The majority of channels that you are paying to watch on GOtv are offered free of charge. Yes, you can get them free of charge. Which leaves me wondering, by paying for GOtv, are we actually paying for the channels or the decoder?
With the GoTV onset in Kenya, Multichoice Kenya, the GOtv Kenya parent company, promised Kenyans that they will receive FTA (free to air) in a non-subscription bouquet that will be airing in digital quality. Many people bought the decoders, not primarily because of the bouquets, but because they would still enjoy their favourite channels on digital TV, once the Analogue platform had been shut down.
However, what was not advertised in this deal is that if you want to watch the free to air channels only, you must part with another Ksh1800. That is in addition to the Ksh3500 you paid for the decoder plus the cost of the Gotenna.
GOtv Kenya decoders have recorded high sales and a significant number do not renew their subscriptions, not because they do not have money, but because the only interesting channels are the local channels. Most of the channels offered do not have any value to the majority of the Kenyans.
If you are a sports fan, ignore the advertisements about the inclusion of Supersport, this is not your kind of decoder. Supersport blitz is just a sports news channel, broadcasting the same things repeatedly for a couple of days. Supersport 1 is the kind that will air a cycling event at the expense of even a football match pitying the smallest teams in the premier league let alone a big club.
It is just as plain as it can get. Even free to air decoders comfortably beat at its game. In fact, almost all the channels offered by GOtv Kenya are provided free to air as long as you have a satellite receiver. They include Aljazeera, CNN, Discovery World, Nickelodeon, Disney world, among others.
List of Channels on GoTV
To watch free to air channels without paying, you need to buy a GoTV decoder and then pay a one-off cost of Ksh1,800 for it to be converted to a free to air decoder. However, the channels you will watch here are similar to those on other free to air decoder. These are channels under PANG and Signet.
Of course, to Multichoice Kenya, the channel numbers matter more than the quality. They, therefore, deem the Ksh849 GOtv monthly subscription price in Kenya to match the channels offered. However, what is the point of paying for what you will not watch?
With the only decoder offering premium high quality entertainment, DStv, out of reach of many Kenyans, it is not a bad choice to buy a GOtv Kenya decoder.
Update: GoTv FTA Replaced with GoTV lite
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