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Don't let the thunderstorm rain on your series parade. We have you covered to never miss a moment.

Stormy weather is only good for one thing: staying inside to binge-watch series. The rain can play havoc with your DStv satellite signal which can sometimes stop the fun. With rain and thunderstorms expected throughout South Africa this weekend, things are about to get a little crazy with some intense weather conditions! This can lead to rain fade.

What is rain fade, you may ask? This is caused by rain affecting your DStv satellite signal. This can mean major viewing interruptions which we know is frustrating when you can’t go outside! Luckily for you, you’ve got a few options when the water comes pouring down. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you don’t miss your series binge-sessions.

Between DStv Now which allows you to still live stream TV channels or enjoy shows on DStv Catch Up; BoxOffice allowing you to rent the latest or classic blockbusters; many seasons to binge on Showmax or series recorded on your DStv Explora, boredom during the rain is not an option!

It’s raining! Now what?

DStv Explora

Oh no, your favourite channel has interrupted viewing because of the storm! No worries, now’s the time to check on those remote recordings to see what’s sitting in your playlist to be watched or hit the CATCH UP button on your remote for series, movies, kiddies shows and sports highlights to enjoy. Get connected with your DStv Explora and have access to even more with DStv Catch Up Plus!

Please note, due to the rain interrupting the satellite signal, you may experience delays in Catch Up titles reaching your decoder. You will be able to still enjoy the titles currently on your decoder, but newer titles, episodes and movies may take a bit longer as the signal attempts to reach your decoder during the bad weather.

Error codes

Due to the rain, you may find yourself with an error code you don’t understand. Possible error codes that may appear are:

E48-32 – you’ll normally receive this error code during or after rain and general bad weather.

E16-4 – this error code can pop up during bad weather. It means your DStv decoder has an authentication error. A simple reboot can solve the problem.

For more details on error codes and how to fix them, visit selfservice.dstv.com.


Feeling for a movie? Why not see what the latest blockbuster releases are to rent by pressing the BOXOFFICE button on your DStv Explora remote or head to dstv.com/boxoffice.

Once you decide what movie you want to watch, Follow Self Service on Facebook and message our bot, Genie. Registration is once off - we promise! You will need to tap on “BoxOffice” or type the word “BoxOffice” to your message and finally, enter your rental code as seen on your TV screen. Now all you need is the popcorn before the movie starts.

DStv Now

Sure, the rain may have affected your signal on your television screen but did you know you can live stream your favourite channels on DStv Now? Or watch a number of episodes of your favourite shows on DStv Catch Up? Yes, do all this from the comfort of your bed via DStv Now online at now.dstv.com or by downloading the DStv Now app for your mobile device from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

From movies to actuality, series and kiddies shows as well as sports highlights, there’s a lot to enjoy! Need a bit of help on what to watch? Why not try the below:

Empire S4

The 100 S4

Orange is the New Black S5

The Bold Type S1

The Sinner S1

iZombie S3

Liv and Maddie S2

Nella and the Princess Knight S1

Siba’s Table S3

Wags Miami S2

Famous Last Words

Internet not running up to speed because of the rain? Get weather ready by downloading up to 25 content items (shows, movies etc.) before the storm hits on the DStv Now app across four devices.


DStv Premium customers can enjoy Showmax added to their subscription at no extra charge, so why not take advantage of the opportunity for a serious binge session! Don’t know what to watch online or to download on the Showmax app, we have you covered with the below:

Mr. Robot: Get binge ready

7 Series to watch online

Top 5 sports doccies on Showmax

Top-class shows on Showmax

11 African movies to stream on Showmax

New to Showmax? Let us show you how to get started today.

Now that we’ve given you the low-down on how to beat the boredom when the rain comes, it’s time to get the blankets and snacks ready. It looks as if the weather outside may be forecast as raining but we predict the perfect opportunity for some serious series time!