Cape Town – MultiChoice is putting a new DStv HD decoder in the South African market that resembles the design of the DStv Explora decoder and has the smartcard integrated into the decoder.
The company didn't announce a recommended retail price for the new DStv HD Single View decoder that is similar to the existing DStv HD decoder with some improvements to create a more reliable viewing experience.
MultiChoice says the new DStv HD decoder is smaller and more compact and is also the first DStv decoder with a built-in smartcard that subscribers can't remove since smartcards are married to the decoders they come with anyway and can't be used in different boxes.
The latest DStv HD decoder comes with a new remote control, model B6, which allows customers to programme up to five buttons to control their TV and home theatre from a single remote.
"We're proud that this decoder and its software is made here in South Africa," says Gerdus van Eeden, MultiChoice's chief technology officer.
"Our Explora is made in a dedicated factory in East London, and the DStv HD Decoder 5-series will be made in Durban and Randburg. This represents a vital contribution to the manufacturing sector in South Africa."
The DStv HD Decoder 5-series will be available from various retailers, DStv Service Centres and agencies from 1 November 2017.
DStv subscribers with newer newer installations who have a DStv Explora 2 and smart LNB, will be able to set up XtraView without having to update their installation or needing to run a dedicated cable between the two decoders, as they will communicate via the installation cables.
MultiChoice says subscribers who don't currently use a smart LNB in their installation should check with a DStv accredited installer for alternate solutions.
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