The StarTimes Paybill number is 585858. To pay your StarTimes bill, go to Mpesa menu, select Lipa na Mpesa, select Paybill and enter 585858 as the paybill number. Enter your StarTimes account number and the amount you want to pay next. Press send and enter your MPesa PIN to complete the payment.
StarTimes TV packs a lot of content for various African countries among them South Africa, D.R.C., Guinea, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda.
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The StarTimes Mpesa paybill number is 585858.
You can use it to subscribe to different packages. The antenna packages are Classic, Basic and Nyota while the dish packages are StarTimes Chinese, StarTimes Super, StarTimes Smart, and StarTimes Nova.
StarTimes offers a lot of local and international channels. Its affordable packages have made it a favorite among users in Africa and beyond. While it was founded in China in 1998, StarTimes entered Africa in 2002 and has gone from only offering TV content to include online streaming services, apps, solar power systems, and even TV sets.
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How to Pay StarTimes via M-Pesa
When paying for your StarTimes bouquet of choice, load your M-Pesa account with enough money to cover the cost of the bouquet and the cost of the transaction then follow these prompts:
- Go to the M-Pesa menu.
- Choose the Lipa na M-Pesa option.
- Choose the Pay Bill option.
- Enter the StarTimes business number which is 585858.
- Enter the account number as the 11 digits on your service card (found in the decoder).
- Enter the amount as required for the bouquet of your choosing.
- Enter your M-Pesa PIN then send the request.
You’ll receive a message from M-Pesa confirming the details of the transaction (amount, charges, and others). Mpesa transaction costs may apply.
StarTimes also sends you a message to confirm the amount of money you paid for, the bouquet you’ve paid for, and when the next payment will need to be done. Luckily, StarTimes always sends you a reminder a few days before your bouquet expires. You can even pay for a few days of your subscription.
StarTimes has its official app for android and iOS devices called StarTimes ON. This app offers many different services that eliminate the trouble out of accessing your StarTimes services in general.
These features include the following:
Watching Live TV
With the StarTimes app, you can easily catch up with live shows be they sports, TV shows, news, series, movies, music, documentaries and even kids’ programs right on your phone. The app has more than 140 live TV channels.
The best thing about the app is that you can set a reminder on your phone to be notified a few minutes before your favorite program starts. The content on the device is in high definition (HD) and thus you’re guaranteed quality shows.
You should know that it’s a streaming service and thus should have enough data or use a WiFi service to watch content from the app.
Watching Video on Demand Content
The app also has more than 20000 hours of video-on-demand content for you to watch whenever you wish. The content ranges from films, music videos, documentaries, soap operas, religion programs and just about any type of video you’d wish for.
Every week, more than 250 hours of video content is added to the app.
The Self Service Section
This section of the app enables you to link your TV accounts to the app, change your bouquets, recharge your package and check for your balance.
Whether your favorite program is airing, you need to catch up on a previous show, or you need to pay for your bouquet (or change it), the StarTimes ON app has your back. You can also check for the upcoming shows and set reminders in this app.
For the Kenyan market, StarTimes offers packages either as antenna channels or as dish channels. A lot of channels are available on both platforms but the dish packages offer better quality and a wider array of channels than the antenna channels.
Antenna channels from StarTimes can be accessed through a terrestrial decoder and an outdoor antenna. The decoder costs about KSh 2,000 while the antenna goes for about KSh 1,500.
The antenna channels are as follows:
The Nyota bouquet is the smallest package and it’s geared towards the whole family. It comes with 17 channels ranging from kids’ stations, religious stations, a few news channels, local and international soap channels, music channels and even sports channels.
This package costs KSh 299 per month.
The basic bouquet comes with 26 channels both local and international. The selection of channels on this package includes household names such as Nickelodeon, Fox, BBC World News, and even National Geographic. It’s a package for the whole family since channels for people of all ages and tastes are offered.
The StarTimes basic bouquet goes for KSh 599 each month.
The Classic bouquet from StarTimes offers 16 premium channels. This package is focused on the customer in need of the best news, sports, movie, lifestyle, and music channels. It includes stations such as Bloomberg TV, E! and many others.
This package costs just KSh 749 a month.
StarTimes dish packages are accessible through a receiver dish and a terrestrial decoder. Both the dish and the decoder cost KSh 2,000 each for a total of KSh 4,000.
The packages available are as follows.
The StarTimes Nova package is the smallest of the dish packages and has 30 TV channels. These are local and a few international channels meant for the whole family. They range from kids’ programs to music, news, documentaries and many others.
The StarTimes Nova bouquet can be accessed for KSh 449 per month.
The Smart bouquet has 36 channels meant for the whole family. These include religious channels, music channels, movie channels and many other varieties.
This package is also focused on a variety of ethnicities as it packs Indian, Nigerian, Chinese, Swahili and French content for its viewers.
This package costs KSh 899 per month.
The Super bouquet comes with 17 premium channels selected from local and international options for the customer. They include news channels such as Fox and Bloomberg, music channels such as MTV Base, sports channels, movie channels, lifestyle channels and even documentary channels like National Geographic.
This bouquet is available for KSh 1499 each month.
The Chinese bouquet focuses mainly on Chinese content with 22 channels a majority of which are in the Chinese language. You get Chinese movie channels, news channels and many others. You also get English content such as sports channels that broadcast live and recorded sports events.
This package costs KSh 1999 per month.
Other Products and Services Offered by StarTimes
Besides the TV channels, decoders, receiver dishes and antennas, StarTimes offers the following products and services:
1. Digital TVs
StarTimes offers more than 4 digital LED TVs with inbuilt decoders. This eliminates the need to buy separate decoders and tangled wires in your living room. They’re as follows:
- 24” for KSh 19,000
- 32” for KSh 26,500
- 40” for KSh 38,999
- 42” for KSh 38,999
They come with a single remote control and all the modern features of a digital TV such as USB and HDMI ports.
2. Solar Power Systems
StarTimes also offers solar power solutions with the typical package including the following features:
- Solar panels
- Light bulbs
- A 24” StarTimes digital TV
- StarTimes TV kits (receiver dishes)
- Installation services
You can buy the solar system alone or the whole package with easy payment options.
The efforts exhibited by StarTimes in its quest to conquer the African market are evident from the products and services shown here. With easy payment options and a wide array of choices for the customer, the firm has found a reliable way to outdo the competition.
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