Big DStv changes kick in today

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
Channel Previous Now Lowest Subscription
104 M-Net Movies Premier M-Net Movies 1 Premium
105 M-Net Movies Smile
106 M-Net Movies Action+ M-Net Movies 2 Premium
107 M-Net Movies 3 Compact
108 M-Net Movies 4 Access
110 M-Net Movies Action
111 M-Net Movies All Stars M-Net Movies Pop-Up Premium
139 M-Net Movies Zone
BBC Changes
119 BBC First
120 BBC Brit BBC Brit Compact
Supersport Changes
200 SuperSport Blitz – 24-hour sports news and highlights Blitz – 24-hour sports news and highlights Access
201 SuperSport 1 – Rugby, 7s, Golf, Premium Variety Grandstand – Best of any live content. Premium
202 SuperSport 2 – Cricket, Motorsport, Tennis, Cycling, Premium Variety PSL – PSL and other South African football Compact
203 SuperSport 3 – EPL / UCL/ UEL / FIFA / UEFA Internationals Premier League – EPL, UCL, UEL, International games Compact
204 SuperSport 4 – Super Diski channel / Bafana Bafana / AFCON / CAF / FIFA La Liga – LaLiga, UCL, UEL, International games Family
205 SuperSport 5 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL Overflow Football – Serie A, additional EPL, UCL, UEL, International games Family
206 SuperSport 6 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL Overflow Variety 1 – Cycling, swimming, additional golf, cricket, tennis, rugby, football Compact Plus
207 SuperSport 7 – La Liga / CAF / FIFA / UEFA international matches Variety 2 – Gymnastics, squash, sailing, hockey, additional football Compact Plus
208 SuperSport 8 – Rugby / Hockey / Extreme sports / Nascar / Tennis 500s / Squash / LPGA tour / IAAF Diamond League / International Boxing Variety 3 – Athletics, Marathons, WWE live, PSL, additional football Compact
209 SuperSport 9 – African leagues / PSL overflow / Marathons Variety 4 – Local sports: netball, schools rugby, varsity sports, BNL, MDC, SRC, WWE highlights Access
210 SuperSport 10 – FTA PSL / MDC / SRC / Schools rugby / varsity sport / BNL / Netball / Horse racing Action – Adrenalin sports, UFC, EFC, Boxing, additional rugby, cricket, tennis, motorsport Compact Plus
211 SuperSport 11 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer. Rugby – Springboks, Super Rugby, Currie Cup, Test Matches, Sevens Premium
212 SuperSport 12 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer. Cricket – Proteas, ICC Events, International Cricket, IPL Premium
213 SuperSport 13 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer. Golf – Majors, PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine Tour Premium
214 Tennis – Grans Slams, ATP 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250 Premium
215 Motorsport – F1, Moto GP, Superbikes, Supercars, Formula E Premium
218 ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS. ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS. Compact
219 ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL. ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL. Compact Plus
236 WWE – Live events, RAW, SmackDown, WrestleMania, SummerSlam Compact

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