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Will DSTV work properly though the Xbox One?

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One of the shining features of the Xbox One from Microsoft is how you can integrate your satellite or cable TV signal into the box so that you can control your TV through the Xbox One with voice commands and be able to play games while having the cricket snapped on the right hand side.

So far the reports from America have been fantastic about this service but this morning there are few complaints coming up about it’s usability once you leave the American continent.

In the UK and Europe, much like here in South Africa, the standard TV signal is PAL at 50Mhz while in the US it is NTSC and 60Hz. This doesn’t normally matter anymore as we all go through digital set top boxes which should nullify the issue.

However according to users of the Sky set top box when the signal is pushed through the Xbox One it results in some juddering

The score ticker was juddery during Soccer Saturday, and Spanish football was dropping frames when the camera was panning.

Again this is thankfully something that should be able to be patched with relative ease but it does once again point to Microsoft simply not thinking outside of America when developing the Xbox One.

By the time the device is released here this will hopefully be resolved and I know that Microsoft SA has had some high level talks with DSTV already so expect our satellite providers to fully support and possibly distribute the Xbox One in the near future.

Last Updated: November 26, 2013


  1. Jonah Cash

    November 26, 2013 at 10:39

    Multichoice can’t even keep their own service from going screwy every now and then!! So how will they cope with the extra XbOnE problems???? Please don’t let them distribute it, just make the service available and stand back and let someone else handle the customer care side!!


    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      November 26, 2013 at 11:17

      Someone on this website REALLY loves Multichoice.
      *points at downvote


      • Jonah Cash

        November 26, 2013 at 12:26

        And I can’t see how!!! 30 minutes minimum for someone to answer to tell you it is a national problem, and they are busy sorting it out… Just to phone a pal to bitch to find out he is watching the rugby!!!


    • Darren Peach

      November 26, 2013 at 13:23

      Mutlichoice is sucky but its better than ………..SABC.


      • Jonah Cash

        November 26, 2013 at 16:42

        Multichoice is very good if you don’t need anything from them… Like Telkom!!!!


  2. HvR

    November 26, 2013 at 10:40

    DSTV doesn’t even work properly through their own decoder directly connected to the TV.

    Maybe the new Explora decoder but that is another R2.5k to drop just to watch an already overpriced service.


    • Sageville

      November 26, 2013 at 10:45

      Really? My HD PVR works fine, unless its raining.


      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        November 26, 2013 at 11:18

        Or when there is a lightning storm.


        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          November 26, 2013 at 11:29

          Or when it’s cloudy


          • dylbobjohnjoe

            November 26, 2013 at 11:48

            Or when it weathers…

          • matthurstrsa

            November 26, 2013 at 13:24

            You deserve more upvotes for this comment.

      • Jonah Cash

        November 26, 2013 at 12:27

        I have 3 of them…. 1 works fine the other 2 freezes on me almost daily!! Usually when recording something I really want to watch…


  3. Uberutang

    November 26, 2013 at 10:45

  4. Galbedir

    November 26, 2013 at 10:52

    I must say, this is Probably one of the main reasons I would rather go with a PS4, If I was in America and had all the functions it was designed for, I would probably get an Xbox. However, I feel PS4 is just the better choice for anyone outside of America.


    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      November 26, 2013 at 11:02

      I disagree. Only because I like disagreeing. 😉


  5. Admiral Chief Duke

    November 26, 2013 at 10:54

    What’s DSTV precious?


  6. Lardus-Resident Perve

    November 26, 2013 at 10:59

    Well, I am cancelling my DSTV subscription this month in any case. Would rather spend the R700 on extra LTE cap, or a new game each month, or strippers, or put it in my holiday fund. So this feature means nothing to me. On a side note, that “seamless switching between game and video” nonsense – I finally have see the use for it now that my Xbox is streaming video from my PC 😛


    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      November 26, 2013 at 11:01

      I cancelled my DSTV and upgraded my internet line. Best decision ever. The only thing I miss about DSTV is the live sport. But now I have an excuse to head over to the local pub and watch the games with real people. Or hit up the stadiums for the local games.

      It’s really not worth the price, IMO.


      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        November 26, 2013 at 11:05

        I only have it for the live sport. Got it for the 2007 World Cups. Now, it is gone. And as you say, more pubs and more Loftus or Supersport Park!


      • ToshZA

        November 26, 2013 at 11:31

        I don’t even have an aerial for my tv. There’s no point. I have it for DVD/Blu Ray and for the Eggsbawks.

        Also, nothing better than sitting at the pub for a game, that energy is electric. 😀


        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          November 26, 2013 at 11:39




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