DStv recently revealed that all its new decoders are manufactured in South Africa.
The DStv Explora is manufactured in East London, and the single-view DStv HD decoder is made in Johannesburg, it said.
MultiChoice’s group general manager for broadcast technology, Nyiko Shiburi, told MyBroadband that they use three partners to manufacture their decoders.
Arris, which acquired Pace in April 2015, makes the DStv Explora in East London.
Altech UEC has a facility in Durban where it manufactures single-view decoders, and Sky Blue in Randburg also makes some of DStv’s single-view decoders, said Shiburi.
“We try to go for local suppliers as much as we can,” said Shiburi, which includes sourcing plastic and other items that are available locally.
Shiburi said this benefits them financially, as buying locally reduces MultiChoice’s exposure to exchange rate fluctuations.