Zimbabwe


Kwesé TV shuts down as Econet blames Zimbabwe economic crisis

Econet Media’s pan-African satellite TV service Kwesé TV is shutting down today, with parent company Econet Wireless blaming economic conditions in its home territory of Zimbabwe and the difficulty in securing foreign currency to pay suppliers. Zimbabwe ceased to recognise the US dollar and South African rand, as well as other foreign currencies, as legal […]

Vubiquity teams up with Discover Digital for Zimbabwe deal

Amdocs-owned on-demand aggregator and technology outfit Vubiquity has struck a multi-year deal with payment platform Discover Digital to provide international and local content to service providers in Africa, kicking off with TelOne Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) in Zimbabwe. The deal covers two tiers of subscription content on the Discover Digital Service – On Demand […]

AzamTV lining up for Zimbabwe launch

Pay TV service AzamTV is to expand beyond its East African home territory with a launch in Zimbabwe, according to local press reports. Azam Media parent Bakhresa Group’s general manager was cited as saying the had been in discussion with the Zimbabwean officials and the local regulator to secure relevant permissions for the project. AzamTV […]

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 […]

StarTimes set to launch Zimbabwean service

Chinese-backed pan-African pay TV provider StarTimes is set to launch in Zimbabwe under the StarSat brand, according to local reports. StarTimes country manager Brenda Matshazi told local news service TechZim that the pay TV outfit had secured a DTH licence and was in the process of setting up operations. According to the report, StarSat decoders […]

Econet launches free-to-air sports channel in Kenya

Kenya-based Econet Media has launched a free-to-air sports channels that will offer coverage of English Premier League football as well as NBA basketball, Extreme Fighting Championship combat sports and NFL American football. The channel, Kwesé Free Sports, will be available on digital-terrestrial TV and on satellite in Kenya via free-to-air set-top boxes. The channel has […]

Econet Wireless planning new African pay TV service

Econet Wireless, the mobile telecom operator owned by Zimbabwean businessman Stive Masiyiwa, is planning to launch a new pay TV service called Kwesé TV. Masiyiwa announced on his Facebook page in December that the service will offer a range of sports and entertainment programming to sub-Saharan African countries, including to mobile users. He said that […]

Zimbabwe taps Eutelsat for digital TV transition

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has agreed a three-year contract with Eutelsat Communications for capacity that will help accelerate the country’s transition to digital TV. BAZ has leased Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite, which it will use to deliver 12 free-to-view channels nationwide to a network of 48 digital terrestrial television (DTT) […]

FilmBox expands in African with OVYtv

SPI International/Filmbox has agreed with African operator OVY Network to extend their channel distribution agreement, extending its reach in a number of sub-Saharan African countries. The deal will see eight channels from the SPI International/FilmBox portfolio initially set for Botswana be made available through OVYtv in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, […]