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DStv (abbreviation for Digital Satellite Television) is a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice. The service launched in 1995 provides multiple channels and services to their subscribers. Most subscribers are in South Africa and Nigeria, with Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Lesotho, Ethiopia, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Eswatini and Botswana additionally served by the company.

In 1986 pay-television came to South Africa when an analogue, single-channel service, M-Net, was launched by Naspers. For almost seven years, all of M-Net's operations were handled by a single company until 1993 when a second subsidiary company, Multichoice, was created by Naspers. The decoder sales, subscriber services, account management and other business related matters were handled by Multichoice. In 1995 a new digital satellite service in South Africa was announced by Multichoice and on 6 October 1995 DStv was officially activated to subscribers. The original selection of channels included M-Net, MGM, TNT, Sci-Fi Universal, SuperSport, ESPN, Cartoon Network, BBC World News, CNN International and Sky News amongst others.

This was followed by the launch of new services including: W4 Eutelsat satellite with Ku-band services to sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands in 2000, Interactive Television in 2002, Dual View decoder in 2003, and the DStv PVR decoder and DStv Compact in 2005. DStv's own high definition broadcasts, viewed via the HD PVR decoder were launched in 2008. This year also saw the introduction of the XtraView Decoder and the M-NET HD channel.

In 2010, DVB over IP (Digital Video Broadcast over Internet Protocol) and DStv on Demand services were launched. The HD PVR 2P decoder was launched in the same year and M-NET Movies 1 HD was broadcast for the first time. DStv BoxOffice (a movie on demand service) and DStv Mobile were launched in 2011. Since 2012 DStv has also been re-broadcast on Saint Helena, but with only 30 selected channels

Channel Number Channel Name Notes Owner/parent company Broadcast hours Format
101 M-Net
102 M-Net Edge
103 M-Net Movies Premiere
104 M-Net Movies Comedy
105 M-Net Movies Family
106 M-Net Movies Action+
107 M-Net Movies Romance
108 M-Net Movies Showcase
110 M-Net Movies Action
111 M-Net Movies Stars
112 Studio Universal
114 Vuzu Amp
115 M-Net City
116 Vuzu
117 Universal Channel
118 Telemundo
119 BBC First
120 BBC Brit
121 Discovery Channel
122 Comedy Central
123 ITV Choice
124 E!
125 FOX
126 FOXCrime
127 GINX eSports TV
128 Sony Max
129 BET International
130 MTV
131 Lifetime
132 CBS Reality
133 CBS Action
134 CBS Drama
137 Turner Classic Movies
138 True Movies 1
139 M-Net Movies Zone
140 AMC
141 Eva English
143 TBC 1 available only in Tanzania Tanzania Broadcasting Commission
144 kykNET
145 kykNET & Kie
146 kykNET nou!
150 AfricaMagic Showcase
152 AfricaMagic Epic
153 AfricaMagic Urban
154 AfricaMagic Family
155 AfricaMagic World
156 SABC Encore South Africa only
161 Mzansi Magic
162 M-Net Family
163 Mzansi Wethu
164 Mzansi Bioskop
165 Ebony Life TV
166 Zee World
167 Glow
170 Crime & Investigation
171 ID Xtra
172 TLC
174 BBC Lifestyle
175 Food Network
176 The Home Channel
178 Fashion TV
179 Travel Channel
181 National Geographic Channel
182 Nat Geo Wild
183 Animal Planet
184 BBC Earth
186 History
187 Discovery World
188 Trace Sport Stars
189 Ignition
190 Channel Ed
191 SABC 1 South Africa only
192 SABC 2 South Africa only
193 SABC 3 South Africa only South African Broadcasting Corporation
194 e.tv South Africa only
199 Flieknet
200 SuperSport Blitz
201 SuperSport 1
202 SuperSport 2
203 SuperSport 3
204 SuperSport 4
205 SuperSport 5
206 SuperSport 6
207 SuperSport 7
208 SuperSport 8
209 SuperSport 9
210 SuperSport Select
221 SuperSport 1 Maximo
225 SuperSport 5 Africa
239 TellyTrack
250 e.tv Africa Not available in South Africa
272 KTN available only in Kenya
275 ZNBC TV1 available only in Zambia
276 ZNBC TV2 available only in Zambia Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation
280 ZBC Television available only in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Broadcasting Coporation
282 Lesotho Television available only in Lesotho government of Lesotho
283 NBC 1 available only in Namibia
284 One Africa Television available only in Namibia
286 Swazi TV available only in Swaziland Swaziland Information Broadcasting Services
289 Botswana Television available only in Botswana government of Botswana
295 MBC Television available only in Malawi
301 Cartoon Network
302 Boomerang
303 Disney Channel
304 Disney XD
305 Nickelodeon
306 CBeebies
307 Nick Jr.
308 Nicktoons
309 Disney Junior
310 JimJam
319 Mindset Learn
320 Channel O
321 Mzansi Magic Music M-Net
322 MTV Base
323 VH1 Classic
325 Trace Urban
326 Trace Africa Trace Partners
331 1 Gospel
340 Dumisa
341 Faith
342 TBN Africa Trinity Broadcasting Network
347 ITV Networks
390 Emmanuel TV T.B. Joshua
400 BBC World News BBC Studios
401 CNN International
402 SKY News
403 eNCA
404 SABC News
405 ANN 7
406 Al-Jazeera English
407 RT
408 Parliamentary Channel Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
409 CGTN China Central Television
410 CNBC Africa
411 Bloomberg TV
412 Business Day TV weekdays only
413 NDTV 24X7 New Delhi Television

See also