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MultiChoice launches PVR with enhanced streaming

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MultiChoice has launched the new DStv Explora 2 decoder from ARRIS International to customers in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
The flagship decoder is the fourth generation of HD PVR devices that ARRIS and MultiChoice have launched together and makes it easier for customers to access MultiChoice’s growing on demand services. In the future, its HEVC technology will reduce the bandwidth needed to stream or download shows, helping to lower the data charges that customers incur when streaming or downloading content from one of the DStv services.
The device features a streamlined hard drive and ships with a new remote control that features motion-sensor back-lit buttons and a dedicated ShowMax button.
“We invest in technology that enables us to offer our customers the leap in entertainment at the best value,” says Gerdus van Eeden, group chief technology officer of Naspers: video entertainment segment. “We’ve collaborated with ARRIS on our HD PVR decoders for nearly a decade, and we’re confident in their ability to deliver advanced technology to make tomorrow’s entertainment more accessible today.
“The DStv Explora 2 will help us to offer our customers a wider range of entertainment which they can stream or download to watch when they are read.”
“ARRIS and MultiChoice have a long-term partnership, and we’ve built on this by designing another set-top for MultiChoice that uniquely addresses the needs of their customers,” says Steve McCaffery, MD: international sales and business operations for ARRIS. “Fitting their new HD PVR platform with HEVC was an elegant solution for delivering their full range of HD content.
“In addition, our global scale development expertise coupled with our established local presence enabled us to continue manufacturing the set-tops locally in South Africa, which represents our reciprocal investment in the region.”