DStv Mobile has announced a new mobile decoder, the Drifta USB and it has also added new channels to its mobile bouquet.
DStv Mobile has introduced the latest member of its family ‚ the new DStv Mobile Drifta USB. Like the original Drifta, it functions as a portable decoder: allowing users to connect to DVB-H broadcast mobile TV and access DStv Mobile content live on their computers. The sleek device gives new meaning to the concept of ‚work and play‚ , tapping into the unique needs of South Africans who enjoy a fast-paced urban lifestyle.
Easy to install and activate, the Drifta USB connects directly to a PC via the USB port and does not need to be paired with a device through Wi-Fi. ‚It’s just a matter of loading the Drifta USB application onto your PC,‚ explains Mark Rayner, general manager: DStv Mobile South Africa. ‚After that, you simply plug the Drifta USB into your PC and launch the application: within seconds you can then enjoy DStv Mobile content.‚ The same great channels are available across all DStv Mobile capable devices: sport, news, music, cartoons, and general entertainment will continue to inform and entertain subscribers.
Also announced was the addition of popular content channel M-Net Series to the DStv Mobile bouquet. The channel boasts content such as CSI Miami and The Good Wife. ‚Consumer feedback has shown us that M-Net Series is a highly desired channel for mobile consumption and we’re glad that we were able to secure it for our mobile viewers,‚ comments Aletta Alberts, general manager: DStv Content.
Like the original DStv Mobile Drifta launched in 2010, the Drifta USB also makes use of DVB-H technology. Explains Rayner: ‚The Drifta USB has been launched to address the needs of customers who primarily want to use their PCs and laptops for viewing. Based on the positive response we received from the Drifta, we wanted to come up with something more affordable and exclusive to devices with USB ports.‚
The device has a signal strength indicator and an antenna that can be extended and positioned vertically to improve reception where necessary. There is also a smartcard embedded inside the device, so that no additional card has to be inserted ‚ it automatically connects to the laptop or PC it is plugged into.
Available at MultiChoice centres and select retailers, this pocket-sized device can be purchased at the recommended retail price of R399. The Drifta USB is also available online from Kalahari.net. Subscription is R36 per month and the service is available to DStv Premium subscribers at no extra cost.
The launch of the device comes just in time for the start of the Rugby World Cup. With most matches being played during South African working hours, the Drifta USB’s ability to access the games via a computer is sure to prove ideal for viewers.
DVB-H coverage is available in the nine major cities of South Africa.
Visit www.dstvmobile.com for more information.
* Read Sean Bacher’s review on the original Drifta here: Drifta way cool? Almost, as DStv comes to the phone
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Can’t answer any of those questions yet as I have not yet got one for review. When I get one I will address all of these issues.
Thanks for the comment.