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Digital Satellite Television (also known as DStv) is MultiChoice's multi-channel digital satellite TV service in Africa, launched in 1995. In South Africa and neighbouring countries, it broadcasts on Ku band via the Intelsat 7 and 10 satellite (PAS7 and PAS10), which only requires a small satellite dish, while several other countries in the rest of Africa receive broadcasts via both Ku band and C-Band which requires a larger 1.2m dish. Subscribers in South Africa also receive the South African Broadcasting Corporation's three terrestrial channels, SABC 1, 2 and 3 and the privately owned free-to-air terrestrial channel e.tv. These are not available to subscribers elsewhere, for rights reasons, although until August 1, 2008, they could receive the SABC Africa channel, until it was dropped by DStv due to poor performance.

Other countries are also able to receive their terrestrial channels, including TV Uganda and TV Mozambique. In each case for rights reasons these terrestrial channels are not available to subscribers outside the 'home' countries.

DStv has numerous products and services, in 2005 introduced its own Personal Video Recorder (PVR). On 24 July 2008 they introduced the High Definition Personal Video Recorder (HD PVR) which allows the subscriber to record DStv's content. This functionality is similar to that found on set-top Digital Video Recorder units in other countries, such as Britain's Sky+ PVR. However, neither of these systems allow viewers to download or archive the recorded content.

History

Pay-television came to South Africa in 1986, 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. Then, in 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.

In 1995, Multichoice announced that it was launching a new digital, satellite service in South Africa and, on October 6, 1995, DStv was officially activated to subscribers. A digital satellite decoder cost between 4,000 and 4,500 rand, while the monthly subscription fee was 175 rand.

The original video channel bouquet consisted of 17 channels: M-Net, Movie Magic, TNT Classic Movies, Sci-Fi Channel, SuperSport, ESPN, Hallmark Channel, SelecTV, Travel Channel, K-TV, Cartoon Network, BBC World, CNN International, Sky News, Trinity, VH-1 and TV5 Afrique.

Channels

DStv has expanded its offering to nearly 100 video channels and 78 audio channels. In August 2008 Multichoice introduce its first HDTV channel M-Net HD on channel 170. In early 2010 it will launch an additional three HDTV channels, MNet Movies HD, SuperSport HD and a documentery channel.

General Entertainment & Movies

100 - DStv Guide

101 - M-Net

102 - M-Net Africa

103 - M-Net Movies 1

104 - M-Net Movies 2

105 - M-Net Stars

106 - M-Net Action

108 - Hallmark Channel

109 - TCM

110 - M-Net Series

111 - KykNET

112 - Magic World

113 - Sony Entertainment Television

114 - Africa Magic

115 - Africa Magic +

120 - BBC Entertainment

123 - Vuzu

124 - E! Entertainment

125 - Zone Reality

126 - Animax

131 - SABC 1

132 - SABC 2

133 - SABC 3

134 - e.tv

137 - BTV

150 - Soweto TV

HD

170 - M-Net HD

Lifestyle

180 - BBC Lifestyle

181 - Travel Channel

182 - The Home Channel

183 - Style Network

184 - Fashion TV

198 - Events - Big Brother Africa 4

199 - Events

Sport

200 - SuperSport Update

201 - SuperSport 1

202 - SuperSport 2

203 - SuperSport 3

204 - SuperSport 4

205 - SuperSport 5

206 - SuperSport 6

207 - SuperSport 7

208 - SuperSport Maximo

209 - SuperSport Select

230 - ESPN

231 - ESPN Classic

232 - TellyTrack

203 - SuperSport Action

Documentary

250 - Discovery Channel

251 - BBC Knowledge

254 - The History Channel

255 - Crime & Investigation Network

260 - National Geographic Channel

261 - Nat Geo Wild

264 - Animal Planet

265 - Ignition

Children

301 - Cartoon Network

302 - Boomerang

303 - Disney Channel

305 - Nickelodeon

306 - BBC CBeebies

307 - Koowee

319 - Mindset Learn

Music

320 - Channel O

321 - MTV Europe

322 - MTV Base

323 - VH1

324 - MK

325 - Trace TV

331 - One Gospel

Religion

341 - TBN

343 - Rhema

347 - Islam Channel

350 - Inspiration TV

News & Commerce

400 - BBC World News

401 - CNN International

402 - Sky News

403 - eNews Channel

404 - EuroNews

405 - Russia Today

406 - Al Jazeera International

408 - Parliament Channel

410 - CNBC Africa

411 - Bloomberg

412 - Summit TV

415 - Weather Channel

Specialist & Separate Subscription

430 - Raitalia

431 - BVN-TV

432 - ERT World

440 - RTL

441 - SAT1

442 - Das Erste

443 - ZDFmarker

444 - Pro Sieben

445 - 3SAT

446 - Deutsche Welle

447 - CCTV 4

448 - CCTV 9

450 - SET Asia

451 - B4U Movies

452 - Zee TV

453 - NDTV 247

454 - Sun TV

456 - Saffron TV

457 - SET Max

501 - RTP Internacional

502 - SIC International

510 - TV Globo

607 - TV5 Monde Afrique

Audio Channels

DMX Music

101 - Adult Contemporary

102 - Euro Hits

103 - Hot Traxx

104 - 70’s Hits

105 - 80’s Hits

106 - Familiar Favourites

107 - Soft Hits

108 - Love Songs

109 - Metro Blend

110 - City Scapes

111 - Groove Lounge

112 - Subterranean

113 - Power Hits

114 - Dance

115 - Electro Sphere

116 - Campus Rock

117 - Alternate Rock

118 - Hard Rock

119 - Classic Rock

120 - Golden Oldies

121 - Rock N Roll

122 - Classic R & B

123 - Urban Adult Contemporary

124 - Urban Beat

125 - Reggae

126 - Modern Country

127 - Traditional Country

128 - Gospel

129 - African Rhythm

130 - Italian Contemporary

131 - Smooth Jazz

132 - Jazz

133 - Blues

134 - Beautiful Instrumentals

135 - Contemporary Instrumentals

136 - New Age

137 - Light Classical

138 - Arias And Overtures

139 - Chamber Music

140 - Symphonic

Radio Stations

150 - BBC World Service 1

151 - BBC World Service 2

152 - BBC World Service 3

153 - Voice Of America

154 - World Radio Network

155 - Trans World Radio

156 - Talk Radio 702

157 - Classic FM

158 - Jacaranda FM

159 - YFM

160 - Chinese Radio International

161 - Kaya FM

162 - Raimarker International Satelradio

163 - Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

164 - Radio Nederland Wereldomroep 2

165 - Channel Islam International

166 - Radio France Internationale

167 - Radio Wave

168 - Radio Energy

169 - 1485AM Radio

170 - Radio Veritas

171 - Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal

172 - TransAfrica Radio

173 - Jhankaar

174 - KL

175 - Link FM

176 - Radio Kosmos

178 - Jozi FM

179 - 94.7 Highveld Stereo

180 - 94.5 Kfm

181 - Metro FM

Free to Air Channels

There are several free-to-air channels available on DSTV simply by adding settings onto the decoder. More details can be found at the rites blog[164833]

Sentech Vivid

11170V

26657 S/R

5/6 FEC

This bouquet carries the SABC channels as well as e.tv. These services are encrypted and require a Vivid decoder and smart card.It also carries several free to air TV and radio services including SABC News International and God TV.

The SABC radio channels are available FTA.

Packages

Currently MultiChoice and Vodacom offer DStv subscriptions:

MultiChoice Packages



Vodacom Packages



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