Online streaming service Showmax has announced that it will be adding seven live news channels to its service.
The channels that will be added to the service include:
- BBC World News;
- SABC News;
- Sky News;
- Newzroom Afrika;
- Al Jazeera;
“This is currently available in South Africa on web (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge), Samsung (2017+) and LG (2014+) smart TVs. Android (4.4.0 or higher) and Android TV should go live later on Thursday (26 March).
“iOS and Apple TV will be added shortly, ” the group said.
DStv Now has also made a selection of channels available to all South Africans for free.
DStv Now is an online streaming service which is bundled with DStv’s satellite broadcasting service, and allows subscribers to watch TV and shows from mobile devices, smart TVs, laptops, and more.
The new free channel package is available to all South Africans, however, and not only DStv subscribers.
The company said that in response to the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, a number of DStv Now channels are no longer locked behind a subscription and are available to anyone with an Internet connection.
Stv channels which are now available to stream for free are:
- 100 – DStv
- 180 – People’s Weather
- 238 – SuperSport Play
- 313 – PBS Kids
- 320 – Channel O
- 343 – TBN
- 400 – BBC World News
- 401 – CNN
- 402 – Sky News
- 403 – eNCA
- 404 – SABC News
- 406 – Newzroom Afrika
- 414 – Euronews Now
Staying informed about the latest news on the virus is the first step in stopping its spread, said the company. For this reason, it has made several 24-hour news channels available.
In addition to these channels, episodes of popular series are also available via the Catch Up portal on the free service, including Igazi, The River, Isibaya, Binnelanders, Suidooster, and Die Ware Naarheid.