DSTV Mobile / Drifta Frequently Asked Questions (unofficial)

Posted on March 3, 2011

When I wrote my review of the DSTV Drifta device back in December 2011 I didn’t anticipate just how much interest there would be in the device, nor the amount of traffic it would drive to my site and the number of comments and questions the post would elicit.

It is now quite unwieldy going through the review and all the follow-up posts. I have summarised most of the info and follow-ups into a good old FAQ.  I hope this is useful to you and that you will continue to contribute questions and answers.

If you want to read more about the iDrifta, read the review here.

Justin

DSTV Mobile / Drifta Frequently Asked Questions

There are 3 DSTV mobile service offerings so things can get a little confusing. I will try to re-order and group the questions better over time to give some clarity. The 3 offerings are : DVB-H Broadcast, Streaming (via Vodacom Live! and now MTN Play) and Streaming (via Nokia N8 exclusive application).

Intro

Is this an “official” FAQ ?

No, not at all. You can find the official dstv one here : http://www.dstvmobile.com/dstvmobile/content/en/south-africa-plus/south-africa-plus-faqs

This FAQ is a work in progress and has been prepared based on my original review of the drifta (http://j-j.co.za/?p=327) and the numerous questions and comments that arose from that review. Please feel free to contribute to this. All contributions will be attributed and welcomed. Either add in the comments at the bottom or mail me : driftafaq@j-j.co.za

Posted in: Intro

Which countries have DSTV mobile coverage?

There seems to be 3 services, each with it’s own coverage (thanks to Maiyo Simapungula, Public Relations and Communications Manager at DStv Mobile for clearing some of this up). These are the DVB-H broadcast coverage, the general streaming service and the N8 specific service.

The DVB-H broadcast coverage includes:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

DSTV mobile has a streaming service available via Vodacom Live!. This service is currently available only in South Africa with more countries expected to follow. It has 11 channels, and for R59/month (or R19/week) you get to watch up to 3 hours (45m weekly). For more information check the “Streaming  Tab” from the DSTV mobile website or click here.

A second streaming service is available exclusively for the Nokia N8. The website  lists +- 50 countries where this service works (full list here). This is however a streaming service and not a broadcast service so you PAY FOR THE DATA, which makes it very expensive. It also only has 3 channels, SuperSport Blitz, Euronew and SawSee.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Intro, Nokia N8 Streaming, Streaming Service

I got banned on the DSTV Mobile forum, what do I do ?

Haa haa. Welcome to the club.

Despite their terms of use allowing them to decide who they wish to use the forums and who they wish to exclude, one would think that the forums would be a good way to engage with customers, answer queries, deal with concerns being raised. It seems that DSTV would rather use the forums to spread propaganda messages, excluding those who ask questions they would rather not answer.

In my case

  • my ban is indefinite : “Date the ban will be lifted: Never”
  • for reasons unknown : “You have been banned for the following reason: No reason was specified.”
  • I mailed them to ask them the reason and never received a reply.

If you wish to see what is going on in the forums (and there never seems to be much) just log out of your account and you can read the forums. If they spent a bit more time answering questions honestly, providing customer support and sorting out their promises with respect to service delivery they would have a whole lot more customers. Oh what a pain it is to have to deal with monopolies.

Posted in: General questions, Intro

Is this site affiliated to MNET/MULTICHOICE/DTSV?

No, I am in no way affiliated with any of the above. There was a comment (accusation) to that effect on the original review, thanks again to Su Stokes (from Multichoice) for confirming that I am not affiliated with them.

Posted in: Intro

I have just bought my drifta and I can’t get it to work? Help

You need to activate the Drifta with DSTV and get a DSTV account (if you don’t have one). Phone them and they will get it sorted for you.

Customer Care

email:  care@dstvmobile.com

Johannesburg
(011) 289 2222

Pretoria
(012) 422 2222

Durban
(031) 710 2222

Cape Town
(021) 508 2222

Port Elizabeth
(041) 395 2222

Bloemfontein
(051) 503 2222

 

Posted in: Intro

Where can I get support on the Drifta or DSTV mobile?

Try the dstvmobile forums (http://forum.dstvmobile.com/), call them or visit them (see below),  or post questions here.

141 Bram Fischer Drive
Randburg
South Africa
email:  care@dstvmobile.com

Johannesburg
(011) 289 2222

Pretoria
(012) 422 2222

Durban
(031) 710 2222

Cape Town
(021) 508 2222

Port Elizabeth
(041) 395 2222

Bloemfontein
(051) 503 2222

Posted in: Intro

Where can I find reviews of the Drifta?

Reviews of drifta :

 

 

Posted in: Intro

General questions

Are the channels the same in each country?

Each country has it’s own channel list, for example Ghana has BBC and CNN which we don’t have in SA, as well as a different set of Supersport channels.  Go to the DSTV Mobile website and select the country on the opening map, then take a look at the channel list to see what is available in each.

Posted in: General questions

I am getting “Service is currently scrambled” regardless of the channel selected?

This seems to happen even when the reception is good (it can be 100%) and indicator is green proving that it is picking up signal but no picture or sound is available. After clicking “OK” the Drifta decoder then continually tries to connect but does not manage to do so.

Solution :
1. You have to phone the DSTV call centre to ask them to resend the signal to you and then it should work.

2. You can also sort out the problem without phoning the help desk by logging on to the care website. Look for the error codes “how to” on the right hand side of the page (look for error code E16).

3. In theory you can reset the error code by SMS using : SMS “error code + smartcard number” to 32472 just not sure what smarcard number you would use. If you are having to do resets often ask the call centre for the “smartcard number” of your Drifta, they should be able to sort you out with it.

Content supplemented with information from the DSTV mobile forums : http://forum.dstvmobile.com/

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

How do I transfer ownership of the DSTV Drifta?

Just give customer care a call. You will need the following information :
1. your ID number
2. the seller’s ID number
3. proof of purchase

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

I got banned on the DSTV Mobile forum, what do I do ?

Haa haa. Welcome to the club.

Despite their terms of use allowing them to decide who they wish to use the forums and who they wish to exclude, one would think that the forums would be a good way to engage with customers, answer queries, deal with concerns being raised. It seems that DSTV would rather use the forums to spread propaganda messages, excluding those who ask questions they would rather not answer.

In my case

  • my ban is indefinite : “Date the ban will be lifted: Never”
  • for reasons unknown : “You have been banned for the following reason: No reason was specified.”
  • I mailed them to ask them the reason and never received a reply.

If you wish to see what is going on in the forums (and there never seems to be much) just log out of your account and you can read the forums. If they spent a bit more time answering questions honestly, providing customer support and sorting out their promises with respect to service delivery they would have a whole lot more customers. Oh what a pain it is to have to deal with monopolies.

Posted in: General questions, Intro

Why does the content of E! and Cartoon Network seem so poor?

Well, despite what might be advertised to, and expected by us, the customer,  the Cartoon Network and E! channels are not the full channels you see on dstv. They are a “dumbed down” version on a 2 hour repeat cycle of week old stuff. Don’t expect the real thing.

To quote from a DSTV spokesman “Note that E! & CN’s content is customised for the mobile environment and unlike the rest of the channels, content on these 2 channels is not the same as content on “normal” DStv. On mobile, E! & CN’s content is meant to repeat 4-5 different clips within a 2 hour loop and also it’s content that played out last week (one weeks old content). ”

And in response to a question on false advertising around it not being the full channels :

” We will escalate the matter in regards with advertising to Marketing and investigate accordingly. For information on DStv Mobile products and the riveting content available, please visit our website.”

Um ya right. Ok then.

 

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions

Any news on Blackberry client for DSTV Drifta?

Updated 26/11/2011

The application is compatible with the following BlackBerry devices:

  • Bold 9000
  • Bold 9700
  • Curve 8520
  • Curve 8900
  • Curve 9300

The application is available at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/64226?lang=en

Because the BlackBerry application is a public beta, no minimum performance can be guaranteed.

No support is available for OS7 devices or the latest devices, so no luck for the owners of the Torch or the new Bold 9900. If you follow the appworld link from one of these devices (eg 9900) app world just gives an error message saying the software is unavailable for the device.

DStv say they are working on getting support for these devices. Let’s hope this doesn’t take as long to get sorted as the Beta did.

Posted in: Blackberry, General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

Does DSTV monitor your usage of the Drifta?

I would have thought not, however, the following is found in the latest version of the Drifta Client software (1.3.1) for Windows :

0x00114EA8	0x0000006E	https://mo-dev.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x00114F18	0x00000071	https://mo-dev.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x00114F90	0x00000064	https://mo-dev.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=
0x00114FF8	0x0000006D	https://mo-qa.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x00115068	0x00000070	https://mo-qa.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x001150E0	0x00000063	https://mo-qa.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=
0x00115148	0x0000006E	https://mo-uat.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x001151B8	0x00000071	https://mo-uat.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x00115230	0x00000064	https://mo-uat.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=
0x00115298	0x0000006B	https://ums.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x00115308	0x0000006E	https://ums.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x00115378	0x00000061	https://ums.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=

This surely seems to indicate that DSTV is indeed monitoring Drifta useage. I haven’t seen anything anywhere which specifically allows this, perhaps its time to review the terms and conditions again. See them here.  I see nothing in there which gives DSTV the right to monitor what I am doing with the software.

I also found that the Windows application created two files in user/AppData/Roaming/DStv/DStv Mobile Decoder/Logs.

  • last_time.log
    • 2011-07-06, 21:42:19    (The date and time of last useage)
  • tmp.gz
    • Snagit32/CamRecorder/HyCam2/SSRecorder/VODRecorder/HiNetRecorder/wmrecorder/Easy_WebCam_Recording/VideoCap/debut/Screen Recorder 5/My Screen Recorder/bdcam/H264WebCam/smrecorder/Taksi/WebCam Monitor/SplitCam/WVC/MobiGarda/openvcap/Cam Wizard/procguard/SaypeCap/fraps/Jing/FreeScreenVideo

The tmp.gz seems to contain a list of applications which can record the video stream, and which (maybe) they intend to (or already) check for and block.

Running a network traffic sniffer while decoder.exe starts up shows that a DNS lookup is done for ums.dstvmobile.com and that an HTTPS encrypted session is then established through to the server confirming that there is some level of monitoring going on and that the URLS found in the executable are more than just coincidence.

I mailed Maiyo to ask what this was all about, and after consulting with technical came back to tell me that they have a trial running where they monitor the useage of certain users. The traffic we are seeing above (according to DSTV) arises as the client checks in with the server to see if it is one of the smart cards involved in the trial. While this provides a small amount of comfort, it also confirms that my identifiable details are sent through to DSTV every time I use my Drifta while being connected to the internet. That is cold comfort.

Posted in: Drifta, DSTV Mobile / Drifta FAQs, General questions, Windows Software

What is the USB Drifta?

The USB Drifta is a new Drifta that looks rather like a USB 3G Modem or a Memory stick. It is a small dongle like device that plugs directly into your computer USB port and then works pretty much the same as the previous generation Drifta. No wires, no charging, less hassle. Only supports computers though, no mobile devices.

You can take a look at what it looks like and what is delivered here in the unboxing post.

Posted in: General questions, USB Drifta

I just bought my Drifta, do I have to pay the subscription fee?

The advertising and documentation around this is a bit confusing.

The deal was that it was free until 31 March 2011. Then, if you were a Compact Subscriber and activated before 31 March 2011, you could have it free until 31 March 2011.

If you are a Premium subscriber you could have one free Drifta Subs until 31 March 2012.

The USB Drifta documentation still says that if you are a Compact subscriber and activate before 31 March 2011 you can have it free until 31 March 2012. I assume this an oversight and just poor editing of text for the website since we have already passed 31 March 2011, and the USB drifta was released to the public after this date. Poor show.

Posted in: Drifta, General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

How do I see if there is coverage where I live?

The DStv Mobile website has quite a decent coverage map which shows whether you are likely to have coverage. Check your coverage here.

If you are way outside a covered area you probably won’t have much luck. If close to or within an area you are likely to be ok. You can of course always use extended aerials and the like. See the FAQ question on boosting signal.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Do you have to have a DTSV account to use a Drifta?

Yes, you do need a DSTV account to use a Drifta. You don’t have to have a R600/month account, but they need an account so they can bill you the R36/month fees (there is no prepaid option). DSTV can create an account quite easily so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

How do I get access to the Mnet Mobile channel on my Drifta/Walka?

If you are a DStv premium subscriber you will get access to this channel. If you are just a Drifta (R36/month) subscriber you will not get access to it and there is no way to buy access to just this channel without paying the full premium subscription.

 

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

What devices are supported by the Drifta?

Currently :

  • iDevices (iPod touch, iPad, iPhone) (Download the “dstv mobile decoder” app from the Apple Appstore)
  • Windows based computers (Get the software from www.dstvmobile.com)

Rumoured :

  • Android devices (promised support by 1 April)
  • Blackberry (promised support by 1 April – now appears delayed to 31 May – Now June sometime? Nope, maybe July)
  • Nokia/Symbian (promised support by 1 April)
  • Windows mobile / 7 (unclear)

There is no clear feedback or timelines on the above. We are just a few days away from the promised release date and DSTV seem to be hedging their bets and pushing out the dates. The DTSV FAQ lists the above as being “Early 2011″.

All deadlines have been missed, people are ignored on the DSTV forums when asked, misinformed by call centre staff when they ask, and told “We never said that” when reminding DSTV of the April date.

Don’t expect the software to appear on any new devices anytime soon. Seems DSTV bit off more than they could chew with this and aren’t prepared to make it right with their customers whom they misled.

Slight update from a 13th June posting on the mybroadband.co.za forum (link here) : (slightly edited)

  • There is an Android client in the works (no timeline yet)
  • There is a blackberry client in the works ( no time line yet)
  • There is a Nokia S60 version in the works (sooner than the other 2, but will only be ready when the coding is done). This version will utilize the Drifta with wifi support but the CPU needs to be above 700mhz.

The Nokia E71 runs at 381Mhz, the N95 at 330Mhz, the E72 runs at 600Mhz, N97 runs at 434Mhz. So, if the statement above is true, then only Nokia S60 phones released in late 2010/2011 like the N8 and E7 (only 680Mhz) may well work with the Drifta. So don’t hold out much hope then. This also makes me worry about which Blackberry Devices will be compatible with the Drifta. I wish they would just come out and say what is planned. The waiting sucks when after the wait you still probably won’t be able to use the device.

Posted in: Drifta, General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

What is the upfront cost?

The drifta device sell for around R599, but can be bought on special offers for a little cheaper (R549). There was originally no monthly subscription fee but this is to change from the 1st April 2011. The monthly cost will be +- R36. DSTV premium subscribers will not be charged extra for DSTV mobile for another year (1st April 2012). There is no data cost, the device doesn’t use an internet connection.

The Nokia N8 (streaming service) is listed on the website as being a free application (which it is). So there is no upfront cost. Be aware that as it is a streaming service you will be paying the (high) data costs of your cellular service provider. This can be very very expensive.

Posted in: General questions

What are the monthly costs?

For the DVB-H broadcast option (this is what the Drifta uses), just the monthly subscription of R36. No data charges or any other charges. R5 optional extra insurance if you want it. (More info to be added on pricing in other African countries)

For streaming via Vodacom Live! it costs R59/month (or R19/week) and you get to watch up to 3 hours of programming (45m weekly). Anything over that is considered outside of the acceptable useage policy. You do NOT pay for the data using this service, it’s included in your subscription.

The Nokia N8 (streaming service) will cost you a whole lot more depending on useage as it is a streaming service. You will have to pay your per MB  fees to your network cellular provider. Be careful of this, you could rack up high bills quickly.

Posted in: General questions, Nokia N8 Streaming

How many channels are there?

There are currently 15 channels (Changes 14 July 2011) :

  1. Supersport 1
  2. Supersport 2
  3. Supersport 3
  4. Supersport Blitz
  5. M-Net Series Mobile **
  6. Sony MAX
  7. Africa Magic
  8. E! Entertainment Mobile **
  9. Cartoon Network Mobile (now the full version)
  10. Channel O
  11. Trace Urban
  12. The eNews Channel
  13. CNNi
  14. Big Brother Amplified
  15. Idols Extra

** These are mobile versions of the channel and may not match the content of the full channel on DSTV. Cartoon network was most affected by this, but is now the full channel. See the comments at the bottom of the post.

As of 1st April 2011 there were 13 channels (Up from the original 10 at launch)

  1. Africa Magic
  2. Channel O
  3. Trace TV
  4. The eNews Channel
  5. SuperSport Blitz
  6. SuperSport 1
  7. SuperSport 2
  8. SuperSport 3
  9. SuperSport 6 (temp for world cup)
  10. Cartoon Network
  11. CNNi
  12. E!Entertainment
  13. Sony Max

Just be careful though, the Cartoon Network and E! channels are not the full channels you see on dstv. They are a “dumbed down” version on a 2 hour repeat cycle of week old stuff. Don’t expect the real thing.

To quote from a DSTV spokesman “Note that E! & CN’s content is customised for the mobile environment and unlike the rest of the channels, content on these 2 channels is not the same as content on “normal” DStv. On mobile, E! & CN’s content is meant to repeat 4-5 different clips within a 2 hour loop and also it’s content that played out last week (one weeks old content). ”

And in response to a question on false advertising around it not being the full channels :

” We will escalate the matter in regards with advertising to Marketing and investigate accordingly. For information on DStv Mobile products and the riveting content available, please visit our website.”

Um ya right. Ok then.

And just to prove that DStv does listen, the Cartoon Network being broadcast has been upgraded to the full version. No more complaints from the kids ;)

Posted in: General questions

Why is the channel selection so poor?

This seems to be quite a contentious issue. Some people like the selection, others don’t.

The channel selection is aimed at people on the move. 5 (half) of the current channels are sports channels, great for those who don’t want to miss the game when they are on the move. In the DSTV forums it is claimed the channel selection is based on “wide market research”. The forum members think it has more to do with DSTV wanting to keep the costs low for the licensing of the channels, hence no decent movie or entertainment channels. To be honest, the quality (low resolution) doesn’t really justify watching a movie on this. I would however like an additional news channel, though etv news is quite decent.

With effect from 1st April a few changes are in store. Supersport 6 is dropped (was always only temporary for the world cup) and CNNi, E!Entertainment and Sony Max are added. This does give more balance to the lineup.

Posted in: General questions

Will DSTV add more channels?

There are nine channels on the DStv Mobile bouquet and a maximum of six can be accommodated on the eTV bouquet. This is due to how the frequency was allocated by ICASA. Therefore the DStv Mobile bouquet cannot have more than 9 channels at any one time.  (from answer on the DSTV mobile forum).

As of 14 July 2011 there are a total of 15 channels available on Drifta, including the eNews channel. It therefore looks as though eTV have made a deal with DStv whereby DStv are using the channels allocated to eTV. This would suggest the number can’t grow beyond the current 15.

Posted in: General questions

Is there a time delay between live and dstv mobile?

Yes there is a delay. Watching on a dstv decoder on SS2 and comparing the broadcast timing to the Drifta I have found a delay of +- 13 seconds. The delay may vary per channel.

Posted in: General questions

Where can I found out more about DVB-H ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-Hhttp://www.dvb-h.org/http://www.dvb-h.org/technology.htm

Posted in: General questions

How long does it take to change channels?

When you click the button it synchronises to the next channel. Can take anywhere from 5-10 seconds depending on signal strength etc. Normally takes around 6 seconds.

Posted in: General questions

What is the resolution of the picture?

The native resolution of the transmission is 320×240, and is limited to this by the bandwidth available in the DVB-H spectrum. The specification of DVB-H was agreed back in 2002, when cell phones had tiny tiny screens so don’t be surprised at the poor resolution, it was considered quite high back then.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-H

Posted in: General questions, Windows Software

Why is the picture so small?

Technically the resolution of the transmission is limited to 320×240. DSTV have chosen to artificially restrict the size of the picture on-screen to double this resolution. It gives you a picture that takes up about a quarter of the size of a normal laptop screen. There is an unofficial patch to work around this. (See How do I make the picture larger).

While the application allows a zoomed in view, it just doubles the pixels. There is no full screen mode available. You can use the windows magnifier to zoom in further but it looks terrible. Better just to watch in the smaller window and enjoy it for what it is – a mobile service.

Posted in: General questions, Windows Software

When will DSTV improve the resolution of the broadcast?

Don’t expect an upgrade in the resolution any time soon, it seems this is not technically possible (limited by the DVB-H spectrum). If the broadcast standard changes and the devices can be updated then perhaps one day this could be improved. Don’t count on it.

Posted in: General questions

I keep getting “weak signal” error messages

Inside areas marked as having signal this normally isn’t a problem. In low signal areas there are things you can do to improve your signal. See “How can I improve my signal?”

If you have moved location a lot, sometimes a channel scan will sort this out. The decoder keeps the details of the channels and tries to use those when connecting. I have noticed that when travelling between Durban and Capetown I always need to do a channel scan in the next city. Only takes 3 minutes then you are back online.

 

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

The Drifta Device (original)

Is the Drifta a unique device or based on something else? (Valups Tivit)

The Drifta seems to be a rebadged (and modified?) Valups Tivit.  More info on the Tivit is here including the technical specs, which are all pretty much the same as the Drifta. The device even looks the same.

The Tivit has software for the devices below (mmm sounds familiar):

  • Phone / iPod Touch
  • Nokia N81/N95/N96/N97/E72/E75/E90
  • Blackberry Curve/Bold
  • PC

Sadly the software doesn’t seem to work with the Drifta, see this posting on mybroadband : “Can’t get this software to work“.

The software can be downloaded here :

  • http://www.valups.com/eng/tivit/download/091230/viewer/Tivit%20Mobile%20TV%20Viewer_httplive_valups_dvbh_umc_E033RC02_Setup.exe
  • http://www.valups.com/eng/tivit/download/091230/viewer/TivitMobileTV_Blackberry_20091230.zip

Some other titbits about the tivit:

  • The app is called ‘Tivit Mobile TV Viewer for DVB-H’, although it actually uses the US mobile DTV standard and not DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld), the standard used in Europe, Arland said.
  • The Tivit can only send video to one Wi-Fi device at a time, though it could be adapted to serve multiple devices in the future, Arland said.
  • It includes a slot for a micro-SD card, which could be used to give a consumer access to subscription-based programming.

Extract from interview with David Arland, a spokesman for the OMVC and Valups.

Update :

Just had a look inside the update ROM for the Drifta and noticed :

  • The first string in the ROM is “Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.183 2010/11/30-14:53:58″
Update 2 :
Seems the Tivit is a free to air decoder whereas the DVB-H system has to deal with encryption so the original Tivit is not exactly the same as the Drifta.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original)

Can I roam between African countries with my Drifta?

The other African countries seem to indicate in the FAQs that you have to have a DVB-H enabled cell phone, and they don’t mention the Drifta device at all. I suspect this means each country will need its own subscription so is effectively a different service. So no, Drifta probably won’t work outside of SA and roaming is highly unlikely.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), The Drifta Device (original)

Is it possible to use the WIFI to connect to a device while plugged in to a PC USB port for charging?

As soon as you plug your Drifta into a PC (which has the Drifta device driver loaded) the Wifi on the Drifta is disabled to prevent you using the Drifta on the PC and a wireless device at the same time.

I couldn’t find a way in the client software to enable the Wifi (and disable the client), but there is a way. Not convenient but it does work for me.

Here goes :

  • Plug in the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes out
  • Right click on “My Computer”
  • Choose “Manage”
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Expand the “Network Adaptors” grouping
  • Right click on “DStv mobile decoder”
  • Select “Disable”
  • Now unplug the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes on
  • Plug the Drifta back in
  • It should now charge and stay WiFi enabled.

However, if you now load the Windows software it won’t detect the device.

To enable again :

  • Repeat the above procedure
  • In the final step choose “Enable”
  • Unplug and plug back in
  • Wifi now goes off
  • You can now use the Windows software.

 

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

I am getting “Service is currently scrambled” regardless of the channel selected?

This seems to happen even when the reception is good (it can be 100%) and indicator is green proving that it is picking up signal but no picture or sound is available. After clicking “OK” the Drifta decoder then continually tries to connect but does not manage to do so.

Solution :
1. You have to phone the DSTV call centre to ask them to resend the signal to you and then it should work.

2. You can also sort out the problem without phoning the help desk by logging on to the care website. Look for the error codes “how to” on the right hand side of the page (look for error code E16).

3. In theory you can reset the error code by SMS using : SMS “error code + smartcard number” to 32472 just not sure what smarcard number you would use. If you are having to do resets often ask the call centre for the “smartcard number” of your Drifta, they should be able to sort you out with it.

Content supplemented with information from the DSTV mobile forums : http://forum.dstvmobile.com/

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

How do I transfer ownership of the DSTV Drifta?

Just give customer care a call. You will need the following information :
1. your ID number
2. the seller’s ID number
3. proof of purchase

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

What do the status lights on the Drifta mean?

There are 3 lights, from top to bottom:

Battery indicator

  • Steady green = battery full (will show only when plugged into USB or charger)
  • Steady red = battery recharging (will show only when plugged into USB or charger)
  • Flashing green = 70-100% charged
  • Flashing orange = 30-70% charged
  • Flashing red = 0-30% charged

Signal strength

  • Fast flashing green – Drifta has been switched on. (It takes about 20 seconds to boot up).
  • Slow flashing green – Drifta is searching for DVB-H signal.
  • Steady green – DVB-H signal searching complete and ready to connect to a device.
  • Steady orange – Drifta failed to lock onto a signal. Try moving the device or extending the aerial.
  • Steady red – Error state – reset the device (use a pin with the pin-hole reset button)

Wifi

  • Off – device  is connected to a PC via USB
  • Steady green  - device is ready to transmit data to a pairing device over Wi-Fi.
  • Slow flashing green – device is sending data to a paired device over the Wi-Fi network

The PDF user manual is here.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original)

I upgraded my software/firmware and now I don’t get reception?

Sometimes after doing an upgrade you need to reset the drifta, unplug it (from the USB) and then plug it in again, especially if you have done a firmware upgrade.  You also need to make sure you use the right client software with the matching firmware (on the Drifta) otherwise you can also have problems. The client software should prompt you to update when needed.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

Any news on Blackberry client for DSTV Drifta?

Updated 26/11/2011

The application is compatible with the following BlackBerry devices:

  • Bold 9000
  • Bold 9700
  • Curve 8520
  • Curve 8900
  • Curve 9300

The application is available at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/64226?lang=en

Because the BlackBerry application is a public beta, no minimum performance can be guaranteed.

No support is available for OS7 devices or the latest devices, so no luck for the owners of the Torch or the new Bold 9900. If you follow the appworld link from one of these devices (eg 9900) app world just gives an error message saying the software is unavailable for the device.

DStv say they are working on getting support for these devices. Let’s hope this doesn’t take as long to get sorted as the Beta did.

Posted in: Blackberry, General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

Why is Drifta client 1.3.1 taking so long to get a full screen patch?

I am no expert on the subject, however, the new version of the client software (since 1.2) has been obfuscated (or encrypted) and it also checks to see if any system debuggers are running (such as Softice). If it detects any the application then aborts with an error. I am sure an expert in this field will be work around these challenges, it does however remove less experience hackers from the equation. If you know someone with the necessary skills, ask nicely and then please share the results :)

It seems Skype also employs similar anti-debugger methods, and a method exists here : http://gcasiez.pagesperso-orange.fr/ using a in-process loader which loads the process, suspends it, patches it, then sets it running again. A similar method may well work for the Drifta client. Someone with a dev environment want to give it a go ? mail me.

It has been done : Read more here : http://j-j.co.za/2012/05/resizer-for-dstv-drifta-windows-client-1-3-15/

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

I upgraded my Drifta to 1.3 by mistake, can I go back to an earlier version?

When you upgrade the Windows client past 1.2 a newer version of the firmware (2.1.266)  is required. This is installed onto your Drifta during the install of 1.2 / 1.3.  This newer firmware doesn’t work with the older 1.1 clients (which were able to be patched to allow larger screensize). At this point there is no way to downgrade the firmware back to the older (2.1.183) .  If I find a way I will post it here. If  you know of a way to force a downgrade let me know. I have tried the Tivit firmware upgrader, which is a separate app from the DSTV decoder.exe but sadly it doesn’t pick up the decoder.

If the main reason for wanting to downgrade is to get a large picture read this.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

Is the USB Drifta better than the Original Drifta?

It depends.

If you want to use your Drifta with an ipod/iphone/ipad, or if DStv eventually release the software, other mobile devices such as Android, Blackberry or Nokia, then you will need the Original Drifta. The Original drifta is a standalone device that has its own battery power and connects through to your mobile device via a wi-fi connection. It will also connect to a computer via a USB connection.

If you only wish to use the Drifta with your PC/Laptop, then the new USB drifta is better. It doesn’t have a battery, cables, need to be paired with the computer. It is smaller, lighter and cheaper. If you are sure you aren’t going to want to use it as a mobile device then go with this one.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

I just bought my Drifta, do I have to pay the subscription fee?

The advertising and documentation around this is a bit confusing.

The deal was that it was free until 31 March 2011. Then, if you were a Compact Subscriber and activated before 31 March 2011, you could have it free until 31 March 2011.

If you are a Premium subscriber you could have one free Drifta Subs until 31 March 2012.

The USB Drifta documentation still says that if you are a Compact subscriber and activate before 31 March 2011 you can have it free until 31 March 2012. I assume this an oversight and just poor editing of text for the website since we have already passed 31 March 2011, and the USB drifta was released to the public after this date. Poor show.

Posted in: Drifta, General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

How do I see if there is coverage where I live?

The DStv Mobile website has quite a decent coverage map which shows whether you are likely to have coverage. Check your coverage here.

If you are way outside a covered area you probably won’t have much luck. If close to or within an area you are likely to be ok. You can of course always use extended aerials and the like. See the FAQ question on boosting signal.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Do you have to have a DTSV account to use a Drifta?

Yes, you do need a DSTV account to use a Drifta. You don’t have to have a R600/month account, but they need an account so they can bill you the R36/month fees (there is no prepaid option). DSTV can create an account quite easily so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

How do I stop the Drifta from forcing updates / checking in with the DStv servers?

The following is the list of servers and IP Addresses that the DStvmobile sites currently use :

  • mo-dev.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • mo-qa.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • mo-uat.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • ums.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.79
  • apps.dstvmobile.com 196.2.137.108

To block them, locate your hosts file and then  insert the following lines at the bottom:
127.0.0.1    mo-dev.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    mo-qa.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    mo-uat.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    ums.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    apps.dstvmobile.com

To locate your hosts file :
Windows 7/Vista/XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC

This will block all of these sites from being accessed by your computer and therefore stop any spying and/or forced upgrades from happening. Just be aware that if you want to upgrade the software yourself, you will either need to temporarily remove the entry from the hosts file and download your update from : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/latest.htm

To test you have it working, try and access the URL above after making the changes (and rebooting your computer).
What it does …
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local (your) machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems.

Extract from : http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Does the Drifta use a smartcard?

Neither the Drifta nor the USB Drifta make use of a smartcard. Both of the devices have a unique ID which is used for subscription purposes, but you don’t have any kind of card that needs to be inserted into the devices.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Will the USB and original Drifta work with Mac OS X

Yes, The Mac OS X version is compatible with the Drifta and the Drifta USB (Excerpt from DStv press release).

 

Posted in: Apple Mac OS X, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Does the Drifta require an internet connection?

The Android version of the Drifta requires an internet connection. It checks back with the server that the software is being run on an authorised device.

If you have no signal then you won’t be able to load it, but once it’s loaded you don’t have to maintain an internet connection. If it crashes and you need to reload it, you need to disconnect from the Drifta (wifi) and reconnect to the internet so it can authenticate then start the process over again. It does not use the internet connection for any of the video feeds.

The PC version doesn’t require internet, but if you have a connection it will check back with the server (sending your personally identifiable decoder details) to the server to see if you have elected to take part in their programme monitoring. If you have made this election it will then send details back to the server on what you are watching. Again, no actual video feed is sent via the Internet.  It will also check with the server to see if a new version of the software is available and then “encourage” you to update.

 

Posted in: Android, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

How mobile is the decoder? can you use it on the move?

The Wifi drifta has a battery which lasts around 2.5 hours. When used with a laptop or mobile device it is fairly mobile physically.

I have used it with a laptop in Cape Town driving from the Waterfront to Blouberg with no major problems, and with my Android phone driving in Durban from Westville (Dawncliffe) through to La Lucia Ridge with no problems or signal loss.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Do i need to have a TV license to buy a Drifta?

No, not for the Drifta or USB Drifta, however, the Walka is considered a TV so does require a TV license.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Do I have to have a premium DStv subscription to use a Walka/Drifta/USB Drifta?

No, you don’t need a premium subscription for a normal Drifta service. You can take a standalone Drifta subscription for R36/month.

To get the MNET Mobile channel you do however have to have a premium subscription.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

Activating DStv mobile online (without callling the call centre)

From 30 November 2011, subscribers can activate their DStv Mobile device ONLINE by visiting www.dstvmobile.com and following a few simple steps.

Previously, devices could only be activated telephonically through the MultiChoice call centre. With the introduction of online activations consumers now have a convenient, quick way to activate their device at any time.

To access the online activation service, a DStv Connect account is required; this can be created by visiting  http://www.dstv.com/Register.aspx. The activation service is available to all DStv Mobile subscribers and can be used to activate the Drifta, Drifta USB and the Walka TV.

(Extract from press release received from DStv mobile)

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

How do I get access to the Mnet Mobile channel on my Drifta/Walka?

If you are a DStv premium subscriber you will get access to this channel. If you are just a Drifta (R36/month) subscriber you will not get access to it and there is no way to buy access to just this channel without paying the full premium subscription.

 

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

I am getting error e16-4 service is currently scrambled on my Drifta

This comes up if your service is not activated, or if you are trying to access the Mnet Mobile channel and you don’t have a premium DStv subscription. Call the DStv / Multichoice call centre or visit their web page to activate your service.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

Can I use my Drifta on the Kindle?

Ok, this seems an odd question at first.

To eliminate the obvious, a Drifta won’t ever work on an e-ink Kindle, so presumably the question relates to the Kindle Fire which runs an Amazon fork of Android.

The immediate answer to the Kindle Fire question is No, it is not a device whitelisted by DStv and only whitelisted devices will work with their software.

However, IF you could sideload / install a hacked version of the software onto the Kindle Fire, theoretically it may work. Don’t know of anybody who has done this yet. If you try please let us all know how you get on with this.

Posted in: Kindle Applications, The Drifta Device (original)

Can you plug a Drifta (USB or wifi) into a flat screen TV?

No. The Drifta needs software to run on the host device and this software is not built into any TV’s at this time and DStv have given no indication they will ever do so.

Some of the new generation Smart TV’s run Android and can download Android apps. Theoretically DStv could update their Android App to then support the USB Drifta plugged directly into such a TV, however, they have not indicated any intention to do so, and likely never will.

The Drifta is intented for mobile use, hence the limitations to small screen devices, and the artificial limitation to a quarter of your screen on a PC. Given this, it is extremely unlikely DStv would then enable the use of the device on large flat screen TV’s.

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

What devices are supported by the Drifta?

Currently :

  • iDevices (iPod touch, iPad, iPhone) (Download the “dstv mobile decoder” app from the Apple Appstore)
  • Windows based computers (Get the software from www.dstvmobile.com)

Rumoured :

  • Android devices (promised support by 1 April)
  • Blackberry (promised support by 1 April – now appears delayed to 31 May – Now June sometime? Nope, maybe July)
  • Nokia/Symbian (promised support by 1 April)
  • Windows mobile / 7 (unclear)

There is no clear feedback or timelines on the above. We are just a few days away from the promised release date and DSTV seem to be hedging their bets and pushing out the dates. The DTSV FAQ lists the above as being “Early 2011″.

All deadlines have been missed, people are ignored on the DSTV forums when asked, misinformed by call centre staff when they ask, and told “We never said that” when reminding DSTV of the April date.

Don’t expect the software to appear on any new devices anytime soon. Seems DSTV bit off more than they could chew with this and aren’t prepared to make it right with their customers whom they misled.

Slight update from a 13th June posting on the mybroadband.co.za forum (link here) : (slightly edited)

  • There is an Android client in the works (no timeline yet)
  • There is a blackberry client in the works ( no time line yet)
  • There is a Nokia S60 version in the works (sooner than the other 2, but will only be ready when the coding is done). This version will utilize the Drifta with wifi support but the CPU needs to be above 700mhz.

The Nokia E71 runs at 381Mhz, the N95 at 330Mhz, the E72 runs at 600Mhz, N97 runs at 434Mhz. So, if the statement above is true, then only Nokia S60 phones released in late 2010/2011 like the N8 and E7 (only 680Mhz) may well work with the Drifta. So don’t hold out much hope then. This also makes me worry about which Blackberry Devices will be compatible with the Drifta. I wish they would just come out and say what is planned. The waiting sucks when after the wait you still probably won’t be able to use the device.

Posted in: Drifta, General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

Is there Drifta software for Linux or Mac ?

It has been confirmed that a Mac OS X version is well under development. I have seen and played with this (briefly) and it looks really slick, taking the best elements of the Windows and iPad versions. It is almost ready for release. Hold thumbs and you will get it soon.

No good news for Linux. There is no indication a Linux version is under development or will be developed.

 

Posted in: Drifta, The Drifta Device (original)

I keep getting “weak signal” error messages

Inside areas marked as having signal this normally isn’t a problem. In low signal areas there are things you can do to improve your signal. See “How can I improve my signal?”

If you have moved location a lot, sometimes a channel scan will sort this out. The decoder keeps the details of the channels and tries to use those when connecting. I have noticed that when travelling between Durban and Capetown I always need to do a channel scan in the next city. Only takes 3 minutes then you are back online.

 

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

How can I improve my signal?

1. Get a Drifta and get it activated

2. Install Software & Update via internet on you notebook. Use USB connection.

3. Buy a cheap outdoor TV antenna. I bought an antenna at a Chinese Shop – it looks like a death-ray device. It even has a remote control and built in booster, It cost R160. Install it on your roof to point in the direction of your regular Sentech TV transmission tower.

4. Get a FM wire antenna (Co-ax) and plug it into this antennae socket. Strip the wire and connect it to the telescopic antenna of the Drifta.

5. Switch on the power switch of Drifta and the the (cheap Chinese) outdoor antenna.

6. Start the drifta software on your notebook – make sure that devices and everything is recognised properly. The drifta software should display TV after it found the signal. Use your antenna remote control to rotate until a signal is found if it’s not working.

Others on the thread indicated you can use most putdoor antennas, or even just place the Drifta antenna against a metal item (such as a fan cover). When connecting the antenna, use the copper braiding (mesh) and not the central core.

(Thanks to JohanB for the original posting and others for their comments – see his posting and other discussion here :
http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/298157-DSTV-Drifta-Getting-it-to-work-where-the-signal-is-weak )

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original)

Can I use any other software as my player for Drifta?

People have been trying to get VLC and the like to work, in the hope of having more control and being able to make use of the Drifta on Linux and other platforms.  So far limited success, and of more interest from a technical rather than practical point of view. You can read some more here (mybroadband forum) but don’t expect to find anything useable. Yet.

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original)

Can I stream the signal to multiple computers/devices?

No, if you plug in the Drifta to the USB of your PC it turns the wifi off. The wifi allows one device to connect and stream the channel.

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

What is the battery life ?

+- 3 hours. When using it with a laptop it charges over the USB cable so this isn’t relevant.

iPhone battery life isnt a whole lot better when displaying video streaming over wifi so it is a fair match to the Drifta battery life.

See question on spare batteries if you need more.

 

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original)

Can I change the battery?

Yes the battery is accessible and could be changed. However, DSTV won’t sell you a spare at this time so it doesn’t really help. You can probably buy a compatible one. See battery type.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original)

What battery does it use?

It is a 1050mAh 3.7V Li-ion Battery, product code VP-BL-5C, made by Valups Corp.
A number of Nokia phones also use a BL-5C battery which also happens to be a 1050mAh 3.7V Li-ion Battery and from the photos online it looks identical.

Chances are this will work just fine. If buying one of these off ebay (or a local phone shop) just be careful of the mAh. A number of the online ones were advertised as “high capacity” but were only 700mAh.

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original)

The aerial is very flimsy what can I do?

I find that it doesn’t need to be fully extended to work, so generally leave it only partially extended which keeps it much more study and doesn’t expose the flimsy bit.

I also took the R5/month insurance option just incase I snap the thing off. Definitely worth it in my mind. Maybe a future version of the device will fix this problem.

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original)

What are the latest Drifta software versions?

Windows

The windows client software checks automatically to see whether a newer version of the client software exists (without your permission nogal). It reads a text file at the following url : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/version.txt

Just the version number is present in the file. As of 2011/7/7 it shows 1.3.1.

1.0.3

  • launch software

1.1.0

1.2.11

  • Still waiting to determine what has changed
  • Will only work with firmware 2.1.266
  • Full screen patch not available yet
  • Binary may be packed/encrypted

1.3.1

  • Released June 2011 (decoder.exe Binary dated 27/5/2011)
  • Mention of MacOS X in the install, yet to confirm if an OS X version is actually included
1.3.15
  • Released April 2012 (decoder.exe Binary dated 4/4/2012)

iphone/ipad/ipod touch

1.01.00

1.01.01

  • improved application stability
  • Interface enhancements
  • Embedded firmware update
  • Tests to see if jailbroken device and then doesn’t work
  • Unofficial patched version which works with jailbroken devices here

1.01.02    27 May 2o11

Official release notes per iTunes

I suspect it also includes the new firmware update.

1.01.07  21 Feb 2012

Size 14.1MB

Official release notes per iTunes (Thanks google cache)

  • Improved iOS 5 support
  • Optional audience measurement
  • Unofficial patched version for jailbroken devices as linked from this page. Also supports TV out.

1.01.09 03 June 2012

Size : 18.7MB

Official release notes per iTunes

  • Support for additional devices. (the new iDrifta)
  • Bug fixes.
  • Link to Appstore here

Get the latest official version from the Appstore

Android 

1.1.19 September 5, 2011 (Final stable version)

  • Size : 14 Meg
  • Requires Android 1.6 and up
  • Link to Android store here

1.1.30 March 8, 2012 (Honeycomb stable version)

  • Size : 16 Meg
  • Requires Android 3.0 and up
  • Link to Android store here
1.26.201 May 16,2012 (Beta version)
  • Size : 13 Meg
  • Supports Android 2.2 and up (including IceCreamSandwich 4.0+)
  • DStv Mobile Decoder Beta for Android 2.2, 2.3, 3.x and 4.x (with hardware buttons)
  • Link to Android store here

To use any of the above on a rooted Android device you will need to find something like OTA Rootkeeper.

Blackberry

1.0.0 November 22, 2012 (Beta)

  • Size : 15 132KB
  • Supports Phones running 4.5.0 or higher (though detailed description says needs OS5.0 or higher)
  • Supports Blackberry 8520, 8900, 9300, 9380 9700, 9790
  • No support of OS 7 or any other devices than above

Drifta firmware (Original)

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb.bin

  • Original launch version : Unknown (Does anyone have a copy or extract of the title from the file?)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.183 2010/11/30-14:53:58 (from firmware extract) , 2.1.183 (from status window)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51 (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:41:55 (required for Android software 1.1.19 to work)

USB Drifta firmware

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb_usb.bin

  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23  (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:38:31 (ships with Windows version 1.3.15 and maybe earlier)

 

Differences in Windows clients

1.3.15 vs 1.2.11 vs 1.1.0

Existing files with updated versions in 1.2.11:

  • Decoder.exe  2011/05/10 06:57      1 512KB
  • infcopy.exe    2010/12/06 02:34          79KB
  • tvnb.bin           2011/04/20 08:39    8 288KB

New files in 1.2.11:

  • IPSetup.exe      2011/03/18 06:21           58KB
  • tvnb_usb.bin   2011/05/03 02:09    5 840KB

This new tvnb_usb.bin has an interesting identification string “Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23 ”  vs the older style tvnb.bin identification string “Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51″. Is this a hint at a new Drifta decoder to come? Yes, indeed it turned out to be exactly that, the USB drifta.

Updated files in 1.3.15

  • Decoder.exe  2012/4/4 09:45PM  1515KB
  • tvnb.bin  2011/6/23 7:53PM 8 512KB
  • tvnb_usb 2011/6/23 7:56PM 6 064KB
  • avutil_50.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 120KB
  • avcodec_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 5 165KB
  • libpthread_2.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 69KB
  • avformat_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 865KB
  • avcore_0.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM  56KB

Thanks Dennis for providing some of the above information.

Posted in: Android, Blackberry, Drifta, iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

USB Drifta

What is the USB Drifta?

The USB Drifta is a new Drifta that looks rather like a USB 3G Modem or a Memory stick. It is a small dongle like device that plugs directly into your computer USB port and then works pretty much the same as the previous generation Drifta. No wires, no charging, less hassle. Only supports computers though, no mobile devices.

You can take a look at what it looks like and what is delivered here in the unboxing post.

Posted in: General questions, USB Drifta

Is the USB Drifta better than the Original Drifta?

It depends.

If you want to use your Drifta with an ipod/iphone/ipad, or if DStv eventually release the software, other mobile devices such as Android, Blackberry or Nokia, then you will need the Original Drifta. The Original drifta is a standalone device that has its own battery power and connects through to your mobile device via a wi-fi connection. It will also connect to a computer via a USB connection.

If you only wish to use the Drifta with your PC/Laptop, then the new USB drifta is better. It doesn’t have a battery, cables, need to be paired with the computer. It is smaller, lighter and cheaper. If you are sure you aren’t going to want to use it as a mobile device then go with this one.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Where can I get more info on the USB Drifta?

You can :

  • Download the user manual here
  • Read the press release on DSTV.COM here. There is a cute picture here.
  • Read the info on DStvMobile.com here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in: USB Drifta

Does the USB Drifta still need client software installed on your PC?

The intial press release implied that you could just plug in and use the Drifta. This led to the hope that the software would be preloaded onto the USB device and could install from there. This is not the case. The USB Drifta retail pack includes an install CD. This software must be installed first and then the Drifta can be plugged in and used. (Confirmed through the USB Drifta Quick start user guide.)

Posted in: USB Drifta

I just bought my Drifta, do I have to pay the subscription fee?

The advertising and documentation around this is a bit confusing.

The deal was that it was free until 31 March 2011. Then, if you were a Compact Subscriber and activated before 31 March 2011, you could have it free until 31 March 2011.

If you are a Premium subscriber you could have one free Drifta Subs until 31 March 2012.

The USB Drifta documentation still says that if you are a Compact subscriber and activate before 31 March 2011 you can have it free until 31 March 2012. I assume this an oversight and just poor editing of text for the website since we have already passed 31 March 2011, and the USB drifta was released to the public after this date. Poor show.

Posted in: Drifta, General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Is the picture any bigger on the USB Drifta?

Sadly it isn’t. It uses the same DVB-H technology and the broadcast is identical to the original drifta. No improvements here.

Posted in: USB Drifta

How do I see if there is coverage where I live?

The DStv Mobile website has quite a decent coverage map which shows whether you are likely to have coverage. Check your coverage here.

If you are way outside a covered area you probably won’t have much luck. If close to or within an area you are likely to be ok. You can of course always use extended aerials and the like. See the FAQ question on boosting signal.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Do you have to have a DTSV account to use a Drifta?

Yes, you do need a DSTV account to use a Drifta. You don’t have to have a R600/month account, but they need an account so they can bill you the R36/month fees (there is no prepaid option). DSTV can create an account quite easily so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

What does the USB Drifta look like?

It’s rather like an oversized memory stick, but that doesn’t really do it justice. Take a look at the unboxing post here for more pictures of it.

USB Drifta

See more pictures here in the DStv USB Drifta unboxed post.

Or in the review post here.

Posted in: USB Drifta

How do I stop the Drifta from forcing updates / checking in with the DStv servers?

The following is the list of servers and IP Addresses that the DStvmobile sites currently use :

  • mo-dev.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • mo-qa.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • mo-uat.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • ums.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.79
  • apps.dstvmobile.com 196.2.137.108

To block them, locate your hosts file and then  insert the following lines at the bottom:
127.0.0.1    mo-dev.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    mo-qa.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    mo-uat.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    ums.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    apps.dstvmobile.com

To locate your hosts file :
Windows 7/Vista/XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC

This will block all of these sites from being accessed by your computer and therefore stop any spying and/or forced upgrades from happening. Just be aware that if you want to upgrade the software yourself, you will either need to temporarily remove the entry from the hosts file and download your update from : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/latest.htm

To test you have it working, try and access the URL above after making the changes (and rebooting your computer).
What it does …
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local (your) machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems.

Extract from : http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Does the Drifta use a smartcard?

Neither the Drifta nor the USB Drifta make use of a smartcard. Both of the devices have a unique ID which is used for subscription purposes, but you don’t have any kind of card that needs to be inserted into the devices.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Will the USB and original Drifta work with Mac OS X

Yes, The Mac OS X version is compatible with the Drifta and the Drifta USB (Excerpt from DStv press release).

 

Posted in: Apple Mac OS X, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

How mobile is the decoder? can you use it on the move?

The Wifi drifta has a battery which lasts around 2.5 hours. When used with a laptop or mobile device it is fairly mobile physically.

I have used it with a laptop in Cape Town driving from the Waterfront to Blouberg with no major problems, and with my Android phone driving in Durban from Westville (Dawncliffe) through to La Lucia Ridge with no problems or signal loss.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Does the Drifta require an internet connection?

The Android version of the Drifta requires an internet connection. It checks back with the server that the software is being run on an authorised device.

If you have no signal then you won’t be able to load it, but once it’s loaded you don’t have to maintain an internet connection. If it crashes and you need to reload it, you need to disconnect from the Drifta (wifi) and reconnect to the internet so it can authenticate then start the process over again. It does not use the internet connection for any of the video feeds.

The PC version doesn’t require internet, but if you have a connection it will check back with the server (sending your personally identifiable decoder details) to the server to see if you have elected to take part in their programme monitoring. If you have made this election it will then send details back to the server on what you are watching. Again, no actual video feed is sent via the Internet.  It will also check with the server to see if a new version of the software is available and then “encourage” you to update.

 

Posted in: Android, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Do i need to have a TV license to buy a Drifta?

No, not for the Drifta or USB Drifta, however, the Walka is considered a TV so does require a TV license.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Do I have to have a premium DStv subscription to use a Walka/Drifta/USB Drifta?

No, you don’t need a premium subscription for a normal Drifta service. You can take a standalone Drifta subscription for R36/month.

To get the MNET Mobile channel you do however have to have a premium subscription.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

Activating DStv mobile online (without callling the call centre)

From 30 November 2011, subscribers can activate their DStv Mobile device ONLINE by visiting www.dstvmobile.com and following a few simple steps.

Previously, devices could only be activated telephonically through the MultiChoice call centre. With the introduction of online activations consumers now have a convenient, quick way to activate their device at any time.

To access the online activation service, a DStv Connect account is required; this can be created by visiting  http://www.dstv.com/Register.aspx. The activation service is available to all DStv Mobile subscribers and can be used to activate the Drifta, Drifta USB and the Walka TV.

(Extract from press release received from DStv mobile)

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

How do I get access to the Mnet Mobile channel on my Drifta/Walka?

If you are a DStv premium subscriber you will get access to this channel. If you are just a Drifta (R36/month) subscriber you will not get access to it and there is no way to buy access to just this channel without paying the full premium subscription.

 

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

I am getting error e16-4 service is currently scrambled on my Drifta

This comes up if your service is not activated, or if you are trying to access the Mnet Mobile channel and you don’t have a premium DStv subscription. Call the DStv / Multichoice call centre or visit their web page to activate your service.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

Can you plug a Drifta (USB or wifi) into a flat screen TV?

No. The Drifta needs software to run on the host device and this software is not built into any TV’s at this time and DStv have given no indication they will ever do so.

Some of the new generation Smart TV’s run Android and can download Android apps. Theoretically DStv could update their Android App to then support the USB Drifta plugged directly into such a TV, however, they have not indicated any intention to do so, and likely never will.

The Drifta is intented for mobile use, hence the limitations to small screen devices, and the artificial limitation to a quarter of your screen on a PC. Given this, it is extremely unlikely DStv would then enable the use of the device on large flat screen TV’s.

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

What are the latest Drifta software versions?

Windows

The windows client software checks automatically to see whether a newer version of the client software exists (without your permission nogal). It reads a text file at the following url : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/version.txt

Just the version number is present in the file. As of 2011/7/7 it shows 1.3.1.

1.0.3

  • launch software

1.1.0

1.2.11

  • Still waiting to determine what has changed
  • Will only work with firmware 2.1.266
  • Full screen patch not available yet
  • Binary may be packed/encrypted

1.3.1

  • Released June 2011 (decoder.exe Binary dated 27/5/2011)
  • Mention of MacOS X in the install, yet to confirm if an OS X version is actually included
1.3.15
  • Released April 2012 (decoder.exe Binary dated 4/4/2012)

iphone/ipad/ipod touch

1.01.00

1.01.01

  • improved application stability
  • Interface enhancements
  • Embedded firmware update
  • Tests to see if jailbroken device and then doesn’t work
  • Unofficial patched version which works with jailbroken devices here

1.01.02    27 May 2o11

Official release notes per iTunes

I suspect it also includes the new firmware update.

1.01.07  21 Feb 2012

Size 14.1MB

Official release notes per iTunes (Thanks google cache)

  • Improved iOS 5 support
  • Optional audience measurement
  • Unofficial patched version for jailbroken devices as linked from this page. Also supports TV out.

1.01.09 03 June 2012

Size : 18.7MB

Official release notes per iTunes

  • Support for additional devices. (the new iDrifta)
  • Bug fixes.
  • Link to Appstore here

Get the latest official version from the Appstore

Android 

1.1.19 September 5, 2011 (Final stable version)

  • Size : 14 Meg
  • Requires Android 1.6 and up
  • Link to Android store here

1.1.30 March 8, 2012 (Honeycomb stable version)

  • Size : 16 Meg
  • Requires Android 3.0 and up
  • Link to Android store here
1.26.201 May 16,2012 (Beta version)
  • Size : 13 Meg
  • Supports Android 2.2 and up (including IceCreamSandwich 4.0+)
  • DStv Mobile Decoder Beta for Android 2.2, 2.3, 3.x and 4.x (with hardware buttons)
  • Link to Android store here

To use any of the above on a rooted Android device you will need to find something like OTA Rootkeeper.

Blackberry

1.0.0 November 22, 2012 (Beta)

  • Size : 15 132KB
  • Supports Phones running 4.5.0 or higher (though detailed description says needs OS5.0 or higher)
  • Supports Blackberry 8520, 8900, 9300, 9380 9700, 9790
  • No support of OS 7 or any other devices than above

Drifta firmware (Original)

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb.bin

  • Original launch version : Unknown (Does anyone have a copy or extract of the title from the file?)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.183 2010/11/30-14:53:58 (from firmware extract) , 2.1.183 (from status window)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51 (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:41:55 (required for Android software 1.1.19 to work)

USB Drifta firmware

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb_usb.bin

  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23  (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:38:31 (ships with Windows version 1.3.15 and maybe earlier)

 

Differences in Windows clients

1.3.15 vs 1.2.11 vs 1.1.0

Existing files with updated versions in 1.2.11:

  • Decoder.exe  2011/05/10 06:57      1 512KB
  • infcopy.exe    2010/12/06 02:34          79KB
  • tvnb.bin           2011/04/20 08:39    8 288KB

New files in 1.2.11:

  • IPSetup.exe      2011/03/18 06:21           58KB
  • tvnb_usb.bin   2011/05/03 02:09    5 840KB

This new tvnb_usb.bin has an interesting identification string “Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23 ”  vs the older style tvnb.bin identification string “Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51″. Is this a hint at a new Drifta decoder to come? Yes, indeed it turned out to be exactly that, the USB drifta.

Updated files in 1.3.15

  • Decoder.exe  2012/4/4 09:45PM  1515KB
  • tvnb.bin  2011/6/23 7:53PM 8 512KB
  • tvnb_usb 2011/6/23 7:56PM 6 064KB
  • avutil_50.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 120KB
  • avcodec_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 5 165KB
  • libpthread_2.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 69KB
  • avformat_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 865KB
  • avcore_0.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM  56KB

Thanks Dennis for providing some of the above information.

Posted in: Android, Blackberry, Drifta, iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Walka

What is the Walka?

The Walka Handheld TV is a slim, lightweight portable TV for DStv mobile with a built in 3.5” viewing screen

Posted in: Walka

Why would I want a Walka ?

The Walka is a portable TV with no other devices required to view. Unlike the Drifta devices which need an Android, Blackberry or idevice this is completely standalone. It won’t use up your phone battery life and you can still use your phone or tablet for doing other things. Unlike the Android Drifta this doesn’t need internet access either.

Posted in: Walka

When and where can I get a Walka?

The device will be available at MultiChoice centres and select retail outlets from 1 December 2011 (just phone around first, don’t forget Makro has an online stock checker, makes life easy to find one when launched).

Posted in: Walka

What is the price of the Walka?

It has a recommended retail price of R649.

Posted in: Walka

Do I need to have a TV license to buy a Walka?

Yes, the Walka is considered to be a TV so does require that you own a TV license. The Drifta devices are considered decoders and do not require TV licenses.

Posted in: Walka

Can I plug my Walka into my PC/Mobile Device ?

The Walka is  a standalone device and cannot be plugged into a TV, PC, or mobile device.

Posted in: Walka

Do I have to have a premium DStv subscription to use a Walka/Drifta/USB Drifta?

No, you don’t need a premium subscription for a normal Drifta service. You can take a standalone Drifta subscription for R36/month.

To get the MNET Mobile channel you do however have to have a premium subscription.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

Activating DStv mobile online (without callling the call centre)

From 30 November 2011, subscribers can activate their DStv Mobile device ONLINE by visiting www.dstvmobile.com and following a few simple steps.

Previously, devices could only be activated telephonically through the MultiChoice call centre. With the introduction of online activations consumers now have a convenient, quick way to activate their device at any time.

To access the online activation service, a DStv Connect account is required; this can be created by visiting  http://www.dstv.com/Register.aspx. The activation service is available to all DStv Mobile subscribers and can be used to activate the Drifta, Drifta USB and the Walka TV.

(Extract from press release received from DStv mobile)

 

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

How do I get access to the Mnet Mobile channel on my Drifta/Walka?

If you are a DStv premium subscriber you will get access to this channel. If you are just a Drifta (R36/month) subscriber you will not get access to it and there is no way to buy access to just this channel without paying the full premium subscription.

 

Posted in: General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

I am getting error e16-4 service is currently scrambled on my Drifta

This comes up if your service is not activated, or if you are trying to access the Mnet Mobile channel and you don’t have a premium DStv subscription. Call the DStv / Multichoice call centre or visit their web page to activate your service.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Walka

iDrifta

Can my iDrifta charge my iOS device?

The iDrifta will not charge your iOS device.

Posted in: iDrifta

If I charge the iDrifta while its plugged into the iDevice will it charge it?

No. Although you can charge the iDrifta using the microUSB connector even when it is plugged into your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch, it will only charge the iDrifta and not the iDevice.

Posted in: iDrifta

Can my iDevice charge my iDrifta?

The iDevice cannot charge the iDrifta, and the iDrifta must at least have a little bit of power to be recognised by the iDevice. However, if you are watching something and the iDrifta runs out of battery power the iDevice power will be used and you will be able to continue to watch. If you unplug your iDrifta though it will not be recognised again when you plug it into your iDevice until it has at least been charged a little.

Posted in: iDrifta

What is the battery life of the iDrifta? Charge time?

Per the DSTV mobile website and FAQ the iDrifta will last approximately 3 hours when in continuous use.

The iDrifta will take around 4 hours to charge when connected to your PC using a micro-USB cable and approximately 1.5 hours when connected to the main power supply using a cell phone charger or similar device.

Posted in: iDrifta

Can I use the iDrifta on a jailbroken iDevice?

Not currently. The iDrifta uses version 1.09 of the DSTV mobile software. There is no patched version of this yet, the highest patched release is 1.07 which doesn’t support the iDrifta.

The XCON software which fools apps into thinking the device is not jailbroken also doesn’t support the latest version of the DSTV mobile software.

So for now, don’t buy this device thinking you can use it on your jailbroken device.

Posted in: iDrifta

Can I use airplay or TV out with iDrifta?

Per the DSTV Mobile website :

Due to content rights, Airplay is not allowed when using the iDrifta.

If a user selects the Airplay icon and then an Airplay device (Apple TV), while the mobile TV app is playing, a warning message will be displayed and the app will automatically close.

You will also not be able to use TV out through any of the adapter cables.

Posted in: iDrifta

I have been using iDrifta, how do I get normal wifi Drifta working again?

Once you have used your iDevice with an iDrifta it will expect to use the iDrifta next time you start up the application and will complain the iDrifta is not connected even if you have manually connected the wifi to the normal wifi drifter.

The solution to this is to go into your apple settings on the iDevice. Find the settings for the DSTV mobile application and then in those settings select the option to pair to a new device. When you load up the application again it won’t assume it is going to connect to the iDrifta so you will be able to use your wifi Drifta again.

Posted in: iDrifta

I plugged the iDrifta into my iPod/iPhone/iPad and nothing happens; what must I do?

The documentation says that when you plug in your iDrifta the iDevice will automatically detect it and start the DSTV Mobile application. I have found this is not always true. If you plug in the iDrifta and the app doesn’t start then try and start it up manually, this may solve the problem.

Note that the iDrifta must have some battery life to allow it to be detected by an iOS device; if the battery is completely flat; the iDrifta will not detected by the iOS device. Plug in your cell phone charger (most use micro USB these days) for a quick boost and then you will be good to go.

 

Posted in: iDrifta

How big is the iDrifta?

Take a look at the unboxing photos over here : http://j-j.co.za/2012/06/idrifta-unboxing-and-some-initial-comments/

This will give you a fair idea of size relative to the iDevice, the Apple connector and the old Wifi Drifta. Note that the aerial for the iDrifta is made of a soft wire so seems to fold away quite easily and neatly.

Posted in: iDrifta

I want to see the manual for the iDrifta

Take a look here for a copy of the quick start guide : http://j-j.co.za/2012/06/idrifta-quick-start-guide-images/

Posted in: iDrifta

iPad/iPod/iPhone

Is it possible to use the WIFI to connect to a device while plugged in to a PC USB port for charging?

As soon as you plug your Drifta into a PC (which has the Drifta device driver loaded) the Wifi on the Drifta is disabled to prevent you using the Drifta on the PC and a wireless device at the same time.

I couldn’t find a way in the client software to enable the Wifi (and disable the client), but there is a way. Not convenient but it does work for me.

Here goes :

  • Plug in the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes out
  • Right click on “My Computer”
  • Choose “Manage”
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Expand the “Network Adaptors” grouping
  • Right click on “DStv mobile decoder”
  • Select “Disable”
  • Now unplug the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes on
  • Plug the Drifta back in
  • It should now charge and stay WiFi enabled.

However, if you now load the Windows software it won’t detect the device.

To enable again :

  • Repeat the above procedure
  • In the final step choose “Enable”
  • Unplug and plug back in
  • Wifi now goes off
  • You can now use the Windows software.

 

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

I am getting no sound on my iPhone / iPad

If you are experiencing an issue where you have no sound on the iPad, but have full signal and nothing else seems to be wrong.

The only thing that seems to work is a full reset of the iPad and then re-synching it to the Drifta. Not ideal but at least it works.

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone

How do I install an .ipa file onto my iPhone/iPad ?

Drag and drop the ipa into itunes under Apps. And then sync your apps with your ipad apps and it should allow you to drag and drop as you please.

If it doent work, you might need to go into Cydia, go to sources and find appsync for your iOS version and install it.
there’s a youtube vid on how to install IPA files. its not hard. I haven’t tried these methods, but they provide details on installing .ipa’s. From what I can see all of these require jailbroken devices and the use of Cydia. I am assuming if you have jailbroken your device you already have Cydia installed so this shouldn’t be a problem. If your device isn’t jailbroken then you wouldn’t be needing to install an unoffical .ipa.

Installing ipa on an iPhone (link here)

Installing ipa on an iPad (link here)

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone

I can’t get sound on my iPad what can I do ?

The process the call centre took me through to get the sound back on my iPad was to toggle the Mute/Lock rotation switch under General, then power cycle the iPad. That did the trick for me.

(Thanks Franz)

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone

Can I stream the signal to multiple computers/devices?

No, if you plug in the Drifta to the USB of your PC it turns the wifi off. The wifi allows one device to connect and stream the channel.

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

Can I plug my iphone/ipad into the TV and watch on my big screen TV ?

No, the dstvmobile software disables the tv out option. In the forums they claim this is due to licensing.

Somewhere I read that on a jailbroken device you can. The latest official iPhone software doesn’t work on jailbroken devices, the older version does, and patched versions do. See jailbreak question for more detail.

 

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone

Can I use Drifta on my jailbroken ipad/iphone/itouch?

The software does a check and won’t work on jailbroken devices. There are older versions of the software which don’t have this check and they can be found if you google for them (or check here ).

There is an application called Xcon which is available in the Cydia store which allows jailbreak detection to be bypassed for a number of applications including the latest version (1.01.09) of the DSTV application.  I have tested with this version, and had confirmation from another party that it works a treat.

There are also unofficial patched versions (try here ) and the newer v1.01.02  available here as well as V1.01.07 (with TV out) linked from here.

DSTV claim this is due to licensing (again), and it is also likely they don’t want jailbroken devices using it as they can then also bypass the output to TV restriction. Amusingly enough, using the standard application (which doesn’t work) on a Jailbroken device would not let you use the TV out, however, one of the kind souls out there has made a patch to the standard application to allow it to work on Jailbroken devices (as above) and at the same time remove the TV out restriction. Wonderful case of the Streissand effect. Be careful what you do, the consequences can be to cause what you feared.  Look around on Xsellize forums (linked above) and you may find what you seek.

The very latest 1.01.09 iPad application released on 3 June 2012 (Appstore link) which supports the iDrifta doesn’t seem to have been patched yet.

 

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone

What is the battery life ?

+- 3 hours. When using it with a laptop it charges over the USB cable so this isn’t relevant.

iPhone battery life isnt a whole lot better when displaying video streaming over wifi so it is a fair match to the Drifta battery life.

See question on spare batteries if you need more.

 

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original)

Why can’t I connect to the wifi network when using Drifta on my iphone?

Your iPhone connects to the Drifta over wifi and can only have one connection at a time.  Sorry.

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone

My iPhone loses connection to the Drifta from time to time?

The wifi signal is prone to interference. In my review period I found I lost signal when the microwave was switched on. The closer the Drifta device is to the iPhone the less likely this is to happen.

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone

What are the latest Drifta software versions?

Windows

The windows client software checks automatically to see whether a newer version of the client software exists (without your permission nogal). It reads a text file at the following url : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/version.txt

Just the version number is present in the file. As of 2011/7/7 it shows 1.3.1.

1.0.3

  • launch software

1.1.0

1.2.11

  • Still waiting to determine what has changed
  • Will only work with firmware 2.1.266
  • Full screen patch not available yet
  • Binary may be packed/encrypted

1.3.1

  • Released June 2011 (decoder.exe Binary dated 27/5/2011)
  • Mention of MacOS X in the install, yet to confirm if an OS X version is actually included
1.3.15
  • Released April 2012 (decoder.exe Binary dated 4/4/2012)

iphone/ipad/ipod touch

1.01.00

1.01.01

  • improved application stability
  • Interface enhancements
  • Embedded firmware update
  • Tests to see if jailbroken device and then doesn’t work
  • Unofficial patched version which works with jailbroken devices here

1.01.02    27 May 2o11

Official release notes per iTunes

I suspect it also includes the new firmware update.

1.01.07  21 Feb 2012

Size 14.1MB

Official release notes per iTunes (Thanks google cache)

  • Improved iOS 5 support
  • Optional audience measurement
  • Unofficial patched version for jailbroken devices as linked from this page. Also supports TV out.

1.01.09 03 June 2012

Size : 18.7MB

Official release notes per iTunes

  • Support for additional devices. (the new iDrifta)
  • Bug fixes.
  • Link to Appstore here

Get the latest official version from the Appstore

Android 

1.1.19 September 5, 2011 (Final stable version)

  • Size : 14 Meg
  • Requires Android 1.6 and up
  • Link to Android store here

1.1.30 March 8, 2012 (Honeycomb stable version)

  • Size : 16 Meg
  • Requires Android 3.0 and up
  • Link to Android store here
1.26.201 May 16,2012 (Beta version)
  • Size : 13 Meg
  • Supports Android 2.2 and up (including IceCreamSandwich 4.0+)
  • DStv Mobile Decoder Beta for Android 2.2, 2.3, 3.x and 4.x (with hardware buttons)
  • Link to Android store here

To use any of the above on a rooted Android device you will need to find something like OTA Rootkeeper.

Blackberry

1.0.0 November 22, 2012 (Beta)

  • Size : 15 132KB
  • Supports Phones running 4.5.0 or higher (though detailed description says needs OS5.0 or higher)
  • Supports Blackberry 8520, 8900, 9300, 9380 9700, 9790
  • No support of OS 7 or any other devices than above

Drifta firmware (Original)

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb.bin

  • Original launch version : Unknown (Does anyone have a copy or extract of the title from the file?)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.183 2010/11/30-14:53:58 (from firmware extract) , 2.1.183 (from status window)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51 (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:41:55 (required for Android software 1.1.19 to work)

USB Drifta firmware

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb_usb.bin

  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23  (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:38:31 (ships with Windows version 1.3.15 and maybe earlier)

 

Differences in Windows clients

1.3.15 vs 1.2.11 vs 1.1.0

Existing files with updated versions in 1.2.11:

  • Decoder.exe  2011/05/10 06:57      1 512KB
  • infcopy.exe    2010/12/06 02:34          79KB
  • tvnb.bin           2011/04/20 08:39    8 288KB

New files in 1.2.11:

  • IPSetup.exe      2011/03/18 06:21           58KB
  • tvnb_usb.bin   2011/05/03 02:09    5 840KB

This new tvnb_usb.bin has an interesting identification string “Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23 ”  vs the older style tvnb.bin identification string “Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51″. Is this a hint at a new Drifta decoder to come? Yes, indeed it turned out to be exactly that, the USB drifta.

Updated files in 1.3.15

  • Decoder.exe  2012/4/4 09:45PM  1515KB
  • tvnb.bin  2011/6/23 7:53PM 8 512KB
  • tvnb_usb 2011/6/23 7:56PM 6 064KB
  • avutil_50.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 120KB
  • avcodec_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 5 165KB
  • libpthread_2.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 69KB
  • avformat_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 865KB
  • avcore_0.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM  56KB

Thanks Dennis for providing some of the above information.

Posted in: Android, Blackberry, Drifta, iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Android

When is this software coming?

Android : As of the morning of 6/9/2011 the Android software is available on the Google Android market place.

Mac OS X : As of the 21/11/2011 the Mac OS X version is available in the Mac App Store :

  • Launch the app store from you Mac.
  • Search for DStv Mobile decoder in the search field
  • Click on the free/install button once the app is found.
  • The application will now be installed on your computer

Keep watching  j-j.co.za and dstvmobile.com for updates on further support devices.

Posted in: Android, Apple Mac OS X

Which Android devices are supported?

Accurate as of 025/05/2012  

Currently the application works on the following devices, running Android 2.1, 2.2 or 2.3 using standard App:

  • Sony Ericsson Play (R800i)
  • LG Optimus Black (LG P970)
  • Motorola Defy (MB 525)
  • Motorola Defy + (MB 526)
  • HTC ChaCha
  • HTC Desire / Desire S /Desire HD
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ (GT-P1000, GT-P1010, GT-P1013, SPH-100, GT-P1000T, SHW-M180L, SHW-M180K, SHW-M180S, SMT-i9000, SGH-T849, SCH-I800, GT-P1000R, GT-P1000L, GT-P1000M, SC-01C, GT-P1000N)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000)
The following additional devices are now enabled on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) through the beta application (here):
  • HTC Sensation (Z710e)
  • Huawei u8800 (U8800Pro)
  • Huawei Idios X5 (IDEOS X5)
  • HTC Flyer (P510e)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 Mini (E10i)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro (U20i)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 (X10i)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (R800i)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray (ST18i)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Active (ST17i)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro (MK16i)
  • Motorola MB860 (MB860)
  • Motorola Atrix (XT530)
  • Motorola RAZR (XT910)
  • Sony Ericsson Arc S (LT18i)
  • Sony Ericsson Neo S (MT15i)
  • LG Optimus 3D (LG-P920)
  • LG Optimus 3D Max (LG-P725)
  • LG Optimus L7 (LG-P705)
  • LG Optimus L3 (LG-E400)
  • LG Optimus L5 (LG-E610)
  • LG Optimus Pro (LG-C660)
  • LG Prada (LG-P940)
  • LG Tablet (LG-V901)
  • Sony Xperia S (LT26i)
  • Sony Xperia arc (LT15a)
  • Sony Xperia Neo V (MT11A)
  • Sony Xperia Pro (MK16A)
  • Vantium V1 (Vantium)
And the following devices running Android 3 (Honeycomb) (app here)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ (GT-P7510, GT-P7500, GT-P7100)
  • Samsung Galaxy 8.9″ (GT-P7300)
  • Motorola XOOM (umts_everest)

That’s it for now. Dont forget, check the FAQ if you need to run on a rooted device (OTA Rootkeeper).

What we do know :

  • Phones and Tablets will be supported
  • Specific white listed devices only, the ones listed above, more supported over time
  • No Honeycomb or Ice-cream Sandwich for now
  • Not all Android devices meet the minimum specifications required
  • Rooted devices will NOT be “officially” supported just as jailbroken iDevices are not
    • If you have a supported device but is is rooted, use OTA Rootkeeper in order to be able to use the official client on your rooted device without problem.

Posted in: Android

My Android device is rooted, will the Drifta software work?

No, as with iPhones, rooted devices are not (officially) supported however

There are (were)  hacked versions floating around. Take a look at the question on getting it to work on unsupported devices : j-j.co.za/gofaq

A beter way is to use something like  OTA Rootkeeper from Supercurio (link here) which will temporarily unroot the phone and get you past the root check. Enjoy :)

 

 

 

 

Posted in: Android

Does the Drifta require an internet connection?

The Android version of the Drifta requires an internet connection. It checks back with the server that the software is being run on an authorised device.

If you have no signal then you won’t be able to load it, but once it’s loaded you don’t have to maintain an internet connection. If it crashes and you need to reload it, you need to disconnect from the Drifta (wifi) and reconnect to the internet so it can authenticate then start the process over again. It does not use the internet connection for any of the video feeds.

The PC version doesn’t require internet, but if you have a connection it will check back with the server (sending your personally identifiable decoder details) to the server to see if you have elected to take part in their programme monitoring. If you have made this election it will then send details back to the server on what you are watching. Again, no actual video feed is sent via the Internet.  It will also check with the server to see if a new version of the software is available and then “encourage” you to update.

 

Posted in: Android, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Where do I get the Android client software?

Officially get it from the Android Market Place : here

Someone has already uploaded the APK here : here. No reason to take this version, use the official one.

Posted in: Android

Getting the Drifta software to work on “unsupported” devices

The official app now supports a more than just the original handful of Samsung and HTC devices. Try search from your phone or market place and see if your device comes up as compatible before trying the methods below. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.valups.tivit.app.finaldstv&feature=search_result

If you are working on a supported device but your phone is rooted, check here about using OTA Rootkeeper.

Tutorial DRIFTA on ANY Android Device : As posted on MyBroadBand

Hi everyone.

Please download the following application:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=xxxx (Link broken, file on megaupload.com has been taken down – also referenced in MultiChoice take down notice)

We need to modify the phone so that it acts like a Galaxy S.
We do this by modifying build.prop.
Then get ES File Manager from the Market
Open ES File Manager and go to Menu > Settings > Root Options and enable both check boxes
With ES File Manager, make a copy of the build.prop file that’s in the /system folder, just in case

Open the build.prop file and change these two lines:
ro.product.model=’your phone’s name’ to ro.product.model=GT-I9000
ro.product.manufacturer=’whatever’ to ro.product.manufacturer=samsung
Reboot and you’re done.

Working on my Samsung Galaxy Spica

Thanks to Fransh from Cape Town for the info.

 

Update : A version which works on rooted devices and fakes the server check (is no more -left in for informational purposes)

On threat from Multichoice the links to the versions which work on more devices than the official version have been removed (temporarily). I have some questions around the validity of the takedown notice which I have mailed to Jannie Delport, Technology Risk Manager, Broadcast Technology Division, Multichoice. The response from Jannie will determine whether the links are reinstated or removed permanently.

for fear of dstv actually prosecuting me, i’ll use a different account. (PeterJoe on MyBroadband.co.za)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=xxxx (mega upload link removed on threat from Multichoice)

http://www.filesonic.com/file/xxxx (filesonic link removed on threat from Multichoice)

This version skips the root check and fakes the authentication token it sends to the dstv servers; so no build.prop modification required. works on my htc device. please let me know if your device works.

Some comments on the Compatibility

  • Sebastian.s1994 confirms : Thanks, I tried this with my RBM HD/Ideos X5/U8800H and it worked
  • Jola : Also works on Sony Xperia Arc – but does not work on Xoom with 3.2.
  • Elimentals : Odd, as it was reported to work on Asus Eee Pad
  • AndySor : Does not work on my non-rooted Desire 2.3 (non HD). Once I select a channel it crashes.
  • Phaktza : Hmmm. My DHD worked 100s on my Leedroid ROM
  • Fransch : 100%. sorry to hear it not working for the non-rooters! Why not look into methods of rooting, think unrooting a devices is possible.
  • Mike Smit : Still failed on my Herotab at auth and drops to the home screen. On my Asus Transformer however – 100%
  • NickZA : Works on My Desire HD! No Root Required (Saved me alot of headache) Doesnt work on My Galaxy Tab 10.1v.
  • PhoneJunky : Seems to be working for me with my SGS that is rooted.
  • Jola : I still get an authentication error with my 3.2 Xoom ! But it does work with my Sony Xperia Arc !!! Thanks !
  • Nut123 : Epic, working on HTC Legend – thank you!
  • NickZA : Can confirm it works on HTC sensation stock.

Posted in: Android

Can the Android app be moved to SD ?

The current version (1.1.19) is a 27.97Mb download, and installed takes around 19.33Mb

App2SD (version 2.32 - 1409) cannot move any of it to SD.

Posted in: Android

How do I create an .APK file from an installed application?

Install Estrong (ES File explorer , then use Estrong’s backup feature to backup the app (a button that looks like a set of gears). The app will be copied to your storage card’s download folder. Then just copy the apk file to your computer. (Source : Androidforums.com link)

This will allow you to install the application onto other devices without having to use up valuable on-device bandwidth. Works well.

Posted in: Android

How do I install a .apk file onto my device?

Copy the .APK file onto your device’s memory card, then use a file explorer such as ES File Explorer (link here) to run it, it will then install. You may need to change a setting on your device to allow it to install applications that have not been directly downloaded from the Android App store.

Posted in: Android

Please send me a link to or email me the DStv mobile decoder .APK file

I am sorry I can’t do that. Although the application is free and you can download it directly from the Android App store DStv mobile seem to think that one person making it available to another infringes their copyright. If you need to get it onto a device that isn’t directly supported by the app store then you will need to download it onto one device you own, create yourself a backup (or .APK file) and then move it to your other device. Just be aware, if you are putting it on an unsupported device that it will then probably fail the authentication check unless you are spoofing your device ID.

See other questions in the FAQ on creating a .APK file and installing it.

Posted in: Android

What information is exchanged during the “anonymous authentication”?

There is a lot of uncertainty around this. Conversations with numerous people have elicited different responses. Here is what I do know :

The Android client

  • does a DNS lookup for wl.dstvmobile.com
  • This returns the IP address 196.25.48.79 (via ns2.mweb.co.za)
  • An HTTPS connection is then established
  • Certificate sent through from server (issued to : *.dstvmobile.com by Entrust Certification Authority – L1C valid from 2010/2/15 to 2013/2/10)
  • Handshaking and cipher exchange
  • two data block sent of 342 bytes and then 1318 bytes
Since the data is encrypted sniffing the packets doesn’t help give insight into the contents. Next steps, set up an SSL proxy and see if that will give us the required content.
There is currently nothing at https://wl.dstvmobile.com/ which just returns an under construction IIS message.

Posted in: Android

Where can I find a sample build.prop file?

Here is a copy of the build.prop from my HTC Desire. 

http://j-j.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/build.propHTC_Desire.txt

Hope it helps. 

If you have one of the other supported devices feel free to send me your build.prop files, will be happy to share, maybe it helps out some others.

Posted in: Android

What are the latest Drifta software versions?

Windows

The windows client software checks automatically to see whether a newer version of the client software exists (without your permission nogal). It reads a text file at the following url : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/version.txt

Just the version number is present in the file. As of 2011/7/7 it shows 1.3.1.

1.0.3

  • launch software

1.1.0

1.2.11

  • Still waiting to determine what has changed
  • Will only work with firmware 2.1.266
  • Full screen patch not available yet
  • Binary may be packed/encrypted

1.3.1

  • Released June 2011 (decoder.exe Binary dated 27/5/2011)
  • Mention of MacOS X in the install, yet to confirm if an OS X version is actually included
1.3.15
  • Released April 2012 (decoder.exe Binary dated 4/4/2012)

iphone/ipad/ipod touch

1.01.00

1.01.01

  • improved application stability
  • Interface enhancements
  • Embedded firmware update
  • Tests to see if jailbroken device and then doesn’t work
  • Unofficial patched version which works with jailbroken devices here

1.01.02    27 May 2o11

Official release notes per iTunes

I suspect it also includes the new firmware update.

1.01.07  21 Feb 2012

Size 14.1MB

Official release notes per iTunes (Thanks google cache)

  • Improved iOS 5 support
  • Optional audience measurement
  • Unofficial patched version for jailbroken devices as linked from this page. Also supports TV out.

1.01.09 03 June 2012

Size : 18.7MB

Official release notes per iTunes

  • Support for additional devices. (the new iDrifta)
  • Bug fixes.
  • Link to Appstore here

Get the latest official version from the Appstore

Android 

1.1.19 September 5, 2011 (Final stable version)

  • Size : 14 Meg
  • Requires Android 1.6 and up
  • Link to Android store here

1.1.30 March 8, 2012 (Honeycomb stable version)

  • Size : 16 Meg
  • Requires Android 3.0 and up
  • Link to Android store here
1.26.201 May 16,2012 (Beta version)
  • Size : 13 Meg
  • Supports Android 2.2 and up (including IceCreamSandwich 4.0+)
  • DStv Mobile Decoder Beta for Android 2.2, 2.3, 3.x and 4.x (with hardware buttons)
  • Link to Android store here

To use any of the above on a rooted Android device you will need to find something like OTA Rootkeeper.

Blackberry

1.0.0 November 22, 2012 (Beta)

  • Size : 15 132KB
  • Supports Phones running 4.5.0 or higher (though detailed description says needs OS5.0 or higher)
  • Supports Blackberry 8520, 8900, 9300, 9380 9700, 9790
  • No support of OS 7 or any other devices than above

Drifta firmware (Original)

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb.bin

  • Original launch version : Unknown (Does anyone have a copy or extract of the title from the file?)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.183 2010/11/30-14:53:58 (from firmware extract) , 2.1.183 (from status window)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51 (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:41:55 (required for Android software 1.1.19 to work)

USB Drifta firmware

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb_usb.bin

  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23  (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:38:31 (ships with Windows version 1.3.15 and maybe earlier)

 

Differences in Windows clients

1.3.15 vs 1.2.11 vs 1.1.0

Existing files with updated versions in 1.2.11:

  • Decoder.exe  2011/05/10 06:57      1 512KB
  • infcopy.exe    2010/12/06 02:34          79KB
  • tvnb.bin           2011/04/20 08:39    8 288KB

New files in 1.2.11:

  • IPSetup.exe      2011/03/18 06:21           58KB
  • tvnb_usb.bin   2011/05/03 02:09    5 840KB

This new tvnb_usb.bin has an interesting identification string “Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23 ”  vs the older style tvnb.bin identification string “Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51″. Is this a hint at a new Drifta decoder to come? Yes, indeed it turned out to be exactly that, the USB drifta.

Updated files in 1.3.15

  • Decoder.exe  2012/4/4 09:45PM  1515KB
  • tvnb.bin  2011/6/23 7:53PM 8 512KB
  • tvnb_usb 2011/6/23 7:56PM 6 064KB
  • avutil_50.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 120KB
  • avcodec_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 5 165KB
  • libpthread_2.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 69KB
  • avformat_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 865KB
  • avcore_0.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM  56KB

Thanks Dennis for providing some of the above information.

Posted in: Android, Blackberry, Drifta, iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Blackberry

Any news on Blackberry client for DSTV Drifta?

Updated 26/11/2011

The application is compatible with the following BlackBerry devices:

  • Bold 9000
  • Bold 9700
  • Curve 8520
  • Curve 8900
  • Curve 9300

The application is available at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/64226?lang=en

Because the BlackBerry application is a public beta, no minimum performance can be guaranteed.

No support is available for OS7 devices or the latest devices, so no luck for the owners of the Torch or the new Bold 9900. If you follow the appworld link from one of these devices (eg 9900) app world just gives an error message saying the software is unavailable for the device.

DStv say they are working on getting support for these devices. Let’s hope this doesn’t take as long to get sorted as the Beta did.

Posted in: Blackberry, General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

Can i use the Drifta with my Blackberry Bold 9900, Storm or Torch?

Sorry, it works only on a limited number of Blackberry Devices and none of these are included.

Posted in: Blackberry

Are ANY Blackberry OS 7 devices supported by Drifta?

Sadly none of the new devices are supported. If your contract is up for renewal and you are getting a shiny new Blackberry you will be out of luck.

The following are all OS 7 devices :

  • BlackBerry Bold 9790/9900/9930,
  • BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370/9380, and
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810/9850/9860.

Posted in: Blackberry

Does the Drifta work on the Blackberry Playbook?

No the Drifta application doesn’t work on the Blackberry Playbook.

If you are feeling adventurous you could try this :

http://crackberry.com/how-install-android-market-and-other-applications-your-blackberry-playbook

And then try get hold of the “patched” version of the application. There is a slight chance this may work. Sadly I don’t have a Playbook to try this out on. If anyone gets this working please let us know.

Posted in: Blackberry

What are the latest Drifta software versions?

Windows

The windows client software checks automatically to see whether a newer version of the client software exists (without your permission nogal). It reads a text file at the following url : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/version.txt

Just the version number is present in the file. As of 2011/7/7 it shows 1.3.1.

1.0.3

  • launch software

1.1.0

1.2.11

  • Still waiting to determine what has changed
  • Will only work with firmware 2.1.266
  • Full screen patch not available yet
  • Binary may be packed/encrypted

1.3.1

  • Released June 2011 (decoder.exe Binary dated 27/5/2011)
  • Mention of MacOS X in the install, yet to confirm if an OS X version is actually included
1.3.15
  • Released April 2012 (decoder.exe Binary dated 4/4/2012)

iphone/ipad/ipod touch

1.01.00

1.01.01

  • improved application stability
  • Interface enhancements
  • Embedded firmware update
  • Tests to see if jailbroken device and then doesn’t work
  • Unofficial patched version which works with jailbroken devices here

1.01.02    27 May 2o11

Official release notes per iTunes

I suspect it also includes the new firmware update.

1.01.07  21 Feb 2012

Size 14.1MB

Official release notes per iTunes (Thanks google cache)

  • Improved iOS 5 support
  • Optional audience measurement
  • Unofficial patched version for jailbroken devices as linked from this page. Also supports TV out.

1.01.09 03 June 2012

Size : 18.7MB

Official release notes per iTunes

  • Support for additional devices. (the new iDrifta)
  • Bug fixes.
  • Link to Appstore here

Get the latest official version from the Appstore

Android 

1.1.19 September 5, 2011 (Final stable version)

  • Size : 14 Meg
  • Requires Android 1.6 and up
  • Link to Android store here

1.1.30 March 8, 2012 (Honeycomb stable version)

  • Size : 16 Meg
  • Requires Android 3.0 and up
  • Link to Android store here
1.26.201 May 16,2012 (Beta version)
  • Size : 13 Meg
  • Supports Android 2.2 and up (including IceCreamSandwich 4.0+)
  • DStv Mobile Decoder Beta for Android 2.2, 2.3, 3.x and 4.x (with hardware buttons)
  • Link to Android store here

To use any of the above on a rooted Android device you will need to find something like OTA Rootkeeper.

Blackberry

1.0.0 November 22, 2012 (Beta)

  • Size : 15 132KB
  • Supports Phones running 4.5.0 or higher (though detailed description says needs OS5.0 or higher)
  • Supports Blackberry 8520, 8900, 9300, 9380 9700, 9790
  • No support of OS 7 or any other devices than above

Drifta firmware (Original)

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb.bin

  • Original launch version : Unknown (Does anyone have a copy or extract of the title from the file?)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.183 2010/11/30-14:53:58 (from firmware extract) , 2.1.183 (from status window)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51 (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:41:55 (required for Android software 1.1.19 to work)

USB Drifta firmware

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb_usb.bin

  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23  (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:38:31 (ships with Windows version 1.3.15 and maybe earlier)

 

Differences in Windows clients

1.3.15 vs 1.2.11 vs 1.1.0

Existing files with updated versions in 1.2.11:

  • Decoder.exe  2011/05/10 06:57      1 512KB
  • infcopy.exe    2010/12/06 02:34          79KB
  • tvnb.bin           2011/04/20 08:39    8 288KB

New files in 1.2.11:

  • IPSetup.exe      2011/03/18 06:21           58KB
  • tvnb_usb.bin   2011/05/03 02:09    5 840KB

This new tvnb_usb.bin has an interesting identification string “Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23 ”  vs the older style tvnb.bin identification string “Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51″. Is this a hint at a new Drifta decoder to come? Yes, indeed it turned out to be exactly that, the USB drifta.

Updated files in 1.3.15

  • Decoder.exe  2012/4/4 09:45PM  1515KB
  • tvnb.bin  2011/6/23 7:53PM 8 512KB
  • tvnb_usb 2011/6/23 7:56PM 6 064KB
  • avutil_50.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 120KB
  • avcodec_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 5 165KB
  • libpthread_2.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 69KB
  • avformat_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 865KB
  • avcore_0.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM  56KB

Thanks Dennis for providing some of the above information.

Posted in: Android, Blackberry, Drifta, iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Windows Software

What are the contents of the DSTV Drifta Windows software license agreement?

Version 1.1.3.0

End User Software License Agreement

1. SUBJECT MATTER
1.1 This Software License Agreement (“Agreement”) is between MultiChoice Africa (Pty) Ltd. (“MultiChoice”) and You (either an Individual or an Entity), the End User.
The Agreement authorises You to download, install and use the Software specified in clause 2, under the terms and conditions set out below. This is an agreement for end user rights and not an agreement for sale. MultiChoice continues to own the copy of the Software, any other copy that You are authorised to make pursuant to this Agreement, and all the relevant documentation or materials provided.
1.2 MultiChoice grants You a licence to use the Software specified in clause 2 (the “Licence”) only if You agree to all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.  Read this Agreement carefully before downloading, installing or using the Software. By clicking on the “I Agree” button while downloading, installing and/or using the Software, You agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If You do not agree to all or some of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, promptly click on the “Cancel” button, cancel the downloading or installation, or destroy or return the Software, all the copies and accompanying documentation and/or materials in Your possession to MultiChoice. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SOFTWARE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, UNDERSTAND IT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
2. SOFTWARE
2.1 The Software may be provided in the form of an installation disk or CD, sent to You by electronic mail, downloaded from Servers or from other sources.
2.2 As used in this Agreement, the term “Software” means the software product named “DStv Mobile Decoder”.  The term “Software” shall include:
2.2.1 all the contents of the disk/s, CD-ROM/s, electronic mail and its file attachments, or other media with which the Software is provided; 2.2.2 digital images, stock photographs, clip art, or other artistic work; 2.2.3 related explanatory materials, instructions manual and any other documentation and/or materials related thereto (the “Documentation”); 2.2.4 upgrades, modified versions, adjustments, updates, additions (the “Updates”).

3. END USER RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS
3.1 MultiChoice grants to You, the End User, a non-exclusive, non-transferable and non-sublicensable end user right to download, install and use the Software according to the terms and conditions of this Agreement and subject to the restrictions and the permissions described in this Agreement.
3.2 The Software may only be used in Africa and its adjacent islands.
3.3 You may make one copy of the Software as an archival back-up copy, provided Your archival backup copy is not installed or used on any computer. Any other copies You make of the Software are in violation of this Agreement.  You may install the Software on a single hard disk provided that the original Software is stored only for back-up purposes.
3.4 You may not, partially or in whole, copy, adapt, transform, modify in any way, translate, reproduce, distribute the Software or parts of it, make derivative works or incorporate it or part of it in other software, except as expressly provided in this Agreement. You may only use the Software in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.
3.5 You may not sell, transfer, assign, sublicense, rent, lease or lend the Software or otherwise dispose of it, with or without consideration. You may not assign or transfer the present Agreement, nor the rights and obligations arising out of it, or otherwise dispose of it.
3.6 You may not reverse engineer, reverse compile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Software (except to the extent that this restriction is expressly prohibited by law) or create derivative works based on the Software.
3. 7 You may not reproduce the Documentation related to the Software, which is solely owned by MultiChoice and/or its licensors.
3. 8 The right to use the Software under this Agreement does not extend to the source code of the Software.
4. COPYRIGHT AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
4.1 The Software and all rights, including, without limitation, copyright and intellectual property rights therein, are owned by MultiChoice and/or its licensors and are protected by international treaty provisions and all other applicable national and international laws of the jurisdiction in which it is being used.
4.2 The structure, organization and code of the Software, techniques, algorithms, processes contained in the Software are the valuable trade secrets and confidential information of MultiChoice and/or its licensors.
4.3 Any copies which You are permitted to make pursuant to this Agreement must contain the same copyright and other proprietary notices that appear on the Software.
5. MULTIPLE ENVIRONMENT SOFTWARE / MULTIPLE LANGUAGE SOFTWARE / DUAL MEDIA SOFTWARE / MULTIPLE COPIES / UPDATES
5.1 If the Software supports multiple platforms or languages, if You receive the Software on multiple media, or if You otherwise receive multiple copies of the Software, the number of computers on which all versions of the Software may be installed shall be one computer. You may not sell, rent, lease, sublicense, lend, assign or transfer, any title, versions or copies of the Software You do not use.

5.2 MultiChoice may update or modify the Software, in which case all the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall apply. If the Software is an update to a previous version of the Software, You must possess a valid end user right to such previous version in order to use the update and You may use the previous version for ninety (90) days after you receive the update in order to assist You in the transition to the update. After such time You no longer have a right to use the previous version, except for the sole purpose of enabling You to install the Update.

6. COMMENCEMENT AND TERMINATION
6.1 This Agreement is effective from the first date You install the Software. You may terminate this Agreement at any time by permanently deleting, destroying or returning, at your own cost, the Software, all the copies and all related Documentation and/or materials provided by MultiChoice, by giving written notice to MultiChoice to the address set out in clause 12.
6.2 MultiChoice reserves the right to terminate this Agreement at any time and without notice and to ask You to return, delete or destroy, at your own cost, the Software, all the copies and all the related Documentation and/or materials provided.
6.3 If you infringe clause 3 of this Agreement, MultiChoice has the right to immediately terminate the Agreement, without notice, in addition to compensation for all damages suffered.
6.4 In case of termination of this Agreement, for any reason, you must immediately delete, destroy or give back to MultiChoice, at your own cost, the Software, all copies and all the related Documentation and/or materials provided.
7. WARRANTIES EXCLUSION
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND NEITHER MULTICHOICE NOR ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR THAT THE SOFTWARE WILL NOT INFRINGE ANY THIRD PARTY PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS OR OTHER RIGHTS. THERE IS NO WARRANTY BY MULTICHOICE, ITS AFFILIATES OR BY ANY OTHER PARTY THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SOFTWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR THE SELECTION OF THE SOFTWARE TO ACHIEVE YOUR INTENDED RESULTS AND FOR THE INSTALLATION, USE AND RESULTS OBTAINED FROM IT.  EVENTUAL WARRANTIES, IF COMPULSORY, SHALL BE MADE FOR THE MINIMUM TERM PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

8. MULTICHOICE’S OBLIGATIONS AND END USER RIGHTS This Agreement creates no obligations on the part of MultiChoice and/or its affiliates other than as specifically set forth herein and grants You no rights other than those specifically set forth herein.
9. EXCLUSION/LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL MULTICHOICE, ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, THEIR EMPLOYEES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, SUFFERED BY YOU OR THIRD PARTIES, PHYSICAL AND ABSTRACT DAMAGE, ECONOMIC AND NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGE, DIRECT, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGE, GENERAL AND SPECIAL DAMAGE, LOST PROFITS, REVENUE, SALES, DATA OR COSTS OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION OR FOR ANY INCIDENTAL COVER, HOWEVER CAUSED AND WHETHER ARISING UNDER CONTRACT, DELICT, NEGLIGENCE, OR OTHER FORM OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING LOST DATA, ARISING OUT OF THE INSTALLATION, USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE, OR ARISING OUT OF THE LACK OF CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS WHICH ALLOW A FULL AND EFFECTIVE USE OF THE SOFTWARE, EVEN IF MULTICHOICE, ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, THEIR EMPLOYEES OR LICENSORS ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
10. TECHNICAL SUPPORT
MultiChoice has no obligation to furnish You with technical support unless separately agreed in writing between You and MultiChoice.
11. EXPORT CONTROL
If the Software is subject to import or export controls, You agree to comply strictly with all applicable import and export regulations and You acknowledge that You have the responsibility to obtain all the necessary licences to export, import, re-export, transfer or import the Software.
12. NOTICES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
All notices and return of the Software and related Documentation and/or materials shall be delivered, by registered letter with advice of receipt, to: MultiChoice Africa (Pty) Ltd.C/o MultiChoice Legal Department251 Oak AvenueRandburg
13.   APPLICABLE LAW AND GENERAL PROVISIONS
13.1 This Agreement is governed by the laws of the Republic of South Africa.
13.2 All disputes arising out of, or in connection with, this Agreement shall be referred to the Magistrate Court regardless of the amounts involved.
14. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
14.1 If any part of this Agreement is found void or unenforceable, this will not affect the validity of the rest of the Agreement.
14.2 You will keep all information given by MultiChoice in relation to the Software strictly confidential and will use all necessary attentions not to divulge them to non authorised third parties.
14. 3 MultiChoice confirms that all end user personal data shall be processed only for purposes connected to the management of this Agreement.

Posted in: Windows Software

Windows drifta device driver won’t load

Tried to install the Windows Drifta software on a new Windows 7 Professional 64 bit machine, the software installed fine but when the Drifta was plugged in it said device driver could not be found. Tried to do a “repair install but this did not help.

Solution :

  • Downloaded and install 7-zip (Winzip or any other zipping / unzipping tools will work)
  • Extracted the archived files  from the “Dstv Mobile Decoder” windows installer file to folder Dstv Mobile Decoder
  • Opened the newly created folder Dstv Mobile Decoder
  • Ran infcopy.exe
  • Allowed the install of unsigned drivers when prompted
  • Unplug (if its plugged in) and replug in the Drifta
  • The device driver should now load

Problem solved.

Posted in: Windows Software

Is it possible to use the WIFI to connect to a device while plugged in to a PC USB port for charging?

As soon as you plug your Drifta into a PC (which has the Drifta device driver loaded) the Wifi on the Drifta is disabled to prevent you using the Drifta on the PC and a wireless device at the same time.

I couldn’t find a way in the client software to enable the Wifi (and disable the client), but there is a way. Not convenient but it does work for me.

Here goes :

  • Plug in the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes out
  • Right click on “My Computer”
  • Choose “Manage”
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Expand the “Network Adaptors” grouping
  • Right click on “DStv mobile decoder”
  • Select “Disable”
  • Now unplug the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes on
  • Plug the Drifta back in
  • It should now charge and stay WiFi enabled.

However, if you now load the Windows software it won’t detect the device.

To enable again :

  • Repeat the above procedure
  • In the final step choose “Enable”
  • Unplug and plug back in
  • Wifi now goes off
  • You can now use the Windows software.

 

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

I upgraded my software/firmware and now I don’t get reception?

Sometimes after doing an upgrade you need to reset the drifta, unplug it (from the USB) and then plug it in again, especially if you have done a firmware upgrade.  You also need to make sure you use the right client software with the matching firmware (on the Drifta) otherwise you can also have problems. The client software should prompt you to update when needed.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

Why is Drifta client 1.3.1 taking so long to get a full screen patch?

I am no expert on the subject, however, the new version of the client software (since 1.2) has been obfuscated (or encrypted) and it also checks to see if any system debuggers are running (such as Softice). If it detects any the application then aborts with an error. I am sure an expert in this field will be work around these challenges, it does however remove less experience hackers from the equation. If you know someone with the necessary skills, ask nicely and then please share the results :)

It seems Skype also employs similar anti-debugger methods, and a method exists here : http://gcasiez.pagesperso-orange.fr/ using a in-process loader which loads the process, suspends it, patches it, then sets it running again. A similar method may well work for the Drifta client. Someone with a dev environment want to give it a go ? mail me.

It has been done : Read more here : http://j-j.co.za/2012/05/resizer-for-dstv-drifta-windows-client-1-3-15/

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

Does DSTV monitor your usage of the Drifta?

I would have thought not, however, the following is found in the latest version of the Drifta Client software (1.3.1) for Windows :

0x00114EA8	0x0000006E	https://mo-dev.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x00114F18	0x00000071	https://mo-dev.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x00114F90	0x00000064	https://mo-dev.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=
0x00114FF8	0x0000006D	https://mo-qa.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x00115068	0x00000070	https://mo-qa.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x001150E0	0x00000063	https://mo-qa.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=
0x00115148	0x0000006E	https://mo-uat.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x001151B8	0x00000071	https://mo-uat.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x00115230	0x00000064	https://mo-uat.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=
0x00115298	0x0000006B	https://ums.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/MetaData?id=
0x00115308	0x0000006E	https://ums.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Collector.Web.IISHost_Drifta/Drifta.aspx/UsageMonitoring
0x00115378	0x00000061	https://ums.dstvmobile.com/DStvMobile.UsageMonitoring.Drifta.Activator.Web/Manage.aspx/Status?id=

This surely seems to indicate that DSTV is indeed monitoring Drifta useage. I haven’t seen anything anywhere which specifically allows this, perhaps its time to review the terms and conditions again. See them here.  I see nothing in there which gives DSTV the right to monitor what I am doing with the software.

I also found that the Windows application created two files in user/AppData/Roaming/DStv/DStv Mobile Decoder/Logs.

  • last_time.log
    • 2011-07-06, 21:42:19    (The date and time of last useage)
  • tmp.gz
    • Snagit32/CamRecorder/HyCam2/SSRecorder/VODRecorder/HiNetRecorder/wmrecorder/Easy_WebCam_Recording/VideoCap/debut/Screen Recorder 5/My Screen Recorder/bdcam/H264WebCam/smrecorder/Taksi/WebCam Monitor/SplitCam/WVC/MobiGarda/openvcap/Cam Wizard/procguard/SaypeCap/fraps/Jing/FreeScreenVideo

The tmp.gz seems to contain a list of applications which can record the video stream, and which (maybe) they intend to (or already) check for and block.

Running a network traffic sniffer while decoder.exe starts up shows that a DNS lookup is done for ums.dstvmobile.com and that an HTTPS encrypted session is then established through to the server confirming that there is some level of monitoring going on and that the URLS found in the executable are more than just coincidence.

I mailed Maiyo to ask what this was all about, and after consulting with technical came back to tell me that they have a trial running where they monitor the useage of certain users. The traffic we are seeing above (according to DSTV) arises as the client checks in with the server to see if it is one of the smart cards involved in the trial. While this provides a small amount of comfort, it also confirms that my identifiable details are sent through to DSTV every time I use my Drifta while being connected to the internet. That is cold comfort.

Posted in: Drifta, DSTV Mobile / Drifta FAQs, General questions, Windows Software

Where are the Drifta preferences stored and what is stored?

The preferences are stored in a preferences.xml file, in c:/users/username/AppData/Roaming/DStv/DStv Mobile Decoder/Settings,  as follows :

<tvnb_preferences>
  <UIFont>Arial</UIFont>
  <PanelSideStatus>0</PanelSideStatus>        Channel indicator panel active (or not)
  <STH4003571>0</STH4003571>                  Unknown
  <TUNER_CHINDEX>6</TUNER_CHINDEX>            Active Channel
  <FramePositionX>-5</FramePositionX>         Position (X) of the window
  <FramePositionY>-5</FramePositionY>         Position (Y) of the window
  <ContentWidth>344</ContentWidth>            Width of the window
  <ContentHeight>359</ContentHeight>          Height of the window
</tvnb_preferences>

Check out your preferences file and let me know if you come across anything different.

Posted in: Drifta, DSTV Mobile / Drifta FAQs, Windows Software

I upgraded my Drifta to 1.3 by mistake, can I go back to an earlier version?

When you upgrade the Windows client past 1.2 a newer version of the firmware (2.1.266)  is required. This is installed onto your Drifta during the install of 1.2 / 1.3.  This newer firmware doesn’t work with the older 1.1 clients (which were able to be patched to allow larger screensize). At this point there is no way to downgrade the firmware back to the older (2.1.183) .  If I find a way I will post it here. If  you know of a way to force a downgrade let me know. I have tried the Tivit firmware upgrader, which is a separate app from the DSTV decoder.exe but sadly it doesn’t pick up the decoder.

If the main reason for wanting to downgrade is to get a large picture read this.

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

How do I stop the Drifta from forcing updates / checking in with the DStv servers?

The following is the list of servers and IP Addresses that the DStvmobile sites currently use :

  • mo-dev.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • mo-qa.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • mo-uat.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.77
  • ums.dstvmobile.com 196.25.48.79
  • apps.dstvmobile.com 196.2.137.108

To block them, locate your hosts file and then  insert the following lines at the bottom:
127.0.0.1    mo-dev.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    mo-qa.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    mo-uat.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    ums.dstvmobile.com
127.0.0.1    apps.dstvmobile.com

To locate your hosts file :
Windows 7/Vista/XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC

This will block all of these sites from being accessed by your computer and therefore stop any spying and/or forced upgrades from happening. Just be aware that if you want to upgrade the software yourself, you will either need to temporarily remove the entry from the hosts file and download your update from : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/latest.htm

To test you have it working, try and access the URL above after making the changes (and rebooting your computer).
What it does …
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local (your) machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems.

Extract from : http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Posted in: The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Troubleshooting QZOOM and Zoomit etc

A number of people are having problems using the magnifier software.

I am using a combination of QZOOM and ZoomIt.

What I have found out :

Windows 7

With Windows 7, just press Windows key and + to zoom in and Windows key and – to zoom out. No special software needed. Took me a while to figure this out after messing around with all this other software. Duh.

ZoomIt

ZoomIt needs at least Windows Vista for the live view to work. There are also some aero/windows advanced settings that need to be active (which are by default). Take a look here if you are having problems.

” He tried minimize the resources used by the sytem by going into “advanced system settings”, selecting the “Advanced” tab, select “Visual effects”, and selecting “Adjust for best performance”. I did the same thing on my Vista Business 64 computer, but this disables Aero and many of Vista appearance functions and makes it look more like XP. One of these Vista functions was disabled which I guess is needed for LiveZoom. Once I changed the setting to “Let Windows choose what is best for my computer”, LiveZoom started working! ” SysInternals Forum : Source.

QZOOM

QZOOM seems to work just fine on my laptop (single display). 32 Bit Windows 7. QZOOM doesn’t work on my desktop (two displays), 64 Bit Windows 7. ZoomIt live view works just fine on this setup. On the desktop, as soon as I press the shortcut the screen which has the pointer goes black, the other screen stays visible. Move the mouse across and the other screen goes black and the original comes back live.

QZoom seems to work better using keyboard shortcuts to do the zooming. I also set mine to a minimum and maximum of 4X zoom. Just press the shortcut key to do the zoom and centre the picture.

 

(will add more here over the weekend. Please share and info and insights you may have)

Posted in: Windows Software

Does the Drifta require an internet connection?

The Android version of the Drifta requires an internet connection. It checks back with the server that the software is being run on an authorised device.

If you have no signal then you won’t be able to load it, but once it’s loaded you don’t have to maintain an internet connection. If it crashes and you need to reload it, you need to disconnect from the Drifta (wifi) and reconnect to the internet so it can authenticate then start the process over again. It does not use the internet connection for any of the video feeds.

The PC version doesn’t require internet, but if you have a connection it will check back with the server (sending your personally identifiable decoder details) to the server to see if you have elected to take part in their programme monitoring. If you have made this election it will then send details back to the server on what you are watching. Again, no actual video feed is sent via the Internet.  It will also check with the server to see if a new version of the software is available and then “encourage” you to update.

 

Posted in: Android, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

How do I make the picture windows larger / resizable?

The latest version 1.3 of the client software can be made to allow the window to be resized. Links to downloads are on this page.

NB If you have Windows 7 there is an easy solution, just press Windows key and + to zoom in and Windows key and – to zoom out. No special software needed. Took me a while to figure this out after messing around with all this other software. Duh.

For other users, try and use something like ZoomIt (link here) or QZOOM (link here). I prefer ZoomIt but try a couple of options and see what works for you.

Not the most elegant solution but it works. Dennis suggests using QZOOM as follows :

” Just install it, double click on the icon at bottom right of taskbar to see instructions. It will fill your Screen! I’m using XP and if you hold “Windows” Key + Alt + ‘ your desktop will “zoom in”. Then position over the DRIFTA window. Note: Leave the DRIFTA window at it’s SMALLEST size before using QZoom to prevent flickering. It work quite well. ”

 

Posted in: Windows Software

What is the resolution of the picture?

The native resolution of the transmission is 320×240, and is limited to this by the bandwidth available in the DVB-H spectrum. The specification of DVB-H was agreed back in 2002, when cell phones had tiny tiny screens so don’t be surprised at the poor resolution, it was considered quite high back then.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-H

Posted in: General questions, Windows Software

Why is the picture so small?

Technically the resolution of the transmission is limited to 320×240. DSTV have chosen to artificially restrict the size of the picture on-screen to double this resolution. It gives you a picture that takes up about a quarter of the size of a normal laptop screen. There is an unofficial patch to work around this. (See How do I make the picture larger).

While the application allows a zoomed in view, it just doubles the pixels. There is no full screen mode available. You can use the windows magnifier to zoom in further but it looks terrible. Better just to watch in the smaller window and enjoy it for what it is – a mobile service.

Posted in: General questions, Windows Software

How do I get the picture larger?

The latest version 1.3 of the client software doesn’t yet have a patch available. When one comes out I will link it here.

NB If you have Windows 7 there is an easy solution, just press Windows key and + to zoom in and Windows key and – to zoom out. No special software needed. Took me a while to figure this out after messing around with all this other software. Duh.

For other users, try and use something like ZoomIt (link here) or QZOOM (link here). I prefer ZoomIt but try a couple of options and see what works for you.

Not the most elegant solution but it works. Dennis suggests using QZOOM as follows :

” Just install it, double click on the icon at bottom right of taskbar to see instructions. It will fill your Screen! I’m using XP and if you hold “Windows” Key + Alt + ‘ your desktop will “zoom in”. Then position over the DRIFTA window. Note: Leave the DRIFTA window at it’s SMALLEST size before using QZoom to prevent flickering. It work quite well. ”

If you still have the original 1.1 client software then an unofficial, unsupported, use at your own risk patch is available which lets you resize the picture to whatever shape and size you like. You can get this patch here http://forum.dstvmobile.com/showthread.php?t=281

DSTV keep blocking out the links to the patches, Dennis has kindly mirrored it here : http://caretech.isotope25.com/Decoder.zip

This does not improve the resolution of the picture, just lets you make it bigger (and more blocky).

Release notes from the patch :

DStv Mobile 1.1.0Video Window Resize PatchBy Moe1

Note:

This will only work for DStv Mobile v1.1.0 decoder for Windows.

Install Instructions: Copy Decoder.exe to C:program filesDStv Mobile Decoder overwriting the existing file. You might want to backup your original file first, in case you want to revert back to the original.

Wasted Text:

Alot of people have been moaning about the fact that they limited to the video size they can resize the DStv Mobilewindows decoder screen. Well here is a quick patch to break out of that limit I won’t recommend resizing to a very large screen, the resolution gets pretty crappy! (Hence the reason for the limit)
Enjoy!

There is also a second patch available here :

http://hotfile.com/dl/110906714/020e99f/Decoder.exe.html

Apparently this patch is a little different to the first on listed above :

  • it maintains the aspect ratio
  • keeps the channel and volume buttons below the windows functional
  • doesn’t interfere with the programme guide
  • it doesn’t however let you make the picture “widescreen” on widescreen monitors and laptops

I am not using this patch currently. Anyone care to add some more about it?

Posted in: Windows Software

Can I record the Drifta video feed ?

Not with the official software as it is supplied by DSTV, however, it seems the functionality may be in the software just currently disabled (see bottom of the entry).

“Screen scraping” type solutions may work. I haven’t heard of anyone doing this effectively yet. Have a good solution? Please  share.

There is some more info here : http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/294833-How-to-record-from-DSTV-Drifta/page2

TonyB suggested a tool called Debut on the forums “I downloaded a brilliant set of free tools called Debut at: http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/

While looking through the DSTV windows application the following strings were found :

  • Cannot switch channel while recording. Play the TV of currently being received. Stop video of currently being played.
  • ### TVNBWEBAPPCLIENT 192.168.16.30 9941 http://%s:%u/tvnb? <tuner_start_receiving channel=’%d’ channel_name=’%s’ program_title=’%s’/> Cannot create recording %s (disk space too tight)
  • RTSP rtp_receiver_tvnb_thread Cannot create recording %s Recording to %s
  • <cas_event event_id=”%d”> stop_channelscan save_partial=1 %s\DStv\DStv Mobile Decoder % \ Recordings \ DStv Mobile Decoder Recordings \ RecordingSpaceLimit RecordingSpaceLimit \ Settings \ \ tvnb_preferences tvnb_preferences tvnb_preferences %d %08x: %08x: ### ### Could not find %s Failed to load %s preferences.xml \
  • PanelSideStatus PanelSideStatus ### Could not start recording ###
  • AVrecordings_finder / AVdirectory_walker
  • AVmg_rtp_AES_recorder AVtvnb_recorder AVFILE_recorder
  • AVCPanelPlay@@ AVCPanelRecording AVCRecordingBitmapButton@@
  • Record Files (*.ert)|*.ert|All Files (*.*)
  • Play Normal, Fast Forward x 2, Fast Forward x 4, Fast Forward x 8, -10 sec +10 sec, Seek to 30 seconds before, Seek to 10 seconds before, Seek to 10 seconds after, Seek to 30 seconds after

This seems to suggest that recording is possible – and probably even , the trick is to figure out how to activate it. Time to haul out those tweakUI apps and see if any of the elements exist. If we lucky it can all be activated through changes in the registry or config files, if not, perhaps the .exe can be hacked as the resize hack was done.

Sadly, I took a look at the UI using WinSpy++ 1.7 and I could not find any hidden “record”  button. Looks like it isn’t going to just be as easy as enabling something.

 

Posted in: Windows Software

Can I stream the signal to multiple computers/devices?

No, if you plug in the Drifta to the USB of your PC it turns the wifi off. The wifi allows one device to connect and stream the channel.

Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

I can’t get Drifta to work on my “Work Laptop” – any ideas?

My work laptop has software to enforce encryption on USB devices which I can’t bypass as the end user. This clashes with the Drifta so I can’t use it. Some friends have tried on theirs and they don’t have admin rights so device drivers won’t install. Be careful if you intend only using this with a work laptop,  talk nicely to your IT guys and check with them that they are happy with it before you buy it –  then they are more likely help you install it and get it running.

Posted in: Windows Software

What are the latest Drifta software versions?

Windows

The windows client software checks automatically to see whether a newer version of the client software exists (without your permission nogal). It reads a text file at the following url : http://apps.dstvmobile.com/decoder/windows/version.txt

Just the version number is present in the file. As of 2011/7/7 it shows 1.3.1.

1.0.3

  • launch software

1.1.0

1.2.11

  • Still waiting to determine what has changed
  • Will only work with firmware 2.1.266
  • Full screen patch not available yet
  • Binary may be packed/encrypted

1.3.1

  • Released June 2011 (decoder.exe Binary dated 27/5/2011)
  • Mention of MacOS X in the install, yet to confirm if an OS X version is actually included
1.3.15
  • Released April 2012 (decoder.exe Binary dated 4/4/2012)

iphone/ipad/ipod touch

1.01.00

1.01.01

  • improved application stability
  • Interface enhancements
  • Embedded firmware update
  • Tests to see if jailbroken device and then doesn’t work
  • Unofficial patched version which works with jailbroken devices here

1.01.02    27 May 2o11

Official release notes per iTunes

I suspect it also includes the new firmware update.

1.01.07  21 Feb 2012

Size 14.1MB

Official release notes per iTunes (Thanks google cache)

  • Improved iOS 5 support
  • Optional audience measurement
  • Unofficial patched version for jailbroken devices as linked from this page. Also supports TV out.

1.01.09 03 June 2012

Size : 18.7MB

Official release notes per iTunes

  • Support for additional devices. (the new iDrifta)
  • Bug fixes.
  • Link to Appstore here

Get the latest official version from the Appstore

Android 

1.1.19 September 5, 2011 (Final stable version)

  • Size : 14 Meg
  • Requires Android 1.6 and up
  • Link to Android store here

1.1.30 March 8, 2012 (Honeycomb stable version)

  • Size : 16 Meg
  • Requires Android 3.0 and up
  • Link to Android store here
1.26.201 May 16,2012 (Beta version)
  • Size : 13 Meg
  • Supports Android 2.2 and up (including IceCreamSandwich 4.0+)
  • DStv Mobile Decoder Beta for Android 2.2, 2.3, 3.x and 4.x (with hardware buttons)
  • Link to Android store here

To use any of the above on a rooted Android device you will need to find something like OTA Rootkeeper.

Blackberry

1.0.0 November 22, 2012 (Beta)

  • Size : 15 132KB
  • Supports Phones running 4.5.0 or higher (though detailed description says needs OS5.0 or higher)
  • Supports Blackberry 8520, 8900, 9300, 9380 9700, 9790
  • No support of OS 7 or any other devices than above

Drifta firmware (Original)

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb.bin

  • Original launch version : Unknown (Does anyone have a copy or extract of the title from the file?)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.183 2010/11/30-14:53:58 (from firmware extract) , 2.1.183 (from status window)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51 (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:41:55 (required for Android software 1.1.19 to work)

USB Drifta firmware

Install location : C:\Program files\DStv Mobile Decoder\firmware\tvnb_usb.bin

  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23  (required for Windows software 1.2.11 to work)
  • Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.312 2011/06/23-19:38:31 (ships with Windows version 1.3.15 and maybe earlier)

 

Differences in Windows clients

1.3.15 vs 1.2.11 vs 1.1.0

Existing files with updated versions in 1.2.11:

  • Decoder.exe  2011/05/10 06:57      1 512KB
  • infcopy.exe    2010/12/06 02:34          79KB
  • tvnb.bin           2011/04/20 08:39    8 288KB

New files in 1.2.11:

  • IPSetup.exe      2011/03/18 06:21           58KB
  • tvnb_usb.bin   2011/05/03 02:09    5 840KB

This new tvnb_usb.bin has an interesting identification string “Drifta2(DVB-H) 2.1.277 2011/05/03-14:09:23 ”  vs the older style tvnb.bin identification string “Tivit(DVB-H) 2.1.266 2011/04/20-17:03:51″. Is this a hint at a new Drifta decoder to come? Yes, indeed it turned out to be exactly that, the USB drifta.

Updated files in 1.3.15

  • Decoder.exe  2012/4/4 09:45PM  1515KB
  • tvnb.bin  2011/6/23 7:53PM 8 512KB
  • tvnb_usb 2011/6/23 7:56PM 6 064KB
  • avutil_50.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 120KB
  • avcodec_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 5 165KB
  • libpthread_2.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 69KB
  • avformat_52.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM 865KB
  • avcore_0.dll 2011/12/8 2:42PM  56KB

Thanks Dennis for providing some of the above information.

Posted in: Android, Blackberry, Drifta, iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta, Windows Software

Apple Mac OS X

When is this software coming?

Android : As of the morning of 6/9/2011 the Android software is available on the Google Android market place.

Mac OS X : As of the 21/11/2011 the Mac OS X version is available in the Mac App Store :

  • Launch the app store from you Mac.
  • Search for DStv Mobile decoder in the search field
  • Click on the free/install button once the app is found.
  • The application will now be installed on your computer

Keep watching  j-j.co.za and dstvmobile.com for updates on further support devices.

Posted in: Android, Apple Mac OS X

Will the USB and original Drifta work with Mac OS X

Yes, The Mac OS X version is compatible with the Drifta and the Drifta USB (Excerpt from DStv press release).

 

Posted in: Apple Mac OS X, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

What are the system requirements for the Drifta App for OS X ?

The minimum system requirements are an Apple Macintosh computer with :

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • an Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 1 GB Ram
  •  a minimum disk space of 100MB

Posted in: Apple Mac OS X

Broadcast Service (DVB-H)

Which countries have DSTV mobile coverage?

There seems to be 3 services, each with it’s own coverage (thanks to Maiyo Simapungula, Public Relations and Communications Manager at DStv Mobile for clearing some of this up). These are the DVB-H broadcast coverage, the general streaming service and the N8 specific service.

The DVB-H broadcast coverage includes:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

DSTV mobile has a streaming service available via Vodacom Live!. This service is currently available only in South Africa with more countries expected to follow. It has 11 channels, and for R59/month (or R19/week) you get to watch up to 3 hours (45m weekly). For more information check the “Streaming  Tab” from the DSTV mobile website or click here.

A second streaming service is available exclusively for the Nokia N8. The website  lists +- 50 countries where this service works (full list here). This is however a streaming service and not a broadcast service so you PAY FOR THE DATA, which makes it very expensive. It also only has 3 channels, SuperSport Blitz, Euronew and SawSee.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Intro, Nokia N8 Streaming, Streaming Service

Where do I get the DVB-H headset for the N8 or C7?

You can order the headset via your service provider from Celcom for around R580 (Thanks Luke7777)

You can read a little more about the headset and see some pictures of it here at NokiaFanBoySA. There is further information in NokiaFanBoySA’s followup post on availability here.  Price is down to R395 :)

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming

What about the Nokia Mobile TV Receiver ? (SU-33W)

The Nokia Mobile TV Receiver (SU-33W) receives the DVB-H signal and then sends it via bluetooth to compatible devices (rather than the WIFI of the Drifta). I haven’t tested this out with the DSTV Mobile service but can see not reason from the Nokia site why it shouldnt work.This device is compatible with a whole host of Nokia phones including:

  • Nokia 5230
  • Nokia 5235 Ovi Music Unlimited
  • Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 6220 classic
  • Nokia E75
  • Nokia N73
  • Nokia N79
  • Nokia N8
  • Nokia N85
  • Nokia N86 8MP
  • Nokia N97
  • Nokia N97 mini
  • Nokia X6 16GB
  • Nokia X6 32GB
  • Nokia X6 8GB

For Nokia N73 software PR4 version required. Check Nokia Software Updater for details.Also compatible with the following accessories:

  • Nokia Travel Charger AC-3
  • Nokia Travel Charger AC-4
  • Nokia Mobile Charger DC-4
  • Nokia Charger via USB port CA-100

See more details about the device at the Nokia website here.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H)

What Cell phones are DVB-H enabled?

DVB-H phones available in South Africa are:

  • ZTE F900
  • Nokia N96
  • Nokia C7,C6 (requires headset, sold separately)
  • Nokia 5330 (requires headset and comes prepacked with headset)
  • Nokia N8 (requires headset, sold separately)

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H)

Can I watch DSTV Mobile on my bigscreen TV via the N8 HDMI?

No. Apparently the HDMI output gets disabled when the DVB-H headset is plugged into the phone. Thanks NokiaFanBoySA.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming

Is the Samsung P910 able to work on DSTV Mobile?

The Samsung P910 was enabled through the simcard, in other words, it accessed the DVB-H signal through the simcard. The DStv Mobile network is no longer enabled to accept simcard technology. It is only accessible through DVB-H enabled phones and devices. (from DSTV Mobile representative).

It appears that DVB-H devices requiring a USIM (such as the P910) are NOT supported.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H)

Can I get DSTV Mobile on my Nokia N8?

Yes, but be careful.

The service listed on the DSTV mobile home page, with it’s coverage across 50 African countries is a streaming service, not a broadcast service. This makes it very expensive (not free as stated) and it has very limited channels.

With a headset adaptor you can get DVB-H on the N8. This is the “proper” DSTV Mobile broadcast service with all the channels and without the very high data costs.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming

Can I roam between African countries with my Drifta?

The other African countries seem to indicate in the FAQs that you have to have a DVB-H enabled cell phone, and they don’t mention the Drifta device at all. I suspect this means each country will need its own subscription so is effectively a different service. So no, Drifta probably won’t work outside of SA and roaming is highly unlikely.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), The Drifta Device (original)

I am getting “Service is currently scrambled” regardless of the channel selected?

This seems to happen even when the reception is good (it can be 100%) and indicator is green proving that it is picking up signal but no picture or sound is available. After clicking “OK” the Drifta decoder then continually tries to connect but does not manage to do so.

Solution :
1. You have to phone the DSTV call centre to ask them to resend the signal to you and then it should work.

2. You can also sort out the problem without phoning the help desk by logging on to the care website. Look for the error codes “how to” on the right hand side of the page (look for error code E16).

3. In theory you can reset the error code by SMS using : SMS “error code + smartcard number” to 32472 just not sure what smarcard number you would use. If you are having to do resets often ask the call centre for the “smartcard number” of your Drifta, they should be able to sort you out with it.

Content supplemented with information from the DSTV mobile forums : http://forum.dstvmobile.com/

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions, The Drifta Device (original)

Why does the content of E! and Cartoon Network seem so poor?

Well, despite what might be advertised to, and expected by us, the customer,  the Cartoon Network and E! channels are not the full channels you see on dstv. They are a “dumbed down” version on a 2 hour repeat cycle of week old stuff. Don’t expect the real thing.

To quote from a DSTV spokesman “Note that E! & CN’s content is customised for the mobile environment and unlike the rest of the channels, content on these 2 channels is not the same as content on “normal” DStv. On mobile, E! & CN’s content is meant to repeat 4-5 different clips within a 2 hour loop and also it’s content that played out last week (one weeks old content). ”

And in response to a question on false advertising around it not being the full channels :

” We will escalate the matter in regards with advertising to Marketing and investigate accordingly. For information on DStv Mobile products and the riveting content available, please visit our website.”

Um ya right. Ok then.

 

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions

How do I see if there is coverage where I live?

The DStv Mobile website has quite a decent coverage map which shows whether you are likely to have coverage. Check your coverage here.

If you are way outside a covered area you probably won’t have much luck. If close to or within an area you are likely to be ok. You can of course always use extended aerials and the like. See the FAQ question on boosting signal.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), General questions, The Drifta Device (original), USB Drifta

Does the dstvmobile service work in my area?

Be careful, although it is advertised as though there is coverage everywhere this is not the case. It also doesn’t use the cell phone network so having cell signal doesn’t mean anything.

Initial launch coverage was in Jhb, Pretoria, Bloem, Durban, PE and Capetown. There have been upgrades since.
Even in these covered areas, coverage is NOT universal. The coverage map on the dstv website works quite well, so go and plug in your likely addresses of useage and see if you are covered.

Interactive coverage map

 

 

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H)

How much data/bandwidth does it use? Do I need an internet connection ?

No internet connection is needed and it doesn’t use any data. The system works off a broadcast system rather than a streaming network system.

Be careful if using an N8, the N8 application is a mobile streaming service. This is a different service from the broadcast one, it does use data (which you are billed for), has different channels (only 3 of them).

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming

Streaming Service

Which countries have DSTV mobile coverage?

There seems to be 3 services, each with it’s own coverage (thanks to Maiyo Simapungula, Public Relations and Communications Manager at DStv Mobile for clearing some of this up). These are the DVB-H broadcast coverage, the general streaming service and the N8 specific service.

The DVB-H broadcast coverage includes:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

DSTV mobile has a streaming service available via Vodacom Live!. This service is currently available only in South Africa with more countries expected to follow. It has 11 channels, and for R59/month (or R19/week) you get to watch up to 3 hours (45m weekly). For more information check the “Streaming  Tab” from the DSTV mobile website or click here.

A second streaming service is available exclusively for the Nokia N8. The website  lists +- 50 countries where this service works (full list here). This is however a streaming service and not a broadcast service so you PAY FOR THE DATA, which makes it very expensive. It also only has 3 channels, SuperSport Blitz, Euronew and SawSee.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Intro, Nokia N8 Streaming, Streaming Service

How do i find the DStv mobile streaming service on mobile operator portals?

To make the DStv Mobile Streaming service on mobile operator portals easier to access, DStv Mobile has created a bookmark application for Java ME, BlackBerry, and Android devices. The application is currently available for free from the Android Market, and the Vodacom apps store. More stores will be added soon.

(Extract from DStv mobile press release)

Posted in: Streaming Service

Nokia N8 Streaming

Can I get DSTV Mobile on my Nokia N8?

Yes, but be careful.

The service listed on the DSTV mobile home page, with it’s coverage across 50 African countries is a streaming service, not a broadcast service. This makes it very expensive (not free as stated) and it has very limited channels.

With a headset adaptor you can get DVB-H on the N8. This is the “proper” DSTV Mobile broadcast service with all the channels and without the very high data costs.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming

What channels are available on the N8 (Streaming service) ?

There are 3 channels that are streamed :

  • SuperSport Blitz
  • euronews
  • SawSee

 

Posted in: Nokia N8 Streaming

In which countries can I view the N8 DSTV Mobile service?

DStv Mobile for N8 is currently available in the following countries:

(from the dstvmobile.com website)

Angola Gabon Reunion
Benin Ghana Rwanda
Botswana Guinea Sao Tome & Principe
Burkina Faso Guinea Bissau Seychelles
Burundi Kenya Senegal
Cameroon Lesotho Sierra Leone
Cape Verder Islands Liberia Somalia
Central African Republic Libya South Africa
Chad Madagascar Sudan
Comoros Malawi Swaziland
Congo Mali Tanzania & Zanzibar
Cote d’Ivoire Mauritania The Gambia
Democratic Republic of Congo Mauritius Togo
Dijbouti Mozambique Tunisia
Equitorial Guinea Namibia Uganda
Eritrea Niger Zambia
Ethiopia Nigeria Zimbabwe

 

Posted in: Nokia N8 Streaming

Where do I get the DVB-H headset for the N8 or C7?

You can order the headset via your service provider from Celcom for around R580 (Thanks Luke7777)

You can read a little more about the headset and see some pictures of it here at NokiaFanBoySA. There is further information in NokiaFanBoySA’s followup post on availability here.  Price is down to R395 :)

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming

Can I watch DSTV Mobile on my bigscreen TV via the N8 HDMI?

No. Apparently the HDMI output gets disabled when the DVB-H headset is plugged into the phone. Thanks NokiaFanBoySA.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming

How do I get the Nokia N8 application?

Look for “DStv Mobile for N8″ in the OVI store.

Read the more detailed instructions on the dstvmobile website if you are having problems. Here.

Posted in: Nokia N8 Streaming

Which countries have DSTV mobile coverage?

There seems to be 3 services, each with it’s own coverage (thanks to Maiyo Simapungula, Public Relations and Communications Manager at DStv Mobile for clearing some of this up). These are the DVB-H broadcast coverage, the general streaming service and the N8 specific service.

The DVB-H broadcast coverage includes:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

DSTV mobile has a streaming service available via Vodacom Live!. This service is currently available only in South Africa with more countries expected to follow. It has 11 channels, and for R59/month (or R19/week) you get to watch up to 3 hours (45m weekly). For more information check the “Streaming  Tab” from the DSTV mobile website or click here.

A second streaming service is available exclusively for the Nokia N8. The website  lists +- 50 countries where this service works (full list here). This is however a streaming service and not a broadcast service so you PAY FOR THE DATA, which makes it very expensive. It also only has 3 channels, SuperSport Blitz, Euronew and SawSee.

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Intro, Nokia N8 Streaming, Streaming Service

What are the monthly costs?

For the DVB-H broadcast option (this is what the Drifta uses), just the monthly subscription of R36. No data charges or any other charges. R5 optional extra insurance if you want it. (More info to be added on pricing in other African countries)

For streaming via Vodacom Live! it costs R59/month (or R19/week) and you get to watch up to 3 hours of programming (45m weekly). Anything over that is considered outside of the acceptable useage policy. You do NOT pay for the data using this service, it’s included in your subscription.

The Nokia N8 (streaming service) will cost you a whole lot more depending on useage as it is a streaming service. You will have to pay your per MB  fees to your network cellular provider. Be careful of this, you could rack up high bills quickly.

Posted in: General questions, Nokia N8 Streaming

How much data/bandwidth does it use? Do I need an internet connection ?

No internet connection is needed and it doesn’t use any data. The system works off a broadcast system rather than a streaming network system.

Be careful if using an N8, the N8 application is a mobile streaming service. This is a different service from the broadcast one, it does use data (which you are billed for), has different channels (only 3 of them).

Posted in: Broadcast Service (DVB-H), Nokia N8 Streaming


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134 Responses

  1. Brett:

    Using XP too and I am also getting the “can’t initialize display” message. What should the resolution be? It was working fine before

    02.02.2013 11:05 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Brett

      Check the screen depth, needs to be more than 8 bits (preferably 24 bit ie millions of colours). The can’t initialize message tends to come up when windows generic drivers are installed or the wrong screen depth is set up. The resolution is not so much a problem.

      Justin

      02.02.2013 18:46 Reply

  2. Evert:

    Excellent website you have. Maybe you can help. I have downloaded the latest Drifta OC software. Uninstalled and re-installed everything. My Windows 7 PC picks up and installs the Drifta (shows in Devices and Printers) but when i start the Drifta PC software it just will not connect to the Drifta. Says ‘Cannot detect decoder’. I even went back to vers 1.1.0. Same problem. Disabled my AV software too.
    Any ideas what to try next?
    Thanx
    Evert

    27.09.2012 08:58 Reply

  3. Douglas:

    Hi I recently bought Nvidia graphics card but when i launch the drifta application it keep saying dstv mobile decoder have encountered a problem and needs to close what could be the course of this?

    28.03.2012 15:29 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Douglas

      Check your graphics driver is up to date and that the screen colour depth is set to more than 8 bit

      Justin

      02.04.2012 20:33 Reply

  4. Josh:

    Ir there going to be any new channel?

    27.03.2012 05:38 Reply

  5. Eddie:

    Hi all,
    I have a HTC Flyer running on Honeycomb. The modified decoder APK file was running fine till the upgrade. Is there a modified version of the Honeycomb software available yet?
    Thx!

    28.02.2012 10:09 Reply

    • Eddie:

      Sorry, my device is not rooted, so I can’t change the build.prop with ES File Explorer.

      28.02.2012 10:17 Reply

      • Justin:

        Hi Eddie
        Are you saying it was working under gingerbread and is not working since upgrade to honeycomb?
        Justin

        28.02.2012 22:33 Reply

        • Eddie:

          Yes Justin. I was running the modded apk on Gingerbread with no problems. On honeycomb it freezes after 5sec or so of streaming. The channel list works. I have read that it is a problem with the old software running on Honeycomb (different streaming on Honeycomb) and that is why DSTV brought out a new apk for Honeycomb. …i just haven’t had the time to read up on how to mod it myself… ;-)

          (sorry for the late reply, I thought that I would be notified via e-mail about replies, so wasn’t checking the web page)

          01.03.2012 08:55 Reply

          • Justin:

            Hi Eddie,
            Unfortunately I haven’t seen a modded version of the new Honeycomb software. Your best bet is to root the device, change the device ID details and then run the software using OTA rootkeeper. I have not had any feedback to confirm that this process works with the Honeycomb version but in theory there is no reason for it not to.
            Regards
            Justin

            04.03.2012 13:23

  6. Martin:

    hi! my name is martin, im having a Error codes that saying service is currently scrambled. please help! :(

    24.02.2012 20:51 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Martin
      Normally that means you need to get your account activated or you are trying to access a channel that can only be used on a premium account. Try call the dstv help line. It does take a while for them to answer but they are quite helpful when you get to speak to one of their consultants.

      Justin

      24.02.2012 22:33 Reply

  7. Josh:

    hi justin how big can the screen get when u press Ctrl and + in windows 7?

    19.02.2012 18:11 Reply

    • Justin:

      Pretty much full screen, full height anyhow, may be unused space down the sides depending on the aspect ratio. My widescreen laptop has unused space down the sides.

      19.02.2012 18:44 Reply

  8. PREETEN:

    i wontoo driver mi mobile decodar

    17.02.2012 09:56 Reply

  9. Chris:

    I want to buy a mini laptop will it wokr on this ?

    Specs on the laptop – http://global.ebay.com/7-Mini-2GB-Laptop-ANDROID-22-VIA-WM8650-Notebook-800MHz-Wifi-256M-flash101/250938498433/item

    Regards,
    Chris

    31.01.2012 11:35 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Chris
      This laptop is an android laptop so the Windows and Mac versions won’t work. It is running Android 2.2 and is not on the DSTV approved list of devices so the Android version (official) won’t work. An unofficial hacked version MAY work, but this device is quite different from those which the application was written to work on so it could have problems. If you get the device, don’t count on it working.
      Justin

      31.01.2012 17:56 Reply

  10. Loriana:

    Hi, I have just purchased a dstv drifta. It works fine on my laptop but does not work on my blackberry torch 9800. According to dstv and vodacom there is no software available for an OS 7. How is that possible? What is the sense of having a drifta? Does anyone know if it works on the blackberry table?

    19.01.2012 19:34 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Loriana

      Sadly what you have been told is true, there is currently no version for Blackberry OS 7, nor anything for the play book tablet. Sad state of affairs. The blackberry software as a whole is still “beta” and not all that stable.

      DSTV have made no commitments to an OS 7 version which sucks if you have just upgraded your phone.

      Justin

      19.01.2012 21:22 Reply

  11. hacker:

    how do you make the screen full size with the drifta using windows xp

    17.01.2012 14:30 Reply

  12. Andries:

    Hi Justin

    I understand that the Drifta does not need an internet connection to function on my Windows laptop, but my network monitor shows incoming traffic of 2-5 Mb/s when Drifta is in use. Do you have any explanation for this?

    05.01.2012 06:44 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Andries,
      I haven’t noticed any use of my Internet connection by the Drifta (other than at startup where it sends some information back to their server). After this initial transfer the only data transfer is have seen is between the Drifta and the Laptop (which also uses a network connection). I am assuming your network monitor is looking specifically at the Internet connection and not at the network connection between the Drifta and Laptop?

      I am interested in investigating this further.

      Regards
      Justin

      05.01.2012 07:49 Reply

    • Shady:

      Hi Andries, or anybody… Is there a way to get the ubs drifta to full screen size? its a shame to watch on such a small screen :-(

      06.01.2012 15:45 Reply

      • Justin:

        Hi Shady
        What system are you running on ?
        Justin

        06.01.2012 16:55 Reply

  13. gerri:

    have just bought a walka for my husband. I am aware that coverage is not good, but wanted to give it to him till such time as coverage increases. Can I use an aerial and do you thin k it might pick up signals in the area which give him access? if so, which one would you suggest?

    25.12.2011 06:18 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Gerri
      It will depend on the area you are in. Connecting an aerial can improve the signal if you have a weak or erratic signal but if there is none then it won’t help. People have used various things from just touching the built in aerial to burglar bars through to connecting bunny ears or even boosted antenna. Check first see what signal is available, outdoors, on the roof etc
      Justin

      25.12.2011 08:58 Reply

  14. martin:

    This is ridiculous , to get drifta channels i pay R36 , as advertised , but if i dont have dstv premium , i dont get the drifta mnet?? for they scramble it. Also they cant make the resolution better , but they also block us from downloading the patch , to increase the size on our pc. Why do they want to do that.? Its like they want to stop us from improving on their device.Why??

    03.12.2011 14:37 Reply

    • Justin:

      Martin,
      The Mnet channel is a new additional and was not part of the original package. If they had taken it away then I would have felt I have lost something. They have clearly advertised it as being only available to premium subscribers since the Mnet mobile channel’s inception. I agree that its a pain there is no way to pay a marginal amount extra to get this channel. The blocking of full screen is also ridiculous since I can press Control and + on my windows 7 pc to expand the screen to full screen anyway and they can’t block this. So yeah, that is just crazy. They seem to know how to annoy their customers. As an android user, the stupid authentication they put in stops me using it on my android phone – why single out and penalise android users in a way which was never part of the deal when buying the phone? And then as a blackberry user, I got a new blackberry a few months ago, nice shiny new Bold 9900, to replace my 8520 and 9000. Since they took so long to get the Blackberry software out they only support obsolete phones, marvellous.

      Yet, despite all the bitching, it is a good service, great for sports lovers and use it when I wouldn’t otherwise be able to catch the game. I am very grateful at those times (including during the World Cup) and then am glad to pay just R36 for the service.

      I guess we pay our money and have to accept that despite the flaws, despite what the service could be, it is still a good value for money service.

      Justin

      03.12.2011 21:35 Reply

  15. Donn Edwards:

    If you get “Cannot play channel. E16-4 Service is currently scrambled” on the M-Net Mobile channel it’s because you don’t have a Premium subscription. Nice of them to let me know *before* I bought a Walka for R650.

    02.12.2011 19:15 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Donn
      It is a bit of a pain. In the announcement for MNet mobile they were quite clear about this, but much less so in the Walka details. The retailers are also messing up on the info. Makro had many incorrect details about it on their website which DStv said they would take up with Makro when I notified them. That said, for the R36 a month you still get good value, pity there is no option to pay a bit more and get Mnet.
      Justin

      03.12.2011 11:58 Reply

  16. Wayne:

    Hi there. Is Drifta functional on BB 8520 CURVE?

    28.11.2011 09:24 Reply

    • Justin:

      Yes, the beta covers the 8520

      28.11.2011 15:01 Reply

  17. kingsley:

    please can i use or download dstv for my nokia e75…this is my no u can flash me 08182591070

    23.11.2011 08:27 Reply

    • Justin:

      If you are on MTN you can subscribe to and use the service through MTN play.

      24.11.2011 16:54 Reply

  18. sharmla:

    I hope this is a platform to VENT!
    Did DSTV remove Trace Urban from their Drifta bouquet?
    If yes – why the HEL????
    Why did they not remove the Crappy “O Channel” or the “Africa” channel?
    I mean the rubbish there is so outdated.
    If they want to give us SA content – then lets see MORE of:
    Parlotones
    Goodluck
    The Arrows
    Liquideep
    Lira
    Louise carver
    Prime Circle
    Just Ginger
    Mandoza
    Lloyd Cele
    should I go on?

    You SUCK – DSTV…YOU SUCK DAMN IT!!!!!

    Oh well at least we can’t complain about the Sports Channels

    02.11.2011 10:24 Reply

  19. Josh:

    why can’t we use the drifta to surf the internet on PC or Laptop?

    31.10.2011 13:43 Reply

    • Justin:

      Josh, the drifta is a one way transmission so you can only receive a signal not send anything, so there is no way to browse the net using it.

      31.10.2011 20:50 Reply

  20. potter:

    hello justin,
    Thanks for all the info, i have the nokia su33-w receiver, i downloaded the mobile tv app on my nokia N8 fron nokia store it works but it always says tv temporarily unavailable. my friend did same and his works just fine he gets all the channels available on DVB-h on his N8. i have uninstalled and reinstalled the app i have even done a hard reboot still same problem. can you help?

    22.10.2011 12:54 Reply

  21. zach:

    i am very upset becouse i receive a drifta for my birthday cant even use it due to coverage problems i am sure that the dealears now that in pietermaritzburg their is no coverage but they srtill go a head to sell it. My quistion is when will the advice be able to work for every body, or they waiting for the cut of time for the free use of it…

    20.10.2011 11:44 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hey Zach

      Sadly there has been no word on any extension of current coverage. That would apparently require additional licenses etc which have not been applied for so is unlikely you will get coverage any time soon if you don’t currently have.

      You could probably take it back for a refund in terms of the consumer protection act.

      Justin

      20.10.2011 17:38 Reply

  22. danny:

    I get an error message Can’t initialise display”

    Any suggestions on how to fix

    29.09.2011 11:32 Reply

    • Justin:

      Danny, check your screen resolution and colour depth, seems to relate this or to graphics drivers

      29.09.2011 12:52 Reply

  23. Hennie:

    Hi Justin

    Will there be a motorola xoom android 3 and higher app for dstv mobile?

    28.09.2011 20:00 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Hennie
      At this stage the application is not supported on any android 3 devices and DStv have given no indication of support for android 3.

      Those playing around which hacked versions of the app report it crashing as soon as they try and watch the video feed so its not just an artifical restriction like a lot of the other devices.

      One would hope DStv are working on something but one can’t count on anything being delivered anytime soon.
      J

      28.09.2011 20:32 Reply

  24. iphone4 jailbroken:

    I need a working linking for the older dstv software that will work on a jail-broken iphone4.
    please also provide detailed instructions on how to install.
    thank you, great website.

    24.09.2011 22:32 Reply

    • Justin:

      If you can’t find the details of the .ipa download in the FAQ then take a read here, there is talk of different versions which may help. http://xsellize.com/topic/104584-appstore-app-jailbroken-device-is-not-supported/page__st__40

      I will look into how to install the ipa and add it to the FAQ. I suspect you can copy it into the iTunes folder where your other .ipas are located but need confirm.

      Check the FAQ, have added some information for you on this. Let me know if you need further information.

      25.09.2011 08:59 Reply

  25. mbuso:

    My drifta doesn’t work on my apple ipod touch pls help cz it works on my laptop

    21.09.2011 18:15 Reply

    • Justin:

      Mbuso : Can you supply some more details as to what you have tried and what is working and not. Will then try help trouble shoot.

      21.09.2011 19:24 Reply

  26. Eg789:

    Hi Justin

    excellent FAQ regarding the Drifta

    just a question, we have a drifta at work with the old firmware loaded on it
    its blocked from trying to update itself because of a proxy :-)

    but one of my friends also brought a drifta, although this one has the newer firmware 1.2.11
    is there any way to clone the one older device from a working one to a similar firmware?

    simply because the 1.2.11 version doesn’t have the full screen patch working
    is it possible to clone the devices across or is this simply not possible.

    19.09.2011 10:47 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Eg
      I have been curious as to this myself and wonder whether there is any technical reason it can’t be done. The drifta updater is built into the applications and I haven’t found a standalone one that works. The tivit updater doesn’t recognise the Drifta.

      I was also curious if the older version had the version string changed (and nothing else) whether it would then upload successfully.

      Right now biggest challenge is finding some quality time to spend fiddling with these things to see what is possible and what is not.

      Will mail you when get a chance to discuss further.

      J

      19.09.2011 13:43 Reply

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