MultiChoice and Altech UEC launch locally developed 2-tuner HD PVR in South Africa

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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MultiChoice (JSE: NPN)(LSE:NPSN) today announced the introduction of an Altech UEC (Johannesburg: ALT) supplied 2-tuner HD PVR 2U into the South African market.

Collins Khumalo, Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice South Africa: “This model provides the same sought-after features our PVR-enabled subscribers have come to love. It is important to us to partner with South African companies such as Altech UEC to support the manufacturing sector in our country.”

About the decoder

The HD PVR 2U, two- tuner PVR, offers one recording environment and one viewing environment, independent of each other. In addition, it offers the ability to fast forward, pause and rewind live TV. The slow motion feature ensures that viewers can review split second action at will.

The PVR can record up to 150 hours of standard definition programming or 50 hours of high definition programming. It can also be linked to any of DStv’s Xtraview-enabled decoders and PVRs to provide a second viewing environment.

Other features include a 24-hour i-Plate, Dolby 5.1 surround sound capability, favourite channels selection, series record, full parental control and aspect ratio toggle.

Designed for this market, the HD PVR 2U offers a ruggedised power supply and surge protection on both the LNB inputs and the HDMI port.

Rodger Warren, Managing Director, Altech UEC South Africa: “Altech UEC products are not new to the South African television market. We have been partnering with MultiChoice since the launch of DStv. We have consistently delivered high quality, reliable decoders to the market including the popular world-first dual view decoder in 2005 and other standard satellite decoders, like the new DSD 1132.”

DStv Value Added Services

DStv Premium subscribers will have access to DStv’s value-added services. DStv On Demand which provides catch-up viewing of the most popular series and sporting events and BoxOffice which is a movie rental service from the comfort of your couch.
The Altech UEC HD PVR 2-tuner decoder will be available at leading retailers and furniture stores with from May 2012 at a retail price of R1499.

Subscribers should also note that a standalone HD PVR in the home attracts the normal bouquet subscription as well as a monthly access fee of R65, which is charged to access multiple environments on the DStv platform.

MultiChoice recommends that installation of the HD PVR is done by a DStv Accredited Installer. To find an accredited installer in your area, SMS your postal code to 33936 (SMS costs R1.00)