Stay informed about COVID-19 with Free DStv Now Channels

The breakout of the coronavirus (Covid-19) is impacting countries globally. What’s the latest news affecting South Africa? DStv’s news channels have you covered!


Staying informed about the latest news on the virus is the first step in stopping its spread. That’s why news outlets all over the world are dedicating entire news teams, segments and broadcast schedules keeping audiences up to date on every development.

In South Africa, DStv has made a selection of channels available to all South Africans for free through DStv Now, the company said in a statement.

DStv Now is the online version of DStv and it’s free to DStv subscribers. Watch on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, smart TV or Xbox.

In response to the COVID-19 situation, DStv Now has added a new way to get free access (no DStv subscription needed) to the following 24-hour news channels:

  • BBC World
  • CNN
  • eNCA
  • SABC News
  • Newzroom Afrika
  • Euronews Now

The TV channels and Catch Up content on DStv Now mirror the content available on the underlying DStv subscription. In other words, Compact subscribers see Compact channels on DStv Now, Premium subscribers get all channels, etc…

But what many people don’t know is there’s a totally free section to DStv Now available to people who don’t have a DStv subscription at all. This free service has the following channels on top of the news channels mentioned above:

In addition, episodes of some of South Africa’s best-loved soapies are available free, including Igazi, The River, Isibaya, Binnelanders, Suidooster and Die Ware Naarheid.

How to sign up for DStv Now’s free service

  1. Go to and click on Sign Up.
  2. Fill in your details and click Create An Account.
  3. In the next step, you’ll be prompted to provide your ID, smartcard or customer number. If you’re not subscribed to DStv, scroll to the bottom and choose Skip.
  4. Name your profile and set your profile pic, and start watching.
  5. If you’re planning on watching DStv on your phone or tablet, download the DStv Now app for Android or iOS.

Please note that this free service is currently limited to South Africa.



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