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DECODER ROADMAP (article first published : 2003-02-3)

Last year MultiChoice Africa (MCA) unveiled its decoder roadmap for the foreseeable future. MCA provides premium television entertainment to over 790,000 subscribers in just under 50 countries on the African continent and adjacent Indian Ocean islands through its DStv Bouquet. Two new digital satellite decoder modes will be released into the market during 2003.

One of these decoders will be a compact, fully functional, Interactive capable digital satellite decoder, the DSD 910. It was commissioned in response to customer requirements for a smaller, more compact, yet fully functional decoder model.The other model, the Dual View decoder, is slated for release in the first quarter of 2003, and will allow subscribers to watch two different DStv channels on two different television sets using a single decoder. Interactive services can be accessed through one of the television sets. This decoder model was developed in response to customers’ requests for a decoder that allows parents to watch one channel while children watch another channel on a different television. It will also enable subscribers to simultaneously videotape one channel while watching another.

Initially, decoders simply provided the opportunity to choose from a number of different channels, but decoder hardware and software technology has evolved to permit such advanced functions as sending an e-mail message from your television screen, or even shopping via your television set, and now, with dual view, to view two channels simultaneously on two different TVs using a single decoder.




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