Aside from the new hardware and upgraded Showmax Pro, MultiChoice finally announced that it would be launching DStv as a streaming service during its DStv Showcase on Wednesday afternoon.

There is no word on how much it will cost or indeed when it will launch, but it is coming and the new Explora Ultra points to its release possibly coinciding with the launch of DStv’s streaming option.

We say this because unlike previous decoders, the Explora Ultra has no slot for a smart card. Instead, the decoder has WiFi and LAN connectivity built into it.

Curiously, DStv’s streaming service will be known simply as DStv, not DStv Now which will in fact be renamed to DStv.

“With the app being renamed ‘DStv’ existing customers will still enjoy the same benefits, while new customers can sign up and select a DStv package via dstv.co.za, then download the DStv app to experience the best of streaming DStv, instantly,” explained MultiChoice.

While this is good news for existing customers, MultiChoice was mum on what offers we can expect for its streaming product.

We do know that BoxOffice, DStv’s rental service, will be available to streaming customers though rentals will carry an additional charge on top of subscriptions.

MultiChoice says that up to four devices can be registered to stream with only two concurrent streams at a time. The service will also be available on smartphones, consoles, PCs and smart TVs.

“DStv will soon be partnering with telcos and Internet Service Providers to offer bundled packages which combine the benefits of uncapped internet connectivity, with access to the DStv package of your choice, at incredible value prices,” MultiChoice added though didn’t expand on this.

We’re curious to see what sort of streaming packages MultiChoice offers up.

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