DStv launches Explora decoder with 4K capability and Dolby Atmos

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MultiChoice Group has launched a new version of its Explora personal video recorder (PVR) decoder that now boasts the capability to display content in resolutions of up to 4K ultra-high-definition with a Dolby Atmos sound output.

During the 2020 DStv Showcase media presentation on Wednesday, the company announced that the all-new DStv Explora Ultra PVR now lets customers stream content from different sources in a glorious 4K resolution. These could be off an external drive, streaming sources like YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime.

In June, we reported that MultiChoice Group Chief Financial Officer, Tim Jacobs, explained that as more and more studios go directly to consumers, it is becoming increasingly frustrating those consumers to pick content packages and pay for them.

Therefore, the entertainment giant decided to onboard competing streaming television services on its upcoming Explora personal video recorder (PVR) decoder because they want to position themselves as a “super aggregator” of content.

At the moment of writing this article, it’s still rumoured that the decoder will also include the options to stream Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, however, MultiChoice hasn’t come out to address this.

“Our DStv Explora Ultra brings the best of two worlds together by introducing streaming apps, adding depth to the entertainment offering available. It also sees the addition of built-in WiFi, making it easier to connect to the Internet, In addition to 4K, the Explora Ultra supports Dolby Atmos. It also has a new remote control”

the company said.

The Explora Ultra includes features previously available to PVR users, including Catch Up, BoxOffice and Showmax. The addition of streaming apps reportedly makes the DStv Explora Ultra the “must-have” device for customers wanting an easy and simple way to enjoy content across many services.

Despite the entertainment satellite not offering 4K content, it’s not too late to speculate that in time this could also be a possibility. It’s also still not clear when customers can buy the Explora Ultra, but Multichoice says it will be available soon.

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