DSTV Mobile Drifta Decoder

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After reading about the new DSTV mobile decoder the past week I decided to take the plunge and buy one for myself. The decoder retail for R599.00. I’m quite impressed with the technology that went into this device. Everything just works. Trying to activate through Multichoice was a different story, a total nightmare to say the least. That being said, setup and installation is a breeze and connecting your iPhone couldn’t be easier.

There are however a few things you need to consider before purchasing this device:

  • Picture resolution and quality is low (380×240 and can be stretched to a maximum of 640×480)
  • No support for other media players
  • The Mobile app for iPhone / iPad doesn’t support any jailbroken devices
  • Ensure that you are in the DVB-H coverage area, you can view the map here

There are currently only nine channels available (by gathering info from forums the channel line-up will change in the near future)

  • Africa Magic
  • Channel O
  • Trace TV
  • eNews
  • Supersport Blitz
  • Supersport 1,2, 3 and 6
  • Cartoon Network
  •  Updated 30-Mar-2011 (3 new channels will be added in the first week of April 2011 CNNi, E Entertainment and Sony Max)

Drifta Device

The device is small and compact. The only real problem I see is the antenna design. The antenna is very delicate for a reason. It’s designed this way specifically to receive DVB-H broadcast according the the DSTV Mobile forums. Time will tell if it’s actually as durable as they claim.

The battery is rechargeable and has a three hour viewing time duration


Pricing According to Multichoice

  • DSTV Mobile packages are free up until April 2011. After the introductory phase monthly cost of R36/pm.
  • If you are an existing DSTV Premium or Compact subscriber, this services will be free until April 2012.
  • DSTV Drifta Mobile Decoder R599.00

Overall Experience

  • I’ve been using the decoder in my car to work in the Gauteng area. It works perfectly, no problems so far…
  • If you are an existing DSTV Premium or Compact subscriber, this services will be free until April 2012.
  • DSTV Drifta Mobile Decoder R599.00
  • Changing channels takes a few seconds (roughly about 10 – 15 seconds)
  • I’m hoping that the channel line-up will change soon.
  • Wifi connectivity is prone to interference from other devices.
  • Only Apple mobile devices are supported at the moment. Blackberry will soon be available.


  1. Janine  March 26, 2014

    I have just spent over an hour trying to get my drifta usb to work. I have sent two e-mails in the past 10 days……….without any success. Paying for a non-existent service. Waiting for Dstv to be installed! So what do you do late at night, at home for entertainment. Can’t even look at Cnn News?!!!!

  2. Hester  May 5, 2014

    Why is the Oscar Pistorius trial not on the DRIFTA

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  11. Vernon Gopaul  October 23, 2014

    Hi im using the wifi drifta connected to my pc. Getting all the channels but when select a channel it comes up a can’t initialize display……………..Please help

  12. katlego  December 2, 2014

    I needs dstv mobile please


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