Compact Plus available to all Compact customers for May

Compact customers, get ready to level up with DStv this May!

DStv continues to bring its customers the best in local and international entertainment, making staying home during the nationwide lockdown a lot more bearable.

Over the past few weeks, the platform has rolled out a slew of exciting content announcements that have bolstered its entertainment offering and further proven why DStv is South Africa's favourite entertainment companion.

For example, DStv welcomed new ‘edutainment’ channels to its platform in April to assist learners during their extended period at home. It also made staying informed about the global Covid-19 pandemic easier by adding 24-hour news channels to the DStv Now Free Service, opened up selected sports channels to more customers, and made BoxOffice by DStv movies available to rent at just R25 for selected packages.

From a DStv Compact perspective, customers can now enjoy exciting shows like local celeb wedding extravaganza with Somizi and Mohale: The Union on Mzansi Magic, not to mention the addition of the home of pop culture, E! Entertainment…meaning even more glitz and drama to look forward to!

But the fun doesn’t stop there. From 1 May to 29 May, DStv will open its Compact Plus channels up to Compact customers! This means DStv Compact customers will be able to enjoy DStv Compact Plus channels like 1Magic (DStv 103), Comedy Central (DStv 122), Africa Magic Urban Movies (DStv 153), CuriosityStream (DStv 185), History Channel (186), Nickelodeon (DStv 305), CBeebies (DStv 306), MTV Music 24 (DStv 323) and Sky News (DStv 402) for that period at no extra cost – all they have to do is stay connected.

So much more entertainment at no additional cost

The availability of DStv Compact Plus channels to DStv Compact customers ensures that more DStv subscribers get to enjoy the slew of exciting line-up changes recently announced by M-Net Local Entertainment Changes. Plus, in addition to the many highlights that were already awaiting DStv Compact customers in May, there are now even more channels to choose from!

Keen to schedule your TV viewing for May? Here are few top picks to get you started:


The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel

From executive producers, rapper and actress Queen Latifah, singer and actress Mary J. Blige and rapper Missy Elliot, comes the story of the highest-selling gospel group of all time on Lifetime. Watch as the Clark sisters follow their dreams from humble beginnings all the way to the top, with their mother Mattie as their biggest supporter. While the sisters endured hard times in Detroit, the ongoing abuse, loss, rejection, betrayal and sibling rivalry didn’t stop them from becoming the international superstars they are today. 

Sunday 17 May on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20. 


Power S6

This award-winning drama series was created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, who’s written for shows like The Good Wife and Beauty and the Beast. James "Ghost" St. Patrick seems to have it all, a good-looking wife, prime real estate in the form of a Manhattan penthouse and a successful nightclub named Truth. But this is all a façade to cover his real dealings … his drug operation catering for the rich and influential. But Ghost wants out of the narcotics business and uses Truth as a means to step into a more legitimate lifestyle. The series is executive produced by rapper 50 Cent and season six is sadly the last of the show.

Tuesday 5 May on 1Magic (103) at 21:30

Bobbi Kristina

Superstar Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina lived a grand life but it unfortunately came to a tragic end just three years after her mother’s equally shocking demise. Watch as we find out what life was like for Bobbi, the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love all complicated by fame. To most, Bobbi was just Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, but Bobbi had a life of her own. This untold story picks up straight after Whitney’s death and looks at Bobbi’s life that was filled with adventure, dreams, conflict, perseverance, faith, friendship, and love – a love between mother and daughter. A love often interrupted by success, emotional upheaval and drug addiction but an unshakable, incomparable, unwavering love nonetheless. The film received a nod from the Black Reel Awards for Television and stars Joy Rovaris and Vivica A. Fox.

Sunday 24 May on Lifetime (DStv 131) at 19:20.

America on Fire

US-based Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charlie Leduff, who penned the thought-provoking books ‘Detroit: An American Autopsy’ and ‘Sh*tshow! The Country's Collapsing…and the Ratings Are Great’, goes deep inside the American militia movement to uncover its roots, motivations and goals. With at least 250 militia groups across the country, and other cell groups from Idaho to Michigan and Georgia to Arizona, Charlie literally goes knocking on doors to understand if this is all a racist movement or if the militias truly have America’s best interests at heart.

Saturday 2 May on HISTORY (DStv 186) at 20:15


Total Bellas S5

Probably the most famous thing to come out of this reality show is the almost wedding of WWE wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella … and we saw that split coming a mile away. This series takes a look at the lives of WWE divas Brie and Nikki Bella, as well Brie’s husband Daniel Bryan. We get a tell-it-all look at what life is like outside of the wrestling ring, bright lights and big stage to really get to know the ladies. Sadly, John Cena left the series in its fourth season following his split from Nikki. But all’s not lost as the new season brings so much love for Nikki with her new partner Artem Chigvintsev, while Brie and Bryan have a major fall out.

Sunday 10 May on E! Entertainment (DStv 126) at 20:00.


The Real Prime Suspect S2

There’s nothing true crime buffs like better than hearing real-life crime stories from real-life detectives and that’s exactly what we get with The Real Prime Suspects. Retired Scotland yard detective Jackie Malton worked through some infamous cases like the 1981 Deptford Fire and the Brixton Riots. Now watch as Jackie uses her contacts in the police and community to revisit intriguing cases and discuss them with the detectives and professionals who worked on them first-hand.

Sunday 3 May on CBS Justice (DStv 170) at 20:00


SpongeBob SquarePants Best Escape Ever Marathon

This Nickelodeon special takes us right into Bikini Bottom for more hilarious antics by our favourite yellow sponge and his bubblegum pink starfish sidekick. For three and a half hours, watch the best episodes featuring SpongeBob and Patrick in daring escapes throughout the show’s history leading up to the premiere of the new half-hour special, Escape from Glove World. Will SpongeBob and Patrick escape from jail in the underground tunnels of Glove World? Tune in to find out!

Saturday 16 May on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) at 12:00


Starring Stephen Dorff (last seen in True Detective in 2018) Bex Taylor-Klaus who we know from the Scream TV series, and Yara Martinez, who played the dysfunctional but hilarious Dr Luisa Alver on Jane the Virgin. When the busy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department loses their beloved sheriff, a fifth-generation lawman Bill Hollister (Dorff) takes over the reins. Bill has to deal with more than just crime as politics and the hospital's chief trauma surgeon, who happens to be his wife, gives him hell.

Monday 11 May on Universal TV (117) at 20:00

Stay in bed and watch movies

DStv Now is the online version of DStv and it’s no extra cost to all DStv subscribers. Visit and watch DStv on your laptop, tablet or phone. Just remember to keep an eye on your data.