DSTV Faq

Posted on May 5, 2011

If you are looking for a detailed review of the Drifta device take a look over here.

 

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

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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

Where can I find reviews of the Drifta?

Reviews of drifta :

 

 

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.

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/

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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 😉

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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/

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

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.

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.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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)

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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 )

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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)

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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

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.

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).

What is the price of the Walka?

It has a recommended retail price of R649.

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.

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.

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.

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)

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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)

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)

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 🙂

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

iDrifta

Can my iDrifta charge my iOS device?

The iDrifta will not charge your iOS device.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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/

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.
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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.

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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.

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.

 

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.

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/

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.

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.

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.

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

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)

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.

 

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. ”

 

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

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.

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?

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

 

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

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.

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 🙂

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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.

 

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.

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

 

 

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).

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.

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)

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.

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

There are 3 channels that are streamed :

  • SuperSport Blitz
  • euronews
  • SawSee

 

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

 

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 🙂

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).


37 Responses

  1. stacey:

    My ex father in law gave me a drifts a few years ago everything seemed to be working fine but now I can only pick up 4 channels everything else says service is currently scrambled. Can this happen? I clearly can’t ask him or get his details to log a complaint so what i do without the smartcard number to check what the fault is,?

    21.11.2015 16:54 Reply

    • Justin:

      Tricky. Sounds like it has been disconnected from your ex father in laws subscription and hence the paid channels are not working.

      Try calling them and asking to activate the subscription. The smart card number should be printed on the back or inside the battery cover since it doesn’t have an actual smart card but it’s embedded.

      21.11.2015 23:07 Reply

  2. Lulama:

    My drifta keeps saying service is currently scrambled what should I do?

    21.07.2013 16:08 Reply

  3. Catherine:

    We want to buy two drifta walkas or usb for our sons for christmas. are you allowed to have more than one in one household? would greatly appreciate answer soon as we want to buy them this week. thankyou. 🙂

    27.11.2012 21:31 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Catherine

      My understanding is you can have one free one connected to your existing DSTV account and then a second one you would have to pay the monthly subscription of +-R50 and there is no limit to how many you can have but you pay the subscription for each. The catch is that the ones you pay for wont have the Mnet mobile channel as that is for premium subscribers only, though I could have that wrong, if you are a premium subscriber maybe you can have more than one device getting Mnet mobile.

      Justin

      27.11.2012 23:29 Reply

  4. Andrew:

    i have a drifter it works fine with my PC but when i try use it on the ipad or my iphone 4 s it picks it up in the wireless networks , gives it a IP and subnet but they not syncing with the drifta Why is that

    21.08.2012 09:29 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Andrew

      Can you provide some more info. The process I follow when using the wifi Drifta is to turn on the wifi Drifta, then to switch iPad to wifi, manually connect to the Drifta signal then load the app. Make sure you have the latest app, also possibly try forcing the app to re-sync by going to the settings for the dstv app and selecting the option.

      If none of that works try give us the error messages being displayed to allow further trouble shooting.

      Goodluck

      Justin

      25.08.2012 09:00 Reply

  5. yaccob:

    Hi Justin
    Is there no way you can increase the resolution if the drifta for windows

    16.07.2012 10:28 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Yacoob.

      There is no way to increase the resolution. Best you can do is expand the window and step back a few metres. Resolution is restricted by the signal being transmitted.

      Regards
      Justin

      16.07.2012 13:37 Reply

  6. rvt333:

    when will a full screen patch be availible for the latest version 1.3.1 pls let me know asap

    25.02.2012 14:23 Reply

  7. Jignesh:

    I would like to know if any one has solution to full screen for Macbook 13″ OSX Lion? I am using Drifta.

    30.12.2011 13:21 Reply

  8. Nicholas:

    Hi im running a sony ericsson xperia neo and the android app redirects to the net (http://launcher.dstvmobile.com/s… i cant seem to get the rest of the address) then from there it doesnt load anything but redirects again to the vodaphone live site and sits there. No sign of whether or not the app works or anything. Just curious if that is normal?

    08.12.2011 20:04 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Nicolas
      Are you running the right app? There are now two on the app store, one gives a shortcut link to the streaming services and the other is for the Drifta. The activity you are describing sounds like it is for the streaming app.

      Justin

      08.12.2011 22:06 Reply

  9. Franz:

    Thanks for a very useful FAQ! 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.

    19.11.2011 12:13 Reply

    • Justin:

      Thanks for the tip Franz

      22.11.2011 20:54 Reply

  10. Waleed:

    Howzit.. I’ve read the post but still not sure if my Xperia Arc will work with the wifi drifta and if so where do I get the firmware or software? Please help.

    Thanks
    Waleed

    28.09.2011 10:26 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Waleed

      Your Sony won’t work with the official dstv drifts software as currently only some samsung and htc devices are supported. Technically there is no reason it won’t work. You can use the technique of changing your device id and then downloading the application from the android store and then it should work as is. Keep me posted on your success if you decide to give it a try

      Justin

      28.09.2011 17:59 Reply

  11. Brett:

    Hi, I downloaded and installed iOS 4.3.4 not jailbroken (Long story, i tried to remove the jailbreak from 4.3.3 whole phone crasehd). I then installed the decoder app and it worked instantly. I’m going to jailbreak it again and see what happens. I’ll keep you posted. I see the version is 1.01.02 as you mentioned. Strange why the it didn’t work maybe something else was causing a problem with the SW.

    Thanks Brett

    19.07.2011 21:26 Reply

    • Justin:

      Thanks for the update. Hope this ends well and it works when jailbroken again.

      19.07.2011 22:39 Reply

  12. Brett:

    Get the same lights as you mentioned, I tried a friend of mine’s drifta who also updated his FW on the device on Thursday, I tried it on another friends iPAD and his phone and same error. I get exactly the same error as with mine. Another friend has one which isn’t updated just need to try that. Also in my decoder I reset the pairing and it made no difference. Last resort will be to remove the jailbreak to eliminate the drifta device being the problem and then take it from there.

    19.07.2011 14:07 Reply

    • Justin:

      It certainly sounds like you have tried a number of options. Were the iPad and other phone you tried it on also jailbroken? Please keep us posted so we can share the results as wide as possible. Thanks for the info so far.

      J

      19.07.2011 18:12 Reply

  13. Brett:

    That’s the weird thing it is working on my PC. I reset the device and my phone a couple of times as well.

    19.07.2011 10:43 Reply

    • Justin:

      That is strange. What lights are flashing on the device before you do the wifi connection to the iPhone? If I understand correctly how the Drifta works, it will connect to the DVB-H signal automatically even if not synced to a device. I switch my Drifta on, not connected to PC, I get flashing green batter (battery not 100% charged), Solid green signal (DVB-H signal search complete ,ready to connect to device) and solid WiFi light (Ready to connect and transmit data). Do you get the same?

      19.07.2011 11:06 Reply

  14. Brett:

    Thanks for the reply. I had already read your post before posting this. I tried that version you mentioned, it detects the decoder, gets 100% signal but comes up with the error message “No channel available” I go into settings and try a channel scan but it finds 0 channels. Weird. If you hear of a new one please let me know. much appreciated

    18.07.2011 19:45 Reply

    • Justin:

      mmm ok. Others are using that version no problem. Sorry if silly questions but troubleshooting requires. Is it working fine with you pc ?

      18.07.2011 19:56 Reply

  15. Brett:

    Hey Justin, I just got a new drifta and the FW version is 2.1.266 and I tried all the older IPA versions (1.01.00, 1.01.01, 1.01.02) on my iPhone (4.33) and they don’t work at all. I either get “jailbroken device not supported” or it opens the app and then it says “No channels found” even though i have full signal and it works on my PC.
    Do you have any idea if it is the new FW that is causing the issues? Or do you know what vesion I can use that would possibly work?

    Thanks Brett

    18.07.2011 18:02 Reply

  16. Wenzell:

    i am living in Grabouw in the western cape but there is no signal for the drifta can you help of please to get a signal

    17.07.2011 09:47 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Wenzell,
      Have you bought the Drifta or are you looking to get one? Have you checked on the coverage map (link here) to see if there is supposed to be signal there? If there is low signal look at this post in the FAQ

      I am not a Capetonian, but had a quick look at the map and it looks like Grabouw is sadly way out of coverage areas so you most likely won’t have any joy.

      Justin

      17.07.2011 10:53 Reply

  17. lihlie:

    Eish plz help me with dstv on my mobile phone blackberry

    05.06.2011 09:40 Reply

    • Justin:

      Sorry, DSTV havent released the blackberry app yet and have not given any real idea of when it will happen. So far only broken promises.

      06.06.2011 23:07 Reply

  18. tom:

    the new drifta software v 1.2.11 doesn’t accept the sreen resize patch,and the worst is that if i don’t update to the new version the drifta says unable to connect,i want to resize the screen cause it ain’t nice watching a small one,what to do?

    03.06.2011 23:42 Reply

  19. Rashid Sajid:

    Hi Justin, trust yo are well. I thought I will use this forum to ask another question about drifta. Is it possible to connect to dstv drifta using usb on one computer and wi-fi on another computer at the same time? Would be delightful if it’s possible.

    24.05.2011 21:32 Reply

    • Justin:

      Hi Rashid

      Sadly you cant use the drifta like that. Not sure if it is a hardware or software limitation but as soon as you plug in the usb cable it turns off the wifi signal. I haven’t seen any hacks to bypass this unfortunately.

      Justin

      25.05.2011 20:28 Reply

  20. Godslight:

    Please i need the dstv software to watch live Tv on my new Nokia phone N79 please

    11.05.2011 21:01 Reply

    • Justin:

      Sorry DSTV havent released software yet for the N79. We wait and hope along with the Blackberry and Android users. So far DSTV has done a very poor job of meeting their promised delivery dates for users other and than those with iDevices. You can also call the call-centre to put a bit of pressure on them, though the call centre agents seem ill informed and quite happy to tell mis-truths and renegade on DSTV’s promises.

      11.05.2011 21:34 Reply

  21. Godslight:

    please i need Dstv software for my Nokia N79 so that i well enjoy with my people

    11.05.2011 20:53 Reply

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