Update: Econet has since suspended selling Kwese TV after the government announced that Kwese is operating illegally.
After weeks of speculation, Econet has finally announced the availability of the Kwese pay TV service at its shops in Zimbabwe.
In an announcement on social media the newspapers today, Econet said customers can now visit any of its shops around the country and pay $49 to get a decoder, free installation and the first month.
In terms of ongoing subscription prices, you probably know that Kwese, unlike Multichoice, essentially has a single bouquet. Your choice comes on subscribing either for a month, 7 days or just 3 days.
The monthly subscription, from what we gather, is $29. The 7-day subscription is $9 and the 3-day $5 (This is not confirmed however and we’ll confirm once we get the official word).
If you’re wondering what channels and content you’ll get on Kwese, you can check out the KweseTV.com official website.
Most of the Techzim readers have been interested in the big question of EPL soccer channels. A Twitter user who says they visited an Econet shop today posted a picture of list of channels Kwese Zimbabwe has on offer and that list says “All EPL matches are screened”.
This is particularly interesting because all along it was generally believed that Kwese TV only has access to 1 EPL match per week, which would be screened over the weekend. If all EPL matches are available on Kwese TV for just $29 a month, Kwese may indeed be an immediate huge disruption to Multichoice.
Unlike the difficulties that DStv customers have had paying for their subscriptions using Bond Notes at banks, Kwese TV’s proposition is not only that you can pay directly at any Econet shop, but also that you can easily do so with Bond Notes, EcoCash etc…
Kwese has essentially become the only serious competition to Multichoice’s DStv ever in Zimbabwe. Elsewhere in Africa Multichoice have competition from StarSat, Zuku TV and Kwese. In Zimbabwe, it’s really just Kwese TV and maybe pirate tv services on South Africa’s Openview HD. You want Kwese? Please fill in this simple form and we will do our best to hook you up.