Tag Archives: StarTimes

StarTimes extends DTT service to Congo and Madagascar

Chinese pay-TV provider, StarTimes, last month won approval to commence digital terrestrial TV operations in Congo Brazzaville and Madagascar. The company already provides DTT services in 10 other countries Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Guinea, CAR, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo with a total of 3.04 million subscription end 2013, [...]

Rwanda to make digital switch by July 31

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has announced that the country will switch off its analogue television transmission by July 31, 2014, with the phased digital migration process beginning this month. RURA says there are currently around 21,000 decoders available from authorised distributors but estimates the need for around 80,000 STBs by July. “Initially, the [...]

StarTimes accused of bribery in Kenya

Kenyas Nation Media Group (NMG) has accused the Chinese pay-TV company, Star Times, of using bribery to obtain its DTT licences in the country. Linus Githis, the group CEO of NMG, claimed that Star Times has issued 5% of its shareholding to government officials in exchange for obtaining licenses, while a joint application for licensing [...]

STB cost won’t deter Kenya’s digital migration

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) stated that the affordability of set-top boxes (STB) and pay-TV decoders is not a hindrance to DTT migration and that the analogue signal switch-off will start as scheduled at midnight of Friday in Nairobi and its environs. “We don’t expect any signal failure,” said Mutua Muthusi, Director of communications [...]

Majority of Kenyans want digital migration postponed

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) claims that 64% of Kenyans want the countrys digital migration to be postponed from December 13 to June 2014 while criticising the handling of the project by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). State-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has launched [...]

Star Media expands its reach in Tanzania

Star Media Tanzania plans to expand its StarTimes pay-DTT service to three more regions – Musoma, Tabora and Singida to cover a total of 14 regions by the end of the year. Star Times, which operates in a joint venture with the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), offers digital multiplex service in Tanzania which include [...]

Zambia submits digital migration policy

Zambias Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services has submitted its final policy to meet the 2015 digital migration deadline set by the ITU following widespread consultation with stakeholders. It is the governments desire and expectation that production houses and entrepreneurs will take maximum advantage of the huge technology capacity that digital television production provides, said [...]

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 [...]