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Nat Geo, ESPN join StarTimes

Pan-African pay TV broadcaster StarTimes has added six channels to its line-up including National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox and Fox life.

The channels will broadcast in English, French and Portuguese and will be available immediately via StarTimes’ terrestrial and satellite platforms.

Viewers in sub-Saharan Africa have been able to watch ESPN content via the ESPN Player subscription OTT service. Since StarTimes shares the complete rights to Formula E across sub-Saharan Africa with ESPN Africa, fans will now be able to watch the championship on the pay platform.

StarTimes regional marketing director Aldrine Nsubuga said that subscribers will automatically get the channels in their bouquets.

The company has secured exclusive deals to broadcast every remaining race in the current Formula E Championship live on its linear and digital channels.

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Fox Africa chief gets new role

Fox Africa boss Evert van der Veer has been handed a new role in the wake of The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

Evert van der Veer

In his new position, Van der Veer will take charge of the combined Fox and Disney channels in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

He now reports to Christine Service, senior VP and country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa and head of the media networks division.

Van der Veer will be responsible for bringing together Fox and Disney’s channels in the regions under one umbrella.

The exec was named Fox Networks Group Africa’s general manager in May 2018, assuming oversight of the group’s pay TV channels across Africa, including Fox, Fox Life, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, Baby TV and Fox Sports, as well as non-linear services such as National Geographic+ and Fox+.

“Fox Networks Group Africa is very much still in operation and the Fox Networks Group Africa business is now part of the wider Walt Disney Company Africa business,” said Disney Africa.

The company has yet to disclose van der Veer’s job title.

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StarTimes builds up Classic offering

Nigerian pay TV platform StarTimes has expanded the channel line-up in its Classic bouquet at no extra cost to subscribers.

Qasim Elegbede

StarTimes recently confirmed the addition of five channels from the Unique bouquet to Classic. The new entertainment and movie channels are: Fox, ST Movie Plus, ST Kung Fu, ST Novella Plus and Star Plus.

The move follows an aggressive upgrade of channels on the platform, with the addition of two indigenous channels as well as the expansion of its Nigerian footprint.

Speaking about the latest upgrade, Qasim Elegbede, brand and marketing director at StarTimes Nigeria, said: “Our subscribers can consider this a new year gift from StarTimes.

“All these channels were previously exclusive to Unique bouquet subscribers, which cost about N3,800 monthly, but can now be accessed by the Classic bouquet for just N2,600.”

China-owned StarTimes TV is one of Africa’s leading pay TV platforms with more than 80 channels offering all-round entertainment for families. StarTimes also has the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.

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GOtv offers low-cost DTT package

Nigerian pay TV platform GOtv has launched GOtv Lite, a low-cost subscription package within its digital terrestrial TV (DTT) service, reports Gabriella Opara.

Understanding that subscribers’ needs are not all the same and their economy differs, GOtv parent company MultiChoice Africa is hoping to ensure that the DTT service is accessible to all families.

GOtv Lite achieves this by offering a pared-down version of the GOtv package. Offering 23 channels at affordable rates – N400 monthly, N1,050 quarterly and N3,100 annually – GOtv subscribers can now enjoy more for less, said the company.

Included in the GOtv Lite package are TVC Entertainment, SuperSport Blitz, Galaxy TV, JimJam and eTV Africa, as well as local stations.

The pay TV platform is also running a new package known as GOtv Max for N3,800 per month. This currently offers 60 channels, including Sony Max, Fox, CBS and SuperSport Select 4. Catering to its football-loving viewers, GOtv Max offers access to all live La Liga matches.

Furthermore, GOtv Wawu was launched on October 24, giving subscribers customised offerings and complementary access to selected channels as well as rewards points.

The climax of GOtv’s recent marketing moves was on October 26, when it brought the European Premier League trophy to Lagos. On October 29, Nigerians were able to see, touch and take selfies with the trophy, courtesy of GOtv.

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