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Prepare for load-shedding by downloading series to your phone

Eskom has just announced it’s implementing Stage 2 power cuts. To prepare: South Africans are refilling their gas bottles and juicing up their generators. Instead of sitting in the dark and twiddling thumbs, download series and movies to watch after the power goes out. 

Streaming apps like Showmax and DStv Now offer users the option to download content. While the power’s on and there’s still Wi-Fi, open your app and find something to watch (and remember to charge those devices!)

How to download series and movies on Showmax

  1. Sign up for Showmax at
  2. Download the Showmax app for iOS or Android phones and tablets.
  3. Open the app, hit the Profile button and go to Settings > Download Settings.
  4. Select the file quality – Low Quality, Standard Quality, Good Quality and High Quality. To use as little data and as little space as possible, select Low or Standard Quality, which is perfect for small screens.
  5. Now choose the episode or movie you want to download; tap the cloud-shaped Download icon.
  6. Downloads should start immediately. 

How to download and watch with DStv Now

  1. Make sure you’re registered for DStv Now.
  2. Download the DStv Now app (iOS or Android)
  3. Log in, and search for a series or movie to download.
  4. Tap the cloud-shaped icon.
  5. Select the quality of video file being downloaded (Highest, High, Medium or Low). Tip: the lower the quality selected, the smaller the file size and the less storage space it takes up on the device.
  6. Once the selection is made, the download will begin.
  7. Happy watching!

Important: After clicking ‘play’, watch the content within 48 hours, before it expires and it has to be downloaded again. If you don’t click ‘play’ right away, the content stays on the device for 30 days before it expires.

Even if load-shedding does catch SA by surprise, DStv subscribers can browse Catch Up on their decoders on go online to for missed episodes of shows they’re following.

Don’t know what to watch?

The latest movies on DStv Now include Mission Impossible: Fallout, Bumblebee and Descendants 3

You can also watch the latest episodes of The Queen, The River, Isibaya, and Binnelanders.

This article was published in partnership with Connected Video.

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