MultiChoice launches DStv Family pack and additional channels
Date: 19 March 2013Category: News 33564 views

DStv FamilyMultiChoice is pleased to announce the introduction of a new DStv Family pack. The DStv Family pack will launch on 9 April and will be priced at R175 per month.

DStv Family will consist of more than 45 channels, 17 of which have not been on the lower bouquets before. These include a range of general entertainment, documentary and childrens' channels such as Sony Entertainment, Discovery TLC, Nat Geo Wild, KykNET Musiek and Cartoon Network.

Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, says: "We are very excited about DStv Family. It will provide customers more variety and choice as well as enhance the overall value of the DStv offering."

2 additional new channels

On 9 April, two new channels will be added to the DStv platform - FOXon channel 125 and kykNET & Kie on channel 145. FOX will be available to DStv Premium customers; whilst kykNET & Kie will be available to DStv Family, Compact and Premium customers.

FOX will be available in both HD and SD as simulcast on channel 125 and will be a welcome addition to the general entertainment section of DStv Premium. This 24-hour channel will feature a number of exciting series such as Falling Skies, The Walking Dead, The Transporter - the TV series, Being Mandela, The Simpsons, House of Payne and Cougar Town.

kykNET & Kie is an expansion of kykNET's existing offering on DStv and will, for the first time, make Afrikaans content available to DStv customers in the lower-tier packs namely DStv Family and DStv Compact.  kykNET is currently only available to DStv Premium customers.

kykNET & Kie will give customers on DStv Compact and DStv Family access to some of the kykNET favourites such as Villa Rosa, Binneland, Toks en Tjops, Enuus and Dagbreek.

As kykNET & Kie will have a children's slot in the morning and in the afternoons, the content that is currently available on KooWee will be included in these slots. Young viewers can look forward to catching their favourites such as Tjiff and Tjaff, Lappies, Pikin and Zimzim. That means that KooWee (channel 307) will no longer exist as a separate channel on DStv from 9 April onwards.

More information about the DStv Family pack and the two new channels is available on


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Further information:

Channel list for DStv Family bouquet


127 - Sony Entertainment Television
128 - Sony Max
129 - Blackbelt
132 - Zone Reality (CBS)
137 - Turner Classic Movies
145 - kykNET & Kie
146 - KykNET Musiek
152 - Africa Magic Movies
154 - AfricaMagic
155- AM World (Mar'13)
162 - MagicWorld
172 - Discovery TLC
173 - Style
176 - The Home Channel
182 - NatGeo Wild
187 - Discovery World
192 - SABC 2
193 - SABC 3
194 -
251 - Soweto TV
260 - Bay TV
261 - 1KZN
229 - SuperSport Select SA
CHILDREN 301 - Cartoon Network
302 - Boomerang
308 - KidsCo
319 - Mindset Learn
MUSIC 320 - Channel O
321 - Mzansi Music
326 - AFRO Music English
331 - One Gospel
RELIGION 340 - Dumisa         
341 - Trinity Broadcast Network
343 - Rhema Network
347 - iTV Networks
NEWS & COMMERCE 400 - BBC World News
405 - Russia Today
406 - Al Jazeera
407 - NDTV 24x7
408 - Parliamentary Service
409 - CCTV News
410 - CNBC Africa
412 - Summit TV
414 - EuroNews
447 - CCTV 4
INTERACTIVE 415 - Weather24

FOX Programming Highlights

The Walking Dead

After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes finds the world he knew gone - ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. Nearby, on the outskirts of Atlanta, a small encampment struggles to survive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?

Falling Skies

In the devastating wake of an all-out invasion of the planet by an alien military force, ordinary people must do extraordinary things to survive. FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few remaining survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force, whose nature and purpose remains a mystery.


JO is a one-hour close-ended crime series about Joachim "Jo" Saint-Clair, played by Jean Reno ("Leon - The Professional") a veteran detective in Paris' elite Criminal Brigade tackling the city's most challenging murder cases. Each episode will feature one case, while Jo's personal journey has a series-long arc. JO takes the audience behind the scenes of Paris' most iconic locations - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Catacombs, Place Vendome - as we follow Saint-Clair in his relentless pursuit of justice.

The Transporter

Frank Martin is The Transporter.  You want something moved, moved fast, and moved right, you get Frank Martin. He carries anything, anywhere, no questions asked.  Ex-Special Forces, he's acquired the driving, fighting and survival skills to make the delivery on schedule, and he never quits until the package is where it's supposed to be.

Da Vinci's Demons

"Da Vinci's Demons" is a historical fantasy, following the 'untold' story of the world's greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty-five year old Leonardo Da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.

Being Mandela

'BEING MANDELA': is an insight into the lives of Nelson Mandela's granddaughters. We follow their lifestyles, from trips to beautiful Cape Town, shopping in New York, looking for their cultural roots in Swaziland and even get a first hand view of their grandmother Winnie writing her autobiography. What pressures come with being the first ladies of the country? How do they juggle business and motherhood? The show answers all those questions and more...

Some technical facts about FOX

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • HD in Dolby 2.0 Stereo
  • True HD with some older content upconverted to HD
  • The channel will be simulcast HD and SD - customers who have HD equipment, will view the channel in HD, customers who have SD equipment will receive the channel in SD. MultiChoice down-converts the channel from HD for customers watching it in SD