DStv lets you Ex­plora all the shows

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT TELEVISION - MUNYA VOMO

IF YOU do not have a DStv Ex­plora decoder, then now is a good time to get one. Not only is it close to Christ­mas, but the en­hance­ments that the folks at DStv and Mul­ti­choice have cooked up will change your life.

Last week they launched a suite of con­nected ser­vices that seeks to un­lock an en­tirely dif­fer­ent way of con­sum­ing TV con­tent.

We are look­ing at a fu­ture where the viewer will be able to ac­cess 300 ti­tles on DStv Catch Up which are made in­stantly avail­able through satel­lite ser­vices. Okay, let’s break this down.

You know how peo­ple in Europe and the US al­ways get the shows that we like be­fore us? Well, this is about to change be­cause with the Ex­plora be­ing con­nected to the in­ter­net from last week­end, cus­tomers can gain ac­cess to the 300 ti­tles of the lat­est, top-rated movies and other ex­clu­sive ma­te­rial on DStv Catch Up Plus.

This, in turn, dou­bles the amount of con­tent avail­able on DStv Catch Up Plus.

So, as it stands you can choose up to 25 ti­tles from the DStv Catch Up Plus li­brary which you can then down­load to your Ex­plora so that you can watch them when­ever you feel like it.

For some TV ad­dicts, 300 ti­tles of any­thing will not be enough and Mul­ti­choice bore that in mind and promised that in the first half of next year, the num­ber will dou­ble.

You must re­ally love your TV view­ing if you were to say that 600 ti­tles are not enough! We are talk­ing about en­tire se­ries of The So­pra­nos, The Walk­ing Dead, Rookie Blue, Dog with a Blog, Ul­ti­mate Spi­der-Man and Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Re­bel­lion 2014. There will also be a va­ri­ety of shows for the sports fans.

Yet that’s not all. Re­mem­ber those oc­ca­sions when you for­got to set a re­minder to record a showand wor­ried that you might miss it?

Well, thanks to the new re­mote record­ing fea­ture, you can record what­ever you need to, even if you are away from the phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion of your Ex­plora.

From next month, through an app called DStv NOW, DStv Pre­mium cus­tomers will en­joy the magic that comes with re­mote record­ing. The app will al­low them to ac­ti­vate re­mote record­ings from wher­ever they may be, in case they for­got to do that at home. The app works per­fectly well from all iOS and An­droid mo­bile ser­vices. For now you will be able ac­cess about a dozen chan­nels on DStv Catch Up.

Since we are talk­ing about an in­ter­net con­nec­tion for ac­cess to the con­tent avail­able on DStv, there will be a need to hook up your Ex­plora to ei­ther an ex­ist­ing in­ter­net router by eth­er­net cable or you will have to buy the DStv wi-fi con­nec­tor which costs R399. The al­lows you ac­cess to DStv Catch Up Plus which will be in­te­grated in your monthly DStv Pre­mium sub­scrip­tions. How­ever, your in­ter­net charges will be sep­a­rate be­cause your provider has rates pegged at how much you use.

The other thing to note is since this in­no­va­tion is only com­ing out now, the ser­vices will not be as fast as in­tended thanks to the slow broad­band speeds.

With all th­ese ad­vance­ments, who needs a pi­rated copy of a show or film from the streets?

THE WALKIING DEAD

The DStv Wifi con­nec­tor.

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