StarTimes is among the leading pay-TV services providers in Kenya. This company, headquartered in Beijing, also offers its services to other countries in Africa.
Free to Air Decoder (FTA)
With a free-to-air decoder, you can access all local TV and radio stations without having to pay a penny for the rest of your life.
The only catch is that the decoder only airs local stations. If you do not have a digital TV and do not wish to pay a monthly subscription to access local stations, the FTA decoder is for you.
As highlighted above, StarTimes offers Pay packages in two main categories – antenna and dish.
Below is a breakdown of packages under each category, cost per day, week, & month, and the number of channels available.
Satellite Packages/DHT Connection
This is the cheapest antenna package by StarTimes and the most affordable option in the country. The monthly rate for the package is Ksh 299. You can also pay Ksh 25 daily or Ksh 100 weekly.
This is the second cheapest package. It has 60 Tv Channels, including the likes of BBC, Nickelodeon, and Nat Geo Wild.
To access all these stations, all you need to do is pay Ksh 599 per month. You also have the option to pay a daily rate of Ksh 60 or a weekly rate of Ksh 220.
The Classic Bouquet is the most expensive option under the satellite StarTimes packages Kenya. You can access over 80 channels on this package, including 5 sports channels, top news channels like BBC and CNC world, and a few kids and discovery channels.
Dish Packages/ DTT Connection
If you choose to go the satellite way, you have 4 Star Times packages to choose from. These include:
This package has over 29 tv channels, including local and international channels. The Nova package will cost you Ksh 499 per month.
The Smart bouquet has over 32 Tv channels, including Jim Jam, Nickelodeon, World Football HD, Fashion One, and BBC world.
The rate for the Smart Bouquet is Ksh 899 a month.
The Super Bouquet offers premium and world-class channels like Bloomberg, MTV Base, National Geographic, and Baby TV. In total, this package delivers 16 premium channels.
The Super Bouquet is available for Ksh 1,499 per month.
This StarTimes bouquet targets people who want to stay updated on the happenings in China. The package comes with 24 channels, including CCTV 4, 5, 6, 9, & 13, China Movies Channel, CCTV, and Phoenix Info.
The Chinese Bouquet costs Ksh 1,999.
Startimes Decoder Price in Kenya
To enjoy the above packages, you must buy a StarTimes decoder and have it installed in your home. The StarTimes Digital box normally costs 1,499, while the complete Satellite kit, which includes the decoder, the Dish, a 10-meter cable, and installation accessories, is priced at Ksh 2,999.
However, early in Feb 2021, StarTimes announced a 10% percent reduction in the Digital Box and the Satellite Kit prices. The Digital box now costs Ksh 999, while the Satellite kit is priced at Ksh 2699.
You do not need any installation expertise to use the Digital box. The Star Time vendor you buy from will help you activate your decoder and select the package you want.
For the Satellite Kit, StarTimes normally offers free installation if you buy from their shop. You also hire a knowledgeable electrician to install the kit for you.