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What Channels are on DStv Compact?

channels on DStv compact

Before you go out there and pay for DStv Compact, you’ll need to have an idea of what you will get on this package. This article will give you all the information you need and help make it easier for you to decide if you need it or not.

Here are the channels you’ll get on Compact. All the channels will be categorized to make it easier for you to go through them.

However, if you want a single streamlined channels list, then you should look at the up-to-date DStv Compact Channels list.

Movie Channels on DStv compact

When it comes to movies, this is the category you want to look at for the best local and international TV shows and movies. And it doesn’t matter what keeps you glued to the screen, DStv compact has a long list of options for you.

However, if the options below are still not enough, you can take advantage of DStv’s add-on feature. This will allow you to add 3 wonderful movie channels to your DStv Compact subscription.

Channel NameChannel Number
M-Net Movies 3107
M-Net Movies 4108
Studio Universal112
Univeral TV117
BBC Brit120
E! Entertainment Television124
Ginx eSports127
CBS Reality132
Discovery TLC Entertainment135
Discovery Family136
TNT Africa137
Maisha Magic Movies141
kykNET & Kie145
Africa Magic Epic152
AfricaMagic Family154
Real Time155
Moja Love157
Mzansi Magic161
Mzansi Wethu163
Mzansi Bioskop164
Novela Magic165
ZEE World166
Star Life167
Annual African Festivals198
My Channel Africa515

Sports Channels on DStv Compact

The Compact package is not left out when it comes to sports. There are a lot of TV channels for sporting events, especially football. Compact does not have a dedicated rugby channel like other premium packages. Check out the list below for all the sports channels available on this package.

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Channel NameChannel Number
SuperSport Premier Soccer League (PSL)202
SuperSport Premier League203
SuperSport LA LIGA204
SuperSport FOOTBALL205
SuperSport AFCON 2022208
SuperSport VARIETY 4209
WWE Channel236

Documentaries and Lifestyle

Are you a tourist, a traveller, a foodie, or just a curious mind? This is the category you want to jump into and just let yourself loose. Go here for all the TV shows related to food, fashion, wildlife, games, hunting, adventure, nature, and space.

Channel NameChannel Number
Discovery ID171
BBC Lifestyle174
Food Network175
The Home Channel176
Travel Channel179
People’s Weather180
National Geographic181
Nat Geo Wild182
Ignition TV189
Spice TV190

Free Channels

DStv includes lots of free channels on all their subscriptions. Here are the ones you’ll get when you subscribe to DStv Compact.

Channel NameChannel Number
SABC 1191
SABC 2192
SABC 3193
Soweto TV251
Bay TV260
1 KZN261
Tshwane TV262
Cape Town TV263
Lesotho TV292
NTA i299
TV Mozambique Internacional701

Kids and Teenagers

Summer Camp Island on Cartoon Network
You can keep your children entertained with popular cartoons like Summer Camp Island showing on Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301).

Do you have kids at home? This package has all it takes to keep them entertained anytime they want to watch TV. Even teenagers are not left out, with channels like Nicktoons and Cartoon Network, they will be getting awesome animated films and cartoons.

Channel NameChannel Number
Cartoon Network301
Disney Junior309
PBS Kids313
Da Vinci318

Music Channels on Compact

Want to feel the beats? Check out this category for all the local and foreign music videos, latest releases, top-of-the-chart music and mind-blowing playlists.

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Even if you are only here for the old tunes, there is something for you on this package. And for lovers of gospel music, One Gospel and Trace Gospel will give you what you need.

Channel NameChannel Number
KyKNet Nou146
Channel O320
Mzansi Music321
MTV Base322
TRACE Urban325
TRACE Africa326
Sound City327
One Gospel331
Trace Gospel332


The Compact package also comes with faith-based TV stations. This is where you will find Christian movies, sermons, live church services and more.

Channel NameChannel Number
Day Star342
TBN Africa343
iTV Networks347
Emmanuel TV390


Want to stay up-to-date with major events and happenings around the world? This is the category you want to look at. This is where you’ll find all the top news channels in the world. From business to politics to sports news, this package has it all.

Channel NameChannel Number
BBC World News400
CNN International401
eNews Channel Africa403
SABC News404
Newzroom Afrika405
Al Jazeera406
Russia Today407
Parliamentary Service408
CGTN News409
CNBC Africa410
Business Day TV412
NDTV 24×7413

Foreign Channels

You don’t have to miss out on foreign entertainment because of your location. Here are some of the best foreign channels you will get on the DStv compact package.

Channel NameChannel Number
RAI Italia430
Beste van Nederlands431
TV5 Monde Afrique437
Deutsche Welle446
CCTV 4447

Showmax on DStv Compact

Just like Compact Plus, all DStv Compact subscribers who want Showmax get it at over half the price. While a standalone Showmax subscription costs R99, all DStv customers on Compact get it at just R49. This saves you R50 on every Showmax subscription.

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Adding Showmax (R49) to Compact (R429) brings your total subscription cost to R478. Showmax gives you additional options for movies, kids’ shows, and documentaries. Some of the movies which you may never find on the usual DStv channels are available on Showmax.

With a DStv Compact subscription, you’ll miss out on some of the movie channels available to only Compact Plus and Premium subscribers. But Showmax will complement your Compact subscription with a wide range of options for movies, TV shows and series.

And with a smart device, you can download a movie or show and watch them anytime you want no matter your location.

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