MultiChoice launches new Explora Decoder



 “The best TV just got better”

15 November 2013: MultiChoice has announced another innovation milestone with the launch of its next-generation PVR decoder – the DStv Explora.  This move heralds an exciting new era for digital television which allows viewers to gain more control and personalise their DStv viewing experience.

The Explora introduces additional new features and offers more recording space, providing DStv subscribers with a world of extraordinary entertainment. With the Explora subscribers can now:

View more – with much more Catch Up, viewers can save up to 220 hours of personal recorded content, view one programme while recording the other and record lots more series, movies and sport;

Discover more – with content discovery, viewers can search for their favorite programmes and find out when next they will air again without surfing the TV guide; And

Control more – where viewers can pause live TV for up to 2 hours, retain buffering when changing channels, conduct word searches and even personalize individual user themes.

“It is another innovation which bears testament to our continued investment in technology to ensure DStv delivers the best television experience in Africa. The Explora forms part of the continent’s fast technology developments and ensures that our subscribers get the best viewer experience.  The absence of high speed broadband access for most of Africa means delivering content via our satellites remains the most reliable way to ensure our subscribers get the best television, without buffering or waiting for downloads from the internet,” says Nico Meyer, CEO of MultiChoice Africa.

With its ability to meet the most unique viewer needs in the fast changing world, the Explora is an unparalleled technological innovation set to change television as we know it while providing convenience to meet DStv subscriber’s busy and demanding lives.  The Catch Up services provide a rich, high-definition video-on-demand experience.

Expanded Video-on-Demand Content – Catch Up

The DStv Catch Up service has been significantly expanded on the Explora, and now offers three times more video-on-demand programming to DStv subscribers.

MultiChoice has expanded the number of series available and now also introduces series stacking (i.e. making two episodes of selected series available on demand), which will later be expanded to 4 episodes.  This means that viewers will always be able to catch-up with all the hot new TV series.  DStv Catch Up now also includes 30 movies on demand and the content selection will be expanded to other categories such as documentaries and kids’ content in the future.

DStv Explora is packaged with a brand new, stylish HD user interface, which makes finding favourite shows or movies on Catch Up so much easier. Content is displayed using HD poster-art – just like an Internet VOD service.   The Explora additionally has powerful search features that help subscribers find programmes quicker and easier as it searches across the eight-day TV Guide, Catch Up, and their own recordings (playlist).

Explora’s remote control further enhances the experience with dedicated shortcut buttons to DStv Central, Catch Up, Playlist, Search, Live TV and other viewing options. Through the Explora, you will never miss your favorite programme ever again!