Kenya gets more Pay TV

GOVERNMENT

-
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Kenya gets more Pay TV

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

Chinese broadcaster StarTimes Media is expanding its Pay TV beyond Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

The firm launched the pay TV signal in Kenya’s lake side city, Kisumu, two weeks after another firm, GO TV, shifted the battle for subscribers in the digital broadcasting market from Nairobi.

GO TV is a joint venture by MultiChoice and state broadcaster Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

The move by the pay TV providers rides on the back of Kenya’s rush to beat its self-imposed digital migration deadline of December 2012.

The International Telecommunication Union had set June 2015 as the cut-off date for analogue broadcasting globally and African governments are battling to meet the deadline.

StarTimes Media CEO Leo Lee said Kenya was actively engaging in measures to shift from analogue to digital television platform and his company shall be playing a significant role in ensuring Kenyans enjoy the benefits of the switch.

“We intend to invest USD75 million by the year 2015 which will not only guarantee world class television service in Kenya but also provide employment to over 1,000 Kenyans,” said Leo Lee.

One of the incentives that the Kenya government has provided to make the transition more seamless was to waive the excise duty on DVBT-2 gadgets commonly referred to as set-top-boxes. The digital gadgets enable analogue TV sets access digital broadcasting signals meaning consumers with analogue TV sets need not buy digital sets to access digital broadcasting signals.

“The DVBT-2 signal is now available in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.  By December it will be available in all parts of Kenya that have analogue signal.  That will be about 80% of the population covered,” said Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary, Dr Bitange Ndemo.

The pay television providers, StarTimes and GOtv, are selling their digital terrestrial set-top boxes at Sh2,999 and Sh3,500 respectively, which is still expensive to majority of Kenyans.

According to Ndemo, the cost of set-top-boxes range from as little as USD5 for basic converter to USD100 for a more advanced converter but business people have not been importing the basic converters.

“There are proposals that the Government should actually buy this for consumers just like most countries have done. The trouble will be how to identify who to buy for,” said Dr Ndemo.

StarTimes Media will be providing its service at an introductory price of sh2, 999 for a plug and play decoder and has various packages ranging from Ksh500 to Ksh3,000 per month.



Alfred Nyagaka - Aug. 13, 2012, 10:47 p.m.

Good news guys. We hope as consumers we will have the best services ever.

Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

NCS: deploy CCTV to tackle insecurity

The President of the Nigerian Computer Society, Prof. David Adewumi, has urged the Federal Government to invest massively on the installation of Close Circuit Television, CCTV, in strategic places across the nation to address security challenges. Read More

Kenyan capital adopts e-payment system

The Nairobi City County Government has moved to ease payment for services and streamline revenue collection by switching to e-payments. Read More

Congo-Brazzaville to launch digital governance agency

The Republic of Congo will soon launch a digital governance agency, to monitor and control the implementation of the country’s ICT projects.  Read More

Malawi launches Internet Governance Forum

Dr Edmund Katiti The Malawi Government and Nepad have launched the Malawi Internet Governance Forum in an effort to bring a semblance of order to the internet services in the country. Read More

Environmentalists welcome improved technology

Participants in a recent Monitoring For Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) conference in Botswana were upbeat about the new technologies that MESA is harnessing.  Read More

Kaberuka addresses Africa’s infrastructure gap at OECD

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka made a strong case for the importance of tackling private investment impediments in the African infrastructure agenda during the joint AfDB, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Growth Center (IGC) event in Paris. Read More

Kenya inaugurates USAC

Kenya’s new Universal Service Advisory Council (USAC) has been inaugurated by the Cabinet Secretary, Information, Communications and Technology.  Read More

Education Minister: ICT vital in schools

Botswana’s Acting Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has called for an increased uptake of ICTs in all schools in the country.  Read More

Innovation Hub introduces new offices

The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has opened two new offices to services its wider clientele base.  Read More

Orange, DRC govt sign fibre optic deal

PTTIC DRC Orange and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo have signed a deal which will see Orange take control of the country’s fibre optic platform.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Widening ICT skills gap: Cause for concernWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern

Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.