DStv news channels now free for non-subscribers

As information amid the coronavirus becomes ever more important, South African paid television service DStv is offering to help all in this regard. DStv is offering free access to its 24-hour news channels to non-subscribers, and subscribers of lower tier packages as well. “Staying informed about the latest news on the virus is the first step in stopping its spread,” MultiChoice said in a statement.

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There are many news sources available online in written form, but through the hustle and bustle of everyday life some need an easily consumed form of information like the 24-hour news platforms. Putting the daily news on while getting ready to head to work or public transport can save time, effort and eventually protect people’s health in this epidemic.

MultiChoice, owner of DStv, has opened BBC World, CNN, eNCA, SABC News, Newzroom Afrika and Euronews Now for free to all viewers, including those who don’t have a DStv subscription. According to the statement, these news channels are available through DStv Now, MultiChoice’s online streaming platform. This makes the channels available on PCs, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and Xbox consoles.

While this is a valiant effort to inform the public, some are pointing to the fact that MultiChoice is planning to launch a “dishless” streaming product soon and this could be a proving ground for the technology. The new product will give people the ability to subscribe to the full DStv bouquet without needing a dish and/or expensive decoder set top box. Nevertheless, no one is worse off with more information.

“While we are grateful that we have not yet had a single incident within our organisation, we are working hard to ensure we keep our employees, suppliers and customers as safe as we can. We are implementing the recommended measures to assess and minimise potential risk of transmission of the coronavirus in our facilities and around the country,” said MultiChoice South Africa CEO Mark Rayner.