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Old 2017-09-16 , 15:12
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Default Which channels do our households watch?

A bit strange that none of us seem to have ever asked this question, maybe a bit too complicated to answer?
Perhaps let's say that we must have watched it for at least 10 minutes in the last 90 days to qualify (or make your own rules, I'm using brackets for borderline cases).
I think we should ignore 900 & 901 themselves.


Mine - (100), 101, 104-110, 112, 119-121, 123, 136-140, (161), 170, 174, 179, 180, 181, 184, (189), 194, 3 or 4 SuperSport chs., 1 or 2 regional chs., (323), 400, (401), 402-403, 406, (407-408), (431), 446.

So about 40
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Old 2017-09-16 , 18:12
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Hi Brian, an interesting question; I do believe it was addressed, in some form, a year or so back. I think we were "building" notional bespoke Bouquets? Maybe you were on hiatus from the Forum at the time?

Forget the fact that I've been overseas for a while; below is a summary of our typical viewing habits...

400,401,402,403,406,407 Five International and one local news channels.
201-209 sports channels for various sport; mainly European and English footie so, really 3 of the sports channels regularly.

That's about it these days. No more than 9 regulars.
The vast bulk of our viewing is streamed; Showmax, Netflix, Amazon, BBC; Plus YouTube, Spotify and Amazon for music. Plus MC's catch-up services. Mainly binged series and a few movies across the board.
Almost no movies or series watched live or recorded.
We do well over 100 GB/month these days on a 20Mbps VDSL connection and have no noticeable issues. Mostly HD and even some 4K content now!

I'd be interested to know who else is tending to streaming?

Given a "Sophie's choice" would you give up your Decoder(s) or your ability to Stream?
That's the key question that should be asked twice a year.
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Old 2017-09-17 , 08:51
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Wow, that's quite a contrast Keith, and an eye opener re the practical variety of service delivery on offer :-)

Still, overnight I've ended up wondering if you're not in a largely minority group with the associated bandwidth etc. costs, and although quite a few like today's youth would prefer it there's not really enough on offer for any but the very few like you who have a non-local source of good content due to your "half living" in the UK. About the only other regular who seems to suggest he maybe goes a fair amount more your route is @Rock4us2.

I guess what I'm asking is how varied and wide our DStv content interests range, and even you could add half a dozen or more channels to your list - although not directly sourced they do in effect supply your CU usage.

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Old 2017-09-17 , 12:50
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Let's see if we get a bit of traction in the thread, B;
I'm interested to see the viewing patterns of others. I genuinely believe they are changing, particularly among younger people (unlike me!).

We travel internationally a lot, as you know; so it's desirable to have the content available at both main residences as a minimum (as well as some mobile content access). That rules out locally recorded content.

As a result, we have become accustomed to being able to binge a whole series over a week or two. We are uncapped and have great connectivity so quality and cost are non-issues.

I'd be surprised if more people are not going down the same route.

But the channels question is an interesting one; I did not intend to hijack it!
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Old 2017-09-17 , 13:01
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That rules out locally recorded content.
Interesting timing re this point... see my recent suggestion, at least for those (including you) who still take some holidays here: Recorded content for the Holiday Home

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But the channels question is an interesting one; I did not intend to hijack it!
Not seen that way at all , it's a very valid factor that some take this quite different viewing route.
I imagine others will be back and add their thoughts tomorrow.
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Old 2017-09-17 , 19:04
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Excluding sport, very little live tv these days, unless there's a hurricane in the Florida area . Some recordings, some Netflix, mostly CU. Might dabble in Showmax a bit seeing that it's included in Premuim now. If you give me a quiz on which programs are on which channels . I'll fail miserably
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Old 2017-09-18 , 07:40
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I watch

900 901 101 103 108 115 116 117 119 120 121 123 125 126 travel channel home channel BBC lifestyle

Sometimes movies if I have time loads of CU. Netflix for half a dozen shows. Showmax for 1. And Audible for work and my NYT for news
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Old 2017-09-18 , 09:18
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We hardly watch live entertainment tv anymore. News is mostly 402/403...CNN must have drawn a huge audience in the last few weeks given that Irma was around. CWIDT.

CU and CU+: I think less than a dozen series at the most. Odd movie here and there.

Rest is YouTube for music. Netflix, Amazon, Showmax available and we pick up on something now and there as well. 4Mbps ADSL/Telkom/Mweb. Still amazes me over Netflix quality.
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Old 2017-09-18 , 09:48
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The package you are on influences your viewing habits and cannot be ignored.

So I am on the EasyView package, now for quite a few years.
That decision was driven because of cost and the perceived value-for-money I was getting. BUT very much influenced by what I found the family were tuning into. And then it was and still is SABC2, SABC3, e-tv and now e-tv extra.

I was the only one tuning into any other Premium channels. Occasionally the family would view a sports channel and even less any of the documentary channels.

So here is the family's list

SABC 2, SABC 3, e-tv, e-tv extra (192,193,194)

Mine, add 137, and then the available news channels. The Parliamentary channel is quite a regular one as well for me. In the mornings after the family abandon 192.
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I watch several news channels (400 to 404) live as well as several sport channels (mainly rugby, cricket, golf, tennis & athletics) but almost everything else I watch is recorded or on CU. I don't watch many movies though - mainly series.

Recorded content I always watch on CU if available (and just delete my recording afterwards) to avoid the ads. I don't watch too much on CU+ due to most programs not having 5.1 soundtracks on there and watch very little on ShowMax.

The vast majority of content I watch/record is on 101, 103, 120 and 123 but also some on 108, 115, 116, 119, 121, 122, 125, 144, 147, 181 and 184.

So roughly 25 channels in total that I access.
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