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Love streaming on the go with DStv Now? We explain how to be data savvy when using the DStv Now app.

Let us show you how easy it is to manage your video quality settings and understand mobile data costs when using the DStv Now app for Android and iOS.

How to choose your video quality settings

The DStv Now app allows you to choose your video quality playback. The video quality option can be found under the settings in the menu of the app: Settings > General > Maximum Video Quality. This will help you to still enjoy Live TV and Catch Up but avoid running out of data or receiving high data bills from your service provider if you don’t have an uncapped internet connection.

Currently there are 5 quality settings available when playing back content on Catch Up and Live TV within the app: Lowest, Low, Medium, High and Highest (Live TV only). Highest is the default setting. Below are approximately the numbers you can see:


118mb per hour


225mb per hour


405mb per hour


585mb per hour


1GB per hour

Higher quality video uses more data. On a mobile phone you don’t need to use the higher quality settings on a smaller screen, which consumes more data. The higher quality settings are more relevant for larger screens like your laptop or TV when casting to this device.

What does this mean for you?

Depending on the type of show you are watching, if it is a cartoon series it could be on lower quality but if it’s a cool series or action movie you may want to watch in slightly better quality. The choice is yours on how you’d like to enjoy your viewing experience!

Here’s an estimated break down if you had 3GBs of mobile data dedicated to watching on DStv Now, you’d be able to watch:

Lowest = 6 episodes of My Little Pony, 5 episodes of Shimmer and Shine and 5 movies

Medium = 4 episodes of Queen and 2 movies

Highest = 1 episode of iZombie and 2 movies

As you can see, it’s easy to manage your data and still enjoy the best in series, movies, sport and kids content with the DStv Now app! 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently only available to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.