DStv has migrated its services to a new satellite, which allowed the pay-TV provider to add more channels to its lineup. To make space for the new channels and to group relevant channels together, some channel numbers will change on 1 October 2012.
General entertainment channels with international content are now located from channel 101 to 143, whilst general entertainment channels with local content feature from channel 144 to 169.
Documentaries and lifestyle channels sit from channel 170 to 190, and the free-to-air channels such as SABC and eTV are on channel 191 to 195. The SuperSport channels in HD and SD will be housed from channel 200 onwards.
Whilst some channels are being moved around, DStv has put HD and SD channels on the same channel number.
For example, M-Net and M-Net HD are now on channel 101. This means that if you are a DStv Premium customer with an HD PVR, you will receive M-Net HD on channel 101 whilst a customer with an SD decoder will get M-Net on channel 101.
The only exceptions will be Discovery HD Showcase which is not available in SD and SuperSport HD channels which are not scheduled with the same content as the SD channels.
M-Net has replaced its MM1 and MM2 movie offering and expanded it to six movie channels, one première and five themed channels:
- M-Net Movies Premiere
- M-Net Movies Action +
- M-Net Movies Family
- M-Net Movies Comedy
- M-Net Movies Drama and Romance
- M-Net Movies Showcase
These channels are all available in HD.
DStv has also added two Africa Magic channels: Africa Magic Entertainment and Africa Magic Movies 1.
This brings the number of SD channels which were added to the DStv platform on 1 October 2012 to six: four additional M-Net Movies channels and two Africa Magic Channels.
DStv customers with HD PVRs also get Studio Universal and Universal channels in HD. This means that there are an additional 7 HD channels, increasing to 14 the total number of HD channels on DStv.