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DStv rival StarSat goes offline


Pay-television provider StarSat has gone off-air, apparently because of technical problems. Viewers say the signal stopped transmitting on Monday afternoon.

StarSat subscribers have called TechCentral, complaining that they have not been able to contact the company through its call centre or through e-mail.

In a terse statement sent to TechCentral, StarSat says simply that it is “experiencing technical issues”.

In an SMS sent to clients, it says: “StarSat apologises for signal loss due to a technical problem from our supplier. Our technical team is urgently working on the problem.”

Starsat is owned by On Digital Media and is controlled by Chinese satellite television provider StarTimes. It was previously known as TopTV. It was the only one of five subscription satellite services licensed by communications regulator Icasa late last decade to launch commercial services in competition with pay-TV incumbent MultiChoice.

StarSat satellite services are provided by European satellite operator SES, headquartered in Luxembourg.

The supreme court of appeal last month dismissed StarSat’s leave to appeal a high court judgment that communications regulator Icasa had erred in granting it a licence to broadcast pornography.  — © 2015 NewsCentral Media


  1. We really don’t need this pornography broadcasts in South Africa as the morality of the viewers are already at a low point.

  2. Ofentse Letsholo on

    Starsat actually has “acceptable channels” that DSTv doesn’t have but they do need to invest in their equipment if they want to be competitive as this industry is hard. I work for a TV channel and our TV channel goes offline on Starsat but never on DSTv.

  3. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Just checking… are you referring to the same 3 “acceptable channels” for adult only consumption that DStv doesn’t have?

  4. Ofentse Letsholo on

    LoL, Noooooo bo NatGeo Gold and Discovery Science not forgetting tons of Fox channels. Those adult channels are a bonus.

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