Econet Zimbabwe has now announced the availability of Kwese TV officially at Econet Shops. Click here for full story.
The excitement is building up. The wait is agonising now. Does Kwese have a licence yet? It looks like they have it or at least are about to get it. It is just a matter of time before they announce but that’s not good enough for some of us. If you absolutely can’t wait here is what you can do. Keep in mind this is not official though.
The Kwese set top box (decoder) is on sale in Zimbabwe right now, in Harare at least. We actually went to one such store where the decoders are being sold and can confirm this. There was even content playing on a TV from a Kwese decoder. The decoders are being imported from countries where Kwese is already licenced, like Zambia.
The decoders come with their own satellite dishes and a fresh installation is required. You can’t just connect the Kwese decoder to your Dstv satellite dish as the satellites they receive information from are different. This means the dishes face different directions. If you can do that yourself, good for you but the merchants selling the decoders also provide installation services.
Let’s talk price. The decoder and dish set will set you back about $60- $70. That’s steep isn’t it. That price however also includes $33 for the first month’s subscription to the full bouquet, which makes it reasonable. This bouquet is the only one available at the moment unfortunately. Let us break down that price then.
The full bouquet costs $33 which is comparable to the Dstv compact bouquet. That price is not in line with what is being charged in other countries. In other countries the same bouquet costs around $24-$28. The difference is probably these merchants’ charge for the trouble they are going through to make it happen for us. When Kwese officially launches it will probably be in the $24-$28 range for the monthly full bouquet subscription as it is in other countries.
Interest in the Kwese decoder has risen sharply because of the current challenges in making Dstv payments and the rumours of the licencing of Kwese in Zimbabwe. Now that there is a way to get Kwese right now, are you going to give it a try?