Digital Satellite Television
1986, Pay-television came to South Africa when an analogue, single-channel service, M-Net, was launched by Naspers. For almost seven years, all M-Net's operations were handled by a single company.
1993, Naspers created a subsidiary company, Multichoice, which was to handle the business arm of M-Net, such as decoder sales, subscriber services and account management.
1995, Multichoice announced that it was launching a new digital, satellite service in South Africa and, on 6 October 1995, DStv was officially activated to subscribers. The original video channel bouquet consisted of 17 channels: M-Net, MGM Channel, Turner Classic Movies, TNT Sci-Fi Universal, SuperSport, ESPN, SelecTV, Travel Channel, KTV, Cartoon Network, BBC World News, CNN International, Sky News, Rhema Network, MTV, VH1 and TV5Monde.
2000, Launch of W4 Eutelsat satellite with Ku-band services to sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
2001, Launch of Indian and Portuguese bouquet.
2002, Launch of Interactive Television.
2003, Dual View decoder launched.
2005, The DStv PVR decoder and DStv Compact is launched. DStv Premium subscribers South Africa cross the 1 million mark.
2006, MultiChoice launches BBBEE Share Scheme, Phuthuma Nathi.
2007, Channel Shuffle on 1 October, moving channels around to 3-digit numbers and for them to be in their right genre groups.
2007, Launch of DStv Select and of entry bouquet DStv EasyView.
2008, Launch of DStv's first High Definition decoder the HD PVR, XtraView and the first HD channel, M-Net HD.
2009, HD channels - SuperSport 1 HD, Discovery HD Showcase are launched.
2010, DVB over IP (Digital Video Broadcast over Internet Protocol) and DStv on Demand service launched, as well as the HD PVR 2P and M-Net Movies 1 HD.
2011, DStv BoxOffice & DStv Mobile launched.
2011, GOtv, a new digital pay television offering on digital terrestrial television platforms is established in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
2012, DStv launched a new satellite in August "Intelsat 20", shuffling the channel numbers and offering subscribers 8 new HD channels from 1 October:
M-Net Movies Premier
M-Net Movies Comedy
M-Net Movies Family
M-Net Movies Action +
M-Net Movies Romance
M-Net Movies Showcase
M-Net Series Showcase (is a dedicated Series Channel first Fresh HD Series )
Studio Universal HD
2 new AfricaMagic channels[clarification needed - Which ones?]
2013, Multichoice adds FoxHD to (DStv Premium Premium package only) and kykNET & Kie (DStv Family, Compact, and Premium packages). It also launched a new DStv Family bouquet
2013, DStv subscribers across Africa reach 6.7 million, with 4.5 million within South Africa.
2013, Multichoice launches its next-generation PVR decoder, the DStv Explora to Revolutionise TV in SA
2014, Africa Magic discontinues their old channels and replaces them with Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Family and Africa Magic World.
2014, The new channels, Lifetime (131), Nicktoons, Nick Junior, Vuzu Amp, M-Net Edge and Glow (167) are launched
2015, The new channels, Zee World (Hindi dubbed in English)(03/02/15) (166), Glow Tv (167), M-Net City (115), BET International (135), AMC (140), EVA (141), ITV Choice (123), M-Net Family (162)
2015, DStv upgrades its online customer experience (12–16 July 2015) improving customer experience and adding features which could only be done by contacting their call centre, giving their customers more self-service options.
2015, BBC Worldwide announced the launch of 3 BBC channels on Multichoice Africa:
BBC Brit replacing BBC Entertainment channel 120 and will be available on DStv Premium, Extra, Compact Plus, Compact on 1 September.
BBC Earth HD replacing BBC Knowledge channel 184 and will be available on DStv Premium on 1 September.
BBC First as a new channel 119 on DStv Premium on 18 October.
Alongside BBC World News and the new additions to DStv Compact BBC Lifestyle and Cbeebies.
2015, Popular Christian station Emmanuel TV (390) launches on DStv
2015-2016, The launch of ID Xtra on DStv from 5 January 2016 to replace Investigation Discovery.
2016, TBN launches on DStv replacing Rhema tv from 4 March.,
2016, Dstv changes channel numbers for Vuzu Amp (now channel 103), M-Net Movies Premiere (now channel 104) and M-Net Movies Showcase (now channel 107) and cancelling M-Net Movies Drama & Romance and combining M-Net Movies Comedy and M-Net Movies Family into M-Net Movies Smile (channel 105).M-net Movies stars was renamed M-Net Movies All Stars. M-Net Movies Action and M-Net City began broadcast in HD.
DStv Compact Plus
DStv North Indian
DStv South Indian
DStv Mobile DVBH and Bomba
DStv 20th Century Fox generations
DStv has a range of decoders (set-top boxes) manufactured by Altech UEC and Pace. The latest decoders allow subscribers to use XtraView. This allows a subscriber to link two decoders under a single subscription fee, to increase the viewing environments. (similar to Sky‘s multiroom).