DSTV Mobile: How To Get It On Your Phone

DSTV Mobile subscription has picked up again with so many fans of the world famous Big Brother Africa TV Show airing on premium TV. I have dusted my Nokia N96, and have re-inserted my sim for subscription already. If you are looking for a phone that can give you the DSTV mobile service, you may want to see the DSTV Mobile page by clicking here: DSTV Mobile

Just note that DSTV is only available in some States of the Federation for now. With time, it will expand to accomodate other states.

DSTV Mobile is here Nigeria. With the service, Nigerians no longer need to worry about missing their favourite DStv programmes, news, live football matches, including all matches of the FIFA World Cup because DStv Mobile would give you the same value you could get from the TV edition of DSTV.

The advantage of subscribing to DStv Mobile is that no matter where you are, as long as you are connected to the DStv Mobile, you will not miss anything. DStv Mobile is not exactly a new service. It was initially launched in 2007 but with FIFA World Cup around the corner, Multichoice (operators of DStv) found a need to re-launch the DStv Mobile service. The re-launch is borne out of a collaboration between DStv, MTN (Africa’s leading telecom operator) and Nokia (world leading mobile phone manufacturer).

The technology behind DStv Mobile is simple enough. The Mobile TV service is not streamed over the internet. Though one of the promises of 3G was Mobile TV, streaming live TV over the internet turned out to be impractical. Pushing a data-intensive service over a cellular network would simply result in a very congested network.  Broadcasting mobile TV over the airwaves is much more efficient and cost-effective. In comes DVB-H. I summarized the following DVB-H definition from Wikipedia:
DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld) is one of three prevalent mobile TV formats. It is a technical specification for bringing broadcast services to mobile handsets. From March 2008, DVB-H is officially endorsed by the European Union as the “preferred technology for terrestrial mobile broadcasting”. DVB-H technology is a superset of the very successful DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial) system for digital terrestrial television, with additional features to meet the specific requirements of handheld, battery-powered receivers.

Getting on board
DStv Mobile - The new 'watch wherever you are' broadcast
television service can be accessed by a number of DVB-H enabled cellphones and Wi-Fi enabled devices - is set to change the way viewers catch their favourite DStv shows.

If you do not have a DVB-H enabled phone, DStv Mobile can be accessed using the Drifta mobile decoder that is compatible with cellphones, laptops, smartphones and tablets.  Subscribers can stay current with sports, news and entertainment, wherever they go.

DVB-H enabled phones are available from Mobile Network Operators.  Drifta mobile decoders are available from MultiChoice branches.

Get the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition from any Nokia dealer.

If you are not in Nigeria, Click this link: DSTV Mobile For Other Countries. But if you are in Nigeria, continue reading below

Nigeria DVB-H Coverage in cities

DSTV Mobile is only available in the following cities for now:
  1. Aba
  2. Abuja
  3. Asaba
  4. Benin
  5. Enugu
  6. Ibadan
  7. Kaduna
  8. Lagos
  9. Onitsha
  10. Port Harcourt
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