StarTimes has announced that it will allow free access to major Kenyan TV channels for free upon the expiry of user’ monthly subscription. This means that subscribers with expired bouquets will still have unlimited access to KTN, NTV, Citizen TV, K24, KBC and QTV.
The move might solve the long standing difference between StarTimes and other Pay TV providers on one hand and the local broadcasters on the other. The Chinese provider has also announced that its HD Decoder now retails at Ksh 4,500 and will be bundled with two months Super bouquet worth Ksh 5,000 for free.
The existing dish kits will just need to be repositioned to access the StarTimes satellite television service.
The full kit for the StarTimes Free to View satellite television service retails at Ksh 7,999 inclusive of the dish, LNB, cable, HD Decoder, installation and two months access to the Super bouquet worth Ksh 5,000 for free. Upon expiry of the subscription service, subscribers will have free access to the 6 local TV channels indefinitely.
The company’s Pay Television and Free To Air set top boxes on the digital terrestrial platform now retails at Ksh. 2,999 and 4,999 respectively with access to one month Unique bouquet for free worth Ksh. 1,499 with subscribers who renew their subscription before 31st January 2015 enjoying a 50% discount for the subsequent month.