StarTimes introduces Pay as you go policy, reviews subscription price

by Johnson Daniel

StarTimes has refreshed its content offerings, bringing more sought-after content to its subscribers at the most affordable rate in the market with a new pay-as-you-go policy for all bouquets. The pay-TV platform is also introducing a new blockbuster Hollywood movie channel and two premium sports rights.

Speaking at a virtual press conference, StarTimes marketing manager Viki Liu on Friday said the price of pay-TV has been greatly lowered, from average $50 per month to 3 or 5 dollars per month to make digital TV affordable to all families.

She noted that the pay-as-you-go options are available for all bouquet for daily, weekly or monthly subscribers to a bouquet.

The marketing manager said customers still have access to the same channels and services, adding that flexible billing systems are reasonable for people who do not spend reasonable time watching television after subscription.

Viki said that although the sharp drop in naira has forced the brand to adjust some of its bouquet prices upwards from August 1, subscribers will get more value for what they are paying, without compromising affordability.

“Over the last couple of months, StarTimes has been adding new and exciting channels, great local and international channels for the viewing pleasure of our teeming subscribers without an additional charge. These channels, including other existing flagship channels and content, were acquired at a cost which StarTimes has continued to bear to cushion the economic pressure on subscribers,” Viki said.

“For sports lovers, StarTimes offers varieties of international football tournaments for the entertainment of our teeming subscribers. Europa League, Bundesliga and Coppa Italia are exclusive on StarTimes. We also air English FA Cup, Copa Del Rey among others.

“We also brought back FOX; FOX LIFE; National Geographic; Nat Geo Wild; ESPN; ESPN 2 and BABY TV. We will very soon also be including a new Hollywood blockbuster movie channel on our list of entertainment content,” she also noted.

On the Federal Government increase in the rate of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5% to 7.5%, Viki said, “This increase did have an effect on our cost but in consideration of our customers’ plight, we continued to bear that extra cost.

“More recently, the impact of the foreign exchange rate has had an overwhelming adverse effect on our business. Our business is not exempted from the effect of the naira depreciation affecting all businesses in the country.

“All of our foreign content is bought in dollars and to continually serve our subscribers the best content, we have been constrained to make some slight review on our subscription rates. The decision to make this review is based on compelling external factors beyond our control.StarTimes introduces Pay as you go policy, reviews subscription price

“By this review which will take effect from August 1st, for our DTT (antenna) users: basic bouquet subscribers will now pay N1,700 as against N1300 monthly to enjoy close to 80 exciting channels; Classic Bouquet subscribers will pay N2,500 as against N1,900 monthly to keep enjoying close to 100 channels. While Nova bouquet remains unchanged at N900 with over 43 exciting channels.

“For DTH (Dish) users: Smart bouquet subscribers will pay N2,200 as against N1,900 monthly; Super Bouquet subscribers will pay N4,200 as against N3,800 monthly. While Nova bouquet remains unchanged at N900. DTH has close to 200 exciting channels.

“We hope our customers understand as we are not known for the incessant price increase. Rather, StarTimes’ subscription prices had on different occasions been reduced in order to make digital TV affordable for every Nigerian.”

Liu assured subscribers that StarTimes brand will continue to make it a priority to broaden its content offerings to meet a variety of their interests without compromising affordability.

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