DStv expands list of free channels, including kids’ education

As a service to South Africans needing the latest information regarding COVID-19, DStv decided to open up all of its 24-hour news channels for free a couple of weeks ago. Now it is expanding its list of free channels to include educational and kids content, which will total sixteen.

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“In response to the unfolding pandemic situation, MultiChoice worked with local and international news channels in mid-March to add 24-hour news coverage to the DStv Now free service… The intent was to help all South Africans stay up to date with announcements and developments, and the results so far are encouraging. Usage of the service has increased 20% since the lockdown began, and peak usage is up 80% compared to pre-crisis peaks,” they said in a statement.

The Mindset PoP channel it has added to the service focuses on educational content, helping kids be prepared for when schools are opened again after the lockdown. It delivers live lessons daily, with six hours of new content every day.

All the worksheets and information sheets that are used for the lessons are available for parents to download from a dedicated website. All lectures are done by professional teachers. According to DStv, the lessons are based on the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) and are also aligned to the Cambridge curriculum.

The full list of free channels available for streaming is now as follows:

  • 100 – DStv
  • 180 – People’s Weather
  • 238 – SuperSport Play
  • 313 – PBS Kids
  • 317 – Mindset PoP
  • 320 – Channel O
  • 343 – TBN
  • 400 – BBC News
  • 401 – CNN
  • 402 – Sky News
  • 403 – eNCA
  • 404 – SABC News
  • 405 – Newzroom Afrika
  • 406 – Al Jazeera
  • 414 – Euronews Now
  • 417 – Africanews

Have you been using any of the free channels with the DStv Now streaming service? Has it been working as advertised?