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Startimes Introduces Nova Bouquet For Digital Switch Over

By Israel Bolaji
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In a bold move to enable more Nigerians conveniently switch over to and enjoy full digital television experience, foremost cable TV service provider, StarTimes, today announced the launch of its newest and most affordable bouquet called Nova ahead of the digital switch over deadline in 2015.

The Nova bouquet went live nationwide on Monday February 9; it is permanent and becomes the fourth bouquet available on StarTimes, specially designed for the entry level customers. Its introduction was aimed at further facilitating a smooth and convenient transition from analogue to digital broadcasting by creating the most affordable bouquet that anyone can afford. This is really to make it easier and comfortable for more Nigerians to get access and enjoy digital television without stress or missing their favorite television programs when the analogue TV gets switched off later in 2015.

The Nova bouquet will be retailing at just N500 per month giving more new subscribers access to a digital television experience with over 15 channels; 8 international channels, including Star Kungfu, Star Music, Star Dadin Kowa (Hausa channel), E-Stars (Nollywood), Child Smile, CCTV-News, TBN, IQRAA and about 7 local channels, including NTA news 24, NTA sports, AIT, Channels TV, Silverbird, NTA Local, other state TV stations and other analogue TV stations like TVC, MiTV, Super Screen and Galaxy.

Speaking at the launch of the new bouquet in Lagos, Mr. Israel Bolaji, Public Relations Manager, (StarTimes) NTA Star-TV Network, said the new digital TV bouquet was designed to offer new subscribers an affordable bundle that makes switching over to digital TV more convenient, promote refreshing television experience and create values that will further deepen digital television penetration in Nigeria.

In the coming days, more Nigerians will have to acquire type approved digital set top boxes, most of those who will be affected by the switch over in 2015 are first time buyers; We observed that the cost of acquiring the decoders is a major factor to growing access; we have therefore considered making it very affordable for them to acquire and access our digital television service. We have also strengthened our customer feedback and interactive points like the call centre and after sales support services to further bolster our offering,” noted Mr. Bolaji.

Bolaji observed that the move is advised by the company's mission to ensure every household accesses and enjoys digital television noting that the company has rolled out extensive after sales services to ensure the best customer experience with the StarTimes set top box. This is our strategy to ensure all Nigerians have access to digital television.

“We are committed to a smooth transition from analogue to digital broadcasting while enabling Nigerians to overcome entry barriers through affordability as we equally showcase our premium channel offering and customer centered after sales services that will swiftly manage any challenges faced by our customers.” added Mr. Bolaji.

"As a platform for digital migration, we are ever committed to supporting Nigerians actualize the 2015 deadline by ensuring that Nigerians get the best of digital television at an affordable price. We are poised to aid Nigeria migrate successfully from analogue to digital television transmission and revolutionize the digital broadcasting industry by providing quality digital TV experience that is enjoyable and accessible,” Bolaji noted.….. Ends.

About StarTimes
Founded in 1988 with her headquarter in Beijing, StarTimes is a Digital Television service provider currently operating in 13 African countries where the company has adopted Digital TV technology establishing a powerful and secure multi-frequency and multi-channel digital wireless TV transmission platform.

StarTimes has combined satellite with terrestrial technology thereby facilitating the transmission of more than 100 local and international television channels covering news, sports, music, movies, TV series, religion, entertainment and documentaries all of which are available across the African operations.

In Nigeria, StarTimes is joint venture collaboration between Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Star Communication Network CO, Limited of China. Its immediate mandate is to provide digital TV services, using digital terrestrial television (DTT) and DTH technology to build a multiple frequency platform. On the long term, it plans to expand into advertisement and signal transfer services, mobile phone television and wireless internet services.

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Mr. Israel Bolaji, Public Relations Manager, StarTimes, Ayokunle Idowu, Content Manager, StarTimes, Somoye Habeeb, Marketing Manager, StarTimes, Salisu Habu representative of Lagos State Director, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and Mrs Betsy, Marketing director, NTA 2 at the launch of StarTimes Nova bouquet on Wednesday in Lagos.


Mr. Israel Bolaji, Public Relations Manager, StarTimes, Ayokunle Idowu, Content Manager, StarTimes, Somoye Habeeb, Marketing Manager, StarTimes, Salisu Habu representative of Lagos State Director, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and Mrs Betsy, Marketing director, NTA 2 at the launch of StarTimes Nova bouquet on Wednesday in Lagos.


mR Ayokunle Idowu, Content Manager, StarTimes, Israel Bolaji, Public Relations Manager, StarTimes, Somoye Habeeb, Marketing Manager, StarTimes, Salisu Habu representative of Lagos State Director, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and Mrs Betsy, Marketing director, NTA 2 at the launch of StarTimes Nova bouquet on Wednesday in Lagos.