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StarTimes launches Covid-19 app

Pay TV operator StarTimes has launched a self-assessment app on StarTimes ON to offer African users practical tips on how to protect themselves from Covid-19.

The Covid-19 self-assessment system was co-developed by the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Tsinghua University and the University’s School of Clinical Medicine and was launched in Africa with the support of Chinese digital TV provider StarTimes Group.

The self-assessment service is in multiple languages including Chinese, French, English, Portuguese, and Swahili and it is available in 45 countries.

Its aim is to help the public know more about the virus and their status by answering questions on their health conditions and recent travel history. Users will get an evaluation result indicating the risk level of infection, determine how to seek further care, relieve anxiety and fear and provide health suggestions.

The system has been reviewed and approved by a panel of international experts and has been used on trial by more than 10 million users in 19 countries. People living in sub-Saharan Africa can access it using the StarTimes ON mobile application.

Amy Pang, the general manager of product operation department in StarTimes, said: “As a company operating in Africa, StarTimes hopes to make full use of its own advantages to contribute to the common anti-pandemic war across the continent. We would like to make the most of our media platforms in sharing effective information and methods against the pandemic to benefit African people.”

Users can access the self-assessment service on the front page of StarTimes ON.

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StarTimes ON film contest kicks off

More than 350,000 votes have been cast in StarTimes ON’s quarterly Pan African Online Film Festival (PAOFF).

The StarTimes ON mobile platform allows users to vote for their favourite content, with the aim of rewarding local content production in Nigeria and across Africa.

More than 200 entries have been received from producers and directors in the movie and music industries who are in the running to win a grand prize of $1,500 and an opportunity for a joint movie production deal with StarTimes.

According to StarTimes’ PR manager, Kunmi Balogun: “The current voting stage will last until the end of August, before winners are selected in the three main categories, which are movies, short films and music videos.

“We are quite impressed at the level of participation among producers and are passionate about helping to improve and develop the movie industry in Nigeria.”

In April, StarTimes launched the contest, the first online film festival in Africa, allowing producers to enter their content via StarTimes ON, a free mobile app offering more than 1,000 free Nollywood and Bollywood movies, videos and music and other entertainment content, including live TV.

PAOFF was established to promote local films and culture rather than foreign films.

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StarTimes unveils new OTT brand

Digital TV operator StarTimes has launched a new brand, StarTimes ON, for its OTT business.

StarTimes ON claims to be Africa’s top online video streaming service, with more than 150 channels in at least 10 languages. It covers movies, series, news, music, sports, documentaries and kids’ content.

The launch has led to the upgrade of the original StarTimes app to StarTimes ON. “More excellent international and local channels will be put online, and diverse and rich contents will always be the core of StarTimes ON service,” said Ariel Lin, operation director at StarTimes ON.

Some of the top international channels available on the service include Fox News, BBC World News, France 24, Bloomberg, AMC Movies, Fox Life, Passions TV, Baby TV and NGC. StarTimes ON has also imported local content from TV stations like NTA, ZNBC, TVM, TBC, KTN, RTI and RTs.

Users can access ST Novela Plus, ST Nollywood Plus, ST Dadin Kowa, ST World Football and ST Sport Premium, plus sport including Fifa World Cup, UEFA Europa, boxing, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 matches.

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