Tag Archives: TopTV

StarSat license ownership stuck in court

South African pay-DTH operator, On Digital Media (ODM), which had applied to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to transfer its ownership licence of StarSat (formerly known as TopTV) to StarTimes Media, is still facing several obstacles which is delaying the transfer process. StarTimes is financing a bailout of the near-bankrupt ODM, which [...]

TopTV decoders can receive StarSat services

South African pay-DTH operator, On Digital Media (ODM), has announced that former TopTV customers whose subscriptions had lapsed when the broadcaster went bankrupt can use their decoders to receive the rebranded pay-TV service of StarSat. Subscribers can choose to buy a new StarSat high-definition decoder for a reduced price if they already had a satellite [...]

ODM requests transfer of StarSat licence to StarTimes

South African pay-DTH operator, On Digital Media (ODM), has applied to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to transfer the licence of StarSat (formerly known as TopTV) to StarTimes Media. StarTimes is financing a bailout of troubled ODM, which could lead to the Chinese company taking a 20% share in ODM. ICASA confirmed [...]

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announced that its two minority shareholders, First National Media Investment Holdings (FNMIH) and Mergan Moodley, have withdrawn their urgent court application to stop the business rescue process by Chinese firm, StarTimes.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 [...]

ODM unveils new StarSat line-up in South Africa

Struggling South African satellite pay-TV operator, On Digital Media (ODM), has unveiled new packages, channels, and pricing structures for its rebranded TopTV service – StarSat, which will be available to subscribers starting 1 December 2013. TopTV currently has approx. 100,000 subscribers and aims to add 700,000 per year under the new StarSat brand. StarSat will [...]

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 [...]