DStv Now service to stream online
Pay TV company MultiChoice is to offer live streaming of its DStv channels to almost all subscribers for three days from this Friday.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, DStv Compact, Compact Plus, Access and Family customers will be able to stream the channels via the DStv Now site or app.
All subscribers except for those on the EasyView package will have access to unlimited entertainment, news, documentary and sports content that is usually exclusively for DStv Premium customers.
The three-day initiative is an attempt to test whether MultiChoice servers can handle a large influx of DStv viewers logging in and using the streaming platform for concurrent live streams. Last year, the service crashed during the final season of Game of Thrones and some Rugby World Cup matches.
MultiChoice plans to introduce a streaming version of its DStv service that is similar to DStv Now, with the launch expected soon.
In November 2019, MultiChoice’s connected video CEO, Niclas Ekdahl, said the company hoped to have the standalone DStv Now service ready by the end of this month.
“I think the stuff that we’ve done on DStv Now in the past 12 months is actually bringing us much closer to saying, ‘Yeah, this is a service I can stand behind’, and that this is going to be delivering a seamless user journey for our consumers,” Ekdahl said.