How to watch picture-in-picture news on your desktop with DStv Now

How to juggle work and still keep an eye on the TV during the pandemic? There’s a simple trick to keep a live news window open in the corner of your computer desktop.

24-hour news channels are a key source of information on the pandemic both in South Africa and globally, but it’s not always possible or practical to keep a TV running. DStv Now for web browse has a solution in the form of picture-in-picture to keep a small news window running in the corner of a computer desktop.

This technology isn’t new, but there has been an important change to the DStv Now free service. Eight news channels have now been added to this service, meaning everyone can keep a news window running on their computer while they work, no DStv subscription needed.

The following news channels have been added to DStv Now’s free service:

Al Jazeera
BBC World
Euronews Now
Newzroom Afrika
Sky News

In addition to these news channels, this free service also has the following channels available to watch: Channel O, PBS (for the kids), SuperSport Play, and TBN. It also has episodes of some of South Africa’s best-loved soapies also 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 forAndroid or iOS.

To activate the picture-in-picture function it’s as simple as picking a channel to watch and then hitting the button in the bottom right of the browser screen.