Startimes is one of the topmost pay tv companies in Nigeria.
The company originated from China and has been around since 1988.
It found its way to the Nigerian TV industry in 2009 when it collaborated with NTA to form a joint venture known as NTA-STAR TV Network.
Today, Startimes has outlets in different areas across the country. It offers over 100 channels to millions of customers in Nigeria.
It has now become a household name when you talk about direct-to-home pay tv service in Nigeria.
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Startimes Decoders and Prices in Nigeria
Startimes offer two types of decoders to in customers; the HD decoder and the combo decoder.
|Startimes HD decoder||₦5,100|
|Startimes Combo decoder||₦9,900|
|External Antenna (10m)||₦3,200|
- The Startimes HD decoder can be used without having to install a dish. Installing it is easy and fast. All you have to do is to plug and play. The decoder gives high-quality pictures and has a good user interface
- With the Startimes combo decoder, you get over 100 channels. It works well with both antenna and dish. You should also expect a high-definition picture quality with this well-designed decoder. The combo decoder is more expensive than the HD decoder and has a better quality
- The external antenna is designed for a stronger signal. Although the decoders have inbuilt antennas, the 10m external antenna gives you a more reliable signal for more entertainment. This doesn’t mean that you won’t get enough pleasure without it. Your decoder will work perfectly even without the external antenna
How to Pay for Startimes Subscription
One of its advantages is that it has several payment gateways.
You can subscribe via the following options.
- Any Startimes office
- Recharge card payment
- Selected banks
- Mobile money (Stanbic IBTC)
- Pocket money (etranzact)
- GistMe payment
Click here to see the full details of how to subscribe via each option.
How to Contact Startimes Customer Care
There are different means to contact the Startimes customer representatives. The fastest way to get a reply, of course, is by giving them a phone call. Others include;
- Self-service by entering your details in the form provided on the customer login page
- Go to any of their outlets. Find the location Startimes outlet in your area here. The hotlines of each outlet are given alongside the locations.
How to Solve Common Startimes Issues/Problems
Technical issues are bound to occur with your decoder just like all other systems.
Some of the issues are not major problems. But a minor issue becomes a major one if you don’t know how to fix it.
It’s worthwhile to know a ‘go to’ place where you can get solutions to any problem you come across with your decoder.
I’ll show you the most common errors and where to get the solutions.
Here are some of the challenges most customers encounter.
- Auto rebooting
- No service
- The decoder doesn’t power
- No video/audio
- Running a default setting on the decoder
- The smartcard not paired or wrong pairing
- No signal
- No access/Not subscribed
- No channel received
- The decoder shows 8888/9999,”C” / “0” on the front panel
The solutions to each of these problems have been given in details here.
Download Startimes App to Watch All Channels
The Startimes app allows you to watch free online videos, TV guides, and live matches.
You get free access to all these entertainment 24 hours a day and 7 times a week.
It also gives access to Nollywood, Bollywood, and Hollywood, and kung-fu movies.
The live football matches include EPL, Afcon, Serie A, and La Liga.
Even other sports like tennis, boxing, car racing are available on this mobile app. It makes life easy for you as long as you have enough data to stream live videos.
Download the Startimes mobile app here from Playstore.
Startimes Bouquets (Packages) and Startimes Channels
Startimes offer several channels depending on the package you subscribe to.
I’ll show you the 4 bouquets and the available channels on each.
Note that each bouquet has a different monthly subscription fee and a particular number of channels.
This package is the cheapest of all and allows access to over 26 channels.
Currently, the subscription is charged at a rate of N800/month.
Here’s the list of some of the channels on this package.
|AIT 128||CCTV News 280|
|Child Smile 356||Dove TV 464|
|Emmanuel TV 454||Galaxy TV 110|
|JYB TV 361||LTV 113|
|NTA ENTERTAINMENT 105||NTA Knowledge 359|
|ORISUN 168||Silverbird TV 109|
|ST Music 400||Star Dadin Kowa 162|
|Star Zone 054||STV Guide 001|
|TVC News 307||Wazobia TV 195|
|Channels TV 111||E-STARS 122|
|IQRAA 452||MITV 119|
|Nta Sports 24||Sports Focus 250|
|STAR KUNGFU 150||TVC 121|
Basic bouquet offers over 40 channels. It has more channels than the Nova bouquet and is available at N1200/month.
|All channels in Nova Bouquet||aMc 017|
|AMC MOVIES 018||AMC-Nigeria 117|
|ANIMAUX 235||BBC World News 300|
|Da Vinci Learning 363||DTN 118|
|ALJAZEERA 301||eTV 156|
|FARIN WATA 178||Nat Geo Wild 221|
|Nickelodeon 357||Nigezie 427|
|NTA PARLIAMENTARY 306||Sports Arena 251|
|Sports Life 253||Sports Premium 252|
|ST Yoruba 160||Star Bollywood Africa 501|
|STAR ONE 055||TBN 451|
|Wap TV 116||World Football 254|
|Zee Cinema 507|
This offers a whole lot more channels than two above and is offered at N2,400/month. With the classic bouquet, you can watch over 60 channels.
|All channels in Nova & Basic bouquet||AMC Series 072|
|AMC MOVIES 018||CCTV 4 550|
|CCTV 9 Documentary 231||Discovery Science 222|
|E! Entertainment 157||Eurosport News 259|
|Fine Living 337||Fox News 302|
|Fox Sports 256||IDX 334|
|iroko Play 022||JIM JAM 360|
|MTV Base 421||Nature and History 229|
|POP 355||SONY SAB 509|
|ST Plus 503||Star Africa 2 056|
|Star Bollywood 500||Trace Sport Stars 260|
This is the best and most expensive bouquet. It allows you to enjoy over 80 channels at N3,600/month.
|All channels in Nova & Basic bouquet||Baby TV 358|
|All channels in Classic bouquet||Bloomberg Television 304|
|Crime Explorer 230||Fashion TV 336|
|Fox 080||Fox Life 071|
|Fox Sports 2 257||iroko World 023|
|MSNBC 303||Nat Geo Channel 220|
|Star Gold 506||Star Movies 1 010|
|Star Plus 506||Star Series E1 051|
|VIASAT E+C 230|
Do You Need Help with Dish Installation?
Installing your dish doesn’t have to be a problem. You can always get the help of a technician if it seems too difficult.
I recommend Engr. Abdullateef if you reside in Lagos or Ibadan. Contact him on 08165677846 (also on WhatsApp). He’s well experienced in dish installation of various types and has been helping users install their antennas and dishes for over 3 years.
[Note: He is not in any way affiliated to Startimes. He is a dish installation expert. Only contact him if you reside in Lagos or Ibadan and need help with any kind of dish installation]
Now you have everything you need to start enjoying Startimes channels. What are you waiting for?
Set it up and share your experience in the comment box. I’ll be right here to reply.