According to DStv, the decoder will be available at participating retail stores from next week for a recommended retail price of $159 ( R2,499) for the standalone device. It will cost a total of $236 ( R3,699) including installation.
Key features of the device include, built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, support for 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos, a new DStv remote; as well as integration of app-based streaming services including Showmax and Netflix. More third-party streaming services are expected to be included later.
DStv said that customers will have the option to pay for their Netflix subscription in their monthly bill.
The inclusion in the bill will also be available to DStv customers who seek to become new Netflix subscribers.
MultiChoice Group chief executive Calvo Mawela said that the partnership will allow customers to access the full suite of Netflix shows.
“Shifting consumer preferences and technological advances drive changes in the way video entertainment services are provided and consumed. This partnership leads with an expanded choice of content, ease and convenience of subscription and payment with the DStv Explora Ultra as an enabler,” said Mawela.