At the moment, StarTimes and GOtv are the cheapest Digital Terrestrial TV services we have in Nigeria. And both are also becoming very popular simply because the much preferred DSTV is too expensive for an average Nigeria – and this price continues to increase.
StarTimes launched 2010 and faced DSTV heads on. They were able to compete favorably because their packages are affordable. It doesn’t cost a lot to buy the decoder, there is no dish to call a technician to fix, and no need to bother about signal interruption when there is a change in weather (rain or heavy wind). The increasing popularity of StarTimes in Nigeria prompted Multichoice (DSTV’S parent company) to respond in 2012 with GoTV – a cheaper and very easy to set up Pay tv.
Are you looking to switch to a cheaper pay tv? Do you get confused about which Pay Tv provider to choose from? We’ll be breaking it down in this post – Decoder prices, Subscription, bouquet, and channels.
GOtv vs StarTimes: Decoder and Price
All StarTimes decoders are packed with a remote, indoor antenna and a free one-month unique StarTimes bouquet.
- SD Decoder: This is StarTimes cheapest decoder, it costs ₦4,500. ₦5,900 for the Decoder + Antenna.
- The HD Decoder costs 7,500 Naira. It costs ₦8,900 for Decoder + Antenna. The StarTimes DTH S2 Decoder goes for ₦7,900.
The complete set Decoder with 2-month free subscription costs just ₦14,900 and can be purchased offline or online (on Jumia Nigeria).
On GOtv’s official website, the GOtv decoder sells for ₦6,900. It consists of Decoder + GOtenna + 1-month GOTV Max subscription.
Monthly Bouquet, Price, and Number of Channels
|Monthly Bouquet and Price||number of channels||Monthly Bouquet and Price||number of channels|
|Entertainment and Movies||Africamagic Epic Movies|
E! Entertainment Television
M-Net Movies Zone
St Movies Plus
St Novela E
St Series E1
St Sino Drama
Nat Geo Wild
Nat Geo Wild
Smile Of A Child
|Lifestyle and Culture||Spice TV||Fine Living|
Tiwa n Tiwa
NTA Lagos 10
St Dadin Kowa
|MUSIC||AFRO Music English|
Planet Radio TV
|News and Commerce||Al Jazeera|
BBC World News
BBC World News
NTA News 24
Plus Tv Africa
Faith Broadcast Network
SuperSport Select 1
SuperSport Select 2
SupersSport Select 3
Fox Sports 2
NTA Sports 24
St Sports Focus
St World Football HD
GOtv vs StarTimes: Which should you buy?
Both PayTv’s are very affordable, From the table above, you would see that GOtv’s monthly subscription is cheaper than that of StarTimes – but StarTimes has more channels. Take a look at the Nove bouquet on StarTimes and the Lite bouquet on GOtv for instance. StarTimes charges N900 for 30 channels while GOtv charges just N400 for 24 channels.
Even though it offers fewer channels, personally, I would recommend a GOtv decoder over StarTimes (because of the English Premier League). Before you make the decision to buy, however, make sure to go through the channel list on both Paytvs and make your decision based on the type of channels available on each bouquet, not the price of the bouquet.