StarTimes was established in China in 1988 and it is currently in operation in a total of 8 African Countries namely; Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Guinea, and the Central African Republic.

The Startimes Nigeria TV Network is an almost one-decade-old collaboration between the first Tv station in Nigeria, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and the Chinese company that owns StarTimes. The StarTimes service was introduced into the Nigerian entertainment market in 2010.

Startimes also claims of being the first digital TV introduce to the African Market a DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast on Terrestrial) technology that is easy to use as it does not require any satellite dish installation to deploy its services.

Unlike the tons of other paid TV services in Nigeria and Africa, StarTimes comes with a simple-to-install antenna and decoders which require no dish Installation. Also, with Startimes low tariffs, the platform has brought digital affordable TV within the means of the average Nigerians.

As of 2010, paid cable TV platforms were faced with rapidly rising cost and competition in the midst of deteriorating economic trends. The players in this industry had to take on the task of constantly re-strategising to ensure continued profitability and survival.

However, even in the midst of tough competition, StarTimes still claims to be the king of the cable TV market in its DTT category, insisting that it has become the fastest-growing digital pay-TV platform in the African continent.

Channel NumberChannel Name
017AMC
018African Movie Channel
053Star Novela E1
054Star Zone
055Star One
058Star Sino Drama
072African Movie Channel Series
081FX
101NTA Sports 24
116Wap TV
118DTN
122Entertainment Stars Television
123AWA TV
129Get TV
133Be Television
150Star KungFu
155BET
156eTV
157E!
158The Q You
162Star Dadin Kowa
178Farin Wata
222Discovery Science
229Viasat History & Nature
230Viasat Crime & Explore
231CCTV 9 Documentary
235Animaux
251Star Sports Arena
252Sports Premium
256Fox Sports
258NBA TV
260TRACE Sport Stars
270NTA News 24
300BBC World News
301Al Jazeera
302Fox News Channel
304Bloomberg Television
307TVC News
355POP
357Nickelodeon
359NTA Knowledge
400Star Music
452Iqraa
464Dove Television
500Star Bollywood
509Sony SAB

They have a total of 7 packages on their antenna and dish bouquets. The Antenna bouquet has Nyota, Basic and Classic packages while the Dish has  StarTimes Chinese, StarTimes Super, StarTimes Smart, and StarTimes Nova. Below is a simplified table with prices for each respective package.

StarTimes Kenya is one of the leading cable and satellite companies in Kenya after GoTv. 

They have more than 9 million subscribers and their head office is Upperhill Victoria House.

StarTimes Kenya has two options for their clients who have purchased their decoders. The first one is pay TV decoder and the other is free-to-air decoder.

They also have their bouquets which they have divided into two different categories;

  1. The Digital Terrestrial Technology Bouqet (DDT)
  2. The Direct to Home Bouquet

The Digital Terrestrial Technology bouquet uses a terrestrial aerial while the Direct to Home bouquet uses a satellite platform.

Below is a list of StarTimes Kenya bouquets Channels and their prices.

DTH bouquets, channels, and prices

BouquetMonthly Subscription FeeNumber Of Channels
Nova +Ksh 44935 Channels
IndianKsh 8997+ Channels Addons
SmartKsh 89969+ plus 25 Audio Channels
ChineseKsh 1,99969 Channels Plus 12 Chinese
SuperKsh 1,499100+ Channels, 4HD + 25 Audio

 DDT packages, channels, and prices

StarTimes BouquetMonthly Subscription FeeNumber Of Channels
UniqueKsh 1,49976+ Channels
Classic BouquetKsh 99957+ Channels
BasicKsh 59937+ Channels
Nyota BouquetKsh 25910+ Channels

StarTimes Kenya Packages

 Package Price
 Nyota 299
 Basic 599
 Classic 749
 StarTimes Chinese 1,999
 StarTimes Super 1,499
 StarTimes Smart 899
 StarTimes Nova 499

StarTimes Kenya Channels

1.Nyota Channels

  • JIMJAM
  • E-STARS
  • IQRAA
  • CGTN
  • AL JAZEERA
  • SMILE OF A CHILD
  • ST SWAHILI
  • ST SPORTS FOCUS
  • ST ZONE
  • EBRU AFRICA
  • NJATA TV
  • FAMILY TV
  • TIMES TV
  • ST KUNGFU
  • ST SINO DRAMA
  • BORDER TV
  • GOD

2.  Basic Channels

  • ST NOVELA E
  • ANIMAUX
  • BBC WORLD NEWS
  • E. TV
  • STAR PLUS
  • NICKELODEON
  • ZEE CINEMA
  • DA VINCI
  • ST SPORTS FOCUS
  • CLOUDS TV
  • AMC MOVIES
  • ST SPORTS PREMIUM
  • CGTN DOCUMENTARY
  • CNC WORLD
  • TRIPLE P
  • ST SPORTS ARENA
  • EMMANUEL TV
  • ST WORLD FOOTBALL HD
  • TRACE MZIKI
  • TBN
  • STAR LIFE

3. Classic Channels 

  • FINE LIVING
  • BLOOMBERG
  • FOX NEWS
  • ST BOLLYWOOD
  • STAR GOLD
  • ST MOVIES PLUS
  • STAR PLUS
  • BABY TV
  • ST SPORTS PREMIUM
  • ID
  • E!
  • ST WORLD FOOTBALL HD
  • ST NOVELA E PLUS
  • ST NOLLYWOOD PLUS
  • AMC SERIES

4. StarTimes Nova Channels 

  • E. TV
  • ST DADIN KOWA
  • E-STARS
  • TVC NEWS
  • IQRAA
  • DOVE TV
  • DA VINCI
  • SMILE OF A CHILD
  • ST SWAHILI
  • ST SPORTS FOCUS
  • TBC 1
  • STAR TV
  • ST ZONE
  • AMC MOVIES
  • CGTN DOCUMENTARY
  • MINDSET LEARN
  • ST GOSPEL
  • DEEN CHANNEL
  • EBRU AFRICA
  • CNC WORLD
  • CCTV 4
  • ST KUNGFU
  • INOORO TV
  • BORDER TV
  • KTN NEWS
  • CHANNEL TEN
  • NTV UGANDA
  • KASS TV
  • LOLWE TV
  • KISS TV KENYA

5. StarTimes Smart Channels

  • ST NOVELA E
  • FINE LIVING
  • JIMJAM
  • ANIMAUX
  • BBC WORLD NEWS
  • ST AFRICA
  • ST BOLLYWOOD
  • ST RISE
  • NICKELODEON
  • NIGEZIE
  • ZEE CINEMA
  • WAP TV
  • AL JAZEERA
  • CLOUDS TV
  • FACE TV
  • SALAM TV
  • FRANCE 24 E
  • FASHION ONE
  • ST SA MUSIC
  • ST SPORTS ARENA
  • ST SINO DRAMA
  • EMMANUEL TV
  • E!
  • AFRICA NEWS
  • ST WORLD FOOTBALL HD
  • ST NAIJA
  • TRACE MZIKI
  • ITV
  • EATV
  • ST KIDS
  • DW
  • STAR LIFE
  • AMC SERIES

6. StarTimes Super Channels 

  • BLOOMBERG
  • FOX NEWS
  • MSNBC
  • MTV BASE
  • STAR GOLD
  • ST MOVIES PLUS
  • BABY TV
  • ST SPORTS PREMIUM
  • ST SOUL
  • CLASSICA
  • ID
  • ST NOVELA E PLUS
  • ST NOLLYWOOD PLUS
  • EBONY LIFE

Startimes Kenya Decoder Prices 2019

They have three types of decoders; StarTimes SD Mini terrestrial decoder, StarTimes FTA terrestrial decoder, and a StarTimes HD Combo decoder. The StarTimes SD Mini terrestrial decoder costs Ksh 1,999 inclusive of a free antenna. StarTimes FTA terrestrial decoder (Free to Air) costs Ksh 3,499 while the StarTimes HD Combo decoder costs Ksh 2499.

How To Pay Startimes Kenya Subscription Via Mpesa

1. Go to your Mpesa Menu

2. Select Lipa Na Mpesa

3. Select PayBill

4. Enter 585858 as the business number

5.Enter your StarTimes Smart Card Number as your account number

6. Enter the amount you want to pay

7.Enter your Mpesa pin and press OK

8. You will receive a transaction confirmation message from Mpesa and Startimes.

Startimes Kenya Contacts 

Phone: +2547 19 077 077

Twitter: StarTimesKenya

Facebook: StarTimes Kenya

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