How to Watch DStv Online for Free From Any Device


In 2020, DStv had more than 20 million subscribers, of which 7.9 million subscribers came from South Africa. Those 7.9 million subscribers pay anything between R29 for 36 channels and R839 for 157 channels. But DStv, unlike other streaming platforms, is stationary, meaning you have to be at home to enjoy the premium entertainment. Then, there are those who can’t afford to pay the monthly fees on DStv but still want access to the entertainment.

Regardless of which group you are a part of, you can watch DStv online for free from any device, using the tips and tricks listed below.

How to Access All DStv Content Online for Free

There are several ways to access free DStv content online, which you can do whether or not you have a description, following one or both of the methods listed below.

How to Watch DStv Online for Free Using DStv Now

DStv Now is DStv’s streaming service, allowing those with subscriptions to access the content online. However, those without a subscription can also access content –– albeit limited –– using the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Sign Up 

Visit and then click sign up. A pop up will appear, and you will be required to insert your email address, phone number, and a six-digit (or more) unique password. Then click sign up.

Step 2: Link Your DStv Account/ Sign Up for DStv/ Skip for Now

After clicking sign up, you will be redirected to a page that gives you three options: Link your DStv Account, Sign up for DStv, or “Skip for Now,” which is the last option and not as prominent.

Scroll to the bottom and click “Skip for Now” to access DStv’s content for free.

Step 3: Accept Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Then, a screen will appear that prompts you to accept DStv Now’s terms and conditions and privacy policy; accept these if you want to access the free content.

Step 4: Create Your Profile

Now, you will be requested to insert your name. This is just a formality as many people can use the same account and continue watching a series or program they were before without any interruption.

Step 5: Find Free Shows

When you create a profile, you can click on your name and be taken to the DStv Now home screen. From there, you will need to find free content to consume.

There aren’t any free movies and only one free series: grade 12 accounting.

You can also access free religious channel TBN, 11 sports channels, and 10 Live Channels.

However, to access more content, you will need to upgrade to one of their subscriptions or try our second option to get DStv content for free online.

How to Watch DStv Online for Free Using Showmax

Showmax is owned by the same parent company as DStv and releases many of the shows and movies that were previously available on DStv. So, you can get access to these series and movies that DStv released on Showmax without any limitations.

Step 1: Create an Account and Select Your Showmax Subscription

Showmax has a 14-day trial that enables you to access all the shows, movies and live programs on their website for free. But to access this, you need to create an account.

You can start by creating an account inserting your email address and password.

Since this is a free trial, meaning you won’t pay any money, you can select whichever subscription you prefer.


Step 2: Insert Payment Information

Next, you will be required to insert payment information, either bank card information, DStv subscription details, or Paypal account details. Choose whichever you are comfortable adding.

Step 3: Cancel Your Subscription Immediately 

After you insert your payment information, you will also be required to create a profile.

When you create a profile, you will be able to access content for the duration of your free trial –– and beyond that –– by clicking on your name.

But, what is essential to ensure you aren’t charged by Showmax is to cancel your free trial immediately. Navigate to settings from the profile you’ve just created and click on billing. From there, click “cancel my subscription.” 

Doing this does not stop you from being able to access the content on Showmax; it ensures that after the 14 days are over, the account details you entered won’t be charged.

Step 4: Watch For Free Forever

Now you can sit back and enjoy free content. For the first 14 days, you will have access to all the sports, movies, kids content, and series on the streaming service. But once the 14 days lapse, you will only have access to the free entertainment available on Showmax.

How to Access South African Favourites Online for Free

Entertainment doesn’t always need to be premium. If you are on a budget, you may not want to spend the R800 in monthly fees to watch DStv premium, that doesn’t mean you can’t get access to DStv’s premium entertainment as a few hacks are detailing how to watch DStv online for free, as long as you have some data.

Using Showmax

To use Showmax for free, having an account is unnecessary. You can still access some of South Africa’s favourite content without a Showmax subscription or account. Simply follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Visit Showmax Series or Movie Pages

Start by visiting either the movie or series pages of Showmax. Do not visit the home page as it can be difficult to navigate to the free content from there. 

Then, once you are on one of these pages, you can browse the other sections available on Showmax. 

Step 2: Use a Filter to Find Free Content

From there, you can begin filtering your search to find free content. Often it will be South African movies and TV shows that are free to watch, and they may be slightly delayed compared to what you would get if you had a premium DStv subscription. But when it’s free, it doesn’t matter, does it?

Channels You Can Watch on DStv For Free

Beyond these hacks and tips and tricks that detail how to watch DStv Online for free, you can still get access to DStv channels and programming as there are a handful of free options already.

180 – People’s Weather

243 – Supersport Play

245 – Supersport Variety

313 – PBS Kids

343 – TBN

403 – eNCA

406 – Al Jazeera

This step-by-step guide has been tested for accuracy. Therefore, you can be sure that if you try using any of these methods, you will have success watching DStv online for free.