MultiChoice has released the DStv HD Decoder, a low-cost HD single view decoder which will replace current SD units.
MultiChoice has released a low-cost HD single view decoder, the DStv HD Decoder, which will replace the existing standard definition single view decoder. MultiChoice is presenting it as making “great HD quality viewing and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound accessible to more DStv customers”.
The DStv HD Decoder’s user interface is similar to the DStv Explora as it’s also locally developed by MultiChoice. Most functions can be performed from DStv Central, accessed through the blue DStv button on the remote control. This user interface makes for easier navigation through the HD menus and helps customers discover great DStv content available via multiple search options directly from the remote control.
Mark Rayner, COO for MultiChoice South Africa said: “We recently made HD channels available to all DStv customers with the necessary HD equipment. This decoder now makes those HD channels more accessible. High definition creates a far superior television viewing experience in terms of picture quality and the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound adds a new dimension to the audio experience. The DStv HD Decoder will open up a new world for many DStv customers.
The decoder is XtraView capable and can be paired with selected XtraView compatible decoders (excluding the SD PVR).
The DStv HD Decoder is available at R499 or at R799 with installation. Customers can purchase the decoder directly from MultiChoice branches or from leading retailers.
The DStv Explora, launched a year ago, is MultiChoice’s full-feature PVR. Both decoders are manufactured in South Africa, with the user interface software designed and developed by MultiChoice.
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