DStv Explora Decoder: Hardware Specs, Features, and Price

dstv explora decoder

Launched in 1995, Digital Satellite Television, DStv, is a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service that is owned by the South African company, MultiChoice. DStv provides multiple services and channels to their subscribers that are now about 11.9 million. The service offers a range of devices, including the Explora, Explora 2 as well as the HD Single View decoders. Today, we will be taking a look at the DStv Explora decoder.

To enjoy this product optimally and take your TV viewing experience to the next level, it is best that you understand every one of its exciting specs and features. In this post, our focus will be on the hardware specs, features, and price of DStv Explora Decoder.

DStv Explora Key Specs

These are some of the specifications of this decoder:

  • It sports a smaller and sleeker design
  • You can fast forward, rewind, and pause live TV
  • The device lets you set recordings to enjoy watching shows, movies and series within your playlist
  • It offers HD viewing quality 
  • It comes with a brand-new A7 remote

DStv Explora Features

The Explora 2 comes with improved features allowing you to enjoy watching and following your favorite TV shows, movies and sports programs, and others.

DStv Catchup

On your new DStv Explora decoder, you can enjoy DStv Catchup, or rent newly released, riveting blockbusters on BoxOffice, and lots more! DSTV Catchup is a VoD (Video-on-demand) service of Multichoice, which is available to Premium DStv subscribers, allowing you to watch a selection of movies, series, sports, in addition to general entertainment, whenever you wish.  

DSTV Catchup is not restricted to Explora decoder owners. If you are an Apple mobile or tablet user, you can also access it.

Fully Accessible Personal Video Recorder

Another great feature of the Explora is its full Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality. This ensures that you never miss a moment of the fun as you can watch one channel while recording another one. PVR, which is capable of recording up to 220 hours of content, makes it possible for you to record shows for later viewing. This device packs built-in storage of 2 Terabytes, which is enough to store around nine days of recorded TV video footage.

You would find recording TV handy during situations like when you are delayed at an outing or get caught up in a traffic jam but wouldn’t want to miss a particular TV series, shows, or even the news broadcast. Or maybe 2 of your best shows are being broadcast on 2 different channels, simultaneously. In that scenario, you can try recording one show as you watch the other.

This cool feature is known as “View 1, record 1” and lets you record full episodes or complete seasons of shows! One of the fascinating things to note about this option is, none of your recorded content expires, making it possible for you to sit back and watch at your convenient time, so long you are still an active subscriber. 

Pause Live TV

Your Explorer decoder can rewind to see it again. It can also pause live TV for as long as 2 hours. This option, which basically elevates your TV viewing experience to a whole new level, allows you to get a quick snack, or maybe get yourself a cup of coffee, while a thrilling movie or a show is going on. Simply press the “pause” button on the remote, and you never get to miss any of the action!

HD Capability

The DStv Explora decoder sports an HD User Interface and is also HD capable. That implies you can watch video content with 720 by 1080i resolution on channels supporting HD. This feature only works on TVs that are HD capable.

Other notable features of DSTV Explora are

  • Buffer retained on channel change
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Parental Control
  • Series recording
  • Hearing impaired subtitles (when available)
  • Widescreen capable
  • XtraView (compatible with every other XtraView decoder)
  • Content discovery (including multiple searches)
  • Ethernet connection

DStv Explora Price

You can buy the DSTV Explora at any of DSTV agents in stores across Nigeria and for ₦55,180 (approx.)

DStv Explora Extra Offers

Amplify your viewing pleasure by getting connected! With an internet connected DStv Explora decoder, you will be able to enjoy an extended collection of TV content on the DStv Catch Up Plus package (which is exclusive to DStv Premium) and lots more with the Showmax offering! Do note that you can also add Showmax your DStv subscription at zero cost.

To complete the DStv Explora installation without hassle, ensure that you make use of the service of an accredited installer. Need more tips to get you up and running? Check DStv Self Service website

If you ever encounter a problem or an error — such as your decoder freezing to a no signal, and others — you can reach out to Dstv on Facebook or Twitter. Your inquiry will be promptly handled by one of the DStv online customer care reps.


Posted by Deji

Deji is a freelance writer and Physics graduate from the University of Ibadan. Passionate and meticulous, he is a keen follower of developments around the world on a number of issues ranging from science, tech, history, politics, among others. Deji loves playing football and meeting people. Please, follow on Twitter and Facebook

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