DStv today officially launched their latest and greatest new HD PVR decoder called the DStv Explora, however it has not been met with very much good feedback by the public.
The biggest gripe the public has with the new DStv Explora is not its looks or functionality but the price. However what most of the complainers fails to recognise is what the DStv Explora decoder actually brings to the table and what comes bundled with it in the box.
I tend to be an early adopter of technology, when some new gadget is released I just have to get my hands on it and be one of the first to own it, and the same was with the new DStv Explora decoder.
I set out to the shops early this morning to get my hands on the decoder and got one from Makro, at a discount I might add. Just by looking at the packaging you can see that the DStv Explora decoder is very much larger then it’s predecessor the HD PVR 2P.
It’s looks stylish and the remote has also gotten a bit of a revamp and new features glossy ovalish buttons for the PVR functionality to make it fit in with style of the decoder.
But why do I think the price point DStv set for the new Explora is justified? It is new tech, as with anything new it will be priced higher then the predecessors, but here is the low down. The DStv Explora features a bigger 2TB HDD, big enough for up to 220 hours of HD recording, it also features 3 tuners as appose to 2 tuners like the HD PVR 2P, one for viewing, one for recording and another dedicated to Video On Demand services ( VOD ). Also included in the box is a 4 way beefed up multiswitch, and this alone on a normal DStv installation can set you back at around R600 when you get your DStv installed.
The multiswitch included with the DStv Explora has 4 inputs to support Twin and Quad/Quatro LNB’s, it then has 4 outputs which is the multiswitch part for extending signal to other decoders in your house and then it has another 2 outputs specifically designed for the Explora. The two Unicable outputs can support 2 Explora decoders.
So if you compare the hardware bundled with the DStv Explora against that of the HDPVR 2P which currently retails for about R1500 it all adds up. Base price of R1500 + R500 for the extra HDD space and then another R500 for the multiswitch brings up the price to R2500. Then there is also the benefit of a faster decoder with more processing power and a new interface designed specifically for the Explora.
Tell me what you think of the new DStv Explora in the comments, do you think the price point set out by DStv is justified for what you are getting?