The evolution of cable TVs in South Africa has been astonishing. Just when we thought we’ve seen it all, Multichoice launches us into a brand new cable TV experience in the DSTV Explora. Having already established themselves as the top cable TV brand in South Africa, the introduction of DSTV Explora only cements Multichoice’s place among the greatest cable TVs of all time. Despite the DSTV basic decoder leading the market in every sphere, the company only have their own records to beat with the Explora decoder.
DSTV Explora makes almost everything possible with cable TVs. You can easily record programs, catch up with programs, football matches, movies, music videos and other related events you missed with just a single click. With Explora decoder, you don’t have to worry about missing a live event, your favourite programs, locally and internationally. In terms of the number of channels, packages, and programs, there is no difference between the basic decoder and the Explora decoder. However, when it comes to features, flexibility, and other technical properties, the differences are so glaring. While a basic DSTV decoder opens you up to entertainment all around the world, the DSTV Explora decoder takes the experience to an absolutely new level.
DSTV undoubtedly have the largest customer base in Africa when it comes to cable TVs and boasts of one of the highest numbers of channels. The market has embraced the DSTV Explora decoder and although it is not the most popular DTSV decoder out there, it remains among the high-class cable TVs in South Africa. The various unique features include catch up, Program recording, HD Viewing, and so on.
In this post, we will take a look at how much DSTV Explora decoders go for in the market. We will also consider various plans available on the platform and how much they go for.
Prices of DSTV Explora in South Africa
Multichoice are arguably the most popular cable TV brand in Africa. They are one of the best and based on their channels, will rule the cable TV industry for years. Just like for basic decoders, packages are available in different plans and at varying prices. The major, difference between these plans is the number of channels you have access to.
- DSTV Explora (without Installation): ZAR$2,912 – ZAR$2,962
- DSTV Explora (with installation): ZAR$3,073 – ZAR$3,332
Note that the variation in prices is a result of some factors which include the place and period of purchase and other related factors. The installation charge usually varies between ZAR$186 – ZAR$371. One down part about DSTV Explora is the installation. It usually requires a specialist to install the dish in the perfect way as to face where the signal is stronger.
DSTV Explora Packages
DSTV Explora offers the same package as basic DSTV decoders. Here is a quick look at the packages available and the prices they go for.
DSTV Padi Package: With just ZAR$67, viewers have access to over 45 top-notch local and international channels. It is the cheapest DSTV package available. The channels include NTA 1, SuperSport BLITZ, African Magic World, African Magic Yoruba, African magic Hausa, E-Entertainment, AIT, SilverBird and other top-rated channels. Audio channels have also been introduced to the package. Price: ZAR$69 per month
DSTV Yanga package: This package gives you access to over 85 local and international channels which includes CNN, BBC, African Magic (English), Euro News, ESPN classic, Mnet Series, Cartoon Network and so on. It also includes all the channels available for Access Package. The package also gives you access to all the 24 audio services available on the network. The audio channels include popular radio channels like Voice of America, Star FM, Ray Power, and so on. Price: ZAR$95 per month
DSTV Confam package: This package gives you access to over 105 local and international channels which includes CNN, BBC, African Magic (English), Euro News, ESPN classic, Mnet series, Cartoon Network and so on. It also includes all the channels available for Access Package. The package also gives you access to all the 24 audio services available on the network. The audio channels include popular radio channels like Voice of America, Star FM, Ray Power, and so on. Price: ZAR$171 per month
DSTV Compact: The Compact package gives viewers access to all the channels available on DSTV Family package plus additional sport channels. This package is particularly suiting for sport lovers. The package gives viewers access to over 130 local and international channels including BBC World, MNET Action, ESPN Sport, SuperSport 10, Sony Entertainment and so on. It should be noted that this package is also not available on HD decoders. Price: ZAR$293 per month
DSTV Compact Plus: There is just a slight different between DSTV Compact and Compact Plus, but definitely not in price. Compact Plus offers more channels, most of which are sports channels. It includes SuperSports 7 and 10. Subscribers to this package will be able to watch most of the English Premier league games as well as other live sports like the French League, Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga as well as rugby, golf, tennis, athletics, boxing and motorsport. Price ZAR$459 per month.
DSTV Premium Package: This is the premium and most expensive DSTV package. This package gives access to all available channels on the platform. There are over 160 channels available on this package. The channels include Mnet West, VUZU AMP, Discovery, SuperSport 3, and so on. This package is the complete package, it covers every sphere or entertainment, news, sports, History, and other related areas. Price: 18, 400 per month.
PRICES LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2022.
Things You Should Know About DSTV Explora
What makes DSTV Explora so different from the basic decoder? Here are some of the features that completely differentiate Explora from basic decoder.
- DSTV Catch up: This feature allows you to catch up on programs, movies, football matches, music videos and episodes you may have missed. You get to watch these at your convenience without stress.
- Recording Capability: DSTV Explora features a built-in PVR that enables you record programs. The capacity is so large that it can record up to 220 hours of programs including movies, series, football matches, and other events. The feature also enables you to pause or rewind live shows. The recording ca also be scheduled and timed with the remote, making it so easy and convenient.
- Internet Access: The Explora also enables you to connect directly to the internet to enjoy several Catch Up titles that can be downloaded.
- Playlist Feature: This enables you efficiently categorize each recorded show conveniently. You can keep each recorded show in respective folders.
- BoxOffice: This feature gives you access to rent available blockbusters at your convenience. The feature gives you access to your rentals for 48 hours.