StarSat

StarSat takes pride in describing itself as Africa’s leading TV broadcaster. A subsidiary of StarTimes, which is a Chinese media company known for its strong presence in Africa, StarSat is operated by On Digital Media. Many may be tempted to conclude that the South African direct broadcast satellite television service came into existence in 2013, this is not true. StarSat has been broadcasting since the 1st of May 2010, it was known as Top TV and only rebranded as StarSat on the 31st of October 2013.

Banking on the fact that satellite television has become a must-have for almost all homes, StarSat offers a very vast range of channels spread across multiple packages to cover the need of viewers. From movies and TV shows to sports, news, non-fiction programming, and documentaries, StarSat has a lot to offer the middle-class viewers.

StarSat Channels List Across Its Five Packages and Their Prices

The satellite television service has its channels spread across five packages. Below is a breakdown of the packages, how much it goes, and a list of the channels obtainable thereof.

1. Max Package

  • No. of Channels: 121
  • Price: R299 Per Month
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If you want everything StarSat has to offer, then go for the Max package. You will have to part with R299 each month for the subscription but it is worth it as it is the satellite television service provider’s premium package with 121 TV channels to watch.

List of All the Channels on StarSat TV Max Package

  1. 1KZN TV | CH. 486
  2. AFOREVO | CH. 606
  3. AFRICA 24 | CH. 681
  4. AFRICA NEWS | CH. 272
  5. AFRICAN MOVIE CHANNEL | CH. 185
  6. AFRIQUE MEDIA | CH. 726
  7. ALJAZEERA | CH. 257
  8. ANTENNE A-TV | CH. 740
  9. BABY TV | CH. 305
  10. BBC WORLD NEWS | CH. 256
  11. BENIE TV | CH. 755
  12. BLOOMBERG | CH. 264
  13. BRICS CHANNEL | CH. 509
  14. BUSINESS 24 | CH. 683
  15. CANAL 2 INTERNATIONAL | CH. 746
  16. CANAL 2 MOVIES | CH. 747
  17. CANAL J | CH. 699
  18. CGTN | CH. 266
  19. CGTN DOCUMENTARY | CH. 231
  20. CGTN FRANCAIS | CH. 850
  21. CIS TV | CH. 760
  22. CNC WORLD | CH. 273
  23. COLORS TV | CH 552
  24. CRTV | CH. 737
  25. DA VINCI | CH. 308
  26. DIGITAL BLACK MUSIC | CH. 715
  27. DIGITAL CONGO | CH. 744
  28. DISCOVERY FAMILY | CH. 222
  29. DISCOVERY SCIENCE (FRENCH)
  30. DREAMWORKS | CH 301
  31. E EXTRA | CH. 489
  32. E STARS | CH. 190
  33. EBONY LIFE | CH. 191
  34. EMMANUEL TV | CH. 517
  35. ESPN | CH. 248
  36. ESPN 2 | CH. 249
  37. ETV | CH. 160
  38. EWTN | CH. 367
  39. FASHIONBOX | CH. 282
  40. FINE LIVING | CH. 281
  41. FOX (P) | CH. 890
  42. FOX | CH. 131
  43. FOX NEWS CHANNEL | CH. 261
  44. FRANCE 24 | CH. 259
  45. FRANCE 24 | CH. 682
  46. FUEL TV | CH. 250
  47. GALAXY UNIVERSAL NETWORK | CH 500
  48. GLOW TV | CH. 570
  49. GOD | CH. 361
  50. ID INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY (FRENCH)
  51. ID INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY | CH. 223
  52. INPAS TV | CH. 463
  53. INSPIRATION TV | CH. 362
  54. IQRAA | CH. 366
  55. JIMJAM | CH. 303
  56. KTO | CH. 723
  57. LOVE NATURE | CH. 224
  58. MCM TOP | CH. 716
  59. MINDSET | CH. 309
  60. MSNBC | CH. 263
  61. MY TV | CH. 460
  62. NAT GEO WILD (F) | CH. 662
  63. NAT GEO WILD (P) | CH. 907
  64. NAT GEO WILD | CH. 221
  65. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (F) | CH. 661
  66. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (P) | CH. 906
  67. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | CH. 220
  68. NDTV | CH. 567
  69. NIGEZIE | CH. 323
  70. ONSETV | CH. 462
  71. ORTM | CH. 738
  72. PASSIONS TV | CH 619
  73. PBO TV (PREMIUM BOXOFFICE TELEVISION) | CH 184
  74. RISING SUN TV | CH 504
  75. RTB | CH. 759
  76. RTG | CH. 730
  77. RTGA WORLD | CH. 727
  78. RTNC | CH. 728
  79. RTP INTERNATIONAL | CH. 370
  80. RTS 1 | CH. 756
  81. SABC 1 | CH. 157
  82. SABC 2 | CH. 158
  83. SABC 3 | CH. 159
  84. SABC EDUCATION | CH 313
  85. SKY NEWS | CH 258
  86. SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL | CH. 226
  87. SOURCE AFRICA TV | CH. 745
  88. SOWETO TV | CH. 488
  89. ST AFRICA | CH. 180
  90. ST BOLLYWOOD | CH. 551
  91. ST DADIN KOWA | CH. 404
  92. ST EYETHU | CH 401
  93. ST GOSPEL | CH. 360
  94. ST KIDS | CH. 300
  95. ST KUNGFU | CH. 155
  96. ST MOVIES PLUS | CH. 100
  97. ST NAIJA | CH. 324
  98. ST NOLLYWOOD PLUS | CH. 102
  99. ST NOVELA E | CH. 127
  100. ST NOVELA E PLUS | CH. 128
  101. ST NOVELA F | CH. 617
  102. ST RISE | CH. 120
  103. ST SA MUSIC | CH. 322
  104. ST SINO DRAMA | CH. 130
  105. ST SOUL | CH. 321
  106. ST SPORTS 1 HD | CH. 241
  107. ST SPORTS 2 HD | CH. 243
  108. ST SPORTS 3 HD | CH. 245
  109. ST SWAHILI | CH. 400
  110. ST YORUBA | CH. 412
  111. ST ZONE | CH. 129
  112. STARLIFE | CH 550
  113. STINGRAY CLASSICA | CH. 332
  114. TELE CONGO | CH. 736
  115. TELESUR | CH. 461
  116. TLNOVELAS | CH 139
  117. TNT AFRICA | CH 186
  118. TOONAMI | CH 306
  119. TSHWANE TV | CH. 487
  120. ZEE CINEMA | CH. 556
  121. ZEE MAGIC | CH 618

2. Super Package

  • No. of Channels: 87
  • Price: R209 Per Month
StarSat Packages
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The StarSat Super package is for those who would love to pay a little bit less for a premium package. Next to the Max package, its subscription fee is R209 per month and it offers over 70 channels spread across a vast range of programming.

List of All the Channels on StarSat TV Super Package

  1. 1KZN TV | CH. 486
  2. AFRICA NEWS | CH. 272
  3. AFRICAN MOVIE CHANNEL | CH. 185
  4. ALJAZEERA | CH. 257
  5. BABY TV | CH. 305
  6. BBC WORLD NEWS | CH. 256
  7. BLOOMBERG | CH. 264
  8. BRICS CHANNEL | CH. 509
  9. CGTN | CH. 266
  10. CGTN DOCUMENTARY | CH. 231
  11. CNC WORLD | CH. 273
  12. DA VINCI | CH. 308
  13. DISCOVERY FAMILY | CH. 222
  14. DREAMWORKS | CH 301
  15. E EXTRA | CH. 489
  16. E STARS | CH. 190
  17. EBONY LIFE | CH. 191
  18. EMMANUEL TV | CH. 517
  19. ESPN | CH. 248
  20. ESPN 2 | CH. 249
  21. ETV | CH. 160
  22. EWTN | CH. 367
  23. FASHIONBOX | CH. 282
  24. FINE LIVING | CH. 281
  25. FOX (P) | CH. 890
  26. FOX | CH. 131
  27. FOX NEWS CHANNEL | CH. 261
  28. FRANCE 24 | CH. 259
  29. FUEL TV | CH. 250
  30. GALAXY UNIVERSAL NETWORK | CH 500
  31. GLOW TV | CH. 570
  32. GOD | CH. 361
  33. ID INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY | CH. 223
  34. INPAS TV | CH. 463
  35. INSPIRATION TV | CH. 362
  36. IQRAA | CH. 366
  37. JIMJAM | CH. 303
  38. LOVE NATURE | CH. 224
  39. MINDSET | CH. 309
  40. MSNBC | CH. 263
  41. MY TV | CH. 460
  42. NAT GEO WILD (P) | CH. 907
  43. NAT GEO WILD | CH. 221
  44. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (P) | CH. 906
  45. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | CH. 220
  46. NDTV | CH. 567
  47. NIGEZIE | CH. 323
  48. ONSETV | CH. 462
  49. PBO TV (PREMIUM BOXOFFICE TELEVISION) | CH 184
  50. RISING SUN TV | CH 504
  51. RTP INTERNATIONAL | CH. 370
  52. SABC 1 | CH. 157
  53. SABC 2 | CH. 158
  54. SABC 3 | CH. 159
  55. SABC EDUCATION | CH 313
  56. SKY NEWS | CH 258
  57. SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL | CH. 226
  58. SOWETO TV | CH. 488
  59. ST AFRICA | CH. 180
  60. ST BOLLYWOOD | CH. 551
  61. ST DADIN KOWA | CH. 404
  62. ST EYETHU | CH 401
  63. ST GOSPEL | CH. 360
  64. ST KIDS | CH. 300
  65. ST KUNGFU | CH. 155
  66. ST MOVIES PLUS | CH. 100
  67. ST NAIJA | CH. 324
  68. ST NOLLYWOOD PLUS | CH. 102
  69. ST NOVELA E | CH. 127
  70. ST NOVELA E PLUS | CH. 128
  71. ST RISE | CH. 120
  72. ST SA MUSIC | CH. 322
  73. ST SINO DRAMA | CH. 130
  74. ST SOUL | CH. 321
  75. ST SPORTS 1 HD | CH. 241
  76. ST SPORTS 2 HD | CH. 243
  77. ST SPORTS 3 HD | CH. 245
  78. ST SWAHILI | CH. 400
  79. ST YORUBA | CH. 412
  80. ST ZONE | CH. 129
  81. STARLIFE | CH 550
  82. STINGRAY CLASSICA | CH. 332
  83. TELESUR | CH. 461
  84. TLNOVELAS | CH 139
  85. TNT AFRICA | CH 186
  86. TOONAMI | CH 306
  87. TSHWANE TV | CH. 487
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3. Shembe Package

  • No. of Channels: 50
  • Price: R129 Per Month
StarSat Shembe Package
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Following Super is the Shembe package which goes for R129 per month. Even though StarSat markets Shembe as a package with over 60 channels and with a dedicated Shembe channel, we can only guarantee 50 channels.

If Shembe UnYazi, a channel run by Nazareth Baptist Church is important to you, then this is the package to settle for.

List of All the Channels on StarSat TV Shembe Package

  1. TNT AFRICA | CH 186
  2. SHEMBE UNYAZI TV | CH. 540
  3. ST RISE | CH. 120
  4. ST NOVELA E | CH. 127
  5. ST ZONE | CH. 129
  6. ST SINO DRAMA | CH. 130
  7. ST KUNGFU | CH. 155
  8. SABC 1 | CH. 157
  9. SABC 2 | CH. 158
  10. SABC 3 | CH. 159
  11. ETV | CH. 160
  12. AFRICAN MOVIE CHANNEL | CH. 185
  13. E STARS | CH. 190
  14. NAT GEO WILD | CH. 221
  15. CGTN DOCUMENTARY | CH. 231
  16. ST SPORTS 2 HD | CH. 243
  17. ESPN 2 | CH. 249
  18. BBC WORLD NEWS | CH. 256
  19. ALJAZEERA | CH. 257
  20. FRANCE 24 | CH. 259
  21. MSNBC | CH. 263
  22. CGTN | CH. 266
  23. AFRICA NEWS | CH. 272
  24. CNC WORLD | CH. 273
  25. FINE LIVING | CH. 281
  26. ST KIDS | CH. 300
  27. JIMJAM | CH. 303
  28. DA VINCI | CH. 308
  29. MINDSET | CH. 309
  30. NIGEZIE | CH. 323
  31. ST NAIJA | CH. 324
  32. ST GOSPEL | CH. 360
  33. GOD | CH. 361
  34. INSPIRATION TV | CH. 362
  35. EWTN | CH. 367
  36. RTP INTERNATIONAL | CH. 370
  37. ST SWAHILI | CH. 400
  38. ST DADIN KOWA | CH. 404
  39. ST YORUBA | CH. 412
  40. MY TV | CH. 460
  41. TELESUR | CH. 461
  42. ONSETV | CH. 462
  43. INPAS TV | CH. 463
  44. 1KZN TV | CH. 486
  45. TSHWANE TV | CH. 487
  46. SOWETO TV | CH. 488
  47. E EXTRA | CH. 489
  48. BRICS CHANNEL | CH. 509
  49. EMMANUEL TV | CH. 517
  50. GLOW TV | CH. 570

4. Special Package

  • No. of Channels: 55
  • Price: R109 Per Month
StarSat Special Package
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The most affordable of StarSat packages, the Special package would cost you R109 each month for the subscription. While it is reasonably priced, this package offers at least 55 channels spread across various programming.

List of All the Channels on StarSat TV Special Package

  1. 1KZN TV | CH. 486
  2. AFRICA NEWS | CH. 272
  3. AFRICAN MOVIE CHANNEL | CH. 185
  4. ALJAZEERA | CH. 257
  5. BBC WORLD NEWS | CH. 256
  6. BRICS CHANNEL | CH. 509
  7. CGTN | CH. 266
  8. CGTN DOCUMENTARY | CH. 231
  9. CNC WORLD | CH. 273
  10. DA VINCI | CH. 308
  11. E EXTRA | CH. 489
  12. E STARS | CH. 190
  13. EMMANUEL TV | CH. 517
  14. ESPN 2 | CH. 249
  15. ETV | CH. 160
  16. EWTN | CH. 367
  17. FINE LIVING | CH. 281
  18. FRANCE 24 | CH. 259
  19. GLOW TV | CH. 570
  20. GOD | CH. 361
  21. INPAS TV | CH. 463
  22. INSPIRATION TV | CH. 362
  23. JIMJAM | CH. 303
  24. LOVE NATURE | CH. 224
  25. MINDSET | CH. 309
  26. MSNBC | CH. 263
  27. MY TV | CH. 460
  28. NAT GEO WILD | CH. 221
  29. NIGEZIE | CH. 323
  30. ONSETV | CH. 462
  31. RTP INTERNATIONAL | CH. 370
  32. SABC 1 | CH. 157
  33. SABC 2 | CH. 158
  34. SABC 3 | CH. 159
  35. SABC EDUCATION | CH 313
  36. SKY NEWS | CH 258
  37. SOWETO TV | CH. 488
  38. ST DADIN KOWA | CH. 404
  39. ST EYETHU | CH 401
  40. ST GOSPEL | CH. 360
  41. ST KIDS | CH. 300
  42. ST KUNGFU | CH. 155
  43. ST NAIJA | CH. 324
  44. ST NOVELA E | CH. 127
  45. ST RISE | CH. 120
  46. ST SINO DRAMA | CH. 130
  47. ST SPORTS 2 HD | CH. 243
  48. ST SWAHILI | CH. 400
  49. ST YORUBA | CH. 412
  50. ST ZONE | CH. 129
  51. STARLIFE | CH 550
  52. TELESUR | CH. 461
  53. TNT AFRICA | CH 186
  54. TOONAMI | CH 306
  55. TSHWANE TV | CH. 487

5. Indian Package

  • No. of Channels: 6
  • Price: R109 Per Month
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Designed for Indian viewers and anyone interested in Indian content, this package is an add-on package with six dedicated channels that offer the best of Bollywood productions, Indian glamour, news, and programming that revolves around topical issues.

Apart from the Max package, you can only get Zee CINEMA, the Hindi satellite movie channel, on this package. Like the Special package, the price is R109.

List of All the Channels on StarSat TV Indian Package

  1. COLORS TV | CH 552
  2. GLOW TV | CH. 570
  3. NDTV | CH. 567
  4. ST BOLLYWOOD | CH. 551
  5. STARLIFE | CH 550
  6. ZEE CINEMA | CH. 556
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Comparing DStv Packages, Channels, and Prices to What StarSat Offers

Owned by MultiChoice, DStv is undoubtedly a leading, direct broadcast satellite service provider in Africa. It was launched in 2014 and has grown to be the dominant name in the pay television industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its subscriber base has grown to over 18.9 million households and the company has not slowed down a bit. It has continued to expand its frontiers, showcasing compelling local and international content to its users.

Like StarSat, DStv offers multiple channels across several packages. And, given the fact they are a popular name, it is only natural that people have a hard time deciding which company to patronize.

  • StarSat’s Packages Versus DStv’s

From the foregoing, it has been established that StarSat has five packages. This is lesser when compared to DStv’s seven – Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access, EasyView, and Indian.

  • StarSat’s Channels Versus DStv’s

As listed above, StarSat’s premium package (MAX) has 121 channels but DStv’s Premium has 157 channels. The Compact Plus and Compact have 141 and 124 channels respectively. Compared to its equivalent on StarSat which is the Super package, DStv takes the lead as Super has 87 channels.

Also, DStv stays on top if we must compare its Family package to StarSat’s Shembe. The former has 91 channels and the latter, 50. StarSat’s Special package has 55 channels and DStv’s Access, 67. In addition to that, DStv’s Indian package with 29 channels is more than StarSat’s 6. EasyView of DStv has 36 channels.

  • StarSat’s Subscription Fees Versus DStv’s

The DStv Premium package goes for R819 each month while Compact Plus and Compact go for R529 and R399 respectively. The Indian package costs R395 and Family, R279. Access and EasyView are the most affordable of the DStv packages; respectively, they go for R110 and R29.

With the above, it is clear that SartSat is the company to go with if you are looking for less pricey home entertainment. Its premium package goes for R299 per month and it is a good alternative for DStv.

Here’s Why StarSat Is a Decent Alternative to DStv

StarSat takes pride in regarding itself as an alternative network and rightly so. This is because it offers good satellite entertainment that measures up to what DStv has to offer and at an affordable price. From local channels to those dedicated to kid, music, documentaries, sports, news channels, movies, and series, the network caters to every need for home entertainment.

For sports broadcasts, there are channels dedicated to broadcasting games and those that will help you keep up with happenings in the world of sports. For kids, there are channels like Jim Jam, Baby TV, Mindset, and more. Channels like Magic, Kiss, and Classica takes care of the need for music just as there are multiple channels for movies and series.

Viewers who are interested in documentaries have channels like Discovery Science, IDX, Animaux, CGTN Documentary, and Nat Geo channels to explore.

Can DStv Dish Be Used for StarSat?

As some would prefer to hack into satellite television transmission and enjoy the content without paying the subscription fee, direct broadcast satellite service providers have embraced signal encryption also known as scrambling. In a nutshell, what this does is that it inverts signals, transposes, or encodes transmission from the satellite so that it becomes unintelligible for a receiver not equipped with the right set of descrambling devices.

Also, a DStv dish wouldn’t ideally work for StarSat as the satellites for both companies are located at different positions. While DStv’s satellite is located 68 degrees east and thus requires a DStv dish to face northeast, the StarSat satellite is at 5 degrees east and requires the dish to face north-west.

But then, satellite dish optimization is a thing so DStv dish can be used for StarSat. Just as you can use one satellite dish to connect multiple LNBs, you can use a DStv dish for StarSat but the LNB must be aligned to StarSat configuration and reception position to access StarSat content.

The Various Ways to Contact StarSat

Headquarters and Customer Experience Centres

The company has its headquarters at Block C, Riverview Office Park, Halfway Gardens x, 100 Bekker Road, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.

If you must talk to one of their customer help staff, you can visit any of their six Customer Experience Center listed below. Their operating hours are 8 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Saturday.

1. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal: 140 Chief Albert Luthuli St Pietermaritzburg 3201.

2. Station Plaza Shopping Center, Western Cape: Unit F18B Seventh Ave Mitchells Plain, Cape Town 7785.

3. KCT Mall, Western Cape: Shop 46 Walter Sisulu Rd, Khayelitsha, Cape Town 7784.

4. Phoenix Plaza, KwaZulu Natal: Shop 75, 19 Parthenon St Starwood, Phoenix 4068.

5. Chatsworth Centre, KwaZulu Natal: Shop 167, 17 Joyhurst St Westcliff, Chatsworth 4092.

6. Trade Route Mall, Gauteng: Shop L1A, Ground Floor, Nirvana Drive corner K59, Lenasia 1827.

Send an Email

The email address is [email protected]StarSat would get back to you when they can.

Give Them a Call

If you don’t have the patience to send an email and wait for a response, you can call StarSat on 011 582 9988. It is the fastest way to reach them and their call centre is open every day from 8 AM to 8 PM.

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