by Thinus Ferreira
MultiChoice has launched its new DStv Explora Ultra decoder that will go on sale from next week and that will offer DStv subscribers access to the video streaming services of Netflix and Showmax but not yet Amazon Prime Video.
The new DStv Explora Ultra has a recommended retail price of R2 499 for the just the decoder, and R3 699 when it includes installation.
The new DStv Explora Ultra decoder that follows after the DStv Explora 3B, has a built-in Wi-Fi function, and supports 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos sound although MultiChoice doesn't broadcast any 4K TV channels currently.
The DStv Explora Ultra, wholly manufactured in South Africa, that MultiChoice said it would launch towards the end of this year has a redesigned interface and comes with a slightly changed remote control.
The new streaming carousel, as expected carries Showmax and Netflix, with MultiChoice that will roll out and populate the carousel with more third-party streaming services as time goes on.
Also as expected, MultiChoice will offer DStv subscribers the option of subscribing and unsubscribing to Netflix through the new decoder with the monthly Netflix charge that will be added in rand to their monthly bill. It's not yet clear how much the various Netflix packages through DStv will cost. Existing Netflix subscribers will also be able to use the decoder to sign into their Netflix account and watch Netflix that way.
Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice CEO, says "The DStv Explora Ultra has a range of amazing features developed to cater for how our customers watch content today".
"It delivers seamless enjoyment of broadcast, recording, streaming, downloaded and Catch Up content in one easy-to-use environment. The Explora Ultra makes it easier than ever before to find, explore and enjoy new content from across DStv channels and third-party streaming apps."
"Shifting consumer preferences and technological advances drive changes in the way video entertainment services are provided and consumed. This partnership leads with an expanded choice of content, ease and convenience of subscription and payment with the DStv Explora Ultra as an enabler."
Noaf Ereiqat, Netflix’s director of business development says "We’re excited about this partnership with the MultiChoice Group, bringing Netflix to the Explora Ultra set-top-box will make it easier for our members to seamlessly stream their favourite Netflix shows. That’s a win for avid entertainment fans in South Africa."