Startimes Launches High Definition Set Top Box for Kshs. 999

Startimes HD Set Top Box

startimesDigital Television Company StarTimes Media has launched two  decoder models known as the Startimes light consisting of a Standard Definition and High Definition DVB T2 decoder  for the Digital Terrestrial platform (DTT) aimed at improving the quality of service offered to the Paytv subscribers.  The HD decoder is set to retail for Kshs. 999 + 1500 subscription. The standard decoder retails at Kshs. 199 + 1500 subscriptions.  The Free to Air channels retail for Kshs. 3299.  With the Kshs. 1,500 subscription, subscribers will have a choice of accessing a 10 Month Nyota Bouquet for  Kshs. 5 a day, 3 months basic bouquet, 1 and half month of classic and 1 month of classic.

The new decoders come with an improved physical design which is smaller and  an improved user interface. Startimes has also phased the previous paytv set top box and consumers will now have an option between the three boxes, the free to air set top box or the two new ones which are paytv with an option of SD and HD. These too can be made to be FTAs by paying a Kshs 1800 to make them open.


The decoders also offer multilingual support for English, Swahili, French and Portuguese increasing convenience. Startimes also announced the launch of two new HD channels, the Bollywood HD and NBA TV HD. There are plans to introduce new HD channels soon. The decoders also have improved capabilities allowing the user to book upto 32 channels over a period of seven days using the new autotune feature. This also has channels categorized in proper categories like movies or cartoons for better navigation.Startimes HD Set Top Box


Speaking during the launch, Startimes Vice President of Marketing Mark Lisboa said Startimes seeks to roll out improved, relevant and exciting products and services for their subscribers.”We want them to have the best experience as they use our services by availing enthralling programming geared towards enriching their television viewing experience” he added.

“The pricing point is true to our vision of driving access and enabling every household to afford and enjoy digital television”.  The launch of the new decoders is seen as a move by Startimes to position itself for capturing of the market before the impending  digital migration deadline set for 30th March 2015.

Startimes reaffirmed its commitment to the Kenyan market with the construction a 6.9 Billion headquarters in Kenya as well as continued investment in signal distribution and enhancement of the quality of the signal.


  1. Hey Techweez again. I think this is a smart move by Startimes…now we can stop upscaling content using hometheatres….HD it is now

    • There is only one HD set top box among the three. One with a green strip at Kshs 1k (technically Kshs 2500 since you have to pay 1500 subscription). About it coming with USB functionality. We will update when we do a hands on article.

      • okay does the HD have Free to air? and if I not mind asking: Does Bamba TV also receive the other free to air channels if the Bamba channels (Aljazera press TV etc) are not in your locality?

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