It was built to help ensure that you never miss your favourite shows and get better value for your subscription. So what does the DSTV Explora have to offer? Let’s have a look at its major features.
DSTV Catch UpThe demands of your daily life will not allow you to spend as much time as you would love sitting in front of the screen. Not to worry; DSTV Catch Up ensures you never miss a thing.
As the name suggests, this feature lets you catch up on all the exciting shows, movies and series you may have missed while away from home. You get to watch all this at your convenience.
DSTV Explora also enables you to connect to the Internet to enjoy several hundreds more of Catch Up titles that you can download to watch in your leisure time.
Recording CapabilityThe DSTV Explora comes with a built-in PVR, which enables you record hundreds of hours of programmes. There is supposedly enough space for up to 220 hours of recording, so there is no excuse for missing out on those exciting sports actions and you will not have to explain to your kids why they are not able to watch their favourite shows.
You also get all the other PVR features like pausing or rewinding a live TV show.
What’s more interesting is the fact that you do not need to be there to record. You can schedule recordings remotely via an online TV guide or the DSTV Now app on your smartphone or tablet, provided your DSTV Explora is connected to the Internet.
The PlaylistThings may get a bit messy when you have to sort through recordings lasting about 220 hours in total. This is where Playlist feature of the DSTV Explora comes handy.
It efficiently keeps each show or programme recorded by the DSTV Explora in the appropriate category. This removes time-wasting in finding a specific show.
HD ViewingThe DSTV Explora promises crystal-clear viewing experience as it is HD capable (720p HD or 1080i HD). You will be able to watch your favourite shows in attention-hugging high definition that makes images look more alive.
It is important to note that HD viewing is available only on some packages. Also not every channel is available in HD. The decoder is Dolby Digital 5.1 capable for superb audio quality.
BoxOfficeIn the less likely event of you getting tired of what’s on on all the channels on your DSTV package, the Explora lets you access blockbuster movies to enjoy with your friends.
DSTV BoxOffice allows you rent any of the available blockbusters right from your seat in front of the TV. You are allowed access to your rentals for up to 48 hours, so you can watch them all over again or allow your family members and friends to join in the fun.
Instant SearchThe DSTV Explora is built to make content discovery faster. An Instant Search feature available for Catch Up, Playlist and BoxOffice lets you find your preferred content seamlessly.
You simply need to press the SEARCH button on your remote control when in any of these sections and the Explora automatically displays matching results as you type in each letter.
At this time, DSTV is promising users no price increase for two years when you get an Explora decoder and subscribe to either Premium or Compact bouquet.
Installation NotesIf you decide to upgrade your current decoder to DSTV Explora, you will need to also upgrade LNB to Smart LNB. However, the Explora is usually bundled with a Smart LNB.
This Note is just to let you know that upgrading to the Explora is not plug and play, some upgrade will need to be done on the LNB situated on your dish.