The 2020 edition of the popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, started on July 19. You can watch Big Brother Naija live on DSTV channel 198 or GOTV channel 29 via your decoder. But what if you want to watch while on the move? Here we provide a guide on how to watch Big Brother Nigeria online using a laptop or desktop or on a smartphone using a mobile app.
DSTV has an app called DSTV Now. With the DSTV Now app, which is available for iOS and Android devices (including Android TV), you can stream and watch Big Brother Naija live on your mobile phone and tablet.
DSTV Now is a free app available to all active DSTV subscribers. It enables you watch live TV on the go including Big Brother Naija 5. If you are not a DSTV Subscriber, there is also a solution for you, but it will cost just a little bit.
Showmax, a Netflix competitor in Africa, at just 1,450 Naira per month on mobile is almost free and in addition to enabling you watch Big Brother Naija live also offers exclusive contents on happenings in the Big Brother house.
You can also download or stream series, movies, and shows on ShowMax. You also get a 14 days free trial. Showmax is available on mobile, Smart TV, Tablets, Laptops, Gaming consoles, and DSTV Explora. However, to watch on a device that is not a mobile device, you pay 2,900 Naira per month. DSTV Premium subscribers get Showmax free.
How to Watch Big Brother Naija Online
- Visit now.dstv.com on a browser on your computer. You will need to have a compatible browser installed See below
- Login with your DSTV Connect ID. The first time you login to the DSTV Now website, you will be required to create DSTV Connect ID. You will need your smart card number to create the ID
- Click on the Live TV menu. This shows a list of TV channels available for streaming
- Scroll down to Big Brother Naija 5: Live Broadcast
- Click on the BBNaija tile to begin streaming the show
Browser support for DSTV Now
- Chrome version 53 or higher
- Firefox version 47 or higher
- Internet Explorer 11 or higher on Windows 8.1 or higher
- Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 or higher
- Safari 9 or higher on Mac OS X 10.11 or higher
- Opera 43 or higher on Windows 10 or higher
How to Watch Big Brother Naija on Mobile Devices
- Open the DSTV Now App on your Android or iOS device. You can download the App at the PlayStore or Apple Store. To download DSTV Now for Android Click Here and to Download DSTV Now for iOS Click Here
- Login with your DSTV Connect ID. The first time you login to the DSTV Now App, you will be required to create DSTV Connect ID. You will need your smart card number to create the ID
- Tap on the DSTV Now Menu icon
- Tap on the Live TV menu. This shows a list of TV channels available for streaming
- Scroll down to Big Brother Naija 2: Live Broadcast
- Tap on the BBNaija item to begin streaming the show
Note that to watch Big Brother Naija online or on mobile via DSTV Now, you will need to be a valid subscriber to DSTV. You also need a data plan (preferably an unlimited data plan) and a reasonably fast internet connection (preferably 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, or 5G).
Previously, DSTV Now was restricted to DSTV Premium, DSTV Compact Plus, and DSTV Compact subscribers, but all subscribers can now enjoy the service, though you will only have access to the channels supported on your current subscription plan.
So, if you are subscribing to entry DSTV plans like DSTV Padi, Yanga, and Confam, you will not be able to watch Big Brother Naija live, since live BBN broadcast is not available in those entry bouquets. However, you can follow highlights on available Africa Magic channels.
Watch Big Brother Naija on Showmax for Exclusive Content
The beauty of Showmax is that in addition to watching BBN live, you also get some exclusive content about the show. You can also catchup on show highlights on demand like the Nomination show, Head of House Challenge, Weekly highlights, Daily highlights, etc.
Showmax comes in two main plans, each further broken down into two. There is a Showmax and a Showmax Mobile plan priced at ₦2900 and ₦1,450 respectively with later plan only accessible on Mobile. You also get to watch Series, Movies, TV shows, and Kids shows.
If you love live sports and news, you can go for the Showmax Pro and Showmax Pro Mobile priced at ₦6300 and ₦3200 respectively. You can watch Big Brother Naija on all the plans.
The major difference between the mobile plans and the full packages is that while the mobile plans enable you watch on only one mobile device, the full packages allows access to the service on up to five devices, though you can only watch simultaneously on two devices.
How to Watch Big Brother Naija on Showmax
- Open the Showmax app on your device or visit the website on your browser. You can download the App at the PlayStore or Apple Store. It is also available for your Smart TV and Gaming Console. To download Showmax for Android, Click Here and to Download DSTV Now for iOS, Click Here
- Signup with your email, password, and phone number. If you have already registered, just signin.
- Tap on the Big Brother Naija Live Broadcast Banner to start streaming.
Note that whether you are using DSTV Now or Showmax, content may not be available in your Geo. So, you may need a good VPN.
The 2020 edition of the popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, started on July 19, 2020 and ends on September 27 2020.