Big DStv changes kick in today

September 1, 2020
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September 1, 2020 Tumelo Moloi

MultiChoice and SuperSport’s big changes to their DStv offering, including channels being cut and others being added, kicks in today.

One of the biggest changes is the reorganised M-Net Movie channel list, which has been cut down from six channels to four channels.

MultiChoice highlighted that the reduction in M-Net Movie channels does not impact the number of movies subscribers have access to.

The holiday pop-up channel fliekNET also becomes a permanent fixture on the DStv platform today.

This change supports the recently announced Add Movies product, which allows some DStv subscribers to access M-Net’s top three movie channels for a fee.

DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access, EasyView, and Indian packages can access M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2, and fliekNET for an additional R99 per month.

DStv Premium subscribers have access to all DStv content, including all four M-Net Movie channels described below.

  • M-Net Movies 1 delivers family-friendly, animation, comedy, romance, and award-winning drama movies on channel 104.
  • M-Net Movies 2 delivers the latest adrenaline-packed action, sci-fi, fantasy, and thriller movies on channel 106.
  • M‑Net Movies 3 focuses on movie heroes and heroines in adventure classics, sci-fi, and fantasy on channel 107.
  • M‑Net Movies 4 offers the world’s biggest blockbusters, as well as their prequels and sequels, on channel 108.
  • fliekNET showcases locally produced blockbuster movies, classic favourites, and a variety of Afrikaans films on channel 149.

Today Multichoice also cut the BBC First channel on DStv, which it said is part of a “refresh of its British entertainment lineup”, with a selection of the British drama continuing on BBC Brit.

Big changes to sports offering

The biggest changes which kicked in today are related to the SuperSport offering on DStv.

DStv customers have already received two 24-hour ESPN channels on 29 July after MultiChoice signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Sports leagues which are available on ESPN and ESPN2 include the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB).

The channels also offer live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie, and Major League Soccer (MLS).

SuperSport has now overhauled its sports channels on DStv, launching a new line-up of channels across bouquets.

It dropped the numbering system it has used for its channels for the past two decades, replacing it with a thematic offering around individual sports.

There are now dedicated channels for leagues and sports, among them the PSL, the Premier League, La Liga, rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, and motorsport.

The new channels will go beyond live sport and also offer supplementary programming such as magazine shows and highlights.

SuperSport’s flagship channel – Grandstand – will host the best of any live curated sport available to Premium customers, including soccer, rugby, cricket, golf, and tennis.

SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane said the changes will see additional SuperSport channels of local and international sporting content added to the DStv package.

Summary of DStv changes

The table below provides an overview of all the big DStv changes which kick in today.

M-Net Movies Changes
ChannelPreviousNowLowest Subscription
104M-Net Movies PremierM-Net Movies 1Premium
105M-Net Movies Smile
106M-Net Movies Action+M-Net Movies 2Premium
107M-Net Movies 3Compact
108M-Net Movies 4Access
110M-Net Movies Action
111M-Net Movies All StarsM-Net Movies Pop-UpPremium
139M-Net Movies Zone
BBC Changes
119BBC First
120BBC BritBBC BritCompact
Supersport Changes
200SuperSport Blitz – 24-hour sports news and highlightsBlitz – 24-hour sports news and highlightsAccess
201SuperSport 1 – Rugby, 7s, Golf, Premium VarietyGrandstand – Best of any live content.Premium
202SuperSport 2 – Cricket, Motorsport, Tennis, Cycling, Premium VarietyPSL – PSL and other South African footballCompact
203SuperSport 3 – EPL / UCL/ UEL / FIFA / UEFA InternationalsPremier League – EPL, UCL, UEL, International gamesCompact
204SuperSport 4 – Super Diski channel / Bafana Bafana / AFCON / CAF / FIFALa Liga – LaLiga, UCL, UEL, International gamesFamily
205SuperSport 5 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL OverflowFootball – Serie A, additional EPL, UCL, UEL, International gamesFamily
206SuperSport 6 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL OverflowVariety 1 – Cycling, swimming, additional golf, cricket, tennis, rugby, footballCompact Plus
207SuperSport 7 – La Liga / CAF / FIFA / UEFA international matchesVariety 2 – Gymnastics, squash, sailing, hockey, additional footballCompact Plus
208SuperSport 8 – Rugby / Hockey / Extreme sports / Nascar / Tennis 500s / Squash / LPGA tour / IAAF Diamond League / International BoxingVariety 3 – Athletics, Marathons, WWE live, PSL, additional footballCompact
209SuperSport 9 – African leagues / PSL overflow / MarathonsVariety 4 – Local sports: netball, schools rugby, varsity sports, BNL, MDC, SRC, WWE highlightsAccess
210SuperSport 10 – FTA PSL / MDC / SRC / Schools rugby / varsity sport / BNL / Netball / Horse racingAction – Adrenalin sports, UFC, EFC, Boxing, additional rugby, cricket, tennis, motorsportCompact Plus
211SuperSport 11 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer.Rugby – Springboks, Super Rugby, Currie Cup, Test Matches, SevensPremium
212SuperSport 12 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer.Cricket – Proteas, ICC Events, International Cricket, IPLPremium
213SuperSport 13 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer.Golf – Majors, PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine TourPremium
214Tennis – Grans Slams, ATP 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250Premium
215Motorsport – F1, Moto GP, Superbikes, Supercars, Formula EPremium
218ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS.ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS.Compact
219ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL.ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL.Compact Plus
236WWE – Live events, RAW, SmackDown, WrestleMania, SummerSlamCompact

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