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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 […]


DStv Explains Why They Had To Increase Prices

Earlier this month, Multichoice Zim announced that subscribers would have to pay more for all DStv packages due to VAT adjustment. For many people there was confusion since Value-Added-Tax actually fell from 15% to 14.5%. If VAT paid is actually lower why are you paying more? Well, Multichoice has explained this saying before 2020 the […]


Multichoice Zimbabwe Customer Care Centres Now Open

After a lockdown closure period of seven weeks, MultiChoice Zimbabwe customer care centres are open again, while its national telecall centre is back in operation at its office base. Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager, said the company’s physical re-opening was accompanied by a range of hygiene and public safety measures in keeping with […]


DStv Partners With Udemy To Offer Online Courses At No Cost In The DStv App

Multichoice has announced that SA subscribers will be getting a special bonus as part of their subscription from May until the end of July. The broadcasting company announced that they are partnering with Massive Open Online Course platform Udemy to offer premium subscribers access to 600 courses within the DStv app. As South Africans continue […]


DStv Announces Price Increase Coming Into Effect In June

Multichoice Zimbabwe has announced a price increase coming into effect on the 1st of June 2020. The media company has blamed the increase on the 14.5% VAT charge but makes sure to remind subscribers that this is the first upward review in 4 years. Package Current price per month new price per month Lite $7 […]


South Africans Who Pay Less Than DStv Subscribers From Other Regions Petition For Price Drop

Over a 150 000 South Africans have signed a petition asking MultiChoice to reduce their pricing during the COVID-19 crisis. The petition has a target of 200 000 subscribers with the originator of the petition highlighting how DStv is dropping subscription prices across the continent. It’s not entirely clear which price cuts are being referred […]


DStv Subscribers Get Lockdown Reward – Free Bouquet Upgrade

As a lockdown bonus, DStv viewers with paid-up subscriptions are being upgraded to the next bouquet for the duration of the subscription period. The MultiChoice Group had made the decision to provide bonus upgrades to provide support during the lockdown, a time when households were watching more television. The upgrades are a reward for customers’ […]


[Update] DStv Launches 3 New Channels, Including A News & Educational Channel

DStv recently added two new channels to its viewing roster. Africanews and Mindset Pop Africanews is a pan-African multilingual news service that is allied to the existing, popular Euronews channel and would have a focus on content from across the whole of Africa. Africanews was originally launched in 2016 from Pointe-Noire, Congo, and now reaches 20 […]