Satellite television services in Ghana are major contributing factors to Ghana’s fast-growing media landscape. Satellite television, apart from being the only means by which Ghanaians abroad can watch television channels in Ghana, has also gained great prominence even in Ghana’s remote areas. These satellite tv platforms are very popular in Ghana’s geographically remote areas because cable television and terrestrial television service have failed to be a reliable source of television viewing in these areas.
However, these satellite tv service providers are said to be also popular in Ghana’s urban centres primarily because they provide many channels and, better entertainment options. Ghanaians at urban areas are also known to enjoy a better variety of TV viewing services, as they receive reliable transmissions of all tv service platforms including cable television, terrestrial television as well as satellite tv.
Before going into the details of satellite tv service providers in Ghana, what is satellite television? Satellite television is a television service that provides tv viewing by transmitting programme signals from a communication satellite, which orbits the earth directly to the location of the viewers. To ensure viewers receive the satellite signal, satellite dishes must be mounted at fixed positions to the direction of the satellite.
Therefore, the viewer needs a satellite dish and receiver mostly referred to as a decoder to view these satellite television channels on their Television sets. Note that these decoders are sometimes inbuilt in some televisions or external set-top boxes hence, needs to be connected to your TV set.
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Here is a list of these satellite TV service providers in Ghana and the kind of channels they provide.
Multi tv is arguably the most popular free-to-air satellite television service provider in Ghana. It is also Ghana’s first direct to home satellite television station. Multi TV is based in Ghana and it’s owned by Multimedia Group Limited. Multi TV reaches over 26 countries across Africa.
It currently has on its platform almost all of Ghana’s top free to air radio and television stations. These radio stations include Peace Fm, Citi FM, 3Fm, Onua Fm, Starr Fm, Hello Fm, Fox FM, Metro FM, Accra Fm, Angel Fm amongst others. The television stations on Multi Tv also include TV3, GhOne TV, UTV, GTV, Citi TV and several other local tv channels.
Multi TV has six radio stations on its satellite platform. They include Joy FM, Luv Fm, Nhyira Fm, Asempa Fm, Hitz Fm and Adom Fm. Their television channels are Joy News, Adom TV and Joy Prime. Multi Tv can be reached on +233 30-221 16820 or via email at email@example.com.
Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) is the most widely known pay television service in Ghana. DSTV currently provides to over 18.9million people across Africa with direct satellite broadcast services. This sub-Saharan satellite television is owned by Multichoice.
In Ghana, DSTV is known as the pay television with the most entertainment options. DSTV is also the most trusted means by which many Ghanaian homes watch their favourite sports matches — via SuperSports.
It also has among its lengthy list of channels Ghana’s topmost television stations including TV3, UTV, GhOne TV, Metro TV, Citi TV, among others. They can be reached via +233 302 740 540 and customer service @gh.multichoice.com.
GOtv is another satellite television service provider owned by MultiChoice. It consists of more African programming, unlike DSTV. Though GOtv also has some international television programming options too, they provide the greatest African entertainment by the best local channels in Africa. That is why GOtv is noted as the home of African Television.
Apart from its African content, it provides news options like BBC, CNN, Aljazeera, among other major news platforms across the world.
In Ghana, GOtv closely follows DSTV in terms of pay television popularity and entertainment/sports options. GOtv was founded by Multichoice Nigeria and currently serves over 9 countries in Africa. GOtv can be contacted on +233302740540.
StarTimes is a Chinese satellite television service provider which also gained prominence for its rights to televise major football leagues in the world. The pay television service became very popular in Ghana when it won the television rights to broadcast the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup.
StarTimes is not an all-sports pay-tv service, it also has several entertainment options. It has many of Ghana’s most-watched TV channels on its platform and even has its Ghanaian TV channels like ST Adepa. You can contact StarTimes via their national service hotline, 0302748188.
Written by iChris.