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Nairobians rush to beat digital deadline

Nairobians are this week rushing to beat the Friday digital TV migration deadline with the middle class already spoilt for choice.

Pay TV firms Star Times of China and GoTV, a DStv subsidiary, on Sunday pitched camp on streets, shops and top supermarkets.

More than 600,000 Nairobians have, according to officials, migrated, with the trend likely to accelerate this week.

This comes as research showed majority of Kenyans cannot afford the set-top boxes.

Star Times is offering DVB-T2 with a few subscriber channels at Sh4,999.

The set offers free to air channels even without subscription, meaning you can make a one-off payment if you do not require all the channels.

The cheaper version at Sh2,999 requires regular subscription.

GoTV has a special offer of Sh3,399 loaded with two-month of GoTV Plus package.

The Digital Migration Survey 2013 by Infotrak revealed that more than a million Nairobi residents with televisions will be left with blank screens come Friday.

Of the 1,000 surveyed in November, 64 per cent preferred CCK to switch off analogue signals next year.