Repeats on DStv


We understand that some customers find repeats frustrating. The main reason programmes are repeated is to give people a chance to see something they might have missed. Or to record on their PVRs a show they might have missed.

Different channels have different levels of repeats – a kids channel will repeat far more shows than a channel like M-Net. Different channels also cater for our customers on the different DStv packages – Premium customers will see content that they had access to a few months ago, repeated later on channels that are open to customers on other packages like DStv Compact.

Some channels also have programming block of six or eight hours. This means that the same block of programmes will repeat either four (for six hour blocks) or three (for eight hour blocks) times during the course of a day. There is also a limit on how much new content is produced every year. A single channel broadcasting 24 hours a day needs 8760 hours of content a year. In comparison, Hollywood only makes about 600 new English-language movies every year, which equates to only about 1200 hours of movies. This means that there will always be older content that plays.

Having said that, there is a lot of new content available on a weekly basis – there are never-before-seen shows and movies that premiere every week. As this is spread across many channels (and customers tend to stick to their few favourite channels), we highly recommend to our customers to use the various tools we’ve made available to find out what is on. Our DStv Now app has a great search function and TV guide, our website on DStv.com has highlights, our weekly email newsletter also contains highlights across all channels for your package. We encourage our customers to make use of these to help them get the most value out of their DStv service.