Pay Television Company StarTimes media has launched the brand’s Direct to Home (DTH) digital television satellite service. The brand, to be known as StarSat will offer over 98 premium local and international channels to Kenyan subscribers complementing the StarTimes Digital Terrestrial Technology (DTT) offering launched two years ago. StarSat will be transmitting through the SES 5 satellite at 5 degrees East and a compass direction of 273 degrees pointing from Kenya providing country wide signal coverage for the satellite pay television service.
This package will cost just Ksh. 5,600 and the StarSat set comes with unique features key among them being:
- a High Definition (HD) decoder with HDMI and USB slots
- a 12v+ battery for areas without electricity connection
- access to one month free Super Bouquet worth Ksh. 2,500
Speaking during the launch of StarSat, Public Relations Manager Alex Mwaura noted that the introduction of the satellite television service is a move aimed at giving Kenyans increased access to affordable pay television service using the latest broadcast technology while availing a rich local, regional and international channel offering.
“The introduction of StarSat gives Kenyans a choice within their preferred pay television platform to access the latest news, entertainment, sports, movies, documentaries, music and children content for that enriched television viewing experience for the whole family at pocket friendly installation and monthly subscription costs”, noted Mr. Mwaura.
StarSat bouquets have been clustered into four namely;
- Special Bouquet – Ksh. 899 per month with access to over 48 channels
- Smart Bouquet at Ksh. 1,799 per month with access to over 70 channels
- Super Bouquet at Ksh. 2,499 per month with access to over 88 channels
- Chinese bouquet at Ksh. 1,499 per month with access to 12 channels
The company expects to create over 1,000 job opportunities directly and indirectly as it brings on board local talent to drive the growth of StarSat with after sales service being a key investment area to ensure seamless service delivery to the subscribers.
StarSat comes with two full HD channels NBA International and Bollywood HD with plans to roll out more of the same in the future promising crystal clear video and audio reception for the subscribers. The company has equally initiated a hotels and apartments package that will see the installation of the StarSat digital television satellite service across individual establishments with Serena, Crowne Plaza, Masai Mara Domiro, Eastlands and Soluxe Hotels having installed the service as well as other 47 apartments across the country.