MultiChoice and SuperSport’s big changes to their DStv offering, including channels being cut and others being added, kicks in today.
One of the biggest changes is the reorganised M-Net Movie channel list, which has been cut down from six channels to four channels.
MultiChoice highlighted that the reduction in M-Net Movie channels does not impact the number of movies subscribers have access to.
The holiday pop-up channel fliekNET also becomes a permanent fixture on the DStv platform today.
This change supports the recently announced Add Movies product, which allows some DStv subscribers to access M-Net’s top three movie channels for a fee.
DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access, EasyView, and Indian packages can access M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2, and fliekNET for an additional R99 per month. DStv Premium subscribers have access to all DStv content, including all four M-Net Movie channels described below.
M-Net Movies 1 delivers family-friendly, animation, comedy, romance, and award-winning drama movies on channel 104.
M-Net Movies 2 delivers the latest adrenaline-packed action, sci-fi, fantasy, and thriller movies on channel 106.
M‑Net Movies 3 focuses on movie heroes and heroines in adventure classics, sci-fi, and fantasy on channel 107.
M‑Net Movies 4 offers the world’s biggest blockbusters, as well as their prequels and sequels, on channel 108.
fliekNET showcases locally produced blockbuster movies, classic favourites, and a variety of Afrikaans films on channel 149.
Today Multichoice also cut the BBC First channel on DStv, which it said is part of a “refresh of its British entertainment lineup”, with a selection of the British drama continuing on BBC Brit.
Big changes to sports offering
The biggest changes which kicked in today are related to the SuperSport offering on DStv.
DStv customers have already received two 24-hour ESPN channels on 29 July after MultiChoice signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company Africa.
Sports leagues which are available on ESPN and ESPN2 include the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB).
The channels also offer live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie, and Major League Soccer (MLS).
SuperSport has now overhauled its sports channels on DStv, launching a new line-up of channels across bouquets.
It dropped the numbering system it has used for its channels for the past two decades, replacing it with a thematic offering around individual sports.
There are now dedicated channels for leagues and sports, among them the PSL, the Premier League, La Liga, rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, and motorsport.
The new channels will go beyond live sport and also offer supplementary programming such as magazine shows and highlights.
SuperSport’s flagship channel – Grandstand – will host the best of any live curated sport available to Premium customers, including soccer, rugby, cricket, golf, and tennis.
SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane said the changes will see additional SuperSport channels of local and international sporting content added to the DStv package.
|M-Net Movies Changes|
|104||M-Net Movies Premier||M-Net Movies 1||Premium|
|105||M-Net Movies Smile||—|
|106||M-Net Movies Action+||M-Net Movies 2||Premium|
|107||—||M-Net Movies 3||Compact|
|108||—||M-Net Movies 4||Access|
|110||M-Net Movies Action||—|
|111||M-Net Movies All Stars||M-Net Movies Pop-Up||Premium|
|139||M-Net Movies Zone||—|
|120||BBC Brit||BBC Brit||Compact|
|200||SuperSport Blitz – 24-hour sports news and highlights||Blitz – 24-hour sports news and highlights||Access|
|201||SuperSport 1 – Rugby, 7s, Golf, Premium Variety||Grandstand – Best of any live content.||Premium|
|202||SuperSport 2 – Cricket, Motorsport, Tennis, Cycling, Premium Variety||PSL – PSL and other South African football||Compact|
|203||SuperSport 3 – EPL / UCL/ UEL / FIFA / UEFA Internationals||Premier League – EPL, UCL, UEL, International games||Compact|
|204||SuperSport 4 – Super Diski channel / Bafana Bafana / AFCON / CAF / FIFA||La Liga – LaLiga, UCL, UEL, International games||Family|
|205||SuperSport 5 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL Overflow||Football – Serie A, additional EPL, UCL, UEL, International games||Family|
|206||SuperSport 6 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL Overflow||Variety 1 – Cycling, swimming, additional golf, cricket, tennis, rugby, football||Compact Plus|
|207||SuperSport 7 – La Liga / CAF / FIFA / UEFA international matches||Variety 2 – Gymnastics, squash, sailing, hockey, additional football||Compact Plus|
|208||SuperSport 8 – Rugby / Hockey / Extreme sports / Nascar / Tennis 500s / Squash / LPGA tour / IAAF Diamond League / International Boxing||Variety 3 – Athletics, Marathons, WWE live, PSL, additional football||Compact|
|209||SuperSport 9 – African leagues / PSL overflow / Marathons||Variety 4 – Local sports: netball, schools rugby, varsity sports, BNL, MDC, SRC, WWE highlights||Access|
|210||SuperSport 10 – FTA PSL / MDC / SRC / Schools rugby / varsity sport / BNL / Netball / Horse racing||Action – Adrenalin sports, UFC, EFC, Boxing, additional rugby, cricket, tennis, motorsport||Compact Plus|
|211||SuperSport 11 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer.||Rugby – Springboks, Super Rugby, Currie Cup, Test Matches, Sevens||Premium|
|212||SuperSport 12 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer.||Cricket – Proteas, ICC Events, International Cricket, IPL||Premium|
|213||SuperSport 13 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer.||Golf – Majors, PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine Tour||Premium|
|214||—||Tennis – Grans Slams, ATP 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250||Premium|
|215||—||Motorsport – F1, Moto GP, Superbikes, Supercars, Formula E||Premium|
|218||ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS.||ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS.||Compact|
|219||ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL.||ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL.||Compact Plus|
|236||—||WWE – Live events, RAW, SmackDown, WrestleMania, SummerSlam||Compact|
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