OVHD vs DSTV Easy View.

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Openview Announced that it had acquired the broadcast rights for the English Premier League.

This move allowed the free satellite service provider to broadcast Premier League matches live on its News & Sports channel.

Openview said it would broadcast one live match every week, which will usually include one of the top six Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, or Tottenham Hotspur.

Unlike DStv, Openview is free-to-air, meaning that after buying a decoder and installing a dish, customers do not need to pay a monthly fee.

DStv charges a monthly fee for all of its packages, however, starting from R29 per month for EasyView subscribers and moving up to R809 per month for DStv Premium.

We compared the content available on DStv to the free-to-air Openview offering, including its newly-added News & Sports channel.

EasyView and OpenView channels

As Openview is a free product with a minimal offering, we compared it to the cheapest DStv package available – EasyView.

Considering that it will cost far more to install Openview than DStv EasyView, the R29 per month for DStv EasyView is essentially absorbed for the first three years.

This provides a fair comparison, as higher-end DStv packages are not only much more expensive, but they also offer a wealth of content unavailable at these lower prices.

Subsequently, if you want to watch a wide selection of sports, international content, and the latest shows, you should select a more expensive DStv subscription.

The table below provides a basic comparison of Openview and DStv’s EasyView products, excluding audio channels. Channel information was sourced directly from the broadcasters’ websites.

ComponentOpenViewDStv EasyView
Monthly PriceFreeR29
Installation cost (estimate)R2,000(HD decoder)R1,000 (HD decoder)
Entertainment and Lifestyle channelsSABC 1SABC 1
eExtraSoweto TV
eMoviesBay TV
eMovies Extra1 KZN
eRealityTshwane TV
Star LifeCape Town TV
Glow TVLesotho TV
TNT Africa
Real Time
SABC Encore
e.TV Extra
Children and EducationeToonzJimJam
Mindset TVeToonz
Da Vinci LearningMindset TV
Day Star
iTV Networks
Emmanuel TV
SportNews & SportsSuperSport Blitz
News, Commerce and Specialised channelse.TV NewsSABC News
BBC World NewsNewzroom Afrika
Al Jazeera
Parliamentary service
CNBC Africa
Business Day TV
Business Day TV
People’s Weather

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