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StarTimes to roll out free digital TV across parts of rural Africa

Chinese pay TV outfit StarTimes is to make free-to-air digital TV available across parts of rural Africa. StarTimes Media Kenya’s director of brand marketing and public relations Japheth Akhulia told the Xinhua news agency that the group project would see about 10,000 villages given access to free digital TV. StarTimes has already conducted a pilot […]

Kwesé TV now available in Zimbabwe

Econet Media’s Kwesé TV has launched in Zimbabwe through a partnership with local player Dr Dish, obviating the need to acquire a separate licence of its own, according to local press reports. According to various local reports, Dr Dish, which holds a licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe dating from 2012 that is valid […]

Pay TV numbers rise in Kenya as DTT FTA boxes decline

Digital-terrestrial pay TV subscriptions are rising significantly in Kenya, while the number of free-to-air channels is declining, according to statistics published by the country’s Communications Authority. The number of pay TV subscribers in the market rose from 3.534 million to 3.743 million in the quarter to March, according to the government’s research, while the number […]

StarTimes set to launch Zimbabwean service

Chinese-backed pan-African pay TV provider StarTimes is set to launch in Zimbabwe under the StarSat brand, according to local reports. StarTimes country manager Brenda Matshazi told local news service TechZim that the pay TV outfit had secured a DTH licence and was in the process of setting up operations. According to the report, StarSat decoders […]

Sub-Saharan pay TV customers to almost double by 2022

The number of pay TV customers in Sub-Saharan Africa will almost double between 2016 and 2022, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that the total will climb from 19.47 million pay TV subscribers across 35 countries at the end of 2016 to 36.72 million by 2022, with the proportion of pay […]

StarTimes acquires Ghanaian football rights

Chinese-owned pan-African pay TV outfit StarTimes has acquired the rights to top-tier Ghanaian football for the next 10 years as part of its drive to build its presence in the region. The company has struck a deal with the Ghanaian football association for the rights to air Ghana Premier League football, the MTN FA Cup, […]

StarTimes launches pay TV service in Ghana

Chinese pay TV operator StarTimes has launched a service in Ghana, offering a range of packages with up to 440 channels including both local and international services. StarTimes is offering three packages in Ghana – Super for GHS60 (€13.50), with over 90 channels, Smart, for GHS30, offering 60 channelos, and Nova for GHS15, which provides […]

StarTimes ups Eutelsat capacity, plans African expansion

StarTimes has struck new multi-year deals with Eutelsat that will allow it to accelerate the rollout of digital TV services across Africa. The firm said that, in anticipation of the continued expansion of Africa’s TV market, it has secured extra capacity and plans to “scale up further by the end of the year”. StarTimes has […]

Conax providing media gateway security for StarTimes

Content security provider Conax has entered a contract  with African pay TV outfit StarTimes to co-develop a media  gateway solution for its Africa operations. With over five million DTH and DTT subscribers and operations across 16 countries, StarTimes is one of the largest players in the region. In their expanded cooperation, Conax will provide it […]

Afrotainment to launch Oui TV on StarTimes platform

New York-based Afrotainment Family of Channels is to launch its Oui TV channel with StarTimes in Africa. Oui TV is a 24-hour French language channel airing African TV series and movies, including Nollywood content, with around 20 different episodes and six movies airing each day. The channel is now available in StarTimes’ basic package on […]

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