DSTV Mobile Channel Update : SS4 added

Posted on September 09, 2011

Just heard this evening that Supersport 4 has been added and that Big Brother Amplified has been dropped. Since DStv Mobile users are mostly sports lovers, this can only be a good move. I haven’t seen any official¬†announcement¬†but can guess that it is related to the Rugby World Cup. More coverage for all of us :)

Thanks Melosi Baloyi Lesega (@melosib) for bringing this to my attention.

As predicted, new DSTV Mobile Decoder released (USB Device)

Posted on July 14, 2011

As predicted back on the 4th June (based on firmware contained in the last Windows 1.3 client released), DSTV Mobile have now come out and announced the availability of a brand new decoder, known as the “Dstv Mobile USB Drifta” decoder.

This uses the same DVB-H functionality as the wifi drifta, it just comes in a much smaller an convenient package for those who don’t need to use WiFi connectivity (to iPhones/iPads/Ipod’s) and just want to use it with their PC’s.

The device plugs straight into the USB port, doesn’t need charging, pairing or any of the complications. It is claimed to be available now at a price of R399. Good deal if you are only ever wanting to use it with a laptop. The device is available on Kalahari.net already, with an 8 day delivery time.¬† It may be coincidence or could explain the half price Drifta special that was available yesterday. They are back to full price today :)

In addition to the new decoder, DStv mobile also announced the launch of the M-Net Series channel to the DStv mobile lineup. Im not sure which channel is to be dropped (since they claim to be using up all channels allocated to them by ICASA), but we shall see. Hopefully it is the full channel and not a gimped version full of week old repeats as Cartoon Network is.

Sadly there is still no news on the Blackberry or Android client software for the existing Drifta. Just how serious are DSTV about sorting out the problems with the existing product if they are launching new ones? Your guess is as good as mine.

The press release is available here on the www.dstv.com website.

I have updated the Drifta FAQ to include the new USB Drifta. Find it here.

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