StarTimes and Discovery jointly launched an exclusive entertainment channel, StarTimes Real Time in the range of pan-African countries on 15th April.
StarTimes Real Time, the female general entertainment channel, follows Discovery’s recent renewal with StarTimes earlier this year, which included the launch of Real Time and Discovery Family as brand-new channels for StarTimes customers, to sit alongside Discovery’s popular true-crime network, Investigation Discovery (ID).
The Discovery Family has been available on the StarTimes platform since December 2018.
According to StarTimes and Discovery, the StarTimes Real Time offers audiences the very best of real life stories, families, crime, medical mysteries and lifestyle content.
Abundant of “real entertainment” programs, like Married by Mom & Dad, Body Bizarre, and Guardians of Rescue, would be exclusively served to African audiences with StarTimes Real Time channel.
StarTimes’ Deputy GM of Media Division, Lily Meng said: “We are very happy to announce our partnership with Discovery, jointly bringing the StarTimes Real Time channel to our subscribers that would certainly add great entertainment value and diversity to our already stunning line-up of channels on our content platform.”
“At Discovery we are always looking for ways to bring our globally-loved content and brands to new audiences,” said Amanda Turnbull, Vice President & General Manager for Discovery in Africa and the Middle East. “Expanding our portfolio with StarTimes to include the launch of Real Time and Discovery Family means we now offer their customers an enhanced mix of entertaining content for the whole family – from popular lifestyle programming on Real Time, fun edutainment on Discovery Family, to engaging real-life storytelling on ID”
The StarTimes Real Time now is available under the channel number 158 (DTT) and 161 (DTH) on StarTimes.
StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving over 25 million users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 10,000 convenience stores and 15,000 distributors in 30 countries. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc. The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”. StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems as well as OTT services to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters, offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, online video service, terminals, door-to-door service and flexible payment. In particular, The “StarTimes ON” provides data-saving live TV and VOD service in high definition. Find out more about StarTimes ON at startimestv.com.
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit www.corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.