The landscape of cable television in Zambia has undergone a remarkable transformation. Just when we thought we had seen it all, Multichoice catapulted us into a whole new realm of cable TV experience with the launch of DSTV Explora. Having already established themselves as the leading cable TV brand in Zambia, the introduction of DSTV Explora only solidifies Multichoice’s position among the greatest cable TVs of all time. Despite the market dominance of the basic DSTV decoder, the company only had their own records to beat with the Explora decoder.
DSTV Explora: A New Level of Entertainment
DSTV Explora pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with cable TVs. With the ability to easily record programs, catch up with missed shows, football matches, movies, music videos, and other events with just a single click, the Explora decoder ensures you never have to worry about missing a live event or your favorite programs, both locally and internationally. While the number of channels, packages, and programs remains the same as the basic decoder, the Explora decoder stands out in terms of features, flexibility, and other technical properties. While the basic DSTV decoder opens up a world of entertainment, DSTV Explora takes the experience to an unprecedented level.
DSTV: The Market Leader in Africa
DSTV undoubtedly boasts the largest customer base in Africa when it comes to cable TVs and offers one of the highest numbers of channels. The market has warmly received the DSTV Explora decoder, and although it is not the most popular DSTV decoder out there, it remains among the high-class cable TVs in Zambia. The unique features include catch up, program recording, HD viewing, and more.
Prices of DSTV Explora in Zambia
Multichoice is 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 to come. 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): KW66, 000 – KW68, 000
- DSTV Explora (with installation): KW68, 000 – KW80,000
The variation in prices is due to factors such as the place and period of purchase. The installation charge usually varies between KW5, 000 – KW10, 000. One downside of DSTV Explora is the installation. It typically requires a specialist to install the dish in the perfect way to face where the signal is stronger.
DSTV Explora Packages
DSTV Explora offers the same packages as basic DSTV decoders. Here is a quick look at the available packages and their prices:
- DSTV Access Package: With just KW1,800, 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: KW1, 850 per month
- DSTV Family package: This package gives you access to over 55 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 servicesavailable on the network. The audio channels include popular radio channels like Voice of America, Star FM, Ray Power, and so on. Price: KW4, 615 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 suitable for sport lovers. The package gives viewers access to over 60 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: KW7, 900 per month
- DSTV Compact Plus: There is just a slight difference 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 KW12, 400 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 85 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.
Unique Features of DSTV Explora
What sets DSTV Explora apart from the basic decoder? Here are some of the features that completely differentiate Explora from the 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 to 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 can 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 to 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.