DStv from MultiChoice has stood its ground in the wake of stiff competition posed by streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. This year, MultiChoice launched two new decoders for its flagship satellite TV service DStv. Both these decoders called dstv explora ultra decoder and DStv Streama has caught the attention of its customers.

The new 4K decoder from DStv is Explora Ultra

DStv Explora Ultra 4K decoder is an upgrade of the earlier decoder called Explora 3 with the new feature of integration with Netflix. In shape and size, the decoder is pretty similar to the devices used with smart TVs like Android and Apple.

MultiChoice has become a leader in satellite TV service on the African continent for those who do not know. The company’s next goal is to compete and establish its supremacy among the leading companies making streaming boxes around the world.

Salient features of DStv Explora Ultra 4K decoder

The all-new dstv explora ultra decoder will be loved by the consumers simply because it offers high-quality broadcasting of movies and TV series and allows them to watch international offerings courtesy Netflix.

One good thing with the new Explora decoder is that it is fitted with Wi-Fi, which was not present in any earlier decoder models. It means that the subscriber doesn’t need to change the settings in the DStv Wi-Fi connector anymore.

It is interesting to note that most of the features and specifications of Explora Ultra decoder are similar to those of Explora 3. For example, you can record up to 110 hours of content, pause Live TV for up to 2 hours, pay rent and watch movies on Box Office, and Catch Up to watch all that you have missed because of your busy schedule. The only difference you feel is the ability to watch HD quality content in 4K depending upon their availability on various channels.

Streaming services courtesy of third party apps

This feature of the Explora Ultra 4K decoder makes it the most attractive decoder in the market for DStv customers. There is a buzz in the circles that MultiChoice has worked out separate deals with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to make these streaming services available to its subscribers. Explora Ultra has been integrated with these services’ apps to enable subscribers to watch international content on their TV sets. As of now, only Netflix content can be watched by the subscribers, but MultiChoice is hopeful of bringing Amazon Prime Video on board at a later stage.

It is also unclear whether the subscriber will pay for all the services as a consolidated invoice from DStv or needs to pay extra for watching content on Netflix. Lovers of DStv are dearly hoping to get dedicated buttons for the newly integrated apps on the new remote control of DStv Explora Ultra 4K decoder.

One thing has been made clear by DStv, and that is the presence of a HOME button on the remote control. This button will enable the customer to watch Show Max, Box Office, and DStv channels.

DStv Explora Ultra price on SPECIAL!

Everyone is guessing about the DStv Explora Ultra price. With new features and functionalities, customers are aware that they may have to shell out much more than they paid for Explora 3 models.  MultiChoice has not disclosed details about the price and the release date of this new decoder. We guess DStv explora ultra price will be on special.

Features

DStv Explora Ultra

DStv Explora 3

DStv Explora 2

DStv Explora

Physical Appearance

  • No front panel display
  • DStv Explora Ultra appears on the front panel
  • Black
  • No front panel display
  • Model number 3A displayed
  • Smaller form factor
  • Front panel display
  • Model number 2A displayed
  • Small form factor
  • Front panel display
  • Large form factor

Dimensions

TBD

225 x 158 x 50mm

310 x 160.5 x 47.5mm

420 x 262 x 63.8mm

Smart Card

No smartcard

Small form factor(standard SIM card sized)

Standard form factor (credit card sized)

Standard form factor (credit card sized)

Hard drive

1TB (110 hours)

1TB (110 hours)

1TB (110 hours)

2TB (220 hours)

Connection Ports

HDMI

USB x1

Ethernet

Optical

Unicable IN

HDMI

USB x1

Ethernet

Optical

Unicable IN

HDMI

USB x2

Ethernet

Optical

RF IN/RF OUT

Unicable IN

HDMI

USB x3

Ethernet

Optical

RF IN/RF OUT

Unicable IN

Remote

A9 remote + Batteries

A7 remote + Batteries, compatible with A5/A6/A7

A7 remote + Batteries, compatible with A5/A6/A7

A6 remote + Batteries, compatible with A5/A6/A7

XtraView

Requires Smart LNB/Doesn’t support heartbeat

Requires Smart LNB/Doesn’t support heartbeat

Requires Smart LNB/Heartbeat cable for Explora

Requires heartbeat cable

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