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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 […]

Kwesé TV to abandon satellite pay TV, focus on streaming

African pay TV provider Kwesé TV is to abandon satellite-delivered pay TV and concentrate on its streaming activities. Kwesé said that it had seen a “noticeable shift” in consumer viewing habits driven by mobile video consumption and that it would focus on premium streaming offerings Kwesé Iflix and Kwesé Play and a stripped down free-to-view […]

Kwesé Iflix secures iconic NBA Africa Game

African digital pay TV platform Kwesé Iflix has secured rights to the NBA Africa Game 2018, the US NBA’s third game to be played in Africa. The platform, a joint-venture between African media group Econet Media and Asian SVOD provider Iflix, will air the game live from the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria […]

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 […]

Kwesé taps Alpha Networks for OTT TV launches

Econet Media-owned African free and pay TV provider Kwesé has tapped Alpha Networks for the delivery of its new OTT TV services, Kwesé Play and Kwesé TV. According to Alpha Networks, which is supplying its Tucano back-end platform for the new services, Kwesé Play is the first Roku video service launched by any operator in […]

Kwesé acquires ‘significant stake’ in Iflix Africa

Econoet Media-owned pay TV provider Kwesé has acquired a “significant stake” in Iflix Africa. The deal deepens the two companies’ existing partnership, with Kwesé and Iflix first partnering in August to launch a version of the latter’s emerging markets SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa. Iflix now has operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, […]

African pay TV subscriber numbers to grow 74% by 2023

The number of pay TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa is due to increase by 74% between 2017 and 2023 to reach 40.89 million, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that over the same period Sub-Saharan pay TV revenue will climb by 41% to US$6.64 billion, with subscriber growth outstripping revenue as […]

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 […]

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 […]