Multichoice has announced two ‘big’ innovations for customers who own the DStv Explora personal video recorder (PVR) decoder – remote recording and additional catalogue called Catch-up Plus which would enable 500 hours of content.
CEO at DStv Digital Media, John Kotsaftis, told journalists at an event in Northcliff on Wednesday: “We’ve been talking about connecting the Explora for some time now. The Explora will be fully connected by the 20th of November”.
“What that will give you is two big things. One is the ability to do remote recording, so across various touch points, whether its an app, a browser, or a mobi site, once you are connected to an Explora, all the electronic programme drives will show a record button. When you press that record button, it will override whatever else you’ve got on the box.”
He said that as an example if you were on holiday, you can go on your mobile and press record, to override any existing functions.
“The other big one is that we are going to have a new catch-up catalogue called Catch-up Plus. The new service would add 300 titles to include box sets, with the current system containing around 280 titles already.”
He stressed that this is the first version of the product. He said that the first version would be a download model, where content could be downloaded onto the device, so as to get around the bandwidth challenge.
He said that by April 2015, the company would include a function to download almost instantly.