Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 17-08-2011

MultiChoice DStv is launching a mobile decoder in Kenya to make its pay TV service available on smartphones, tablets and laptops today (17 August) – according to the Business Daily.

At a reported cost of Sh 9,999, the ‘Drifta’ decoder will allow subscribers in Kenya to receive DStv programmes on their mobile phones, iPads, iPod Touch or smartphones, as well as on PCs and laptops - through USB or WiFi connections.

It is not yet clear how much the monthly subscription for the new service will be in Kenya, however in South Africa consumers pay R39 (Sh 506) per month for DStv’s mobile TV service.

Competition in Kenya’s pay-TV arena has been ratcheted up a notch after rival Wananchi Group also extended its reach by moving its Zuku TV service from a cable to satellite platform last week.

In addition to Zuku TV, Smart TV, My TV and Star TV are all now challenging DStv for slices of the pay-TV market in the East African country, following 15 years of dominance by the South African operator.