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Africa pay TV outfit Kwesé goes into administration

African pay TV operator Econet Media, which operates under the Kwesé brand, has put its satellite broadcasting business into administration. CEO Joseph Hundah said yesterday that the group is in talks with creditors to rescue its business. Econet abandoned its attempt to challenge MultiChoice’s DStv in the pay TV market across 12 African countries at […]

Kwesé to launch five free channels in South Africa after securing DTT licence

Econet Media’s new South African venture Kwesé Free TV has received a commercial free-to-air broadcasting licence and radio frequency spectrum licence in country, giving the broadcaster 55% of the third South African digital-terrestrial multiplex frequencies. The move will give Econet Media-backed Kwesé the ability to launch five free-to-air channels in the country, including its free-to-air […]

Iflix exits Africa to focus on core Asian markets

Iflix has sold the remaining stake in its African business, Kwesé Iflix, to local partner and the parent company of Kwesé, Econet Global Limited. Iflix said the move would allow it to focus its resources and double down on its core Asian markets. The news comes after African pay TV provider Kwesé TV announced in November […]

Kwesé Iflix launches in Zimbabwe

Kwesé Iflix, the joint venture between Kwesé owner Econet Media and emerging market SVOD service Iflix, has launched a new mobile app in Zimbabwe. The Kwesé Iflix app will be available to Econet Wireless mobile subscribers and will offer live linear content – including coverage of all 64 FIFA 2018 World Cup games – alongside […]

Vice and Kwese partner on South African production hub

Econet Media and Vice Media have announced plans to launch a new bureau and production studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Kwesé Vice joint venture will focus on developing, producing and distributing local content and original video programming – both for Kwesé Vice’s channels and third party platforms. The venture is due to launch in 2018 […]

Kwesé TV adds free bouquet to offering

Econet Media-owned African pay TV outfit Kwesé has added a new bouquet of free-to-air channels to its offering. According to the company, the Kwesé Free bouquest will feature at least five channels that aare usually only available to pay TV users. These include the Kwese Free Sports Channel which offers live sports games from the […]

Star India outbids Facebook for Indian cricket rights

21st Century Fox-owned Star India has successfully bid €2.15 billion for global Indian cricket rights, fending off competition from 14 other bidders including Facebook and Disney’s BAMTech. Star India has secured global media and digital broadcast rights for Indian Premier League cricket for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022, after submitting a winning bid […]

Kwesé secures exclusive IAAF athletics in ESPN deal

New African DTH pay TV service Kwesé TV has secured the rights to air top international athletics competitions after parent Econet Media struck a deal with ESPN’s media distribution unit. The agreement with ESPN, which represents the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), will make Kwesé TV the exclusive broadcaster of IAAF events and content […]

Kwesé TV now available in Zimbabwe

Econet Media’s Kwesé TV has launched in Zimbabwe through a partnership with local player Dr Dish, obviating the need to acquire a separate licence of its own, according to local press reports. According to various local reports, Dr Dish, which holds a licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe dating from 2012 that is valid […]

Iflix teams up with Econet’s Kwesé for African SVOD launch

Emerging markets subscription video-on-demand operator Iflix has teamed up with Econet Media-owned African pay TV outfit Kwesé to bring a new Iflix Africa streaming service to markets in sub-Saharan Africa. According to Iflix, the partnership will focus on targeting the growing base of smartphone users in Africa along with growing consumer demand for premium quality […]