7 Feb 2018
In August 2016 a new satellite Intelsat 36 was launched, and Multichoice have leased transponders on this satellite, which allow them to extend the number of channels on their service. What does this mean for the end user? It means different things for different users, depending on what kind of decoder and LNB one has. The most important of these is that the SD PVR decoder will not be able to support all the capabilities of the new channels. Multichoice has long been advertising the fact that they no longer support these SD PVR decoders, and offering special deals for users to upgrade to the Explora decoder.
According to mybroadband.co.za (https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/166782-why-dstv-stops-supporting-decoders.html): ” PVR decoders which are currently in end of support are:
- SD PVR
- Dual View
- UEC 4-tuner HD PVR
Single-view decoders which are currently in end of support are:
- 990 “
A rule-of-thumb that is useful is: if you have a twin-LNB with a PVR decoder, have the LNB upgraded to a Smart LNB. If you have an Explora decoder and if you are not using a complex centralized dish) then change to a Smart LNB. If one has a non-PVR HD decoder, one can use a single LNB.
If you are you in a complex using a centralized satellite feed, speak to your body corporate to find out if they have upgraded to a unicable system; otherwise when the switchover to the new satellite occurs, you could be left watching just a portion of the available channels.
And if you want to be completely ready for the new satellite and the latest decoders, the smart thing to do, whatever decoder one has, is, as soon as possible, to upgrade to the Smart lnb and a dish 80cm or bigger. Phone 079 117 2842 for a DSTV installer who can help you with this.