Startimes Packages, Channels and Prices in Kenya

Startimes Kenya is a part of Star Times Media, which is a well-recognized brand in the PayTv market. It was founded in Beijing in 1988 and has over 9 million subscribers all over the world.

When the government announced plans to switch to the digital platform, Star Times was among the companies that invested on the digital platform in the country. Their aim was to provide an assortment of world-class channels at affordable prices.Star Times offers both pay and Free to Air (FTA) set top boxes. They are:

Free  to  Air  DVB-T2  Set  Top  Box

Although many Kenyans are not aware, you can actually get a star times decoder that does not accrue monthly subscription charges. You just have to pay a one-time-fee and you will catch all the local TV and radio channels. Here are some things you need to know about the Free to Air StarTimes Set top Box:

  • No dish required
  • No monthly charges
  • Free local channels
  • Free radio stations
  • Upgradable to Pay TV
  • Can be used with the Star Times Tablet and Smart Phone

Pay  TV  DVB-T2  Set  Top  Box

Star Times also offers pay TV services in Kenya that you will get once you purchase a Pay TV set top box. Monthly charges vary depending on the bouquets that you will choose (Available Bouquets are explained in detail later in this article). Here are some details about the Star Times Pay TV Set Top Box.

  • No dish required
  • More than 70 world class channels
  • 4 cost-effective bouquets to select.
  • You can convert it to a FTA Set top box for Ksh.2500

Besides the set-top boxes, you can also opt for a smartphone and tablet. Here is some detail on each of them.

Startimes Smart phone – P40

The star times phone is android powered and comes with a 4.0 Inch screen. It also has a dual camera and dual SIM. Here are more specs about this phone.

  • Dual-core 2 x 1.3GHz CPU
  • Dual-Sim dual standby
  • 4.0″ WVGA Screen
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Dual camera (3.0MP + 2.0MP)

Startimes Tablet – P80M

You can also watch your star times channels via the Star Times Tablet that has a quad core processor and an 8.0 inch screen. Here are additional specs:Star times Kenya Tv tablet

  • Dual camera (500MP + 200MP) & Dual sim dual standby
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 8.0″ XVGA (1024 x 768)
  • Dual-function: Tablet + SmartPhone
  • Quad-core 4 x 1.3GHz CPU

In order to view your Star times channels in the best way possible, Star Times Kenya do recommend that you get their aerial and cables. Although, I did not see any change of clarity when I tried this new star times antennae in place of my old aerial, here are the prices of each and the advantages that you will enjoy.
The antennas are priced as follows:

  • antenna + 10m Cable = Ksh1400
  • antenna + 15m Cable = Ksh1600
  • antenna + 20m Cable = Ksh1800

They also boast of additional features including:

  • 100% aluminum quality
  • Corrosion resistance

 Star Times Free & Pay TV Channels In Kenya

Star times channels are divided into a number of bouquets that feature a blend of Kenyan and International TV channels. Although the variety is not as wide as it is in DSTV Kenya or ZUKU, I think it is worth a try.

You also need to know that most channels are not that clear. Besides, I find Star Times Kenya to be a lot more expensive than the other Pay TV options in Kenya. Again, if you love sports, this is not your kind of decoder.

Startimes Nyota Bouquet

  • Monthly subscription fee: Ksh.199
  • 8+ international and all local channels

The channels that you will get with the Star Times Nyota Bouquet are:

E-Stars: A soap opera channelStar Music: Music channelST Kungfu: A Chinese movies channel
Iqraa TV: Islamic Religious channelST Swahili: Swahili language Movies, series, music and epic programsCCTV News: World news Channel.
GOD TV: Religion.Smile of a Child: Christian Children's programming.

Startimes Unique Bouquet

  • Monthly subscription fee: 1499ksh
  • 76+ World Class & local channels
STAR AFRICA 2: African movies & series.STARTIMES SPORTS 2: variety of sportsSTAR BOLLYWOOD: Bollywood movie channel and musicals
STAR MUSIC: American, European and African local pop music.FX: Mixed entertainmentAfrica movie channel: Nigerian movies
BET TV: Music, documentary and cultureE! Entertainment: Hollywood drama, reality showsDiscovery Science: Science channel
Viasat N+H: Nature and history documentariesFox Sports: Mixed sporting eventsNBA TV: Basketball Channel
Euro Sports News: Sports NewsFox NEWS: English NewsTLC: Lifestyle channel
FLN: Home, travel & cuisineEuro sports news: Sports NewsJim jam: Preschool Children Channel
MTV base: Urban' music channelGospel music channel

Star Times Classic  Bouquet

  • Monthly subscription fee of ksh999
  • 57+ International and local channels
STARTIMES SPORTS 2: Sports VarietyMTV base: Urban' music channelSTAR BOLLYWOOD: Indian movie channel
Viasat N+H: Nature and history documentariesFX: General EntertainmentE! Entertainment: Hollywood drama, reality shows
Euro Sports News: Sports NewsDiscovery Science: Science channelFLN: Home, travel & cuisine
Gospel musicJim jam: Preschool Children ChannelSTAR MUSIC: American, European and African local pop music.
Africa movie channel: Nollywood MoviesFox Sports: Mixed sporting eventsBET TV: Black culture channel
NBA TV: Non–stop coverage of NBA and WNBAFox NEWS: English News TLC: Lifestyle channel
Euro sports news: Sports News

Startimes Basic Bouquet

  • Monthly subscription fee : 499ksh
  • 37+ local and word class international channels
Star Novela E1: Soap ChannelMCS Extreme: Extreme sport programsFamily TV: Local Christian TV (Available in Nairobi Only)
Star Kungfu: Kung Fu moviesBBC: World news.TV Sibuka: Tanzanian channel
Channel 10: local Tanzanian channelFrance 24: News & Current affairs ChannelImani TV: Local gospel TV broadcasting in Webuye only
Ebru Tv: General entertainment channel aired in Nairobi OnlyTBN (up country only)Animaux: Wild Animals & Nature
AMC: New & Old-Fashioned Hollywood MoviesChild smile: Christian Children programmingReal-Stars: Youth Centric content
UBC: local Uganda channel3 Stone TV: Local TV in Kikuyu Language. (Nairobi only)MCS: French sports channel
E-stars: Movies, Soaps and seriesGOD TV: Religion channelCCTV News: China & World News
CCTV: documentary channelAl Jazeera: News ChannelDove TV: (Nairobi only).
E TV: World Class EntertainmentDove TV: (Nairobi only).Nickelodeon: Channels meant for teenagers
Sayare TV Christian TV

Free to Air Channels

When you purchase a Startimes Free-to-air decoder, you will be able to watch all the local programming (Pang and Signet channels for free). Here are some of the channels that you will receive.

Star Guide: Entertainment channelDOVE TV: Local Christian TV
CCTV 4: DocumentariesTIMES TV: Christian TV
UTUGI TV: Farming TVDAYSTAR TV: Christian Channel
GBS: Local Shopping, news and entertainment channelsUTV: local broadcaster
VISION TV: Local Gospel TV


In addition to these channels, all Star Times decoders receive Free to Air signals from PANG and Signet. You can view a full list of FTA channels here. You will therefore be able to watch a majority of the FTA channels in Kenya at no additional cost as long as you have paid the monthly subscription fee in Star Times Kenya Pay Tv decoders.

**Prices are correct as per the time this post was created. For recent prices, consider our recent posts.

105 thoughts on “Startimes Packages, Channels and Prices in Kenya

  1. am david from ruiru, my no.0701109696, my account is 021 2829 5836. my problem is i paid yesterday 8/9/2017 for 1 day subscription on classic @ 9pm but by 6am today u have disconected. why, that is less 24 hours. also ua charges are too high. its better to move to Dstv coz it has more options and the difference is only 700

  2. I’m near Sondu and star times is of high quality (BER: IE-9). I enjoy watching star times basic bouquet. If IDX channel 334 could be added to this bouquet I would really be joyed. Lastly kindly lower the prices per bouquet.

  3. jackson mumo mwaka


    i jackson from machakos.i have a problems with ur signals.have paid for my subscription 2 days ago yet have not been reciving ur survicesses.kindly update whats th probleme coz am not th only one with the same problem.ur regards jackson m mwaka.decoder no02102336793. thanks.

  4. Kindly let’s know and have an active customer line…., otherwise you are not supporting your customers in any way by having them call this no. 0719077077 which is highly being charged…

  5. How is one supposed to make payments. l made my pay just on 4th may and today im told i need to pay before 11th May. what is happening? kindly give feedback.

  6. I bought a decorder last week en since then it has not worked…i have a digital tv which does not require a decorder en since im a bundesliga fan i decided to buy one from star times…but its not working its only blinking blue …if i refer to the user guide its saying that the tuner is unlocked…of which i dont know what it means

  7. Hi,my issue is thus decoders sometime can annoy you,startimes losses its signal everytime,gotv hats ndeg ikipita inahang,what’s all these?

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