Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - TECH HUNTER -

one are the days of pop­ping to the video store to rent a movie, or de­cid­ing be­tween SABC 1, 2 and 3 and get­ting an M-Net de­coder. To­day, you can rent, down­load (hope­fully legally), stream and en­joy, all from your couch. But with so many choices, how do you know whether you’re mak­ing the right one for your house­hold, tastes and bud­get? We’ve done all the heavy lift­ing for you to guide your de­ci­sion.

Re­mem­ber, though, that no mat­ter which ser­vice you use, you need 4Mbps or more to watch with lit­tle or no buffer­ing, and stream­ing is data-heavy. Be aware of cel­lu­lar costs, which can be high. Un­capped Wi-Fi is rec­om­mended. THE GOOD

You can ac­cess it from your cell­phone, tablet or com­puter.

You can stream live TV (not all chan­nels and pro­grammes, but the of­fer­ing is good) – great for watch­ing the rugby while you braai.

You can eas­ily search for any pro­grammes on the DSTV sched­ule.

You can sched­ule record­ings on your Ex­plora from the app (you need an op­tional In­ter­net con­nec­tor linked to Ex­plora).

You can watch all Catch Up ti­tles.

You can down­load ti­tles to watch off­line, say, when

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