GOtv Pay TV bouquet and its price in Kenya
GOtv is a digital television service by MultiChoice (Better known for DStv) with an eye for the sprouting terrestrial digital TV market in Kenya, Nigeria and Namibia among other African countries.
Having only been established in Kenya about a year ago, it is among the youngest entrants to the now moderately competitive Pay TV industry.
Unlike DStv which has been relying on digital satellite transmissions for the past nearly 17 years, GOtv operates on the land-based DVB-T2 digital TV signals which recently become available in selected parts of the country.
Cities and towns covered
DVB-T2 digital TV reception is restricted to a couple of towns and cities in Kenya. The GOtv digital signal is presently available only in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and their outskirts to some extent. However, as Kenya migrates to digital broadcasting, more areas are projected to be covered soon.
Last month, GOtv lowered its installation and subscription prices by 11% in what appears to be a strategy to raise its price competitiveness against other players in the market. Shortly afterwards, it lowered its decoder prices even further to make it more appealing to the masses.
The new initial set up cost is Ksh. 3,999/= which includes a decoder and free 3-month access after which you will be required to pay Ksh. 599/= monthly to watch the premium channels.
The Pay TV service broadcasts both international and local channels such as KBC, KTN, NTV and Citizen TV.
Family TV, KISS TV, Sayari TV and Q TV are conspicuously not included in the bouquet at present.
GOtv bouquet and channels
GOtv offers a general niche bouquet with a limited number of paid and free-to-air channels totaling 22 channels give or take a few. The simplicity of its bouquet doesn’t come as a surprise considering its bargain monthly premium.
The bouquet comprises general programming of news, sport, music, documentary, religion, kids, movie, cartoon channels as well as digital versions of KBC, KTN, NTV and Citizen TV.
GOtv reports availability of these channels for its subscribers in Kenya:
Africa Magic Movies, Africa Magic Swahili, Africa Magic World, Al Jazeera, Barker Channel, BET, Channel O, Citizen TV, Discovery World, Disney Junior, E! Entertainment, eTV Africa, KBC, KidsCo, KTN, Nickelodeon, NTV, One Gospel, Select Sport, Sony Max, TBN and The Style Network.
In recent times, MultiChoice subscribers have publicly complained of deteriorating service delivery on TV programming from the Pay TV giant.
GOtv subscribers have particularly complained on the low number of channels available with the pay TV service as compared to some of its competitors. According to a local business blog, some GOtv subscribers have even suggested higher monthly subscription fees if only they could get more channels for that.
In addition to regular TV programming, it also broadcasts mobile channels via GOtv Mobile available exclusively for Walka handheld TVs, smartphones, laptops, tablets and iPods.
GOtv has also been deployed in other parts of Africa such as Uganda, Namibia, Nigeria and Zambia.
Other Pay TV services in Kenya
- StarTimes: 4 bouquets starting at Ksh. 499/= a month
- DStv: 5 bouquets starting at Ksh. 850/= a month
- Zuku: 4 bouquets + 3 Internet, TV and VoIP bouquets. Starting price of Ksh. 999/= a month.
GOtv reserves the right to change its prices and bouquets at will. For a listing of GOtv dealers and outlets, visit their official website kenya.gotvafrica.com