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StarTimes’ StarSat Begins Operation

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StarTimes has launched it new digital television service StarSat, a digital satellite TV brand, offering a multitude of channels available in simple package choices for subscribers.

As Nigeria looks forward to 2015 deadline for the digital migration, indeed, the launch, of StarSat, is yet another momentum for the Nigerian television industry.

Speaking at the public launch of the service in Abuja, Maxwell Loko, director, Television Enterprises, NTA STAR TV NETWORK, said that StarSat uses the DTH technology and it is the product of NTA-Star TV Network, StarTimes.

With StarSat’s launch, he said, the Network is spreading the access of Nigerians to digital television service as it would complement the current DTT services, StarTimes, in enhancing Nigeria’s digital migration process.

Loko said, “This DTH service would be offering Nigerians more television viewing channels, good sound quality as well as high picture quality that are characteristics of digital television; moreso, it utilizes a full HD decoder with HD Channels.

“StarSat will offer subscribers choice in their TV viewing at an affordable price through packages that are streamlined to suit their pockets and viewing preferences. Its content offerings would include movies, news, series, kid’s programmes, music, gospel, documentaries, sport, lifestyle, telenovelas, and others”.

On his part, Mr Joshua Wang, chief executive office, NTA STAR TV, said, “As an organisation, NTA-Star TV Network is committed to ensuring that Nigerians and Africans at large have access to affordable digital television. By providing our customers with the best entertainment value and enhancing their experience through excellent service, we hope that StarSat would be dominant broadcaster and entertainment provider on the African Continent.

“With the afore in mind, we are committed to ensuring that StarSat offers a diverse range of rich content bearing in mind the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation’s, NBC, requirement by ensuring that we give Nigerians access to some percentage of local content, while ensuring they also are provided with a diverse range of international content to give them an wholesome digital television experience.

“There are over 100 channels and audio music channels available on StarSat for subscribers’ selection from our available bouquets, depending on their individual needs. Channels on offering on StarSat includes African Movie Channel, WAP TV, Al Jazeera, BBC World News, TVC News, NTA Sports 24, Star Sport 2, NBA TV, Fine Living, National Geographic, BET, Jimjam, Discovery, Fox, Bollywood, MGM and others.

“Subscribers can determine the most suitable packages for their lifestyle from the three bouquets available on StarSat.  The bouquets are StarSat Special with 50 TV channels and 25 audio music Channel, StarSat Smart with 70 TV channels and 25 audio music channels and StarSat Super with 100 TV and 25 audio music channels.

“The StarSat HD decoder boots faster than any of its kind when switched on with the best of Indian bouquet, Bollywood HD and NBA TV HD Channels. The StarSat HD Decoder costs only ₦12,600; the price includes the satellite dish, decoder and one month Subscription. Nigerians can enjoy a bumper promo package as StarSat is launched with just N12, 600 + 3 months Super Bouquet with Indian Channels starting from 13th August – 5th of October,” he said.

 


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.

FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.

The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.

The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”

“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”

Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.

The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”


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OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

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OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.

OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.

Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”

OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.


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