Multichoice and DSTV have announced that all subscribers will be able to watch all available channels, regardless of their current package, via online streaming this coming weekend. Starting from 13 March and ending 16 March, even lower-tier subscribers will have access to every channel on the service as long as they’re willing to stream them.
With DStv vowing to make the great leap into online streaming, it makes sense that they’d probably want to ensure that their infrastructure is in place to cater for what is expected to be a massive amount of people flooding the servers. In order to test just how ready Multichoice is to launch its own platform, the company has announced that all of its channels on DStv will be available for the weekend to all subscribers with an internet connection.
It should be noted that this offer only applies to customers that have already subscribed to DStv but does include all subscribers no matter what tier you’re currently paying for. So that’s all you folks with DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Access. Get ready for a weekend of dozens of channels but absolutely nothing to watch!
All you’ll need to take advantage of all those pointless channels is the DStv Now app and an internet connection fast enough to stream video. One could presume that this free weekend will act as a test for DStv’s imminent streaming service, which is still unnamed, but has been discussed as being “dishless DStv”. This will also mark Multichoice’s first 2020 server test after the disastrous events of last year which saw DStv Now crash during the final episode of Game of Thrones and throughout the Rugby World Cup.
Considering that Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of MultiChoice’s Connected Video division, stated towards the end of 2019 that the company was looking at launching “dishless DStv” before the end of its’ financial year and more specifically towards the end of March 2020, it’s possible this free weekend is the final test before launch. That’s just speculation of course, although we’ll definitely keep an ear open for any DSTV Now related announcements between this weekend and then.