DStv Now, the internet-based service with live sports, live TV, shows and movies on Catch Up, is now available via three new lean-back apps. These apps make it possible to turn any TV in the house into an easy-to-use DStv hub without the need for a decoder.
The new apps are available for the following devices – Samsung smart TVs (selected models from 2015 onwards), Apple TV (4th generation and newer versions) and media players running Android TV (for Google certified devices only).
The apps are also expected to be added shortly for additional brands of smart TVs.
DStv Now was launched in 2014 and originally conceived of as a mobile-first product, with apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Over time, however, new usage cases have emerged such as providing an easy way get all of DStv’s content on to TVs not connected to a decoder.
Speaking about this, Mark Rayner, MultiChoice South Africa Chief Operating Officer, said: “The idea when we launched DStv Now was to give DStv subscribers a way to catch the big game and their favourite shows while away from home. What’s surprised us is how popular it’s also been as a method of getting DStv content on to other TVs around the home. By adding these new apps we’ve made that process a whole lot easier and more convenient – no fussing with cables or casting, and no decoder needed.”
DStv Now is available free to all DStv customers (the specific content available is linked to the customer’s DStv package). With DStv Now, two different streams can be viewed on separate devices simultaneously. This means a single account can be used to watch TV via a decoder in the lounge, a movie on a tablet in the bedroom via DStv Now, and sport on another smart TV using DStv Now. It’s also a great way for kids who are away from home to get the most from the family’s DStv subscription.
DStv Now is an OTT internet streaming video service. It’s ideal when used with a high-speed uncapped home internet connection or anywhere with free WiFi access. Data usage may be charged by the ISP or mobile network.
MultiChoice, Africa’s leading multi-channel digital satellite, pay-television and video entertainment platform, owns some of the most popular South African brands: DStv, M-Net, SuperSport and DStv Media Sales.