DSTV is a first Satellite cable TV service from Multichoice in Nigeria and across Africa. The service offers direct-to-home DTH pay-TV services to customers across Africa and owns of one of the cheapest pay TV packages in Nigeria as well as innovative services like HD channels, HD PVR decoders, and mobile TV service. Multichoice has added the DSTV Compact Plus package targeted at sports fans to their sacrifices.
In this page, you will find information on DSTV HD PVR, decoders, packages or bouquets, HD channels, SD channels, DStv Mobile, and prices of different DSTV packages.
You will also find information on how to buy or subscribe to DSTV from dealers in Nigeria as well as information about the almost new Explora Decoder.
HD channels currently available on DSTV include SuperSport HD 11, SuperSport HD 12, SuperSport HD 3, MNET West HD, MMET Premium HD, iConcert HD, and Discovery HD Showcase. HD offers fresh and bright pictures as well as crystal clear sound.
Barclays English Premier League is available on DSTV. So, if you want to watch the entire 380 matches live, you are better off with pay TV service. However, to be able to view all SuperSport channels that show the Barclays Premier league in Nigeria, you have to subscribe for the DSTV Premium package, which goes for N13,980/month.
Pay TV service also has a cheaper option for sports lovers. The DSTV Compact Plus package, which shows 90% English Premier League matches, sports coverage, as well as all channels available in the DStv Compact bouquet. Compact Plus goes for 9,420 Naira monthly.
DSTV Explora Decoder
DSTV Explora is the most advanced decoder from Multichoice. It offers a lot of features that offers a great viewing experience.
The Explorer is first an HD PVR decoder. This means you can watch high-quality HD content from HD channels. It also means you can record content on the decoder. According to Multichoice, the Explora can record up to 220 hours of content.
However, Explora decoder is not just a PVR decoder; it also comes with internet access allowing you to stream and download content online.
The DSTV Catchup feature enables you to catch up with programs you may have missed, plus other content. The DSTV BoxOffice gives you exclusive access to the latest blockbuster movies.
You can rent and download any of the available movies and keep them for up to 48 hours. The price of the Explora decoder is currently put at 65,000 Naira, though Konga currently sells the decoder for between 30,000 and 36,000 Naira.
DSTV SD & HD PVR Decoders
To receive DSTV channels, subscribers require a satellite dish, a DSTV decoder (HD or SD), a smart card and remote control.
DSTV is a pay Satellite TV service, so signals are encrypted. By paying your subscription and slotting your smart card in your decoder, your decoder will be enabled to decode the encrypted digital TV signals.
DSTV offers HD ready Personal Video Recording, PVR for short, which can combine perfectly with your standard DSTV decoder, enabling you to watch two channels while recording another two channels, all simultaneously.
DSTV HD PVR decoders enable subscribers to record live TV programs and greatly improve user experience. With the HD PVR decoders, subscribers can record up to 150 hours of standard definition TV programming or 50 hours of HD programming.
Imagine being able to pause live programs, maybe when answering a call and starting exactly where you stopped with a click of the button.
DSTV HD PVR decoders come with instant replay feature, just press a button and the last 20 seconds of the program will be replayed. Other possibilities of the HD PVR decoders include rewinding and fast-forwarding live TV and recording live TV programs.
The recording is not the only advantage of the HD PVR decoders; the HD stands for High Definition, which means that you get more details on your HDTV when watching the new DSTV HD channels.
Your HD PVR decoder delivers crispier, brighter, smoother, and more colorful pictures to your living room. You also get better sound quality.
The HD PVR decoders will cost more than classic/standard decoders but will add value to your user experience.
To make your HD PVR decoder more useful, DSTV now has seven high definitions (HD) channels. DSTV Premium subscribers with HD PVR decoders will now be able to watch dedicated HD channels.
HD channels currently available on the satellite TV service include SuperSport HD 1, SuperSport HD 2, SuperSport HD 3, MNET HD, MMET Movies 1 HD, iConcert HD, and Discovery HD Showcase. HD offers crisp and bright pictures as well as crystal clear sound.
To experience the full power of HD, you may require some hardware upgrade in addition to the HD PVR decoder. This includes an HD ready TV (HDTV) and a surround sound system (Home theatre).
It is no longer news that DSTV has the best selections of channels of any direct-to-home Satellite TV service in Nigeria or Africa.
DSTV signals are High-quality digital TV signals with HD channels now a part of the mix. Watch exciting DSTV channels for your news, documentaries, live sports, entertainment and so much more.
Some popular DSTV channels include:
- BBC News
- Vuzu Amp
- SuperSport BLITZ
- Channel O
- CNBC Africa
- Africa Magic
- Africa Magic plus
- Africa Magic Hausa
- Africa Magic Yoruba
- Africa Magic Igbo
- MNET Africa HD
- MNET Premium
- MNET West
- MNET Action
- NTA International
- National Geographic
- Magic World
- Discovery Channel
- Cartoon Network
- Studio Universal (formally Hallmark and Universal Channels)
- Sky News
- Sony Max
- Comedy Central and so much more
Note» that not all channels will be available in all DSTV packages, so verify what channels are included on your DSTV bouquet before you buy.
DSTV currently offers six bouquets in Nigeria. In order of the number of channels they provide and prices:
- DSTV Mobile (with compatible mobile devices) DSTV Mobile Devices
- DSTV Access
- DSTV Family
- DSTV Compact
- DSTV Compact Plus
- DSTV Premium
DSTV Access is the cheapest package offering the least number of channels. DSTV Family, DSTV Compact, and DSTV Compact Plus bouquets follow this in that order.
The Premium package offers the most extensive channel option and is the most expensive at 11,000 Naira monthly subscription.
The Compact Plus package offers all Compact channels but adds more sports channels. It sits between the Compact and Premium package.
DSTV also have unique bouquets for the non-English speaking audience. This may include:
- Indian Bouquets
- French Bouquets
- German Bouquets
DSTV first access cost is around N15,000 to N75,900. This will consist of the cost of a satellite dish, decoder, cables, and installation cost. This price may also be bundled with a subscription for one month or more.
For DSTV Mobile Prices, compatible devices, and Mobile bouquets and cost, visit our DSTV Mobile page.
DSTV Access N1,800 per month:
DSTV Access bouquet offers over 45 channels mostly local and international TV channels, like AIT, SilverBird, Channels, NTA I, SuperSport BLITZ, Magic World, Al Jazeera, Mindset Learn, E Entertainment, Africa Magic (World, Hausa & Yoruba only) and so on.
CNN, BBC, and MNET channels are missing in this package the last time we checked. The Access plan now has Audio channels.
The Access package is an entry-level cable package. HD channels are not available on this package. DSTV Access installation cost is about 15,900 Naira the last time we checked.
DSTV Family N3,600 per month:
DSTV Family is likely to be the most popular DSTV package; it offers a reasonable selection of TV channels at a reasonable price. The Family package offers you all DSTV Access channels and more.
Channels Added to the Family package include CNN, Euro News, Channel O, ESPN Classic, Mnet Series, Inspiration, Africa Magic, MTV Base, Cartoon Network, and so on, over 55 digital TV channels in all.
DSTV Family also has all 24 available Audio services. Audio channels available include BBC (3 channels), Voice of America (VOA), RAI radio, Ray power FM, Star FM, music channels, and so on.
Installation for the Family package costs is about 17,900 Naira the last time we checked. This price includes dish, HD decoder. HD channels are not available on DSTV Family.
DSTV Compact 6,000 Naira per month:
DSTV Compact offers you all Family channels and more. Channels Added to the Compact package include BBC World, RAI international, Sony Entertainment, MNET Action, Africa Magic Plus, ESPN Sports, SuperSport 10, and so on, over 60 channels in all.
The Compact Plan also has all 24 available DSTV Audio services. If you need more Exciting channels then, the Compact bouquet is the right choice. HD channels are also not available in this package.
DSTV Compact Plus N9,420 per month:
DSTV Compact Plus offers all DSTV Compact channels in addition to two sports channels. The sports channels added are SuperSport 7 and SuperSport 10.
It is aimed at giving Sports lovers in Nigeria and across Africa access to premium sports at a more affordable price than is possible with the Premium package.
Subscribers to the bouquet will be able to watch 90% EPL matches as well as other live sports like the French League, Bundesliga, PSL, Spanish La Liga as well as rugby, golf, tennis, athletics, boxing, and motorsport.
If the only reason you subscribe to the Premium bouquet is to watch sports, then you are better off with Compact Plus. HD channels are not available on the Compact plan. Note that if you need 100% EPL, you have to go for the Premium bouquet.
DSTV Premium 13,980 Naira per month:
DSTV Premium package is the high-end package offering you all available DSTV SD/HD video and audio channels. The last time we checked, the Premium package offers over 85 new TV channels.
Channels exclusive to Premium package include Mnet West, VUZU AMP, MNET Edge, Discovery channel, SuperSport 3, History Channel, Boomerang, Discovery, all HD channels, and so on. The Premium package is for people who want nothing less than the best.
If you want to receive HD channels, then you need to go for the Premium as HD channels currently exclusive on the Premium package.
If you also want to watch 100% matches of the English Premier League, the DSTV premium package is your best bet. You will also be able to access the Premier league’s 24-hour full HD content service if you own an HD PVR decoder or Explora Decoder.
Find more information about DSTV services in Nigeria at www.dstv.com.
Note that Multichoice reserve the right to alter channels in any package at any time so always verify what is included in the package you intend to buy or subscribe for before making payment.
Here are a few things you may want to know about DSTV
DSTV Installation is free; once you pay your initial payment, you will not be required to pay for anything in Nigeria, although this is not a guarantee.
You may at your discretion decide to offer some payment to the installation technician (maybe for transport). The installation cost is usually lumped into your initial payment. Contact Multichoice to verify.
Free Channels on DSTV
DSTV does not offer any free channels; once your subscription expires, you will not be able to receive any TV signal. Initially, some channels may be available free for a few hours, but with time all DSTV channels will no longer be available until you pay your subscription.
To avoid losing your viewing, visit any DSTV outlet two days before your payment due date to make your payment. Your subscription will be renewed automatically if you pay on time. You can also renew online at QuickTeller using your InterSwitch ATM/Debit card.
Paying DSTV Subscription
You can pay your DSTV subscription at any outlet of the pay-TV service near you. You can also pay at some designated banks. If you are on internet banking at your bank, you will not need to visit your bank as you can make payment to DSTV from your home or office.
You can also pay online in Nigeria at QuickTeller using your InterSwitch ATM/Debit card. To avoid losing your viewing, make your payment two days before your payment due date.
To make your HD PVR decoder more useful, DSTV now offers seven high definitions (HD) channels. Premium subscribers with HD PVR decoders will now be able to watch dedicated HD channels.
HD channels currently available on DSTV include SuperSport HD 1, SuperSport HD 2, SuperSport HD 3, MNET HD, MMET Movies 1 HD, iConcert HD, and Discovery HD Showcase. HD offers crisp and bright pictures as well as crystal clear sound.
To experience the full power of HD, you will require some hardware upgrade in addition to the HD PVR decoder or Explora decoder. This includes an HD ready TV and a surround sound system.
DSTV is a digital satellite TV service offered by MultiChoice in Nigeria and across Africa. DSTV signals are officially available in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Madagascar, Cameroon, The Gambia, Liberia, and dozens of African countries.
To find information on DSTV specific to any African country, visit the DSTV Africa website at www.dstv.com. There you can select your country to view information specific to your country.
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