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Loadshedding for dinner? Serve up a little something you downloaded earlier with the DStv App

There you are, lights out, your neighbours’ generators kicking in. Curses fill the night as loadshedding kicks people out in the middle of their evening’s viewing all around you. But while they twiddle their thumbs and sit down for dinner and no show, your battery is full, your DStv app is cranked up and ready to go on your phone, laptop or tablet.

All the shows you downloaded earlier are calling. It’s time to settle in for some guilt-free fun. And because you are a merciful and benevolent downloader, you have saved a little something for everyone in the family…

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We love local

All the Idols SA S16 action from episode 1 onwards is waiting for you on Catch Up. Or you could tune in on Sundays on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161). On Sunday, 15 November, the top 5 will perform for the voters and judges as we build to the season finale just a month away on Sunday, 13 December. We’re also awaiting the finale of baby drama series Inconceivable on M-Net (DStv 101) on Thursday, 26 November. We’re into the final stretch for The Single Wives SA on M-Net, so you can Catch Up now before we find out which of the ladies has landed her man in the season finale on Thursday, 19 November. If you’re up on the socials, you need check in on model and social media influencer Faith Nketsi in her reality series Have Faith S2 on Mondays on MTV (DStv 130) and on Catch Up. You can download and Catch Up on the past week’s action and more on M-Net’s hottest new soapie Legacy. And if you’d like to Catch Up on what’s hot in local design trends in South Africa and Africa at large, you can join Ayanda Thabethe for Africa Modern on The Home Channel (DStv 176).

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International intrigue

One loadshedding block should give you enough time to watch a movie and an episode of a TV show!

With series, if you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for, you can download the first episodes of all the following new international series as they go live:


See Brit crime thriller The Bay S1 on M-Net (DStv 101) from Thursday, 12 November

Watch The Bay Now

Hilarious gameshow The Misery Index on M-Net (DStv 101) from Thursday, 5 November

Watch The Misery Index Now

Irreverent motoring lifestyle show Top Gear S29 on BBC Brit (DStv 120) from Thursday, 5 November

Watch Top Gear Now


All the backstabbing drama of reality series Survivor: Winners At War S40 on M-Net (DStv 101) from Sunday, 8 November

Watch Survivor Now

High-powered rich & nasty people drama The Undoing S1 with Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman on M-Net (DStv 101) from Monday, 30 November

Watch The Undoing Now


Brilliantly acted political drama mini-series The Comey Rule on M-Net (DStv 101) from Tuesday, 24 November

Watch The Comey Rule Now


And don’t miss Samuel L. Jackson’s documentary about the Transatlantic Slave Trade – Enslaved – on 1Magic (DStv 103) now!

Read more Watch Enslaved Now


If you’re looking for something new, Lifetime (DStv 131) fans are in for a wildly romantic (and a little frightening) November. You can download movies like The Wrong Wedding Planner and The Perfect Wedding.

Read More Watch The Wrong Wedding Planner Watch The Perfect Wedding


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Vids for kids

If you have little ones, you’re in for a treat with Disney Junior’s (DStv 309) Mira Royal Detective, a beautifully researched, fun, new edu-tainment series set in India.

For slightly older kids who’re looking for pure entertainment, there’s witchy and wonderful The Owl House on Disney Channel (DStv 303). And tweens can embrace the anarchy and comedy of Danger Force on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) or Teen Titans Go! on Cartoon Network (DStv 301), because loads of episodes are ready and waiting.

You can also browse DStv’s School of Laughter pages for educational activities that you can download in advance. Keep something up your sleeve – not just for loadshedding, but for any time you find yourself facing a long wait with the kids in tow. And check out the full list of November educational kids’ shows here.

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Sporting section

If you’ve been putting off watching M-Net (DStv 101) and SuperSport documentary series Chasing The Sun despite all the people you know who’ve told you that they love it, tuck this one away for a rainy day – or when the other kind of shedding happens. And if you’ve heard the whispers, you can see the truth for yourself when The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius starts on ESPN (DStv 218) on Thursday, 19 November. SuperSport Premier League (DStv 203) has the International Friendly action, while SuperSport Football (DStv 205) has the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifiers (for the championship in June 2021), and there’s loads more sport to explore and enjoy in your own time with the DStv app.


PS: if the sports fanatic in your house doesn’t have the SuperSport app on their phone yet, it’s downloading time! It’ll send them live notifications about when their important sports fixtures are about to start on DStv.


How to download and watch with the DStv app

  1. Make sure you’re registered for DStv.
  2. Download the DStv app (Apple or Android).
  3. Log in and search for a series or movie to download.
  4. Tap the cloud-shaped icon.
  5. Select the quality of video file being downloaded (Highest, High, Medium or Low). Tip: the lower the quality selected, the smaller the file size and the less storage space it takes up on the device.
  6. Once the selection is made, the download will begin.

Happy watching!

Important: After clicking “play”, watch the content within 48 hours, before it expires and it has to be downloaded again. If you don’t click “play” right away, the content stays on the device for a while before it expires.

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