Startimes Expresses Commitment to Nigeria’s Digital Switch Over Process

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StarTimes has reinstated its commitment to ensuring that Nigerians have access to affordable digital television as it announces that some free to access channels would be available to its customers in Jos, the first city to switch off analogue television.

According to Irete Anetor, Public Relations Manager at NTA-Star TV Network, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, has obliged NTA – Star TV Network (StarTimes) to carry out the obligations of states and local television stations in Nigeria, especially in Jos – the pilot city for digital migration. “As the country progresses in its process of digital migration, StarTimes, as a platform for digital migration, is saddled with the responsibility of helping Nigeria migrate successfully from analogue to digital television and is the only licensed carrier of Digital Terrestrial Television, DTT, services in the country. In view of our role in the process, the free to access channels makes it possible for our customers in Jos to enjoy some of their favourite analogue channels on our digital platform even as the city has switched over to digital broadcasting,” he said.

Anetor stated that Nigerians can confidently migrate into digital space with StarTimes as it provides them with the latest technology in DTT operations – DVB-T2 technology – which will give over 70 channels and quality digital entertainment. StarTimes DVB-T2 decoder will gather over 70 channels of great sports, music, movies, news, kids and teens’ entertainment, documentary, religion and lots more.

“StarTimes came into the pay-tv industry and made digital television affordable to a large number of Nigerians “for them to enjoy real digital TV service; for every African family to afford, think highly of and enjoy the good of digital TV,” said Anetor. He added that prior to the entrance of StarTimes into the pay-tv industry in Africa and Nigeria, in particular; digital pay-tv services were only accessible to a minority of Nigerians because of its very high cost. “Our vision is to help Nigeria migrate successfully from analogue to digital television transmission, revolutionise the digital broadcasting industry by providing a digital pay-tv service that is affordable and available to all Nigerians,” Anetor said.

StarTimes would be making its free to access channels available to additional cities chosen by NBC as Nigeria progresses in its digital switch over process. The free to access channels in Jos includes: ‎NTA Jos, NTA News 24, and NTA Sport 24.

Currently, there are three bouquets available to StarTimes subscribers. They are the Basic, Classic and the Unique bouquets. Subscribers to the Unique bouquet have access to more than 80 digital channels of news, music, sports, cartoon, documentary, Nollywood, Hollywood and Bollywood movies and much more; the channels include, E-STARS, WAP TV, TLC, E! Entertainment NBA , Fashion TV, MTV Base, JimJam, AL JAZEERA, BBC World News, Bloomberg, National Geographic Gold, True Movies One, AMC Movies, and B4U Movies amongst others.

StarTimes has a mission of ensuring that every home in Nigeria enjoys affordable digital TV. The mission is backed with its collaboration with NTA; the relationship is a strategic partnership that will help Nigeria actualise its 2015 digital transition deadline. StarTimes is leveraging on NTA’s platform to provide quality digital television to every home in Nigeria and is committed to making digital television accessible and affordable to all Nigerians on the latest technology in DTT operation.

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