GOTV; 7 Little Things You Need to Know

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Gotv is one of the best alternative to premium TV (Dstv, Zuku) in Kenya. Off course, we have the Startimes but honestly speaking, whether you are a lover of sport or some movies, Gotv beats startimes easily.

I once owned a startimes decoder and I had to replace it with Gotv.

I know you are likely using this decoder, so how is this post going to be of any benefit to you?

I am going to take you through all the little things you need to know about Gotv so that you can make your experience more enjoyable.

Little things you need to know about Gotv

1. Packages

There are SIX packages to choose from. Some of which you pay monthly while others have a yearly payment schedule.

The table below compares all these packages.

Package Number of Channels Payment Frequency Price in Ksh.
Lite (Annual) 15 Annually 1500
Plus 40 Monthly 749
Max 48 Monthly 999
Lite (Quarterly) 16 Quarterly 590
Lite ( Monthly) 17 Monthly 260
Value 26 Monthly 499
       

2. Channels

So what channels are on the packages? You can easily compare them here to make an informed decision.

Lite( Annual) Value Plus Max
B4U Movies B4U Movies
TVC Entertainment
Iroko Plus
Zee World Zee World
Maisha Magic Bongo Maisha Magic Bongo
Maisha Magic East Maisha Magic East Maisha Magic East
African Magic Family African Magic Family African Magic Family
Africa Magic Epic Movies Africa Magic Epic Movies Africa Magic Epic Movies
Eva+ Eva+ Eva+
M-Net Movies Zone M-Net Movies Zone
CBS Reality
BET International
Fox Life Fox Life Fox Life
Fox
E! Entertainment TV E! Entertainment TV E! Entertainment TV
Telemundo Telemundo
Iroko Music Iroko Music
Star life
ROK 3 ROK 3
ROK 2
Go Channel Go Channel
SuperSport Blitz SuperSport Blitz SuperSport Blitz SuperSport Blitz
SuperSport Select 1 SuperSport Select 1
SuperSport Select 2 SuperSport Select 2
SuperSport Select 3 SuperSport Select 3
SuperSport Select 4
SuperSport Select 5
Aljazeera Aljazeera Aljazeera Aljazeera
BBC International BBC International BBC International
CCN CCN
Jimjam Jimjam Jimjam Jimjam
Disney Junior Disney Junior Disney Junior
Nickelodeon Nickelodeon Nickelodeon
Nat Geo Wild Nat Geo Wild
Discovery Family Discovery Family
Emmanuel TV Emmanuel TV Emmanuel TV Emmanuel TV
Islam Channel Islam Channel Islam Channel Islam Channel
Faith Broadcast Network Faith Broadcast Network Faith Broadcast Network Faith Broadcast Network
Afro Music English Afro Music English Afro Music English Afro Music English
MTV Base MTV Base
K24 K24 K24 K24
KTN NEWS KTN NEWS KTN NEWS KTN NEWS
Citizen TV Citizen TV Citizen TV Citizen TV
KTN KTN KTN KTN
NTV NTV NTV NTV
KBC KBC KBC KBC
Inooro TV Inooro TV Inooro TV Inooro TV
eTV Africa eTV Africa eTV Africa eTV Africa
Classic FM Classic FM Classic FM Classic FM
       

Please note that the Lite Quarterly has an addition of ONE audio channel (Classic FM). The Lite Monthly has two more channels, Classic FM and Maisha Magic.

It is also important to note that when scanning, the decoder will pick up so many other channels from Startimes, PANG and BAMBA. While in most cases these channels will work (if they are on the FTA platform), Gotv does not take responsibility for such.

In addition, in their T&Cs, the package may change at any time with channels removed or added.

3. Activation

For your Gotv decoder to work, you need to activate it. This is especially true if you have just bought the decoder.

Please follow the following steps.

Go to GOtv website using the following link.

At the website, you will see, ‘Enter your details and activate your subscription.’

You will need to fill the following.

  • Your city
  • Surname
  • IUC Number
  • Mobile Telephone

 You can easily find the IUC number on the red sticker at the back of your decoder. Once you have activated, you can comfortable enjoy watching your favorite programs.

Sometime you may need to activate your decoder if you have been using Gotv and your subscription expired. In this case, if you make your payment, the decoder will automatically be activated. You however need to remember that your decoder must be on to receive the activation signal.

4. Gotv Contacts

If you are in Kenya, here are the contacts.

Platform Contacts
Phone Number 0711 066 000
020 423 6000
0711 066 555
020 423 6555
Website  GOTV Website
Facebook @GotvKenya
Twitter @GOtvKenya
 Physical Address Multichoice Kenya Ltd. First Floor, Sarit Centre,
Westlands, Nairobi

5. Gotv Paybill

Here is the paybill numbers for all the countries that have Gotv presence.

Country Paybill
Ghana
Kenya 463655
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
Nigeria
Rwanda
Uganda
Zambia

For the Kenya reader, this is how to pay for Gotv via Mpesa

  1. Go to MPESA menu and choose Pay Bill.
  2. Enter the GOtv Mpesa business number 423655.
  3. Enter ICU number (ICU number is found on a red sticker at the bottom of your decoder).
  4. Enter the amount to pay.
  5. Key in your MPESA PIN
  6. Confirm that you have entered the correct details, and then send to complete the transaction.
  7. Wait for the confirmation SMS

For other countries, the process is the same, only that you have to use your paybill number and the local mobile money transfer network.

One more thing, you can also make online payments on Gotv website.

6. How to change Gotv package

Sometimes it may be necessary to change the package you are on. This is either by downgrading or up grading.

This is how to do it.

Via SMS

This is the simplest and fastest way to do it. All you have to do is send the message ‘UPGRADE (DOWNGRADE) IUC NUMBER’ to 22688.

Call customer Care

You can call the customer care and request for an upgrade or downgrade. Again, this should work fast for you.

In case you missed the Contacts, see them above.

Do it online

This is my favorite method doing this. You can do it at the ‘Easy Self Service.’ All you need to do is login at the Gotv website. Off course, you will need you phone number and IUC number.

Once you logged in, you can easily change your package. However, it is recommended that you let the current package expire before changing to your preferred one.

7. SMS Short Codes

Country SMS Short Code
Kenya 6088
Uganda 6688
Malawi 4688
Ghana 4688
Mozambique 4688
Nigeria 4688
Tanzania 16688
Zambia 4688
Zimbabwe 6088

Conclusion

There are small about GOtv that you need to know, especially if you use their decoder. This will make your life easy and ensure you enjoy your subscription and get the most out of your decoder.

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