All the HD channels on DStv

DStv currently offers 67 high definition (HD) channels in South Africa, with content ranging from general entertainment and sport, to documentaries and news.

This extends back to when MultiChoice launched M-Net HD in 2008, using the Beijing Olympics to showcase the technology.

The second HD channel on DStv was Discovery HD Showcase, which launched on 21 December 2009. DStv then launched its first dedicated SuperSport HD channel a few days later.

While MultiChoice added several more HD channels to its line-up in the years that followed, it was limited by the satellite capacity at its disposal at the time.

MultiChoice explained to MyBroadband that deciding whether to add more HD channels was a balancing act, as they consume the same amount of bandwidth as four standard definition (SD) channels.

The pay TV operator said that nowadays the efficiency is around three SD channels for every one HD channel.

When DStv got a replacement satellite in Intelsat–20, and its backup satellite Intelsat-36, it said that the additional capacity available would allow enable many more services to be launched, including HD channels.

The number of HD channels on the pay TV platform then exploded, climbing to the 67 high definition channels available today.

Channels

All of the HD channels currently available on DStv are listed below.

Entertainment – Available in HD
101 – M-Net HD 121 – Discovery Channel HD 130 – MTV HD 163 – Mzansi Wethu HD
103 – 1 Magic HD 122 – Comedy Central HD 135 – Discovery TLC HD 166 – Zee World HD
116 – VUZU HD 123 – ITV Choice HD 136 – Discovery Family HD 167 – Star Life HD
117 – Universal TV HD 124 – E! Entertainment HD 144 – Kyk NET HD 195 – eTV Extra HD
119 – BBC First HD 125 – FOX HD 145 – Kyk NET & Kie HD 901 – M-Net Plus 1 HD
120 – BBC Brit HD 129 – BET HD 157 – Moja Love HD
Movies – Available in HD
104 – M-Net Movies Premiere HD 109 – M-Net Movies Epic Battles HD 138 – eMovies HD
105 – M-Net Movies Smile HD 111 – M-Net Movies All Stars HD 139 – M-Net Movies Zone HD
106 – M-Net Movies Action + HD 112 – Studio Universal HD 140 – eMovies Extra HD
108 – Sundance TV HD 137 – TNT Africa HD
Lifestyle & Culture – Available in HD
147 – VIA HD
175 – Food Network HD
Documentary – Available in HD
170 – Crime & Investigation Network HD
171 – Discovery ID HD
184 – BBC Earth HD
186 – The History Channel HD
Sport – DStv Available in HD
200 – BLITZ HD 205 – SuperSport HD 5 210 – SuperSport HD 10
201 – SuperSport HD 1 206 – SuperSport HD 6 211 – SuperSport 11 HD
202 – SuperSport HD 2 207 – SuperSport HD 7 212 – SuperSport HD 12
203 – SuperSport HD 3 208 – SuperSport HD 8 235 – SuperSport Maximo HD
204 – SuperSport HD 4 209 – SuperSport HD 9 240 – Ginx eSports HD
Free-to-air – Available in HD
191 – SABC 1 HD
192 – SABC 2 HD
193 – SABC 3 HD
194 – e.TV HD
Children – Available in HD
300 – Superhero HQ HD
301 – Cartoon Network HD
302 – Boomerang HD
305 – Nickelodeon HD
Music – Available in HD
320 – Channel O HD
322 – MTV Base HD
325 – TRACE URBAN HD
News – Available in HD
401 – CNN International HD

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