MultiChoice has unveiled the long awaited DStv Explora Ultra and DStv Streama decoders with 4K capability and both YouTube as well as Showmax buttons respectively. This was revealed during the Pay Tv’s annual content showcase where it gets to detail some of the upcoming content as well as services. The two devices are coming with new features that are not available on current decoders such as 4K capability on the Explora Ultra and streaming services on the Streama counterpart.
Customers will now be able to stream content from third party providers such as Netflix in 4K video quality on the Explora Ultra PVR. This is a major upgrade from current decoders even though the Pay TV service provider is yet to unveil 4K content of its own. It should however be noted that Netflix and YouTube already have 4K content and DStv has been lagging behind as competition eats into a once almost monotony business.
Commenting on the two devices during launch, the company said the DStv Explora Ultra would bring two worlds together by supporting streaming apps on its platform, thereby adding depth to available content. Since the devices will come with a built in WiFi radio, it’ll make it even easier for users to connect to the internet – MultiChoice added.
Additional features include those that are currently available to PVR users such as Catch Up, BoxOffice as well as Showmax. Users will also be able to enjoy content in Dolby Atmos and comes with a new remote control.
The Explora Ultra includes features previously available to PVR users, including Catch Up, BoxOffice and Showmax. The addition of streaming apps makes the DStv Explora Ultra the “must-have” device for customers wanting an easy and simple way to enjoy content across many services, MultiChoice said.
Using third-party streaming apps will require an active subscription
In a move that’s seen as managing its revenue flow so no one chooses to do without let’s say DStv channels but continues using Netflix, the provider has limited use of third-party apps to only those with an active subscription. No new changes will be needed for customers migrating from the old Explora model. They’ll be good to go once they unplug the old model and plugin the new one. DStv Streama will also support 4K content but unlike the Explora, it’s a streaming-only device. Users will be able to enjoy services like YouTube, Showmax and play music via the Joox app.