StarTimes taps Conax and ALi for Africa expansion

Digital TV service provider StarTimes has adopted a range of Conax certified set-top boxes based on ALi chipset solutions to further expand in Africa. “The collaboration with global leading partners, ALi and Conax, helps us deliver optimised total solutions in terms of performance, security, and costs that drive DTV expansion in Africa,” said StarTimes chairman […]

Kenyan pay TV operators condemn broadcasters’ ‘misinformation’

Kenyan pay TV operators GOtv Kenya and StarTimes Kenya have said they will take legal action after local broadcasters aired adverts advising viewers not to purchase the two firms’ digital set-tops, according to local reports.  The broadcasters, Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard Group (SG), which together recently formed the Africa […]

Da Vinci Learning gains with StarTimes

Educational channel Da Vinci Learnng has launched with African pay TV services StarTimes and StarSat. The deal means that Da Vinci Learning is now available to subscribers of the Special bouquet on StarSat and he basic bouquet on StarTimes. StarSat is the Chinese-owned StarTimes’ high-end DTH brand, offering a bouquet of about 70 channels, while […]

New documentary channel launches in Africa

Natura, a documentary and nature channel owned by Chello Multicanal, has launched on South Africa’s StarSat, the DTH platform formerly known as TopTV, and will launch across sub-Saharan African in the near future. Natura, which is distributed by 3Vision Distribution in the region, covers ecological issues and the environment, with each programme focusing on a […]

GOtv launches in Rwanda

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice’s digital-terrestrial pay TV service GOtv has launched in Rwanda. Rwandans who purchase a GOtv set-top will receive two months’ subscription bundled in. The service faces competition in Rwanda from China’s StarTimes. MultiChoice’s DStv platform is also available in the country. The GOtv service is being launched in partnership with […]

South Africa’s StarSat sets out ambitious relaunch target

South African pay TV operator TopTV is to relaunch as StarSat, backed by China-based StarTimes, and has set itself a target of adding 700,000 customers a year, building on its existing base of 100,000 homes, according to local reports. StarSat will offer about 90 channels to take on pay TV leader MultiChoice’s DStv service. StarTimes […]

TopTV shareholders in legal move to head off rescue plan

Two shareholders of On Digital Media, the parent company of South African pay TV operator TopTV, have moved to head off the company’s rescue plan, involving the acquisition of a minority stake in the service by China’s StarTimes and a change of name of the platform to StarSat, according to local reports. Two minority shareholders […]

Channel changes at TopTV

On Digital Media-owned South African pay TV operator TopTV has dropped three of its Top-branded channels from its programming line-up, according to local reports. The pay TV provider pulled Top Crime and Top History and replaced Top Learn with a new service, Mindset TV. On Digital Media received an investment boost earlier this year from […]

MTG extends presence in Africa

Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial television operator StarTimes. StarTimes will also include the channels in its pay TV offering in Nigeria. Viasat History and Viasat Nature are each being broadcast 12 […]

KidsCo increases African presence with StarTimes

KidsCo has extended its deal with Beijing-based pay TV StarTimes that will see the children’s channel available in French across Africa from September 1. KidsCo will broadcast original programming such as Boo & Me and first-run exclusives including Turbo Dogs and Beach Crew. It will also air its Video Game Heroes breakfast block featuring Sonic: […]