Free-to-air channels are just that, free to air. This means that you do not have to pay to get them. Most consumers of pay TV platforms do not seem to understand this and they end up being denied these channels when they do not pay their monthly subscriptions. Well this may change soon because according to the CCK, these channels should be offered for free even when the customer has not paid his/her subscription.
GOtv seems to be on the right track with this as the company has announced that its customers have an option of getting the GOtv open bouquet which is a non subscription bouquet that has all the Free-to-air channels. According to the general manager of GOtv Felix Kyengo, “This is an option for television viewers to receive their local free-to-air channels for a once off administration fee.”
At the moment GOtv decoders retail at approximately Kshs 3400 which is inclusive of a 2 month subscription to GOtv plus. After the 2 months are over, customers are free to choose which bouquet they wish to continue using. They can opt for standard GOtv bouquet, GOtv plus or GOtv open bouquet. To activate the GOtv open bouquet, customers will be required to pay a once off administration fee of Kshs 2600.
For those who are already on GOtv, the company has announced that it will constantly innovate to ensure its customers get the best of digital TV.
The company has also announced a new addition to its channel line up as from tomorrow. This new addition will be Channel ED, a new educational TV channel.