New channel numbers for DStv customers
Guys we need to calm down hey… why are people SO scared of change? Even the smallest of things cause headaches..
Anyway, here’s info below from DSTV on the recent channel changes: Now read, we present, as they gave it to us. Thank you.
- Channel 101 – 143 General entertainment channels with international content
- Channel 144 – 169 General entertainment channels with local content
- Chanel 170- 190 Documentaries and lifestyle channels
- Channel 191 – 195 Free-to-air channels such as SABC and eTV
- Channel 200 Onwards - The SuperSport channels in HD and SD
DStv customers are advised to access the information about their specific decoder on DStv.com or press OK on their DStv remote to see if any action is required on their part.
Customers who live in a complex or flat where they don’t have their own dish, will have to request their body corporate to verify if their system is capable of receiving new services before 1 October 2012. These customers can SMS their email address to DStv at 32444.
Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels on same number
Whilst some channels are being moved around, DStv is also taking the opportunity to put HD and SD channels on the same channel number. For example, M-Net and M-Net HD will be on channel 101 from 1 October 2012. 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 from 1 October.
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.
Themed M-Net Movie channels
M-Net will also replace its MM1 and MM2 movie offering and expand it to six movie channels, one premiere 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,
- and M-Net Movies Showcase.
These channels will all be available in HD.
Movies released by Hollywood studios will first be screened on M-Net Movies Premiere or on M-Net on a Sunday night at 8pm. Thereafter, the movie will be screened again on the relevant themed M-Net Movies channel. However, some niche movies will be screened directly to the relevant themed M-Net Movies channel.
There are two movies starting on the M-Net Movies channels starting every half hour.
More channels and more HD
DStv will also be adding two Africa Magic channels: Africa Magic Entertainment and Africa Magic Movies 1. This brings the number of SD channels which will be added to the DStv platform on 1 October 2012 to six: four additional M-Net Movies channels and two Africa Magic Channels. DStv Premium customers will get all six channels.
DStv customers with HD PVRs will also get Studio Universal and Universal channels in HD from 1 October, in addition to the M-Net Movies channels which they will also get in HD. This means that there will be an additional 7 HD channels from 1 October 2012, increasing to 14 the total number of HD channels on DStv.
Sounds like good news, doesn’t it? Now let’s all relax and press 198 if we get confused.