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DSTV Drifta: Watch DSTV on your iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and PCs including notebooks

The Drifta is a mobile TV decoder that recieves DVB-H signal and converts it into a Wi-Fi signal for Wi-Fi enabled viewing devices:  laptops, PCs, tablets and smartphones.

For the product to work it must be within DVB-H coverage.

DSTV Drifta

Currently, the device is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and PCs including notebooks.  Other devices will be avaiable soon. DStv Mobile is currently available in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Namibia.


  • Broadcast Mobile TV on your iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and Windows PC
  • Connects to your device via Wi-Fi or USB
  • Access the Mobile TV guide
  • Small lightweight and ultra portable
  • Rechargeable with up to three hours of viewing

Installation and Usage


DStv Mobile can be accessed using the Drifta mobile decoder that is compatible with PCs.  The Drifta receives DVB-H mobile broadcast signal and transmits it to your PC via a Wi-Fi network.

System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: 32 Bit or 64 Bit
Minimum Memory: 512MB
Minimum Disk Space: 100 MB
USB Port

Installing the Application

1. Insert the Drifta Application CD and run the Windows setup application. Complete the installation

2. Press the power button on the Drifta. Wait for the DVB-H light to go steady green. (This may take up to 3 minutes when starting the Drifta for the first time).

3. Extend and position the antenna vertically.

4. Connect the Drifta to the PC with a USB Cable.

Watching TV

Launch the Drifta client application on your PC. The application will perform a channel scan and start playing Mobile TV.

Clicking the schedule icon will display all available channels and their schedules. Clicking a channel in the schedule will display the channels schedule. Double clicking a channel will start broadcasting the channel. You can also change channels by using the left and right buttons on the player screen.


The Drifta also allows you to watch Mobile TV on your iPhone, iPod or iPad touch. The Drifta receives DVB-H mobile broadcast signal and transmits it to your iPhone, iPod or iPad touch via a Wi-Fi network.

System Requirements

iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS version 4 or higher.

Installing the Application

In the App Store, on your iOS device or through iTunes on your computer, search for “DStv Mobile Decoder”. An application from MultiChoice will appear in your search results.Install this application, either directly on your device, or by downloading it to iTunes on your computer then syncing your iOS device.

Connecting the Drifta DStv Mobile Decoder

Ensure that Wi-Fi is enabled on your iOS device. Press the power button on the Drifta. Wait for the DVB-H light to go steady green. (This may take up to 3 minutes when starting the decoder for the first time). Extend and position the antenna vertically.

Watching TV

Launch the Drifta application on your iOS device.

When connecting a decoder for the first time, a list of Wi-Fi devices IDs is displayed. Select the device ID that corresponds to your Drifta. The devices will then pair.
A list of channels will then be displayed. To start watching, simply select your channel of choice. Selecting the ‘more’ button corresponding to a channel will display the channels schedule for the next 24 hours.


Q: How much does the Drifta 1 cost in Nigeria?
A: Cost Incl VAT:  NGN 14, 700 – Cost Excl VAT:  NGN 14, 000

Q: How much is the Drifta subscription going to cost (Nigeria) ?
A: Free Bouquet:  Free, Mini:  NGN 680, Maxi:  NGN 600, Maxi +:  At no extra cost for DStv Premium Subscribers

Q: Can I still use my Drifta anywhere else?
A: You are able to use it anywhere else provided that you are within the coverage area and your viewing device meets the minimum system requirements.

Q: My PC at work meets all the system requirements but I’m still unable to access the service.
A: Certain corporate IT departments may prevent you from accessing certain services due to the anti-virus software and firewalls that they have in place. Please check with your IT department to see if you are allowed to access and view our service.


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71 thoughts on “DSTV Drifta: Watch DSTV on your iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and PCs including notebooks

  1. Thank u for the provision of this drifta. but can you bring the price lower and make it avialable for other phones

    Posted by nwite oliver | September 4, 2011, 12:50 am
  2. Can d dstv mobile work on blackberry curve

    Posted by Ebi | September 13, 2011, 3:47 pm
  3. Hi, I just received my new Drifta USB, but low and behold there is no signal in this area. I’m currently in Steelpoort, when will there be signal? And is there anyway I can connect the drifter to our network, so it can connect via the internet like that? We are able to stream the radio stations…….

    Posted by Cheryl Cox | September 15, 2011, 11:01 am
    • Thanks for your question Cheryl. It is currently not possible to get the Drifta to work via the internet just as your normal DSTV cannot stream via the internet. However, the Drifta is still a worthy tool to have as you can use it when you travel to areas with Drifta network coverage.

      Hopefully, Drifta network signals would be coming to your neighborhood soon.

      Feel free to keep in touch on any issues or testimonials.

      Posted by Eta Uso Jr | September 15, 2011, 5:04 pm
  4. Can I get disney channel n discovering channel national geo
    In the drifta device

    Posted by elvis | September 16, 2011, 11:53 pm
  5. Can the Drifta work on iphone

    Posted by John | September 17, 2011, 8:40 am
  6. hi,i would lyk to know if these any SABC channels of the drift?

    Posted by leonard | September 20, 2011, 11:47 am
  7. can drifta work on ideos

    Posted by dnb | September 23, 2011, 10:14 am
  8. We are in need of dstvmobile in Okeho of Oyostate very urgently.p/s do this in hurry!

    Posted by Abel10 | September 25, 2011, 9:10 pm
  9. Thanks so much for providing full info on this dstv drifta stuff. But my question is does it work well on edge or 3g network?

    Posted by Cyracks | October 1, 2011, 11:33 pm
  10. Can my dstv drifter works with my tv card?

    Posted by Xilumana | October 14, 2011, 9:13 am
  11. Does dstv mobile works ipod touch. If yes i will try as much as possible to get my now.Emma from Ghana thanksssssssss

    Posted by emma | October 18, 2011, 1:24 pm
  12. Does dstv mobile works on ipod touch. If yes i will try as much as possible to get my now. Emma from Ghana thankss

    Posted by emma | October 18, 2011, 1:29 pm
  13. Please is there anyway i can connect my Nokia 5330 DSTV Mobil to my Laptop? if yes…how do i go about it.

    Posted by Name | December 11, 2011, 8:14 am

    Posted by 28234012 | December 23, 2011, 9:23 am
  15. dstv has been succesful.congrats!

    Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2012, 7:01 am
  16. Here in zambia. Do you sell the drifter-cephas in lusaka

    Posted by cephas | January 20, 2012, 7:28 pm
  17. Please kindly post me the link where I can download the DStv mobile decoder application for Windows 7.
    I have the Usb drifta device but I can’t use it without the application.

    Posted by Don Calcium | January 31, 2012, 8:43 pm
  18. is it possible for more than one device to connect with drifta at d same time?

    Posted by whizzy | February 5, 2012, 12:12 pm
  19. talking about the DVB-H signal coverage areas, i think dstv should focus more on major campuses in nigeria because stuffs like this are more marketable in student communities. Thank you.

    Posted by whizzy | February 5, 2012, 12:18 pm
  20. can a drifter work with a t.v?

    Posted by favour | February 24, 2012, 10:28 am
  21. Can the drifta work on nokia n97 mini

    Posted by Paul | April 3, 2012, 8:27 am
  22. Where are the major cities or areas that dstv drifta can work in Lagos.
    Can it work around LASU at iyana oba.

    Posted by Masterfix | April 7, 2012, 9:43 pm
  23. The drifta is too cost where can i get it cheaper @least naira4000

    Posted by charles | June 8, 2012, 9:44 pm
  24. Does dstv ‘ve any package for blackberry users?

    Posted by ayinde | August 9, 2012, 1:18 pm
  25. How do i use a friends subscribtion on my mobile drifta

    Posted by Isaac j | September 1, 2012, 7:51 pm
  26. can I see the drifta usb mobile dstv software

    Posted by john michael | December 12, 2012, 6:28 am
  27. Am using BlackBerry tablet,I want to know may be i can use drifta.If yes how many channel can I watch

    Posted by Adesuyi Fred | December 21, 2012, 7:26 pm
  28. Why does my drifta network keep breaking? It’s annoying and sometimes it just fails to work on my ipad 3. But if I connect with my laptop it works well. Please assist

    Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012, 6:57 pm
  29. Pls i need dstv software for nokia java phone.jar especially for x2

    Posted by Sodiq | February 10, 2013, 8:09 am
  30. Pls can the drifta work on Samsung galaxy note 2

    Posted by Ray | February 26, 2013, 2:55 pm
  31. can the DSTV drifta work on my samsung S3?? … I REALLY NEED THIS…

    Posted by dayvheed | June 13, 2013, 7:37 pm
  32. Does dstv drifts use data plan

    Posted by Ijeoma | July 19, 2013, 9:08 am
  33. Where α̲̅я̲̅ε̲̣̣̣̥ the places i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ nigeria where drifta can work

    Posted by shuaib | September 17, 2013, 9:32 pm
  34. Pls I’ve an ipod touch version 2.2.1(5H11a) can the drifta work on it? and how much is d current price? Thank u.

    Posted by Emmanuel M Ekpo | November 9, 2013, 5:59 pm
  35. why is drifta not working in my phone tecno Q1
    when i connet it always say try agin. ta times it say wi-fi problem.

    Posted by AHMED | December 8, 2013, 9:50 am
  36. Where can I get the drifts for my iPad air2 in Ghana? How much does it cost?
    Is it available now?

    Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2015, 7:10 pm


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