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What is the name of the new PVR decoder?

The DStv Explora

When will the DStv Explora be available to customers?

It will be available in retail outlets, MultiChoice branches and agencies from 15 August 2013. Customers can order from

What will the DStv Explora cost?


What is the warranty on this decoder?

  • The decoder has a 12 month warranty.
  • We recommend to customers to take out a decoder care contract which is insurance against damage on their decoders

What are the key and unique features of the DStv Explora decoder?

  1. More Content

    • More space for your recordings — up to 220 hours of personal recorded content.
    • More DStv Catch Up and BoxOffice content.
    • DStv Catch Up now also includes movies, documentaries, kids' shows and series stacking
    • More Series Recordings
  2. Better Content Discovery

    • Advanced content discovery with search results across 8-day TV guide, playlist, DStv Catch Up and BoxOffice.
    • Search movies currently running and upcoming, live sport for the next 24 hours, as well as theme, key word and advanced searches.
  3. Modern and Intuitive user interface

    • DStv Central button from where to manage all activities.
    • DStv Catch Up and BoxOffice now have posters for better discovery of content.
    • Ability to find other airings of a specific movie or show
    • New remote control with dedicated shortcut buttons to DStv Central, BoxOffice, DStv Catch Up, Playlist, Search, TV and Options
  4. All the great PVR functions, just better

    • View 1, Record 1
    • Pause Live TV for up to 2 hours — retain buffer on channel change and when launching applications
    • Applications refreshed and modernized — News24, SuperSport, Weather
    • Parental Control
    • HD capable (720p and 1080i)
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 capable
    • XtraView capable (compatible with all other XtraView decoders)
    • Widescreen capable
    • Hearing Impaired Subtitles capable (when available)
    • HD User Interface

How many tuners does Explora have?

  • Tuner 1 = LIVE TV
  • Tuner 2 = recordings
  • Tuner 3 = DStv Catch Up, BoxOffice , Apps and TV Guide

Can this decoder connect to the internet?

Yes, but no Internet connected applications are available to customers at launch — this will be made available in the future.

Does the DStv Explora have a USB port and can I use it to view my own content?

It has a USB port but it cannot be used for this purpose.

What is the size of the hard drive of the DStv Explora?

2 Terabytes

How much content can I record?

Up to 220 hours of mixed SD/HD content can be recorded.

Can I only record in High Definition (HD)? Or can I record in Standard Definition (SD) as well?

HD content can only recorded in HD. Content will only be recorded in SD if there is no HD version available.

How many channels can I view and how many can I record simultaneously?

You can view 1 channel and record 1 channel.

How many series can I set recordings on?


Will recordings have subtitles?

Yes, for programmes that have subtitles included.

What are the sound track options?

Available sound tracks are dependent on the specific channel. These include:

  • English - Original
  • English - Family
  • isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, seSotho, Afrikaans, French, Portuguese and many others

Dolby Digital 5.1 is available. This is dependent on the specific programme. Customers should select "Fixed" in the Audio Output settings and English — Original.

Please note if the Audio Output is set to "Variable", the DStv Explora will never output Dolby Digital 5.1.

Will DMX DJ be available?

  • Yes
  • Please note there is a known issue with DMX DJ — a slight delay with the playout of approximately 2.5 minutes. This will be resolved.

How does MUTE on the DStv Explora work?

The DStv Explora has a half MUTE function. It can be activated/deactivated in the audio settings menu. Press DStv Central, go to settings, select Video and Audio, scroll down to Half Mute, choose OFF or ON.

How do I access the audio channels?

You can either enter the audio channel number directly on the remote or press DStv on the remote, go to ‘Watch Now’, then scroll to ‘audio channels’.

How many lines of information are available on the iplate?

You can configure this to be 2, 3, 4 or 5 lines. Press DStv, go to settings, choose User preferences, then General, go to Iplate lines and make your selection

How many hours of the TV GUIDE can I view via the iplate?

24 hours

How many days of TV guide will be available?

8 days of TV Guide and synopsis

What remote will be packaged with this decoder?

The A5 model or the A6 model. Both will work with the DStv Explora decoder.

What remote controls will be compatible with the DStv Explora?

The A5 and A6 remotes

  • A5 — has no learning capability
  • A6 — has learning capability to control other home theatre equipment

Where can I purchase a new remote?

At MultiChoice branches, agencies and retail outlets and from
The A6 remote costs R99 (VAT included).

Is the remote able to control other home theatre devices?

Only the A6 model. It is a learning remote (you need the original equipment remote to "teach" the A6)

Can I use the DStv universal remote (A4)?

No, DStv Explora is only compatible with the A5 and A6 remote

What is the OPTIONS button for?

Pressing OPTIONS on the remote from LIVE TV launches the “Display option” menu and allows you to set the following

  • Aspect Ratio
  • Language
  • Subtitles
  • Channel Group

How do I set the remote mode of the A5 and A6 remote?

To set to:

  • Mode 1 — Press and hold the INFO button, until the LED marked "1" blinks
  • Mode 2 — Press and hold the BACK button, until the LED marked "2" blinks
  • Mode 3 — Press and hold the INFO and BACK buttons together, until the LED marked "1" and the LED marked "2" blinks simultaneously

How do I know in what remote mode my A5 or A6 remote is?

Press any button and see what LED’s go on:

  • Mode 1 — LED marked "1" blinks
  • Mode 2 — LED marked "2" blinks
  • Mode 3 — LED’s marked "1" and "2" will blink together

How can I get my other DStv Explora not to respond to commands from the A5/A6?

On each decoder, set a different remote mode e.g. mode 1 on the first and mode 2 on the second (see 51). Set the remote control belonging to each decoder to the matching mode.

How do I get the DStv Explora decoder not to respond to commands from the A3/A4?

The remote listen mode set for DStv Explora should be different to the remote mode set on your other decoder. E.g. if the DStvExplora is set to listen to remote mode 3, then the other decoder should be set to listen only to remote mode 1. Thus the DStv Explora remote should only transmit in remote mode 3 and the other decoder should only transmit in remote mode 1

Can I install this decoder myself?

We do not recommend this. However, depending on your abilities and existing installation, self-install is possible. If you are not sure, rather call a MultiChoice accredited installer.

Will I need to upgrade my installation to be able to have the DStv Explora?

  • If you have a Twin, Quad or Quattro LNB you don’t need to upgrade your installation. You can use the DStv Switch that is packaged with the decoder
  • If you have a SatCR LNB, it might be compatible and you can directly connect to the Explora. Check with your MultiChoice accredited installer
  • If you have a Single LNB, you will have to upgrade your installation to at least a Twin LNB. You cannot use the cable from the Single LNB, even if you split the feed.

Will all the cables I need, be packaged with the DStv Explora decoder?

DStv Explora comes with all cables required for a typical installation. Additional cables may be required if you have a more complex set-up or need longer cable runs.

What size dish do you recommend for this decoder?

A 90cm dish is recommended by MultiChoice for all installations, including the DStv Explora.

Explora accessories are colour-coded as per the back of the decoder



Left Audio

RCA Out Port

Right Audio

RCA Out Port

Video Out

RCA Out Port


Used for XtraView/ TV Link connection


Used for XtraView/ TV Link connection

Unicable™ In

Satellite input to the Dstv Explora


Output to visual equipment

Digital Audio Output

To get Dolby digital sound on audio equipment

Ethernet Connection

IP network connection — for future use

USB Ports

For future use

Power Input

Insert power supply provided with the DStv Explora here

The following items are included in the packaging when purchasing a DStv Explora.



DStv Explora 1
DStv Remote 1
DStv Switch 1
Documentation 1
Smartcard 1
Power Supply 1
RFA Cables 1
HDMI Cables 1
Coax Cables 3

The DStv Switch

This switch is required for twin, quad and Quattro LNB installations so there is no need to update the existing installation. The switch is packaged with the decoder and also carries a 12 month warranty

Can the the DStv Explora be connected in a XtraView set up?


Can I do the XtraView set up on my own?

Please do not attempt to disconnect your existing XtraView installation — we need to disconnect it via our system. Please contact the call centre to guide you through the process.

Which decoders are compatible with the DStv Explora for XtraView?

  • DSD 3U
  • DSD 1131
  • DSD 1110
  • SD PVR
  • HD PVR 2P
  • HD PVR 2U
  • Pace 4 Tuner HD PVR
  • UEC 4 Tuner HD PVR
  • Another DStv Explora

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