StarTimes reduces bouquet subscriptions by 50%

Pay Television Company, StarTimes Media, has today restructured its terrestrial platform bouquets in a move that will see the company focus on only three key subscription packages.

With the changes, Classic bouquet now becomes the superior subscription package for the broadcaster that will now be retailing at only KSh749 per month.

This presents a 50% price drop down from the former top Unique bouquet’s rate of KSh1,499.

The other two bouquets that will be available to StarTimes subscribers include Basic and Nyota that will be retailing at KSh599 and KSh 259 respectively.

Subscribers who were initially subscribed to Unique bouquet will have the option to join StarTimes satellite television platform. Alternatively, they will be automatically subscribed to Classic bouquet.

StarTimes Director of Marketing and PR, Japhet Akhulia, says the changes present a stronger subscriber offer both in terms of price and premium content that will be available on the superior Classic bouquet.

“StarTimes subscribers now have a stronger proposition. We have not only dropped the cost of our superior bouquet by 50% but also made strategic improvements by adding six more channels key in extending value for money to our Classic bouquet subscribers,” said Akhulia.

To bolster Classic bouquet, the broadcaster has added six more channels including, namely National Geographic, E, ST Movies Plus, FOX, Baby TV and Star Plus.

The changes will also see terrestrial platform lower bouquet subscribers on Basic and Nyota bouquets enjoy access to the next higher bouquet for seven days upon subscribing for one month.

With this, a subscriber’s first seven days will have access to the next higher bouquet at no extra cost.

Similarly, StarTimes subscribers on the broadcaster’s satellite television platform will have the option of Super, Smart or Nova bouquet retailing at KSh 1,499, KSh 899 or KSh 449 respectively.

Monthly recharge to any of these bouquets will also see subscribers enjoy seven days access to the next higher bouquet at no extra cost.

“These strategic changes are mainly geared towards growing our subscriber retention, upgrading subscribers to higher bouquets as well as growing our numbers in our quest to enable more Kenyan households to access and enjoy digital television at the most affordable rates in the market.”

To complement these changes, StarTimes will continue enabling subscribers the choice to subscribe daily, weekly or monthly a service tailored towards enabling subscriber’s continuity in watching premium television content based on the amount they wish to spend at a particular time.

With the three bouquets now available on the terrestrial platform, subscribers can pay a daily fee of as low as KSh25 on Nyota bouquet, KSh 60 on Basic bouquet or KSh 85 on Classic bouquet.

Weekly charges on Nyota, Basic and Classic bouquets are KSh 95, KSh 220 or KSh 340 respectively.

StarTimes subscribers on the satellite television platform are in a position to access at a daily rate of KSh 40 for Nova bouquet, KSh 85 for Smart bouquet and KSh 125 for Super bouquet.

Weekly charges on Nova, Smart and Super bouquets are KSh 160, KSh 320 and KSh 500 respectively.


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