Broadcast - In Brief


Kenyan pay-TV provider StarTimes has reduced the prices of its decoders to enable more Kenyans to access digital television and grow the company’s market share. The StarTimes Pay Television Digital Box has been reduced to KSh1,999 (US$23) from KSh2,999 (US$34), while the Free to Air STB is now KSh4,499 (US$51), down from KSh4,999 (US$57). Read the full story here:

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), an international non-profit group which designs and implements digital audio broadcasting technologies that work over AM broadcasting bands, aims to extend its platform into Southern Africa.

Kenyan digital terrestrial television provider GOtv has launched an electronic card which slots into digital TV sets to enable viewing of GOtv without the need for a separate decoder unit. Read the full story here.

In April, Wananchi’s pay-TV provider Zuku has expanded its subscription satellite bouquet in Uganda by adding Bukedde 1 and TV West to its platform as a part of its ongoing efforts to broaden its consumer offering. Read the full story here.

Pay TV operator DStv will offer viewers in Mozambique and Angola access to a Portuguese version of the Crime & Investigation (CI) channel. The channel, which is operated by History, a joint venture between A+E Networks and ChelloMulticanal, features programmes on crime and justice.  Read the full story here.

Tunisia will see the launch on June 23 of First Tv (from Tunisian World Télévision), a generalist TV channel for women.

The new TV channel dedicated to exposing the township of Alexandra to the world, LX TV (or Alex TV)was officially launched at an event held on Friday night. The TV station which began broadcasting last year in May on Dstv was also made available to OpenView HD (OVHD) channel 452 as of 1 May 2014. Full story.