Zuku TV

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 […]

Safaricom gets green light for broadcast channels

Kenya’s Communications Authority has approved local telecom provider Safaricom’s application for licences to broadcast four TV channels, allowing the operator to create its own content for the IPTV service it launched in May, according to local reports. Safaricom’s broadcast licences will enable it to distribute content both over-the-air and online, as well as to compete […]

Fox hires Wananchi’s Bekker to run African operation

Fox International Channels (FIC) has named former Wananchi Programming managing director Hannelie Bekker as managing director of FIC Africa. Bekker, who will be responsible for all FIC brands in Africa, including Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Movies, FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Gold, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2 and Baby TV, will […]

Wananchi extends Verimatrix security deal

The Wananchi Group is extending its partnership with content security specialist Verimatrix, ahead of the launch of OTT video services from its East African pay TV operator Zuku TV. Since 2010, Wananchi-owned Zuku has used Verimatrix’s cardless Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for DVB solution to secure its DTH satellite TV services, and subsequently extended […]

Wananchi Group appoints new CEO

Wananchi Group, the owner of East African pay TV operator Zuku TV, has appointed former ONO CEO Richard Alden as its new CEO, replacing current boss Richard Bell. Alden, who has worked as Chief Operating Officer at Wananchi since the start of the year, takes the top job as Bell moves into a new role […]

Wananchi to raise up to US$100 million for TV expansion

Wananchi Group, the owner of East African pay TV operator Zuku TV, plans to launch a fresh funding round for US$50 million (€38 million) to US$100 million before the end of the year, according to CEO Richard Bell. Speaking exclusively to DTVE, Bell said that since Wananchi Group was founded in 2008 it has already […]

Zuku TV set to complete switch to SES-5, expands capacity

East African pay TV operator Zuku TV is set to complete the migration of its services to the SES 5 satellite by the end of July. Wananchi-owned Zuku TV has been migrating its services from SES’s NSS-12 satellite to SES-5 since February. SES-5 was launched to the 5° East slot last year. Wananchi has contracted […]

Zuku reveals subscriber numbers five months after launch

East African pay TV service Zuku TV has signed up 35,000 subscribers in its first five months. This comes as the service’s parent company Wananchi Group plans to roll the platform out in a raft of countries in 2012. Zuku TV is already available in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and it hopes to launch Zuku […]