Pay TV provider StarTimes Kenya has launched a convenient online platform to enable Kenyans purchase Pay Television or the Free To Air Set top boxes plus free delivery to their door steps just hours to the analogue switch 0ff.
The platform www.startimes.co.ke/duka will enable customers to acquire StarTimes decoders at the comfort of their homes while enjoying fast, door to door after sales service at no extra cost.
The move is aimed at giving Kenyans access to outlets to acquire type approved decoders to access digital television, StarTimes Business Centers in Nairobi are set to remain open throughout the festive period as the company seeks to have outlets available for Kenyans to acquire set top boxes ahead of the analogue switch off.
The move comes with the expected upsurge for the demand of set top boxes after the Government announced the new analogue television signal switch off as December 26th 2013 following the High Court dismissal of a petition lodged by three local broadcast stations that was aimed at postponing the switch from analogue to digital television.
StarTimes head office at Victoria Towers in Upper Hill and five other business centers along Tom Mboya street, Gill House, Buru Buru Business Complex, Westlands and View Point House in Thika will be operating between 9am and 6pm daily opening the doors for not only set top box purchase but also consultations with the company’s representatives on their best choice in accessing digital television.
“Our commitment towards the adoption of digital television is unwavering we have therefore put measures in place to see to it that Kenyans can conveniently access their most trusted digital television set top box which explains our efforts to equally embrace technology and adopt the use of online shops”, said StarTimes CEO, Mr. Leo Lee.
StarTimes has also engaged five leading Supermarkets Tuskys, Naivas, Uchumi, Ukwala and Nakumatt where the Pay Television and the Free To Air set top boxes will also be available. 35 other electronic outlets spread out across the Central Business District will also be stocking the same as the company engages in an extensive exercise to ensure consumers have access to the set top boxes conveniently.
The company recently slashed the cost of acquiring both the StarTimes Pay Television and Free To Air decoders where they are currently retailing at Ksh 2,999 and 4,999 respectively both of which are enabled with one month Unique Bouquet subscription which normally retails at Ksh1,999 allowing access to over 72 premium channels
The switch off is expected on 26th December at 2359 Hours and sets the pace for the phased adoption of digital television technology in Kenya as the country joins its neighbor Tanzania who initiated the process last year as the June 2015 global deadline for the switch nears.
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