Tag Archives: StarTimes

StarTimes inks loan deal for Kenyan customers

The Kenyan arm of StarTimes has signed a memorandum of understanding with Equity Bank to provide soft loans to its customers for the purchase of StarTimes digital television set-top boxes (STBs). Equity Bank customers will have access to a soft loan of up to KES 5,000 (USD 57.8) to buy either a StarTimes FTA STB, currently retailing at KES 4,999 (USD 57.7), or the [...]

StarTimes adds new channels in Kenya

StarTimes Media has added a number of new channels to its platform which will be available in Kenya ahead of the planned analogue switch off on December 13, 2013. StarTimes has added the 24-hour Fox News Channel (FNC), Star Movies, Star One and Star Africa. StarTimes subscribers should expect even more as we progressively monitor [...]

Startimes asks NBC to probe Multichoice’s DTT service

Nigerias pay-DTT operator, StarTimes, has urged the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to probe MultiChoice for operating GoTV on DTT claiming that StarTimes is the only firm licensed by the federal government to operate DTT paid television services in the country. “We have asked the regulatory body to unravel the situation,” said Anetor Erete, the Public [...]

StarSat increases its Chinese offering

South African pay-TV satellite operator, On Digital Media (ODM), is in the process of launching a new bouquet of Chinese TV channels and Chinese sourced content on its rebranded TopTV service – StarSat. The StarSat Chinese package of 17 additional channels will be available from January 2014 at an additional bolt-on subscription of ZAR149 (USD [...]

StarTimes Kenya cuts decoder price as DTT nears

Chinese pay-TV services provider StarTimes has reduced the price of its digital set-top box in Kenya by 15% in order to attract subscribers in  the run-up to the December 13 analogue switch-off in the countrys capital, Nairobi. The announcement follows news that retail chain Nakumatt has seen sales of digital TV sets more than triple [...]

ODM shareholders withdraw business rescue complaint

South African satellite pay-TV operator, On Digital Media (ODM), announced that its two minority shareholders, First National Media Investment Holdings (FNMIH) and Mergan Moodley, have withdrawn their urgent court application to stop the business rescue process by Chinese firm, StarTimes. The shareholders, who own a combined 22% in ODM had filed an application in the [...]

Shareholders disrupt TopTV’s rescue plan

Two On Digital Media (ODM) shareholders, First National Media Investment Holdings (FNMIH) and Mergan Moodley, which together hold 21.1% of ODM’s equity, plan to take the South African satellite pay-TV operator to court and prevent the StarTimes business rescue plan for TopTV from proceeding any further. The shareholders claim they were excluded from a new [...]

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) [...]