reaction is going to be: That’s never happening in Africa because here internet is limited to urban areas and even then it’s so expensive most households would find […]


Multichoice is still testing DStv Flex, there is no launch date yet

At the end of June, we learnt that DStv was on the brink of doing something that they had staunchly refused to do for a long time. They would be introducing something called DStv Flex, a new way of packaging their channels that would see customers have more control over which channels they wanted to […]


Does OpenView HD really have the capacity to block Zim decoders?

Ever since we heard that OpenView was planning on blocking those of their decoders that are being used outside South Africa a lot of Zimbos who rely on this platform for entertainment have been on edge. Most are worried that they will just wake up one day to a black screen. This has led to […]


More pressure for DStv, Disney+ is coming to SA

In last week’s Quarter 3 earnings call, Bob Chapek, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company said that his company’s streaming service will be launching in South Africa next year. Sadly for Zimbabweans, he said South Africa might be the only African country to initially get the service. Has that ever stopped us though? The […]


South Africa’s SABC licence bill is less controversial than expected

Recently South Africa published its South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd Bill of 2021 as approved by Cabinet on 30 June 2021. At its heart, the bill deals with how SABC licences will be paid and collected from the public going forwards. I have to say, contrary to what we had been warned to expect, […]


Games of Throne’s Ser Jorah Mormont to star in a DStv Original Series

DStv and Multichoice have confirmed that their highly anticipated DStv original, Reyka, will be premiering on MNet starting 15 July at 20:00 hours. The drama stars well known South African actress Kim Engelbrecht who made her name in Isidingo before moving to conquer the US TV scene with roles in Dominion and The Flash. On […]


Get up to 50% discount on your Showmax subscription, here is how

The maths checks out. This is a good deal.


DStv South Africa launches T.U.M.I the chatbot

The bots are taking over!


Netflix might be forced to reduce its South African library to comply with the law

At least it’s not a statutory Instrument


How and where to watch the Friends Reunion special

The One where they get back togeth


DStv Now Ads are back

A Hulu like model.


Here is how to watch The Handmaid’s Tale legally

Polarising show but here’s how you can watch it legally in Zimbabwe


How to watch OpenView TV shows for free without the decoder

Are you thinking of cutting the cord? If so then here’s how you can watch OpenView TV without a decoder in Zimbabwe


DStv Catch Up is now available on all packages

DStv has annonnounced that Catch Up is now open to all of it’s packages, from Compact Plus all the way to EasyView.


DStv to broadcast certain sports events for free?

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is reviewing regulations around the broadcasting of sports. There is an expectation that the review could lead to some changes for DStv. The review by ICASA is meant to regulate broadcasting of sporting events “in the public interest” and to promote wider reach of such events. The […]


DStv’s bundling with Netflix being investigated by SA Competition Commission

In June, Multichoice announced that they had reached agreements with Netflix and Amazon Prime to offer a bundled service. Strangely, when DStv announced two new sets of decoders that will offer streaming capabilities, not a word was said about Netflix or Prime. Why was that the case? Well, it’s simple really – SA’s Competition Commission […]


DStv plans to partner with internet providers once Xplora Ultra is released

DStv is launching new hardware. That much we’ve known for a while now and we wrote about the 2 (Xplora Ultra & Streama) new decoders here. There were questions regarding how the decoders would go online. Multichoice has revealed some details regarding how they plan on doing it (in South Africa). One of the questions […]


Multichoice announces new sets of decoders – DStv Streama & Xplora Ultra

Yesterday, Multichoice announced a new set of DStv decoders; Xplora Ultra and Streama. The new decoders come as no surprise considering that earlier this year, MultiChoice announced that DStv would come bundled with Netflix. The current DStv hardware only supports Showmax but not 3rd party apps so it makes sense that newer hardware is now […]


DStv Avondale branch closed for COVID-19 disinfection

Multichoice Zimbabwe has temporarily closed its DStv Avondale branch for COVID-19 disinfection, their statement is as follows: IMPORTANT NOTICE: We regret to announce that one of our staff members tested positive to Covid-19. MultiChoice Zimbabwe has temporarily closed its office in PaSangano building in Avondale, Harare. The office will be closed for fumigation and staff […]


DStv announces new channel and overhauls coming to existing Supersport channels

SuperSport has announced that from the 1st of September, Supersport channels are getting new names. Out with the confusing numbers at long last. SuperSport says this was done to make for a better navigation and viewing; This thinking has driven SuperSport’s decision to drop the numbering system it has used for its channels for more […]


Supersport is shaking up its channel line-up and adding an extra channel

SuperSport announced today that they are changing around their channel system by dropping the numbers and instead ordering them around individual sports. The numbering system on SuperSport has been around for nearly two decades, and SuperSport say that this new system is designed to make navigation easier for viewers. The channel shake up includes a […]


DStv brings back NBA & more American sports with new ESPN deal

SuperSport has announced a partnership between MultiChoice Group and The Walt Disney Company which will result in the airing of a host of American sporting content and two new channels on DStv. The two new ESPN (ESPN & ESPN2) channels which will start airing on the 29th of July will offer the following content; National […]


Multichoice Showmax Pro is now available in Zimbabwe

Following on a report from earlier this month, Multichoice unveiled a new product Showmax Pro. The initial rollout only had it available only in Nigeria and Kenya, but that list of countries has been expanded. The list is as follows: Benin Democratic Republic of the Congo Guinea-Bissau Rwanda Botswana Cote d’Ivoire Liberia São Tomé and […]


MultiChoice Group joins the United Nations’ Pause campaign to fight COVID-19 misinformation

Multichoice Group has joined the United Nations’ Pause campaign against misinformation concerning COVID-19. Pause aims to stem the flow of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign asks people to pause and take care to assess the information they have about the disease before they share. “We are in a moment of global reckoning as […]


DStv In Unexpected U-Turn, Xplora Decoders Will Ship With Netflix Preinstalled

In an unexpected turn of events, DStv has announced that Netflix and Amazon Prime will come preinstalled on future Xplora Decoders. Beyond just preinstalling the services they will actually offer the service as part of the DStv offering and if you had predicted this a year ago many would’ve laughed in your face. Do I […]


How Significant Is Local Content To DStv?

When Kwese Pay TV met it’s untimely death last year and even well before that, one of the things we lamented was the lack of local content on the platform. Kwese’s crash came down to a combination of factors and not just ultimately down to local content but looking at the role localised content plays […]


DStv Loses Nearly 100k Subscribers In Zim, Economic Woes & Electricity Crisis To Blame

Multichoice recently announced financial results for their financial year ending on the 31st of March 2020 and the situation in Zimbabwe is “sub-optimal”. That’s if sub-optimal can be used as a euphemism. Put plainly, DStv is actually haemorrhaging customers and lost 92 000 subscribers in that period placing the blame on power outages and economic woes […]