Pace plc, a global leader for digital TV and broadband technology solutions for service providers, is pleased to announce that the DStv Explora HD PVR has been selected as the 2015 Satellite Television Product of the Year in South Africa. The decoder enables DStv customers to record up to 220 hours of programing, and provides access to enhanced home entertainment services such as video on demand through MultiChoice’s BoxOffice and DStv Catch Up services. The DStv Explora delivers high-quality digital media into the home at affordable prices, even in areas where a true Over-the-top (OTT) service may not be a viable solution due to limited bandwidth and restricted broadband infrastructure.
Since its launch in August 2013, the DStv Explora has been extremely well received by DStv customers, and is strongly backed by Nielsen Holdings N.V., a leading global information and measurement company. Nielsen surveyed over 5,000 South African households when researching candidates for the “Product of the Year Award.”
“Pace is extremely proud to have been selected by MultiChoice to help develop this ground-breaking product, and ultimately enhance the viewing experience of their customers,” said Jim Henderson, President – Pace International. “Recognition as a key contributor to this award-winning product is a true testament to the strength and longevity of our partnerships in the region.”
“With this product, the Pace team has proven that they are fully committed to quality and excellence, while addressing the real needs of the Sub-Saharan marketplace,” commented Phil Nicholson, General Manager: Consumer Devices – Broadcast Technology. “Well done to the teams at Pace and MultiChoice who pulled out all the stops to bring this awesome product to market.”
The DStv Explora is the first Pace product to be fully manufactured in South Africa at the Vektronix manufacturing plant in East London, South Africa. Pace has longstanding relationships in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has been supplying the region with PayTV products since the launch of the DStv service in 1995.
“Product of the Year” is recognized in over 28 countries globally, and has been operating for over 25 years as the world’s pre-eminent consumer-selected award for innovative products. Winning products are announced in February of each year and receive the right to use the “POY” seal in marketing communications for a one year period.