Cheaper DStv PVR installation deals coming: sources

MultiChoice is working on a new personal video recording (PVR) DStv decoder and plans to launch it with an installation voucher “similar to the current R599” deal on offer.

This is according to a document the satellite pay TV operator sent to DStv installers recently, which is in MyBroadband’s possession.

Talk of the new DStv decoder emerged in the industry after retailers started struggling to get stock of the HD PVR 2P DStv decoder from suppliers.

Rumour has it that MultiChoice will be replacing the HD PVR 2P with this new PVR decoder.

The Explora is expected to remain the top-of-the-line decoder at DStv, and MultiChoice has recently launched a promotion on the decoder, dropping its price from R2,499 to R1,999.

Industry sources have also said that MultiChoice is working on introducing the ability for subscribers to have three viewing environments on a single installation.

With XtraView it is currently possible to run two different viewing environments on a single installation and subscription for an access fee of R75/month for the additional environment.

Queried about its plans for the new decoder and XtraView environment, MultiChoice declined to confirm or deny the information in the document or speculation in the industry.

“We develop decoders and related features on an ongoing basis,” a spokesperson for MultiChoice said. “We launch these decoders and features when it is market ready, and will announce such when we are ready to do so.”

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