GOtv is a popular and affordable digital television service in Kenya, offering a wide range of local and international channels and convenient payment and account management options. This company is a leading company in home entertainment and has been around in Kenya since 2011.
In a bid to serve its customers, GOtv offers different packages to its users, and the number of channels you get depends on the amount you are willing to pay. Since many channels are available and you will likely not watch most of them, it is important to get a package that offers what you will be interested in and not a package that gives more channels.
In this article, we will compare the different available GOtv packages, the number of channels they offer, the types of content available, the cost of getting a GOtv in Kenya, and many more.
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What you need to know about GOtv
GoTV is a digital television service in Kenya owned by Multichoice Africa, a subsidiary of South African media giant Naspers. It was launched in Kenya in 2011 and has since grown in popularity, offering a range of local and international channels at an affordable price.
GoTV operates on a pay-per-view model, meaning subscribers can choose from various subscription packages depending on their interests and budget. The basic package, GoTV Lite, includes access to over 25 local and international channels at KES 199 per month. The GoTV Plus package offers over 45 channels, including popular sports channels like SuperSport, at KES 930 per month. GoTV Max offers the most comprehensive selection of channels, including exclusive access to premium movie channels like M-Net Movies and Africa Magic Epic, at KES 1,249 per month.
In addition to its subscription packages, GoTV also offers a range of standalone channel options that can be added to any package for an additional fee. These include channels like Cartoon Network, ESPN, and National Geographic, among others.
GOtv Decoder and Prices
GoTV decoders are digital satellite television receivers that allow subscribers to access the GoTV service. The decoder is the device you will need to buy to start streaming content.
In Kenya, a decoder costs between 1,500 – 2,000 Ksh depending on the package that comes with it and the seller. What you will find in the box when you buy a TV decoder is the decoder itself, a remote, an antenna, and a long cable that connects the decoder to the antenna.
Assembling and installing the antenna is no big task at all. You should be able to get your decoder working yourself by just following the user manual. You get a one-month free package when you buy a new GOtv decoder, and the package depends on the decoder’s cost. You can later downgrade or upgrade to a new package.
GOtv Packages and prices
There are 5 different GOtv packages you can get right now. The cheapest package is the GoTV lite, and the more expensive package with all the channels available is GoTV Supa. Here is a summary of the value you get from each package.
|Number of Channels
The GoTV Lite package is the basic package offered by GoTV and includes access to over 20 local and international channels. It is priced at KES 199 per month and is a good option for those looking for a budget-friendly option with a decent selection of channels. The GoTV Lite package includes media such as Citizen TV, KTN, NTV, and K24, as well as international channels like Aljazeera. It also provides access to various entertainment channels like JimJam and SuperBlitz Select.
There are not many entertaining channels on this package, and if you can afford more than this, I will advise you to go for other packages with more channels.
The package offers you 20 channels at Kes 199 per month, 500 quarterly, and 1,200 annually. Below are the channels you get;
- Music Channel : 0
- Movie channels: 0
- Sports Channels: 1
- Other genre channels: 21
The GoTV Plus package is the next level from GoTV Lite and includes over 45 channels. It is priced at KES 930 per month and is a good option for those looking for a comprehensive selection of channels at an affordable price. In addition to the channels in the GoTV Lite package, the GoTV Plus package also includes access to popular sports channels like SuperSport, ESPN, and Fox Sports. It also provides access to movie channels like M-Net Movies and Africa Magic Epic.
The package offers you 45 channels at Kes 930 per month. Below are the channels you get;
- Music Channels: 2
- Movie channels: 2
- Sports Channels: 4
- Other genre channels: 43
The GoTV Max package is the most comprehensive package offered by GoTV and includes access to over 60 channels. It is priced at KES 1,249 per month and is a good option for those looking for the most extensive selection of channels and the highest quality viewing experience.
In addition to the channels in the GoTV Plus package, the GoTV Max package also includes access to premium movie channels like M-Net Series and Africa Magic Showcase. It also provides access to kids’ channels like Cartoon Network and Disney Channel.
The package offers you 60 channels at Kes 1,249 per month. Below are the channels you get;
- Music Channels: 3
- Movie channels: 5
- Sports Channels: 6
- Other genre channels: 50
The GOtv Supa package is the most expensive and the only package with all available channels on the GOtv platform. It includes access to over 70 channels and is priced at KES 1,599 monthly. This package is targeted at those who are more concerned about getting everything irrespective of the cost.
If you are on a budget, I won’t advise you to go for this package, but if cost is not a problem for you, then you can go for the package. This package will deliver you endless entertainment.
The package offers you 70 channels at Kes 1,599 per month. Below are the channels you get;
- Music Channels: 4
- Movie channels: 7
- Sports Channels: 6
- Other genre channels: 57
List of channels on GOtv
The list of channels on GOtv is wide and categorized into different Genres. The Genres include music, movies, General Entertainment, Sports, documentaries, Lifestyle, Education, News and commerce, Kids and teens, Local Channels, and Religious Channels.
Here is a list of all channels on GOtv;
ROK2, CBS reality, Starlight, Bongo, Telemundo, ZeeWorld, Discovery Family, Africa Magic, Real-Time, BBN, TTNovelas, and so on
TNT, ROK, EPIC, B4U Movies, KIX, TNT, and so on
Documentary, Lifestyle, and Education
NatGeo Wild, National Geography, Food Network, Honey, Investigation Discovery, etc.
ESPN, Select 2, Laliga, Select 1, Football, etc.
News and Commerce
CNN International, BBC World News, Aljazeera, etc.
Kids and Teens
Disney Junior, PBS Kids, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Nick Toons, Boomerang, Moonbug Kids, Cartoon Network, etc.
Trace, Base, MZIIKI, Power, etc.
Kameme TV, Inooro TV, KBCTV, NTV, KTN, Citizen TV, KTN News, K24, KASS TV
Faith, Emmanuel, Islam Channel, Hope TV, etc.
Free channels on GOtv
There are no free channels on GOtv, but the platform introduces GOtv Opens. The GOtv Opens gives you access to free-to-air channels available in the country. To get these free channels, customers are to pay a one-time fee of KSh 2,600 to activate the plan. You can also subscribe to the paid version anytime, and when your subscription is due, you will roll back to the free-to-air option.
GOtv Installation and How to Subscribe
To install GOtv, you must first purchase a GOtv decoder, which can be purchased from authorized dealers in your area or online. The decoder will have an installation guide and all the necessary equipment, including the antenna and cables.
Here are general steps you can follow to install GOtv:
- Unpack the GOtv decoder, the antenna, and all the cables.
- Connect the antenna cable to the “ANT IN” port on the back of the GOtv decoder.
- Connect the other end of the antenna cable to the antenna itself.
- Connect the power cable to the “DC IN” port on the back of the GOtv decoder and the other end to a power outlet.
- Turn on the TV and select the appropriate HDMI or AV input (depending on the connection) to display the GOtv menu.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process, including performing a channel scan to find all the available channels.
When you buy a new GOtv decoder, most come with a one-month GOtv Max subscription after activation. Once your subscription is finished, make sure to subscribe again.
Also, before the installation, ensure that your location has good signal strength to pick the TV signal because a weak signal may affect the quality of the channels. In contrast, a strong signal guarantees better quality.
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