Rebecca Hawkes | 07-08-2013
South Africa's Vektronix is to assemble pay-TV operator MultiChoice's new high definition (HD) personal video recorder (PVR) following a deal struck with set-top box manufacturer Pace.
"We are pleased that Pace is manufacturing the DStv Explora in South Africa," said Collins Khumalo, CEO, MultiChoice South Africa. "This will contribute positively to skills development, local economic development and job creation in the manufacturing, logistics and sales sectors of our economy."
The partnership between the two companies dates back to 1995, with HD set-top boxes having been supplied by Pace to MultiChoice customers since 2008. This latest box promises up to 220 hours of recording time, access to additional DStv catch-up services, advanced search and discovery across an eight-day TV guide, and pause live TV for up to two hours.
The DStv Explora went into mass production at the Vektronix facility in Eastern Cape province in July, and will be available to buy for ZAR 2,499 (€190) from 15 August.
Mark Merigot, senior vice president of operation at Pace, said: "Setting up remote facilities can be challenging and we'd like to thank our long standing customer MultiChoice and local manufacturing partner Vektronix for their support. This is a significant investment for Pace and underlines our commitment for business and growth in the region."
Pace says the facility will also help it to supply set-top boxes locally to operators in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries