It has a recommended retail price of R2,499, but stores are able to set their own price. Makro, for example, has the decoder “on promotion” for R2,399.
With a price tag of R1,000 more than the 2 Tuner HD PVR already on the market, the Explora promises a number of improvements, a 2 Terabyte hard drive chief among them.
This extra drive space translates to not only more space to store your own recordings, but also for BoxOffice and Catch Up content, MultiChoice said.
MultiChoice also promised that online content would be delivered to the decoder in future.
According to MultiChoice, subscribers willing to put up the ±R2,500 for the new decoder can expect the following new features:
- 5 more BoxOffice movies to choose from with cover art in the menu;
- At least 3x more Catch Up content with series stacking and movies for the first time;
- Up to 220 hours of personal recordings;
- Svelte new HD user interface;
- 40 series recordings;
- Subtitles in recordings and in the review buffer;
- Review buffer gets retained on channel change and if you go into the interactive applications;
- Vastly improved search inclusive of intuitive filters; and
- Find repeats on programming for later recording or viewing.