DStv Multichoice

DStv (Digital Satellite Television ) is a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice.

The service was launched in 1995 and provides multiple channels and services to their subscribers, which currently number around 11.9 million. The majority of subscribers are in South Africa and Nigeria, with Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, Ethiopia, The Peoples Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Swaziland and Botswana additionally served by the company.



IndustryPay television
Founded1995; 23 years ago
HeadquartersFerndale, Randburg, South Africa
Area servedSub-Saharan Africa (Africa excluding North Africa & Somalia)
  • Direct Broadcast Satellite
  • Internet Protocol television

Reception equipment

DStv has their set-top boxes manufactured by domestic company Altech UEC, along with Arris International. The choice of boxes include a standard box with "XtraView" capabilities, an older personal video recorder, and the newest PVR box known as the Explora. An additional decoder known as the Drifta allows the conversion of a DStv DVB-H signal to another digital device such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone for portable in-home viewing.

DStv also offers the mobile app "DStvNow", which allows access to live television, video on demand, set-top box control and PVR scheduling.