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Update: TopTV becomes StarSat

It's official- TopTV is no more. In it's place is StarSat. 

This was revealed this morning in Johannesburg. From tomorrow, TopTV will now be known as StarSat, after it was acquired by Chines outfit, StarTimes. Thinus Ferreira of TV with Thinus reports that TopTV's current subscribers will get new TV channels for free sampling from tomorrow. Plus StarSat will launch new packages in December. 

In a statement released on TopTV's Facebook Page, we have found out more details about the changes in TopTV, even though it is not saying much. 

Press Release

On Digital Media in partnership with StarTimes has today officially launched new pay television platform StarSat, previously operating as TopTV. StarSat’s tagline encourages South Africans to Change your view from the traditional to the exceptional. StarSat offers a revolutionary, cutting edge technology viewing experience, backed by some of the most internationally renowned television brands.
According to ODM’s Interim CEO, Mr. Eddie Mbalo, the entry of StarSat into the pay television market “promises a new viewing experience”. He added that the channel would offer a range of programming from entertainment to news to education.
Customers who have TopTV decoders will still be able to use and receive the StarSat signal, or if they choose to upgrade, they can buy a new StarSat HD decoder. Viewers whose subscriptions have lapsed will just need to contact the call centre to reactivate their subscriptions with the new StarSat package. StarSat has introduced a range of new packages and channels – and new pricing structures – which will be available to subscribers as of 01 December 2013.
Speaking at the launch, the President of StarTimes, Mr. Pang Xinxing said, “We believe that diversity in the broadcasting space benefits the viewer the most, which is why we are so excited about the launch of StarSat here today: now South African viewers will have a wider range of choice of television services to which they can subscribe.”

On Digital Media is currently in the process of concluding the implementation of the Business Rescue Plan, as voted on and adopted by its creditors and shareholders on 30 April 2013. This is a legally binding process that allows for the company to continue to operate in the normal cause of business and to be restructured within the protective bubble of business rescue as per Chapter 6 of the Companies Act.

There has been no information from TopTV's PR, publicity and marketing desks. We will update when there is more information.  

PIC: TV with Thinus

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