New Internet-connected DStv decoder on its way

Satellite pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice expects to launch a new Internet-connected decoder during the first quarter of 2013.

Aletta Alberts, head of content at MultiChoice, was answering a question at a recent panel discussion about whether they are planning to launch a purely on-demand service or something similar to the season passes offered by Apple on iTunes.

Alberts explained that this new decoder will increase capacity for DStv’s “Catch Up” content from 20 hours to 175 hours.

Additionally, “if you have a fantastic Internet connection then you could have access to other content,” Alberts said.

This other content could include third-party services such as iTunes, Alberts said.

Asked how she would define a “fantastic” connection that would grant access to this content, Alberts conceded with a laugh that Internet connectivity wasn’t her field of expertise.

Kasia Kieli
Kasia Kieli

Kasia Kieli, president and managing director at Discovery Networks for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, came to her aid with a tongue-in-cheek response:

“A fantastic connection is the one that lets you watch high quality content streamed seamlessly.”

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