Are you thinking about your entertainment needs during the enforced 21-day lockdown by introducing DStv free channels? Some of you may not be used to staying at home the whole day and may find the experience boring. You can now seize the opportunity to watch free DStv channels that include SuperSport, CNN, Nickelodeon, Tom Cruise, among others.
All South Africans, whether Digital Satellite Television subscribers or not, have been considered. The channels will be aired for free for a specific period when the lockdown is still in place. The following is a list of all the free channels on Digital Satellite Television.
DStv free channels for all South Africans
Whether you are a Digital Satellite Television customer or not, you have the chance to watch and select DStv channels for free. You can watch the following free channels during the lockdown.
Free DStv news channels
Watch the following news channels and stay updated on several matters across the globe:
1. BBC World News
This is a global news network that broadcasts international news for 24 hours every day. Catch it on channel 400.
CNN International is on Digital Satellite Television 401. It covers global news ranging from politics, business, technology, sports, entertainment, among others.
3. Sky News
Find it on Digital Satellite Television 402. It broadcasts news from the UK and other parts of the world.
This is a South African television news network found on Digital Satellite Television 403. It switched to high definition in early 2020. It shows news from Mzansi and other African countries 24 hours every day.
5. SABC News
You can find it on Digital Satellite Television 404. It broadcasts news from South Africa and other countries across the globe for 24 hours daily.
6. Newzroom Afrika
This is a South African news network on DStv 405. It shows news from across the African continent.
7. Euronews Now
This is a European network that covers news from Europe, Africa, and other continents. Find it on Digital Satellite Television 414.
DStv free channels
Do not get bored at home. Here is a list of networks you can watch whether you are a Digital Satellite Television subscriber or not.
1. People's Weather
This television network covers news on weather, the environment, and lifestyle across the African continent. Find it on DStv 180.
2. SuperSport Play
This is the best television network for those who love various sports from South Africa and other countries. Find it on Digital Satellite Television channel 238.
3. PBS Kids
This is a kids' television network found on DStv 313. It has content that will keep your young ones entertained as they learn from the various educative shows.
4. Channel O
This is a music television network on DStv 320, and it plays music from across Africa and the entire world. You will also watch a #LockdownHouseParty on this channel on Fridays and Saturdays starting 6.00 pm to 12.00 am. The show will be hosted by your favorite DJs, Shimza. and pH. This program will air until Saturday, 11th April 2020.
Trinity Broadcast Networks (TBN) is a television network that broadcasts Christian content. Find it on Digital Satellite Television channel 343.
Extra channels for all DStv packages
DStv offers six packages to its customers. They include DStv Family channels, DStv EasyView channels, Premium, Compact, Compact Plus, and DStv Access channels. The following are the extra channels for all Digital Satellite Television customers.
This is a new television network that begun broadcasting on 20th March 2020 on DStv 417. It covers news from all the countries in Africa, ranging from business, politics, culture, and social stories.
This television network was also added to all Digital Satellite Television subscribers on DStv 417.
3. Da Vinci
This is a kids' network that offers entertainment and educational content to children and the entire family. Do not let your kids stress you as they are staying home with you. Let them watch Da Vinci on Digital Satellite Television channel 318.
This television network offers entertainment series for kids and the entire family. It has fun shows like SpongeBob Square Pants, The Thundermans, Gameshakers, Loud House, among others. Catch it on Digital Satellite Television channel 305.
This is a football coverage television network found on DStv 207.
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Extended DStv channels list for select packages
The following are some of the extended Digital Satellite Television packages for select customers.
It is found on channel 201 and will start featuring sports documentaries and sports movies because no sport matches are being played due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Other shows will include SuperSport Grand Stand, which will be hosted by SuperSport presenters from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm. The other show will be Viewers Choice from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, and the viewers' social media suggestions will determine the show's content. This channel has been extended to Compact Plus and Compact packages.
2. M-Net Binge
It broadcasts HBO movies, shows, and documentaries from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am every Monday to Saturday. The television network has been extended to Compact Plus and Premium subscribers and is available on Digital Satellite Television channel 114.
3. Mzansi Magic
This television network has been extended to the family bouquet on DStv 161. It will be available until 17th April.
4. Tom Cruise
This is a pop-up television network on DStv 109, and it will air from 20th March 2020 to 5th April 2020. You will be able to watch close to 30 Tom Cruise movies including Top Gun, Far and Away, Rain Man, Mission Impossible, among others. It will be extended to Premium customers.
If you are a fan of superhero movies, catch this pop-up channel on DStv 300. It will be available from 29th March 2020 until 30th April 2020. It will be extended to Family, Access, Compact Plus, Premium, and Compact packages.
6. African Easter
This is a Christian pop-up channel that airs from 9th April 2020 to 13th April 2020. It will be available from Access to Premium packages.
South African soapies to stream for free
Apart from the free, extra, and extended Digital Satellite Television channels, you will also be able to watch some of your favorite soapies for free. They include the following.
- The River
- Die Ware Naarheid
How to watch DStv online
You do need a decoder to watch free channels on Digital Satellite Television. You can stream online by signing up on DStv Now. The DStv Now app can be downloaded from your android's Google Play Store or the iPhone's Apple App Store. The app can be used on your phone, smart TV, computer, tablet, and other devices.
The following is a frequently asked question and answer.
How can I watch DStv for free?
You are supposed to download the DStv Now app and then sign up to access the free channels. Remember that you will use your data to get online.
You should remember that the above DStv free channels are only available for a short while. Seize this opportunity while the window is still open. You can now be entertained during the lockdown, all thanks to Digital Satellite Television!