Pan-African decoder enables HD TV recording

JOHANNESBURG — MultiChoice launched a decoder developed for the emerging high-definition market on its pan-African DStv satellite service on July 25.

 Its next-generation decoder the High Definition Personal Video Recorder (HD PVR) will allow viewers with HD ready or fully HD TV sets to watch and record shows in high-def quality.

The new PVR, on sale to MultiChoice subscribers for 2,499 rand ($315), is the second version of the unit, which was introduced in 2005. The new version can record two different TV channels at the same time while a third is being watched. The current PVR can record only one channel while watching a second.

Its release was brought forward by a month to coincide with the launch of DStv’s first high-definition channel on Aug. 8 to be used for the broadcast of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Beginning at the end of August, the web will become an M-Net HD Channel.

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