MultiChoice’s new affordable PVR decoder

In a move no doubt prompted by the recent emergence of competitor pay-TV service TopTV, MultiChoice has launched what it terms “a much more affordable PVR decoder” that can also accommodate high definition (HD) programmes.

The launch price of the HD PVR 2P is R1,999 and is on the market in time for the FIFA World Cup. MultiChoice’s SuperSport will broadcast matches on four dedicated soccer channels, two of which will be in HD.

The decoder can also be used with a normal standard definition television set, enabling subscribers to enjoy PVR functionalities. These include watching one channel, whilst recording another channel at the same time; as well as pausing, rewinding live programs and fast forwarding live recorded programmes. Subscribers with HD televisions
and with premium subscriptions will be able to watch most of their favourite sports, movies and documentaries in high definition.

150 hours of SD programming or 50 hours of HD programming can be stored on the decoder.

MultiChoice Chief Technology Officer Gerdus van Eeden says, “The eyes of the world will be on South Africa during the FIFA World Cup, and the launch of an affordable PVR decoder before this event, enables more of our subscribers the opportunity to experience full control of your viewing experience using PVR functionalities, and to enable our premium subscribers the option to watch the games in glorious HD quality.”

Series record functionality and DStv ON DEMAND services will automatically be downloaded to the decoder later this year.