DStv Access Package: Cost, Channels, Entertainment Features and Add-ons

The DStv Access Package Entertainment Features and Add-ons

Even when DStv Access it is far from being the biggest plan on DStv, it is arguably the most popular DStv package in South Africa. The price is just right for a lot of homes and the combination of channels suits them too.

What is it about Access that makes so many people fall into it? In this article, you will learn all you need to know about DStv Access. Here is an overview of the DStv Access package.

PackageDStv Access
PriceR115 per month
Number of channels160 channels
CountrySouth Africa
Year2021
One-time annual paymentR1068 (22.6% discount)
Showmax Integration (optional)R99
Add Movies (optional)Additional R99
Joox Music (optional)Additional R69.99

Upgrade and Downgrade

Access is a bit low in the pecking order and as such, you have four good options above it that you can upgrade to. You can upgrade to DStv Family at R295; Compact at R409; Compact Plus at R539; and you can also upgrade to DStv Premium at R529.

Renewals are easy and can be done at the same monthly cost once your subscription expires.

For downgrades, you can always downgrade your Access package to EasyView at R29 only.

How do I Upgrade or Downgrade?

To downgrade or upgrade from DStv Access to another package, visit any DStv store near you. But you can also do it on your own.

With My DStv App, you can perform upgrades and downgrades from your dashboard using a smartphone. Simply visit the “Account” tab on MyDStv app and follow the labels to change your package.

What are the Channels on DStv Access?

Mother and and child watching a channels on DStv access

Not sure about what you’ll get when you pay for Access? We’ll show you. In this article, we are looking at the channels available on the DStv Access package by giving an overview of the list based on category. So you’ll get to see the offerings in each category and this will help you decide if this is the best package for you.

What does this mean for the customer who wishes to use this package? A lot of people have different needs when it comes to entertainment. By studying the categorized collection, it becomes easier to know which categories have more options when it comes to entertainment.

Say, you have a love for fashion or you are a foodie, you can easily scroll down to the Documentary category and check out the options you have there. For a lover of fashion, the channel you will need is Spice TV (channel 190) and you can find it under Documentaries.

This is how categorizing makes it easier to know the kind of TV channels available on DStv Access. The first category we’ll look at is Movies and entertainment. Let’s go!

Movie Channels

In this category, you’ll find everything this package has to offer when it comes to movies and entertainment. Have a look.

Channel NameChannel Number
M-Net Movies 4108
Studio Universal112
KIX114
Telemundo118
CBS Reality132
Discovery TLC Entertainment135
TNT Africa137
eMovies138
eMovies Extra140
Africa Magic Epic152
Real Time155
Moja Love 9.9158
Mzansi Wethu163
Mzansi Bioskop164
e.TV Extra195

Documentary

Documentaries are for shows like fashion, weather, food, wildlife, and lots of others. If your interest lies in anything related to the topics mentioned, then what you want to look at are the stations below.

Channel NameChannel Number
The Home Channel176
People’s Weather180
Nat Geo Wild182
Spice TV190

Sports Channels on DStv Access

Do you love soccer, cricket, tennis, basketball, even athletics? In this category, you will find the TV stations you need to enjoy lots of exciting sporting events. This is where you find out if Access is good enough for you when it comes to sports.

Channel NameChannel Number
BLITZ200
SS PSL202
SS VARIETY 4209
TellyTrack249

Teenagers

For homes with kids and teenagers, here’s where all the fun lives. There are lots of options to entertain and keep the children from pouting at home.

Channel NameChannel Number
Cartoon Network301
Disney Junior309
JimJam310
eToonz311
PBS Kids313
Da Vinci318
Mindset319

Music

Music is also available on Access and you will find all you need when it comes to music in this category.

Channel NameChannel Number
Channel O320
Mzansi Music321
MTV Base322
Sound City327

Religious Channels

Everything in this category falls under faith, religion, church, and worship. This is where you’ll find TV channels to build your faith and get you closer to your maker. Everything from music to sermon to faith-based movies.

Channel NameChannel Number
One Gospel331
Dumisa340
FAITH341
Day Star342
TBN Africa343
iTV Networks347
Emmanuel TV390

News and Commerce

For those looking to stay updated on important news and events as they happen in different corners of the globe, here is your domain. From Asia to Europe to America and beyond, there are enough news channels here to meet your need for information and knowledge.

Channel NameChannel Number
BBC World News400
SABC News404
Newzroom Afrika405
Al Jazeera406
Russia Today407
Parliamentary Service408
CGTN News409
CNBC Africa410
Business Day TV412
NDTV 24×7413
africanews417
CCTV 4447

Free TV Channels

I know we all like free things. With Access, you are not left out. DStv includes some channels for free to all users on this package. You can find them below.

Channel NameChannel Number
SABC 1191
SABC 2192
SABC 3193
e.TV194
Soweto TV251
Bay TV260
1 KZN261
Tshwane TV262
Cape Town TV263
GauTV265
Lesotho TV292
NTA i299

That’s all you’ll get on this package. If you want a single streamlined and updated list, check out the DStv Access channels list.

Showmax on DStv Access

Just like other DStv packages, Showmax is available to DStv Access subscribers at the cost of R99. Adding Showmax (R99) to DStv access (R115) will bring your total subscription cost to R214. This is a great option for those who want more entertainment options on their Access package.

Adding Showmax to your Access account will save you more money than going for a premium DStv subscription. The caveat with using Showmax to complement DStv is that you will need data to watch movies and enjoy shows.

But with a smart device, such as a smartphone, PC, or smart TV, you can download your favourite movies and watch them anytime you want. The good thing about Showmax downloads is that once you’ve downloaded a movie or series, you can turn off your internet and watch it offline.

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4 thoughts on “DStv Access Package: Cost, Channels, Entertainment Features and Add-ons”

  1. I want to downgrade to Access but my dstv is suspended because I need to pay. Do I pay the full amount and then downgrade?

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