StarTimes, SES Platform Services sign multi-year deal for content distribution

StarTimes, digital TV operator in Africa, will be using SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany to distribute TV channels across Sub-Saharan Africa.

With over five million DTH and DTT subscribers across 16 African countries, Startimes is one of the largest DTH companies in the region. The operator transmits English-language TV content to subscribers via SES-5 satellite located at 5 degrees East.

The companies have now signed a multi-year contract, which will see SES providing signal turnaround, video processing, and uplinking services for StarTimes’ SD and HD channels to StarTimes.

“We want TV audiences in Africa to perceive StarTimes as a reliable DTH platform operator broadcasting engaging content at competitive rates to its subscribers. We are confident that SES and SES Platform Services have the space and ground infrastructure and the expertise to help us grow our TV business by delivering a wider range of attractive offerings across the continent,” said StarTimes Group Chairman and President Pang Xinxing.