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Just a short while ago standard definition decoders were the norm in most DSTV Installations At that time these were referred to as “Single-View”, “Dual View”, “Dual View PVR” and so forth; but with the emphasis today on HD TV ( High definition TV) it is more appropriate to refer to these earlier decoders collectively as non-HD decoders.
Let me introduce you to this family of non-HD decoders. The latest model is the 1132 decoder, and the model just before that is the 1131, and once again before that we had the 1110 decoder.
Dsd 1132 decoder
Dsd 1131 decoder
Dsd 1110 decoder
So many people are moving over to HDTV ( High definition TV) that we see less and less of these decoders, but many still exist and if you have one, it should give you good service for some time into the future; these also have a simpler and less expensive installation, which is useful if you are moving home. They are very hardy decoders and many are still retained as the second decoder in an Xtra-View installation, where the main decoder is an HD decoder such as the HD PVR 2P or Explora. Of these the 1132 is the latest and only one sold by suppliers or provided by DSTV installers. Note that these are not PVR ( Personal Video recorder) decoders and don’t have the recording, playback, pause, fast-forward etc features of the HD decoders. Installation: Despite the fact that the installation of the standard decoder is not as complicated as other models, DSTV still recommends that clients find an accredited DSTV decoder installer to do your installation, so that the decoder and dish settings are optimised properly for the best viewing experience.
Installation of these decoders
A 6o cm satellite dish ( properly aligned by a Multichoice accredited installer) is adequate for non-HD decoders. For these decoders only a single coaxial cable from the lnb to the decoder is required; this reduces the cost of installation. The detector at the end of the satellite dish is called an LNB(short for low noise block, meaning that when it amplifies the very weak signal from the satellite it adds very little electronic “noise”to the signal, giving a clear picture) Likewise, the single lnb is substantially cheaper as compared to the twin LNB required for an HD decoder . A specially designed bracket for the satellite dish is attached to a suitably positioned wall and the satellite dish attached to this. Then a satellite meter is attached to the LNB and the north-eastern zone of the sky is scanned for a signal. The correct point is extremely sharp, so DIY tuning with inferior meters can be a lengthy, frustrating and sometimes hopeless task; that is where we can assist. Our expensive high-quality satellite meters are specially set up to zoom in on the satellite and our DSTV installers can usually get a decent alignment done in 5-10 minutes.
The DSTV dual view decoder was devised by Multichoice to allow two independent viewing points. It is a standard definition decoder which effectively has two single-view decoders built into one unit. Our DSTV Installers have not come across many of these in the field recently.They also can not be used in Xtra-View DSTV installations. (where the decoder is linked with a second decoder to expand the number of independent viewing points). DSTV installations with this decoder require a Twin LNB on the dish and two cables down to the decoder, so installations are substantially more expensive than the single-view decoder.
1.3 Dual-view PVR ( Standard Definition PVR1)
This is an advancement on the dual- view decoder, where PVR functionality has been added. SD PVR1 decoders are permissable as the extra decoder in an XTraView DSTV Installation, and this means that a total number of three independent viewing points is achieved. It is a popular form of installation combining the SD PVR1 with an Explora Decoder, where the Explora gives state of the art HD viewing at the main viewing point and the SD PVR provides independent standard definition viewing in two other rooms in the house. The problem is availability of the SD PVR1 as they were discontinued over 5 years ago. Multichoice however still services and repairs this decoder so it is a worthwhile keeping for the above reasons. If having three independent viewing points is important to you then you might try looking out on the internet for a second-hand SD PVR1. The installation of this decoder is the same as the dual-view decoder – a twin lnb is required plus two cables from the dish to the decoder.
The move is inevitably towards HD TV so we find the more discerning of our clients moving their standard view systems to HD.
Decoder HD Pvr 4 tuner
The HD PVR requires four connections to the LNB and was know as a “four-tuner”. Since most dishes at that time had only a single or twin lnb, the usual installation change was to insert a quad lnb ( four cables from lnb to decoder). This makes an expensive and unsightly installation ( let alone the difficulty in getting four cables through a 20cm or 25cm conduit ), so the more common solution was to use a twin lnb and insert a two – in – four-out satellite multiswitch just before the decoder. This meant one only had to get two cables down from the dish. We still find many of these decoders in use despite the fact that they have been installed for over 5 years.
A cousin of this same 4-tuner (meaning it has 4 lnb inputs at the rear)decoder was a silver version made by UEC.
UEC HD PVR silver
HD PVR 2P Decoder
The next generation HD decoder was the HD 2P decoder.
This was a slimline version of the 4- tuner which only required 2 lnb inputs at the rear, so eliminated the need for the 2×4 multiswitch required by the 4-tuner. The result was installations of this decoder were less costly that the 4-tuner; BUT a disadvantage was that it only allowed recording on one channel whereas the 4 tuner allowed recording on two channels. As of the end of May 2014 this decoder has been discontinued and replaced by the Explora decoder.
The performance of your DStv decoder is directly related to the quality of the installation, including the use of approved equipment and correct alignment of the satellite dish.
The recommended installation for the DStv Explora is an 80cm satellite dish together with a DStv Smart LNB. The DStv Explora can also be connected to the internet for more DStv Catch Up, Remote Recordings and access to ShowMax.
The Explora Decoder is such a superior decoder compared with all others.
There is a newer version of this one, the Explora 2, they differ in size .
The Explora 2 is slimmer with a fancy remote control, nevertheless all functions are the same.
Before the introduction of the Smart LNB,installations of the Explora involve the same satellite dish setup as the HD 2 P ( Twin lnb, 2 cables to decoder), but it comes with a special multiswitch to convert the two LNB signals from the dish to the single cable input required by the Explora ( this input is known as a SAT-CR input or unicable input). It has triple the storage space than the previous PVR decoders, allowing 220 hrs of personal recorded content, more DSTV Catchup and Box Office, and more series recordings. The numbers of clients moving to the Explora has been quite phenomenal since its release a few years ago. The installation of the HD decoders is more prone to setup errors than the standard decoders, with the possible misfunctioning of the geat features provided, so it is recommended by DSTV that you locate an accredited installer in your area to attend to your installation.