Lighten the load when #ShedHappens

Load shedding isn’t fun, but it’s a whole lot more bearable when you’ve got awesome entertainment to get you through it. Keep your downloads up to date on the DStv app to stay entertained, even when the lights go out.

It’s all fun and games until the power outage hits, right? Wrong! Not when you’ve downloaded the DStv app on your smartphone or tablet, that is.

Available via the Apple or Android app stores, the DStv app enables you to download up to 25 series items 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.

What to watch when #ShedHappens

Here are a few titles we recommend you download throughout February:

The Bachelorette SA S1

The shoe is on the other foot, the rose is in her hands now, and The Bachelor SA S2 contestant and social anthropology student Qiniso Van Damme is ready to meet her own suitors as South Africa’s first-ever Bachelorette. Among the men looking to make an impression, she has a teacher, an architecture student, an accountant, a hip hop banker, and a “digital nomad” who’s living with 8 of his buddies.

“I’m really open to meeting all kinds of handsome hunks with beautiful personalities who think I might be their gal. I want someone who isn’t afraid to be themselves, is a citizen of the world, proud to be South African and willing to grow with me. If he can make me laugh, he will definitely score some extra points. And being tall would be a bonus. But c’mon guys, surprise me. Don’t be afraid, as long as you’re caring, kind and honest and you think we’re a potential match, I want to meet you and get to know you,” says Qiniso, who’d also like a guy who can pronounce her name properly.

Watch from Thursday, 11 February on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:30 

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Walker S1

This brand-new series is a reboot of the Chuck Norris action series Walker, Texas Ranger, with Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki in the lead role as grief-stricken widowed Texas Ranger Cordell Walker. Look out for Jared’s real-life wife, Genevieve, as Cordell’s murdered wife, Emily, who’s a ghostly presence as Cordell becomes obsessed with working out how and why she really died. Cordell isn’t a “spinning kick to the face first, ask questions later” kind of guy this time round, but he still has his own moral compass.

Watch from Tuesday, 2 February on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:30 

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The Resident S4

COVID-19 has come to Chastain, where it’s having a devastating effect on the staff and patients as Logan Kim battles politicians and bureaucracy to get his staff the PPEs that’ll save their lives. But there’s a happier note in the season premiere thanks to Conrad and Nic’s wedding, where AJ and Mina share a kiss. After the first episode, the series will be set in a COVID-free future.

Watch from Tuesday, 2 February on FOX (DStv 125) at 20:45 

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Celebrity Game Night S2

10 fresh episodes are coming our way with the lovely Anele Mdoda back as host, and Jason Goliath and Ayanda Thabethe as team captains. Minnie Dlamini-Jones, Boity Thulo, Maps Maponyane, Roxy Burger are also returning to play silly games like Where Are You Going, Popped Quiz and Clue Room. But don’t get comfy on those couches, ladies and gents, because Anele has some new challenges up her sleeve.

Watch from Sunday, 7 February on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) at 20:00 

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Mush-Mush And The Mushables S1

You can’t have fun without fungi! Now in this beautifully drawn and inventive computer-animated comedy adventure show, Mush-Mush and his fungi friends are guardians of the forest, each with their own special gift. Mush-Mush can communicate with nature, Lilit glows, and Chep can remember pretty much everything. But there’s so much more about themselves and their worlds that they still have to uncover. This series is all about friendship and the wonder of using your imagination in nature. The lovingly detailed animated forest will draw in kids and encourage them to look at all the tiny elements of the natural world.

Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 1 February on Boomerang (DStv 302) at 16:15 

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A Perfect Planet S1

Sir David Attenborough presents this 5-episode series about the forces and planetary systems that drive life on Earth including volcanos, the sun, the oceans, the weather and humankind – each of which is covered in its own episode. The research is extensive, the camera footage is quite simply incredible. And the storytelling focuses on how animals survive harsh environments across the planet, from volcanic islands, to alkali lakes, deserts and snowfields. It’s an entertaining, top-notch piece of education that’ll have the whole family wide-eyed in wonder.

Watch from Sunday, 14 February on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 16:00 

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Grey’s Anatomy S17

Grey’s is launching with double-bill episodes, and the big news this season is the return of TR Knight as George O’Malley and Patrick Dempsey as Meredith’s love, Derek Shepherd. Their “back from the dead” adventures start in episode 2, when Meredith contracts COVID-19, faints and sees Derek on a beach. Grey’s pulls no punches as it shows the strain on the hospital staff dealing with massive workload and death toll from the pandemic as it hits the staff on a personal level.

Watch from Monday, 22 February on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:30 

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Riviera S3

Georgina wants to re-start her life by rebranding herself as an art restitution lecturer. But the past can’t stay sunk like a luxury yacht, and there’s new trouble coming, too, when Georgina’s new colleague, Gabriel, lands them in the middle of a conspiracy. Before long, Georgina will be fighting to prove her sanity from behind the bars of an insane asylum.

Watch from Wednesday, 24 February on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 20:00 

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Love Island SA S1

Soapie star and host of Slank and Kom On Jol Leandie du Randt is presenting the first-ever season of reality dating show Love Island South Africa. A group of sexy single South Africans are converging on a swanky villa in Cape Town, prepared for a summer of romance, friendship and fun. Every few days they’ll have to pair off with someone they fancy, and that’s hard luck when some people are on everyone’s “want” list, and some, not so much. If nobody wants you, so sorry, you’re off the “island”. But even those who’re coupled up can’t just kick back in the pool together. There are new people arriving on the island, offering new temptations. And challenges will make people re-think their choices when it turns out it’s not enough just to be hot. Meanwhile, viewers will get their say, too.

The season launches with a special 90-minute episode on Sunday, 28 February at 20:00. Then new 1-hour episodes will air Monday-Friday at 21:30, with unseen footage from the week airing every Sunday following the 20:00 movie.

Watch S1 from Sunday, 28 February on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00 

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The Walking Dead S10C

6 brand-new episodes of this zombie apocalypse action-adventure series are on the way as the survivors pick themselves out of the dirt and devastation left by the battle with The Whisperers. New stars include Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) as Mays, Hilarie Burton Morgan (One Tree Hill) as Lucille, and Okea Eme-Akwari (Cobra Kai) joins the cast as the long-awaited Elijah.

Watch from Sunday, 28 February on FOX (DStv 125) at 03:00 

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Lioness S1

In this crime drama, Shannon Esra (Candice in Still Breathing) plays a woman who’s torn from her children and sent to prison after being framed for a fraud that her husband committed shortly before his death. 8 years later, she finds out, while trying to reconnect with her son and daughter having served “her” time, that the husband who destroyed her life is still alive. She’s not going to sit in a corner and cry – as this Lioness says, “Backing down isn’t in my nature.”

Watch Fridays on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:30 

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The Stand S1

Based on Stephen King’s 1978 apocalyptic horror fantasy novel of the same name, The Stand is set in a plague-stricken world where the forces of good and evil are engaged in battle over the scraps of humanity who’ve survived. On the side of good is 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg), who guides a handful of survivors, including ordinary factory worker Stu Redman (James Marsden). On the side of evil: Randal Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man with a sinister smile, who has supernatural powers.

Watch Mondays on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:30 

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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.

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