Are Pay tv customers getting a raw deal on free to air content lets find out.

Comparing the Gotv Open Bouquet with the star times free to air set top box.

First of all Startimes Free to air set top box

Startimes Kenya have combined 32 free to air local TV signals witstartimes free to airh your purchase of the latest Dvb2 decoder. Its actually black in colour so dont pay attention to the picture. With this decoder you will watch 32 local channels always for free and also listen to Free radio Channels. No extra payment required. It also comes with one months Unique bouquet subscription with over 70 channels after which you will continue viewing the FTA channels. You will also have the option of paying for any bouquet. This means its upgradeable to pay TV anytime. All this at a cost of Ksh4999.

This is the full list of free to air channels receivable using the startimes free to air set top box.

Signet KBC

Signet KTN

Signet NTV

Signet HERITAGE TV

Signet EATV

SignetEDU TV

Signet K24

Signet KISS TV

Signet MOTHER AND CHILD

Signet CITIZEN

Signet GBS

Signet SAYARE

Signet ADVENTIST TV

Signet JOY TV

Signet KINGDOM TV

Signet AATV

Signet REVIVAL TV

Signet HOPE TV

Signet CCTV

Signet GETV

Signet HORIZON TV

Signet FOUNTAIN TV

Signet AVIATION TV

Signet LAGOS TV

GO Channel

Startimes welcome channel

STV 2CBN

STV IQRAA TV

STV C MUSIC

STV GOSPEL MUSIC

Signet 3 STONES

Signet FAMILY TV

Signet KASS TV

Signet GOR TV

 Now lets take a look at the Gotv Open bouquet

Theres no free to air or alternative decoder as was the case with Starimes what youll require is the same Gotv Decoder or set top box. The decoder is selling at Ksh 3499 plus an antenna Ksh 1000 plus the Once off fee of Ksh2600 for the Gotv Open Service

This is a total of Ksh 7099 . The 2600bob is once off fee meaning you will never be asked for the same amount again.
After paying Ksh7099 you will receive the “opportunity to view the following exceptional channels”

 
KBCTV
Citizen TVgotv open
Kiss TV
KTN
NTVU (Uganda)
ZNBC
GO Channel. You can deduct this  from the list

       
So which pay TV customers are getting a raw deal.

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Written by Gichane.

31 Dec 2013.