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 30 channels. A range of Chinese and Indian add-on channels are available for GHS80.
Payment can be made via mobile payment system SlydePay, developed by local IT specialist DreamOval.
StarTimes is offering the service via a set-top box that provides reception of both pay TV and free channels, which is retailed for around GHS140.
StarTimes currently offers services to about eight million homes across sub-Saharan Africa, where it compete with incumbent pay TV operator MultiChoice.
The company has had a rocky road to get to the point of launching a service in Ghana. Two years ago it became involved in a legal dispute with the country’s government over a cancelled contract to provide digital-terrestrial services to pave the way for Ghanaian digital switchover.