MultiChoice unveiled its brand-new next generation DStv Explora decoder on Wednesday.
The new high definition personal video recorder (HD PVR) device will become available from August 15 at a retail price of R2 499 and comes loaded with terabytes more recording space, enhanced functionality and an improved interface and which will in time also include broadband internet connectivity.
Nicknamed by MultiChoice insiders as "the pebble" due to its shapely curved design, the new DStv Explora is the first DStv decoder model to arrive with a brand name – one which will be carried forward for this PVR decoder line.
The DStv Explora comes with a massive 2TB hard drive which allows for the recording of an average of 220 hours of TV content and will mimic the broad video-on-demand (VOD) services which pay-TV viewers are increasingly gravitating towards.
The DStv Explora comes with a major expansion in the amount of content MultiChoice will be able to make available and push to subscribers, thanks to the increased capacity, with a dramatic increase in the DStv Catch Up and DStv BoxOffice services and the catalogue of titles offered on the new PVR.
The DStv Explora is manufactured for MultiChoice in East London by Pace in partnership with local manufacturer Vektronix which started mass production of the DStv Explora earlier this month. The current PVR will no longer be manufactured but will still be available at retailers while stocks last.
Pace's relationship with MultiChoice dates back to the development of DStv's very first personal video recorder (PVR) in 1995.
The new DStv Explora comes complete with a redesigned DStv remote including hotlink buttons and a much more visual, streamlined, image rich interface as well as improved all-round functionality and better search options.