07 Apr Feature Story – How StarTimes is Helping During the COVID-19 Pandemic
World Health Day is an annual minor secular observance day promoting awareness around issues surrounding physical and mental health since 1950, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and observed in all its member states. Every year has a theme, and 2020’s theme is “support nurses and midwives”. This year the WHO is shining a spotlight on the important work that nurses are playing in the fight against COVID-19 and encouraging people to thank them for their service. In the spirit of this goal, we’d like to encourage our customers to thank everyone they know in the health-care sector who are in the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
Besides expressing our gratitude towards the medical professionals in the field, another important aspect of the fight against COVID-19 is the effective dissemination of accurate and useful information regarding the virus. To help with this, StarTimes has launched StarTimes Daily – COVID-19 Report, a daily program dedicated to sharing the latest facts, information and official guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is broadcasted on 12 different channels and in multiple languages, including English, French, Portuguese and other local languages, and can also be streamed online via the StarTimes ON app. The goal is to reach as many people as possible all across Africa and other parts of the world so that they can use this knowledge to better protect themselves, their families and their communities against this global outbreak.
By far the most effective way of limiting the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home as much as possible and to practice social distancing whenever leaving the house is necessary. Unfortunately, that means that schools are closed and a lot of children are going without the education they need to further their development. Fortunately, StarSat has a host of channels with programs dedicated to educating children, including ST Kids, Da Vinci Kids, Baby TV and Mindset Learn. With online schooling being a rare commodity kids can keep learning right from their living rooms without the need for expensive broadband Internet. It’ll also keep them busy and help reduce their boredom and anxiety.
“Ordinary people are going through tough times right now,” said John Yan, the CEO of StarSat. “In the spirit of World Health Day StarSat is using its platforms to help people get through this lock-down and pandemic as safely and as informed as possible.”
A subsidiary of StarTimes, Africa’s leading TV broadcaster, StarSat is a digital satellite television provider operating in South Africa.
Acquiring TopTV in 2013, StarSat has been supplying South Africans with quality digital paid TV for over 10 years.
We offer three main packages and multiple add-on packages that viewers can use to customize their experience. Our Special Package is our most affordable bundle and offers over 50 television channels for R109 per month. Our Super Package is our premium bundle and has over 80 channels for R209 per month. Our add-on package includes the Indian Package that has language and culture-specific content. Our top tier package, the Max Package for R299 per month, contains all the channels of the Super, Indian and French packages.
Our channels are world-class and offer a variety of content that will satisfy everyone in your family. The best movies and series can be caught on ST Movies Plus (ch 100) and the African Movie Channel (ch 185). Keep the young ones entertained with a variety of child-centred channels like Baby TV and ST Kids. International documentary channels like CGTN Documentary (ch 231) and Discovery Family (ch 222) will keep the intellectual ones engaged and fascinated. Sports and news buffs can stay up to date with the very latest in current events through the likes of ST Sports 1, 2 and 3 (ch 241, 243, 245) and BBC World (ch 256). Drama lovers can catch the very best in Telenovelas, Nollywood and Bollywood series and films, each with channels dedicated to them. Music lovers can listen to everything from gospel music to urban jams through channels like ST SA Music. StarSat has all this and so much more on offer.
StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving 13 million DVB subscribers and 20 million OTT users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 170+ brand halls and 30,000+ distributors in 37 countries. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 600 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc. The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”.