Kenya


MultiChoice Kenya joins association to fight piracy

African pay TV operator MultiChoice’s Kenyan unit has joined local industry association the Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK), an outfit created to lobby the Kenyan government to provide a regulatory and commercial environment conducive to investment in information communication and technology. MultiChoice is the first broadcaster to joint TESPOK, with the stated aim of […]

Richard Alden freed after Kenyan prosecutors drop charges

Former Wananchi CEO Richard Alden has been freed after Kenyan authorities dropped a murder charge against him. Alden, who had been charged with the murder of Grace Wangechi Kinjanjui, was freed after the authorities accepted that Kinjanjui accidentally killed herself while helping to clear out the Alden family home in a Nairobi suburb in June […]

Pay TV numbers rise in Kenya as DTT FTA boxes decline

Digital-terrestrial pay TV subscriptions are rising significantly in Kenya, while the number of free-to-air channels is declining, according to statistics published by the country’s Communications Authority. The number of pay TV subscribers in the market rose from 3.534 million to 3.743 million in the quarter to March, according to the government’s research, while the number […]

Court date set for Richard Alden murder case

Kenya’s High Court is to hear the high-profile murder case against former Wananchi CEO Richard Alden in September. According to local reports, Justice Jessie Lessit fixed a hearing date for the case after Alden’s defence lawyer told the court that his client wanted the matter to be dealt with quickly. The case is coming to […]

Intelsat targets East Africa with new Kenya office

Intelsat has opened a new sales office in Nairobi, Kenya, in a bid to up its support for the telecoms and media sectors in East Africa. The satellite operator said the office will enhance its responsiveness to customers, communications services and media companies operating in the East Africa region. “Our decision to open an office […]

ShowMax teams up with The QYou for curated series

Naspers-owned South African subscription video-on-demand provider ShowMax has teamed up with short-form best-of-the-internet channel The QYou to curate a series of shows in East Africa. ShowMax has selected The QYou to increase its reach among millennial audiences through the launch of a new series, Q Hits, that features a curation of short-form online videos. The […]

Turner and AzamTV take Boing into East Africa

Turner has expanded children’s channel Boing into new markets in East Africa after agreeing a deal with satellite TV provider AzamTV. Turner-owned Boing Africa is now available for the first time in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania via Azam’s basic TV package. “This new deal is totally aligned with Boing Africa’s mission to provide quality […]

Solar energy group teams up with ZukuTV to target off-grid Kenyan homes

Solar energy specialist Azuri Technologies has teamed up with Wananchi Group-owned pay TV operator Zuku TV to launch a new pay-as-you-go TV service aimed at regions in Kenya without electricity supply. The Azuri  PayGo Solar TV offering will combine solar home power, a 24-inch TV, satellite dish and Zuku’s Smart+ entertainment offering with 48 TV […]

Africa launch for CBeebies

The BBC’s preschool channel CBeebies is launching in East Africa on the Zuku pay TV platform. The UK pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, handles the channel’s distribution internationally as part of its portfolio of channels. It has inked a deal with Zuku TV and the preschool channel is now available on the pay TV platform […]

ShowMax launches new SVOD service for Kenya

Naspers-owned South Africa-based ShowMax has launched a mobile-focused subscription video-on-demand service in Kenya. The video-on-demand outfit has teamed up with mobile telecom operator Safaricom to launch the service, which will offer two packages targeted at users in the East African country. ShowMax Premium will be available for KES880 (€7.70) a month, offering a full range […]

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