StarTimes Nigeria launches lower cost Nova pack

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 23 February 2015

StarTimes Nigeria has launched its budget pay-TV bouquet Nova, for NGN500 per month, ahead of the county's switch-over to digital broadcasting in June 2015.

The pay-TV service allows subscribers access to over 15 digital TV channels. Eight of these are international channels such as Star Kungfu, Star Music, Hausa channel Star Dadin Kowa, Nollywood channel E-Stars, Child Smile, CCTV-News, TBN and IQRAA, and seven local channels, including NTA News 24, NTA Sports, AIT, Channels TV, Silverbird and NTA Local. Other state TV stations and analogue TV stations such as TVC, MiTV, Super Screen and Galaxy, are also available.

"In the coming days, more Nigerians will have to acquire type approved digital set-top boxes, most of those who will be affected by the switch over in 2015 are first-time buyers," said Israel Bolaji, public relations manager, StarTimes Nigeria.

"As a platform for digital migration, we are ever committed to supporting Nigerians actualise the 2015 deadline by ensuring that Nigerians get the best of digital television at an affordable price. We are poised to aid Nigeria migrate successfully from analogue to digital television transmission and revolutionise the digital broadcasting industry by providing quality digital TV experience that is enjoyable and accessible," added Bolaji.

In Nigeria, StarTimes is joint venture collaboration between Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and China's Star Communication Network Company. Its immediate mandate is to provide digital TV services, using digital terrestrial television (DTT) and direct-to-home (DTH) satellite technology to build a multiple frequency platform.

Chinese-owned pay-TV operator StarTimes currently provides digital TV services in 13 African countries.