For those of you who are subscribed to DStv, you know how you sometimes miss your favourite shows simply because you cannot carry your decoder with you to anywhere outside your home. DStv solved this problem in 2014 by introducing the DStv Now App for Android and Apple devices, but now the pay-TV provider has extended the flexibility of DStv Now to smart TVs including Samsung smart TVs manufactured in 2015 and beyond, fourth generation and newer Apple TVs, and Media Players running Android TV (Google certified devices only). Other smart TV brands should receive their Apps in not so distant future.
Speaking about the launch of DStv Now App for TVs, 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 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 use cases have emerged such as providing an easy way get all of DStv’s content on TVs not connected to a decoder.
The DStv app 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. Kachwanya.com reached out to Richard Boorman for an explanation on whether the new app for TVs allow new subscribers to subscribe to DStv without having to buy a decoder beforehand, of which the Head of Communications for MultiChoice Connected Video said that the expansion of the app to TVS is a step “in the right direction to enable a dishless option in the future”