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 […]

StarTimes signs new platform services deal with SES

StarTimes has signed a new multi-year agreement with SES Platform Services for distributing channels to direct-to-home subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa. SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, will provide signal turnaround, video processing, and uplinking services for StarTimes’ SD and HD channels from its broadcast facility in Germany. “We want TV audiences in Africa […]

StarTimes to expand African offering with new SES deal

Satellite operator StarTimes has expanded its partnership with SES to offer better picture quality and more channels to DTH customers in Africa. StarTimes has contracted additional capacity on the SES-5 satellite to provide an “enhanced TV viewing experience” for its subscribers in Africa, according to the firms. “We see unprecedented growth opportunities for StarTimes in […]

African Movie Channel Series launches on StarTimes

UK-based broadcaster, African Movie Channel (AMC) has launched its new channel, African Movie Channel Series (AMC Series) on the StarTimes DTT and StarSat DTH African television platforms. AMC Series airs TV soaps, comedy and drama series from Nigeria. The 24-hour channel will be available to StarTimes’ five million subscribers across 14 countries in sub-saharan Africa. […]

IROKOtv to launch two linear channels via StarTimes

Africa-based video-on-demand service iROKOtv has signed an exclusive deal with pay TV platform StarTimes to launch two new linear TV channels in Africa.  IROKO Play and IROKO Plus will be available across 14 countries and their launch marks what the firms described as a “considerable investment in Nollywood entertainment” by StarTimes. IROKO Play will be […]