TopTV was recently relaunched as StarSat with the promise of new channels and a simplified selection of bouquets.
Xinxing said he found the situation in South Africa curious considering the maturity of the market.
Even in less developed markets content such as premier football matches are available more affordably and not only “to a few wealthy families”, he said.
StarTimes is ready to work with the South African people and government to change this situation and create a digital TV market that is fair, competitive, and healthy, Xinxing said.
Pay TV prices
In South Africa, premium football content is typically screened on the SuperSport 3 and SuperSport 4 channels which are available on DStv’s Compact, Extra, and Premium bouquets.
These cost R275, R380, and R625 per month respectively.
DStv Mobile also offers a lower quality broadcast of SuperSport 1, 2, 3, and 4 aimed at devices with smaller screens such as smartphones and tablet PCs for R49 per month.
At the launch of StarSat, ODM announced that the 7 bouquets currently offered on TopTV will be whittled down to 4 (more specifically, 3 with an add-on):
- StarSat Special: R99/month
- StarSat Sensation: R149/month
- StarSat Superior: R199/month
- StarSat Indian (add-on): R99/month
These new bouquets, along with a number of new channels, will become available from 1 December 2013, ODM said.