Radio Africa launches free digital TV service

Radio Africa Group has launched a free digital TV service dubbed Bamba TV ahead of the 31 December migration deadline for Nairobi and its environs. The Group, through its subsidiary Lancia Digital Broadcast said Bamba TV will be accessible with a one-off purchase of a set-top box retailing at KES 3,299.

The new service will have up to 50 channels, including 24 international channels exclusive to Bamba TV and the rest local free-to-air channels. The Bamba TV service is planned to have three cartoon channels for kids, seven movie channels including three Nigerian movies channels, four family movie channels and four lifestyle channels including Fashion TV, Cars TV, Justice TV and The service will also have two sports channels including a wrestling channel. In addition there will be four international news channels including Al-Jazeera English and France 24 English.

The Bamba service, which has been in testing for over a year, went live in Nairobi recently. The signal will cover the whole country by the end of March 2015 when Kenya is expected to fully migrate form analogue TV. Over the next five years, the firm expects to invest up to USD 10 million in the service.