African digital TV operator StarTimes has chosen SES Platform Services, the technical services subsidiary of Astra satellite operator SES, to distribute TV channels for its DTH subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Under the new multi-year agreement, SES Platform Services will provide signal turnaround, video processing and uplinking services for StarTimes’ SD and HD channels at its broadcast facility in Germany.

StarTimes has more than 5 million DTT and DTH subscribers across 16 countries in Africa and currently provides English-language TV content to viewers across the region via the SES-5 satellite at 5° East.