How to watch DStv when #ShedHappens this July

Keep your downloads up to date on the DStv app, and watch shows like Reyka, Survivor SA and more during loadshedding.

No lights, no power, no Wi-Fi, no internet… ? No worries, thanks to the DStv app.

Don't let loadshedding ruin your viewing plans. With the DStv app, you can squirrel away your favourite series for when times get dark. All you need is the DStv app on your smartphone or tablet, and a little preparation…

The DStv app (available via the Apple or Android app stores) allows you to download up to 25 DStv content titles on your device, and keep them stored on your smart device for those days when the lights go out. This includes movies, sport highlights, documentaries, kids shows and episodes of your favourite series. Everything you need to stay entertained – even in the middle of a power outage – is waiting for you on the DStv app.

Simply download your favourite titles when you’re connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, then watch them offline later. You'll be sorted when #ShedHappens.

Note: Downloading to a laptop is not available. 

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How to download DStv shows to your phone or tablet

If you haven’t already, go online and register for DStv streaming.

Next: download the DStv app to your smartphone or tablet.

Open the app on your device, log in and go to Menu > Catch Up.

Select the movies or series you’d like to download and tap the cloud-shaped Download icon.

When you download, choose between 4 download quality options: Highest, High, Medium and Low. You will be shown how much data and storage space you need, based on the option you choose (If the icon has a cross through it, it means that show can’t be downloaded).

You can download up to 25 items to your device. This includes movies, sports highlights, documentaries, kids shows and episodes of your favourite series.

To see what you’ve downloaded, go back to Menu > Downloads. You’ll also be able to see which downloads are still in progress.

Check the expiry date of the item you are downloading. Some movies or episodes expire sooner, while others remain on the DStv playlist for quite some time.

Once you press “play”, you need to watch that movie or episode within 48 hours.

Tips for downloading to your DStv app

Make space on your phone or tablet by deleting old or duplicate photos, clearing old WhatsApp chats and uninstalling apps you haven’t used in a long time.

Choose “Low” when you download movies or episodes from DStv to your phone or tablet, that way it takes up less space on your device.

See what you can see…

Right from the start of July, some previews for new content coming your way and some of June’s most popular shows, including series trailers, will already be on Catch Up. Test out the shows and start booking space for your downloads!

Read about Catch Up

Reyka S1

Brilliant criminal profiler Reyka Gama (Kim Engelbrecht), who's investigating a serial killer at work in the sugar cane fields of KwaZulu-Natal, reaches out to a sinister man to help her enter the mindset of the killer. This manipulative, charming prisoner, Speelman (Iain Glen), is the farmer who kidnapped Reyka when she was 12 years old and tried to mould her to fit into his idea of the perfect family. 20 years on, he still has his claws sunk into her – but Reyka is still fighting back.

Watch from Sunday, 25 July on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:00

Watch Reyka  Watch M-Net   Read all about Reyka   See M-Net’s Reyka YouTube channel

Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island S8

Host Nico Panagio welcomes 20 new Castaways to South Africa’s remote Wild Coast bush in the Eastern Cape, where they will battle to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in its jungles and beaches over the course of 39 days. The 20 contestants, aged between 24 and 39, will later be split into tribes Vuna (orange) and Zamba (green). Expect everyone from a rugby coach and an escape game owner, to lawyers, a chemical engineer and an engineering draftsman duking it out.

Watch Thursdays on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 19:30

Watch Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island   Watch M-Net   Read more

Finding Bongani Fassie

South African pop superstar Brenda Fassie died in May 2004. In this reality series, her son, Bongani, a producer and musician in his own right, will reveal what it was like growing up in a celebrity’s shadow, how her death rocked his life, and his struggles to protect Brenda’s legacy and secure his own as he raises his own children. Bongani will open up and answer people’s lingering questions about his mother’s death and how the media coverage at the time affected him, and his deadly struggles with addiction and mental health issues.

Watch Saturdays on Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 20:30

Watch Finding Bongani Fassie  Watch Moja Love   Read about Finding Bongani Fassie

Karakter S1

In this travel documentary series, Rian van Heerden meets South Africa’s most compelling, eccentric personalities who’re living life on their own terms. Riaan will first get to know them through the eyes of their local community, then sit down with them in person. Prepare for the likes of ex-prison warden Rusty Pool who now takes tourists through Cullinan with a coffin-shaped trailer attached to his 3-wheel bike, and ex-nudist and lotto winner Rita Woodall-Terblanche (allegedly niece of Eugene Terre’Blanche, former head of the white supremacist AWB), who got married to herself, and more.

Watch Mondays on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:30

Watch Karakter  Read about Karakter  Watch kykNET

Listing Jozi S1

A group of charismatic estate agents introduce viewers to South Africa’s high-end property market, with multi-million rand houses up for grabs in and around Johannesburg. Get an insider look at lavish homes in opulent suburbs like Waterfall to the North, Dainfern to the North-West, Morningside, Hyde Park, Strathavon and Sandton, and Meyersdal. Along the way we’ll meet the buyers, too, including successful businesspeople, local sport stars, celebrities and property moguls. And we’ll find out what’s on everyone’s “must” list, from security to swimming pools.

Watch Wednesdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) at 20:00

Watch Listing Jozi  Watch BBC Lifestyle   Read about Listing Jozi

Betty S2

Real-life skaters Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Ajani Russell and Rachelle Vinberg are back gliding through the streets of New York. This season isn’t so much about girls versus boys anymore as world events push the guys to step up and be better allies. The season is set in the turbulent late summer and early autumn of 2020 (August to October) as political protests run wild and COVID-19 keeps New York in its grip. Masks on, wheels down, it’s time to hit the street.

Watch Mondays on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30

Watch Betty  Watch 1Magic

DC's Legends of Tomorrow S6

S5 ended with Waverider Captain Sara Lance losing her powers, regaining her sight and getting kidnapped by aliens after throwing Atropos into the Loom of Fate, Zara and Charlie leaving the team, and Astra giving Constantine back his Soul Coin. As S6 begins, the Legends will have a new member, Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz (Lisseth Chavez), who could be the key to tracking down the aliens who took Sara because she claims to have been abducted by them when she was a child.

Watch Fridays on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 20:00

Watch DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow  Watch M-Net City

In Die Sop S1

Chef and restaurateur Bertus Basson’s route to the top hasn’t been a straight line. In this reality series, he’s hoping to pass on the hard lessons that he's learnt from his missteps and dead-ends to other restaurant owners who’re suffering through the pandemic. Bertus and his team are on hand to help turn things around for struggling businesses, from food trucks, to haute cuisine or family restaurants. Hard work and long hours are not enough to make it in this industry, you need to steer in the right direction, too.

Watch Wednesdays on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

Watch In Die Sop  Read about In Die Sop  Watch kykNET

Avenue 5 S1

Fans of The Orville and sci-fi comedy in general, prepare to blast off into space aboard interplanetary cruise ship the Avenue 5, with inept Captain Ryan Clark (Hugh Laurie) and the ship’s billionaire owner, Herman Judd (Josh Gad). There’s been a technical mishap and now the ship is on an estimated 3-year journey back to Earth, with a dead chief engineer, and only enough supplies aboard for their planned 8-week cruise. The series is created by Armando Iannucci (Veep, I’m Alan Partridge, The Day Today).

Watch Fridays on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30 and on Catch Up

Watch M-Net   Watch Avenue 5

Godfather of Harlem S2

After 3 months in hiding from the Italian mob, Bumpy makes some new friends with the European suppliers so that he can return to his family in Harlem. Bumpy’s ambition is to set up drug distribution networks in the primarily black neighbourhoods of the major cities across the US. Meanwhile, Malcom X makes some influential moves with boxer Cassius Clay and the National of Islam. And Bumpy and Malcolm see eye to eye when it comes to retaliating against police violence and racial injustice across the US.

Watch Mondays on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30

Watch 1Magic   Watch Godfather Of Harlem

Brand-new in July…

These new series arriving in July are worth taking note of. If you’d like a sneak peek, follow the link to watch trailers for these series on the DStv app. Doug To The Rescue reunites pets and owners after disaster strikes. Comedy lovers should give Us, Moonbase 8 and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist a look. For sci-fi fans, the big news is that time-hopping series Manifest is back, and if you like to play with ideas about government, give The Republic of Sarah a try. Reality fans, Mnakwethu returns with all the polygamy drama, too.

And don’t miss…

These series premiered in June and there’s something for every taste. The gritty dramedy of Shameless has just begun, and Black Monday’s Dark comedy offers a hilarious spin on the ’80s and greed culture. If you’re looking for a lighter laugh, Kids Say The Darndest Things is fun for the whole family, while Call Me Kat is a treat for rom-com lovers, and Time Travelling Bong should please sci-fi comedy fans. And for people who like to keep the drama real, Doubling Down With The Derricos gives insight into what it’s like to be part of a huge family.

Legally minded

Cops, lawyers, judges, first responders… If you love legal TV, there’s so much you can stock up on DStv for when Shed Happens!

Download today, watch tomorrow with the DStv app

Get the DStv app (Apple or Android) and download episodes to watch on your phone or tablet – just remember to connect to the Wi-Fi first so there are no surprise data costs.

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