DStv Explora measured up against DStv HD PVR

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I just had to laugh at unused USB and unused Ethernet. It doesn't really matter how many there are if you are never able to use it.
 

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There is an error on the hard drive sizes, it's in GB not MB.
 

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Will I be able to transfer existing recordings from my 2 tuner HD PVR to the Explora?
 

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Will I be able to transfer existing recordings from my 2 tuner HD PVR to the Explora?
LMFAO.

I have to say that I frequently use the dual-recording feature of the 4 Tuner UEC. It is a pity it is no longer offered.
 

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yeah...50 hours of video in 500MB is really ****ty compression
In all fairness, there is also some of it used for Box Office and On Demand. 15 movies * 1.5 hours (Box Office) = 22.5 hours; plus whatever is on the catchup service. I agree, the compression is probably rubbish, but most of these things come with 5.1 soundtracks and it is substantially more than just 50 hours.

Based on this comparison, there is absolutely no reason I can think of to buy the new decoder. Just a question - if the usb and ethernet ports get enabled, what are you going to use it for? Charging your iPhone? My PS3 can browse the 'net, but the interface is crap, therefore I cannot imagine wanting/needing internet connectivity on a decoder.
 

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The unused USB ports on the Explora and the 2P is incorrect.

Have a look at the back Explora, it has three at the back and one in front - there's a little flap that opens up which covers the smart card slot as well as the front USB port.

My HD PVR 2P has one USB port at the back and one in front
 

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In all fairness, there is also some of it used for Box Office and On Demand. 15 movies * 1.5 hours (Box Office) = 22.5 hours; plus whatever is on the catchup service. I agree, the compression is probably rubbish, but most of these things come with 5.1 soundtracks and it is substantially more than just 50 hours.

Based on this comparison, there is absolutely no reason I can think of to buy the new decoder. Just a question - if the usb and ethernet ports get enabled, what are you going to use it for? Charging your iPhone? My PS3 can browse the 'net, but the interface is crap, therefore I cannot imagine wanting/needing internet connectivity on a decoder.
I already use the USB ports to charge various devices and to power my Android MiniPC.
 

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It just seems a hell of as premium to pay for not much extra.

I bet they discontinue the existing HD PVR within 2 months or when they have adequate stock of the new one.
 

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In all fairness, there is also some of it used for Box Office and On Demand. 15 movies * 1.5 hours (Box Office) = 22.5 hours; plus whatever is on the catchup service. I agree, the compression is probably rubbish, but most of these things come with 5.1 soundtracks and it is substantially more than just 50 hours.

Based on this comparison, there is absolutely no reason I can think of to buy the new decoder. Just a question - if the usb and ethernet ports get enabled, what are you going to use it for? Charging your iPhone? My PS3 can browse the 'net, but the interface is crap, therefore I cannot imagine wanting/needing internet connectivity on a decoder.
I think its for the boxoffice system whereby you rent over ADSL instead of satellite. Thinking it might be cheaper(for them, cater to 1 instead of broadcast) with wider selection that way(there is only so much capacity via satellite feed).
 

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I think its for the boxoffice system whereby you rent over ADSL instead of satellite. Thinking it might be cheaper(for them, cater to 1 instead of broadcast) with wider selection that way(there is only so much capacity via satellite feed).
They'll piss a lot of people off if they download all of the content via ADSL because a Full-HD movie is NOT small for the average capped user
 

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old pvr : No. of tuners 2 ( 1 viewing environment; 1 recording) ok i guess 1 + 1 = 2

new pvr : No. of tuners 3 ( 1 viewing environment; 1 recording) erm ... 1 + 1 =2 .. then whats the other tuner for ?
 

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There is an error on the hard drive sizes, it's in GB not MB.
yeah...50 hours of video in 500MB is really ****ty compression
Actually that's pretty good compression ;D. Anyway, fixed the grievous error.

old pvr : No. of tuners 2 ( 1 viewing environment; 1 recording) ok i guess 1 + 1 = 2

new pvr : No. of tuners 3 ( 1 viewing environment; 1 recording) erm ... 1 + 1 =2 .. then whats the other tuner for ?
It's in the article.
 

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"While the second tuner in the current HD PVR is shared between recording, BoxOffice, Catch Up, and TV guide data, the Explora has a tuner dedicated for user recordings."
 

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So my 4 tuner old UEC HDPVR is better than this new Xplora then...

Great, won't be spending R2500 on this lesser piece of kit then.
 

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So my 4 tuner old UEC HDPVR is better than this new Xplora then...

Great, won't be spending R2500 on this lesser piece of kit then.
Because it has an extra recording environment? :confused: Is it not freezing more than it's on?
 

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MC should have spent "their" fixing and optimizing the current pvr! This stunt was really not necessary. They keep coming up with these gimmicks, they now start to look desperate. Why don't they wait until they have a solid product that even we as consumers can be proud to own? I like technology, and for the above sentiments, I'll stick with the current pvr, FU mc.
 
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