DStv has long been the go-to choice in the country for its wide variety of sport, movies, TV shows and music (videos) since first making its home in South Africa in 1995. The service gives customers full access to a wide variety of video entertainment and sporting events for a monthly subscription fee.
That was a long time ago – times (and technology) have changed since then where users can now stream all their favourite channels online by logging into the DStv Now app – all of that without even needing to have a paid subscription. All the hardware required is a smart tv (or smart box) and a consistent internet connection – the latter is becoming a basic requirement for many households.
In what has provoked the ire of many, as of 22 March, DStv will reduce the amount of users using the DStv Now streaming service to only a single account. The company says it has done so in a bid to prevent password sharing between friends/family and to combat piracy. This effectively ‘forces’ more people to take out their own premium subscription which costs R829 per month.
Gumtree lists some of the popular entertainment subscriptions that is currently available to stream in South Africa, other than DStv:
Amazon Prime Video
For as little as R79 a month, viewers get unlimited access to a variety of movies and series across the globe. It sounds pretty much the same as Netflix but the difference is that one has what the other doesn’t. Amazon Prime also offers a wide selection of more than 7 000 films and 1 000 series for viewers to choose from.
More and more users are transitioning to the popular streaming service not only because of its wide scope of content on offer but also because of the affordable pricing. Plans range from R49 to R199 a month where up to five users can be logged on simultaneously. Most smart tv’s and phones already come preloaded with the service – evidence of its popularity.
The service is offered at no charge for DStv premium subscribers, though it can also be viewed on its own for R99 a month – depending on the package (Standard, Mobile, Pro, Pro Mobile) chosen. All users need to do is sign up on the website and choose their preferred plan, where two devices can watch at the same time and registering up to five devices on a single profile.
Though it pales in comparison to SuperSport, Showmax’ Pro service has a limited selection of sports, such as football, athletics, boxing, and fighting. Pricing for the service, which bundles the existing Showmax entertainment service with music channels, news, and live sport streaming from SuperSport, starts from R225 per month.
While ESPN+ serves as a great alternative for sports fan other than SuperSport, the service is not yet available in South Africa and requires a reputable VPN service in order to broadcast. Being a US-only service, it only accepts payment in dollars but ‘fooling’ the server also grants local access.
If you’re looking at the list and not seeing any out-and-out sports subscriptions, that is because SuperSport is the only local broadcaster of most sports across the world. Whether its the 24 Hour of Le Mans or e-sports, SuperSport provides viewers with a comprehensive selection of sports across the world. It is also the main reason why many people haven’t cancelled their premium package(s) yet.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.