DStv Xtraview | How does it work? (Detailed Guide)

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DStv Xtraview | How does it work? (Detailed Guide)
Posted on: February 17, 2022, 10:02:29 AM
DStv Xtraview, How does it work, How much does it cost and what is the setup process? Everything will be explained below. You've come to this page because you have a few inquiries regarding DStv Xtraview. We're happy to help. As a result, I spent some time explaining the concept of DStv Xtraview in further depth.

In this post, you'll learn what DStv Xtraview is, how much it costs, and what kind of decoders you need to utilize. You will also know how to set up additional views and expect when using Xtraview. Let's get started without wasting any more time.

What is Dstv Xtraview?



To watch different channels on multiple decoders under the same DStv subscription, Extra View is what you need to achieve it. As a result, you just have to link your decoders under a single DStv subscription rather than having separate subscriptions for each one.

So let's say that we have a household with many people who wish to watch different television shows simultaneously. This can lead to a family argument over who has the remote. Because each family member may watch a separate channel, Xtraview View eliminates this issue.

To get the most out of your DStv subscription, you may link up to three decoders under the same account. The extra view costs an additional ₦2,753.22 per decoder. Various channels can be viewed simultaneously by all decoders.

To that end, you and your family can each use a separate decoder to record your favorite shows. Extra View allows you to watch up to three live TV stations simultaneously.

How does the "Xtra view" work?



An Xtraview can be created using one or two secondary decoders linked to a primary decoder under one monthly subscription. A secondary decoder can only be connected to a primary decoder twice.

Through a communication wire or an intelligent LNB, the primary decoder sends a pulse every 90 seconds to the secondary decoder.

You may not utilize the smart LNB if you live in a building with a single dish or a standard system. You might need a DStv smart switch to connect your decoders in this situation.

The E143 error code is shown if the secondary decoder fails to receive the heartbeat signal. What is the difference between primary and secondary decoders when it comes to decoding?

Decoders in two stages: the primary and secondary



The subscriber's primary decoder is that device. On the other hand, secondary decoders are the decoders that share a subscription with the primary decoder.

As a result, secondary decoders in an additional view arrangement may access the same television programs as the primary decoder. A primary decoder with a premium DStv subscription will allow the secondary decoders to access it.

How to install or set up Xtraview



Installing DStv XtraView is a simple process but you must be familiar with the fundamentals of DStv set up connections to install an extra view effectively. If you're a techie, you'll be able to do the task without any difficulty, but if you can't, I suggest you look for an installer who can help you.

What decoders are available for Xtraview?



Multichoice's decoder models, both new and old, may all be used to add additional view connections. That includes all HD and SD decoders from Explora. However, HD PVR and SD decoders are incompatible with the triple-view setup.

If you want to link three decoders in an additional view setup, one of the decoders must be an Explora. However, I've seen three HD decoders connected in specific Xtra view installations.

What kind of LNB should I use for the DStv Xtra view?



A smart LNB or switch can be used for your extra-view setup if you have the most recent decoder models (Explora 1, 2, or 3 and HD decoders 5s or 6). A universal twin LNB or DStv smart switch can be used for older decoder models. For the optimum signal reception, use an 80cm dish as well.

DStv Xtraview cables: how do you hook them up?




The DStv xtraview connection schematic for a smart LNB is shown in the image above. Each decoder must get adequate DStv signal strength and quality for the additional view set up to operate.

The first step is to connect each decoder's coaxial line to the smart LNB. Later decoder types can use Uni-cable connections on the smart LNB. Otherwise, the universal interface can be used with older decoder models. Remember that Explora decoders make use of the uni-cable ports for connectivity. Universal and uni-cable HD decoders can be used with HD decoders.

Heartbeat Connection



Using a heartbeat or communication wire, join all decoders together once they've been connected to the LNB. Every 2–3 minutes, the primary decoder sends a heartbeat signal to the secondary decoder through a heartbeat cable to confirm the connection. E143 will be shown by the secondary decoder if there is no pulse signal.

You don't need to connect a heartbeat cable between the decoders to utilize an intelligent LNB. As a result, all new DStv smart LNB or smart switch decoders may transmit and receive the heartbeat. Uniview installation is the name given to this process. The lack of an RF-out connector on the rear of some decoders does not mean that they are unusable.

With a universal twin LNB, you must link the primary and secondary decoders through a communication connection to each other's RF interfaces. The primary decoder and the secondary decoder will exchange heartbeat signals thanks to the communication wire. Use a triple view splitter to connect three decoders and an extra set of TV inputs.

Keep in mind that the additional view won't operate unless your primary decoder is turned on at all times. Secondary decoders that do not get communication from the primary decoder will display an error message saying "waiting for communication from the primary decoder."

How can I enable DStv's Extra View feature?



Before you begin activating your DStv additional view:
  • Make sure everything is operating correctly.
  • Make sure that all of the decoders are listening to channel 100.
  • Check to see if the primary decoder delivers a heartbeat signal to the secondary decoders every 2 to 3 minutes. The secondary decoders must also receive the heartbeat signal from the primary decoder.

A failure to do so will result in secondary decoders displaying the E143 error, indicating that no data is being sent between them.

How to see if the decoder is using an Xtraview



To see if a decoder has an additional view, simply follow these simple steps:
  • Press the “Help” button on the remote control
  • Scroll to “General Information
  • Then go to “Extra View
If everything is working fine then call Multichoice on 0803 900 3788 (Nigeria only) to activate your DStv Xtraview. Otherwise, call the nearest DStv agent in your country to activate your Xtraview.

Price of DStv's  Xxtra View?



In Nigeria, the Xtraview costs approximately 2,300. It costs 4,600 to link two secondary decoders to a single primary decoder. The intricacy of the DStv setup affects the cost of introducing an extra view. Assuming you have all the necessary add-ons, expect to pay between 8,311.38 NGN and 9,696.61 NGN on average. On the other hand, the price is determined by the kind and quantity of decoders. In rare circumstances, splitters may be required if your additional view arrangement has a mix of old and modern decoder types. As a result, the cost of installing Xtraview may be higher.

Since the communication wire is no longer required, newer decoder models require less wiring than older devices. Since the additional view decoders need to talk to one other, the smart LNB serves as the conduit for such communication. Prices tend to be lower for those with the most recent decoders.

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