The New DStv Explora! Should You Get it?

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MultiChoice announced another innovation milestone in Africa with the introduction of its next-generation PVR decoder, the DStv Explora. The new DStv Explora is set to significantly change the way  Africans experience and control their TV.

Snapshot of the DStv Explora’s features

  • Full Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality
  • Content discovery (including multiple searches)
  • Up to 220 hours of personal recorded content
  • Pause Live TV for up to 2 hours
  • Buffer retained on channel change
  • View 1, Record 1
  • Series Recording
  • Parental Control
  • BoxOffice
  • DStv Catch Up
  • HD capable (720p and 1080i)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 capable
  • XtraView capable (compatible with all other XtraView decoders)
  • Widescreen capable
  • Hearing Impaired Subtitles capable (when available)
  • HD User Interface
  • Customised Apps such as News24, Supersport News etc

We would quickly discuss the highlighted features because they are worth looking at.

Content discovery (including multiple searches)

With the Search option, you can carry out a specific search e.g. “Rastamouse” or just type “Ra” and you will be amazed at the result. The search option also comes with an advance search which gives you the opportunity to do a theme search.

Up to 220 hours of personal recorded content

Previous PVR  offered 50 hours of personal recorded content but with the explora, you get up to 200 hours of personal recorded content.


With the BoxOffice, you can rent blockbuster movies from the comfort of your home with BoxOffice, and keep them for 48 hours. With a selection of the hottest movies available to rent and watch instantly on your DStv Explora, there’s never been a better time to plan a big night in.

DStv Catch Up


With DStv Catch Up, you have access to hours of movies, series, documentaries, kids’ shows and sporting highlights right on your DStv Explora.

Catch up on a selection of the week’s most popular shows, or settle in and enjoy up to two weeks’ worth of episodes for selected series.

Pros of DStv Catch Up includes:

  • Watch highlight of all matches
  • Episodes from your favourite series
  • Movies
  • Categorisation of the content into “Series”, “Sports” and “Movies”
  • Why record an episode when you can simply catch up on it? It gives you the opportunity of freeing up space on your HDD.
Cons of the DStv Explora includes:
  • BoxOffice is not available at the moment in Nigeria
  • You experience a bit of lag when searching or scrolling through the i-Plate
  • USB port are available for viewing your files but this is presently not working
  • No internet connectivity at the moment
  • You will need to buy the Dstv Switch in order for you to use the Explora unless you have a UNICABLE LNB
  • The device is expensive. It will cost you N65,000 naira for the Decoder only+One month subscription (N13,650)+ N5000 for the switch+N50,00 for the LNB and Installation cost. That’s a total of N88,650 without the installation.
Our Verdict
The DStv Explora is a wonderful piece of machine that will deliver maximum/all round entertainment to its user. We surely would recommend it to whoever has got the cash to spend.

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