Tag Archives: StarTimes

StarTimes’ financial crisis delays Top TV relaunch

The relaunch of South African pay-TV provider, TopTV, has been delayed due to regulatory processes, while reports suggest that its controlling shareholder, China-based StarTimes, is under financial duress forcing it to cut back on its expansion plans in Africa. StarTimes President, Pang Xinxing, was recently quoted saying that the company has slowed down its operations [...]

Nigerians still in the dark over digital migration

Nigeria´s population is still struggling to understand the digital migration process ahead of the June 2015 deadline for analogue switch off. Unlike Kenya, Ghana and other southern African countries, Nigeria is unclear about the concept of digitisation and the need to incorporate STBs to view programmes. Amidst this ignorance, South African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) [...]

Zambia’s anti-corruption watchdog looks into DTT tender

Zambias Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched investigations into the cancelled USD 210 million tender for the supply, delivery and commissioning of a national digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcast network initially awarded to the StarTimes Group in May this year. The investigations were triggered by Emmanuel Mwamba, the new permanent secretary in the Ministry of Broadcasting [...]

ODM’s Top TV cancels more channels

Top TV, the struggling South African pay-TV provider owned by On Digital Media (ODM), is reported to have closed another three channels while awaiting details of a rescue plan from 20% shareholder – Chinas StarTimes group. Top Crime and Top History have now disappeared from ODMs satellite pay-TV platform, while Top Learn has been re-branded [...]

Zambia cancels StarTimes DTT contract

Zambias Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Services has cancelled a USD 220 million tender for the supply, delivery and commissioning of a national digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcast network initially awarded to the StarTimes Group in May this year via its Star Software Technology Company subsidiary. The decision was taken following a recommendation from the Zambia Public [...]