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Kwese TV is the new kid on the block and a number of people are contemplating whether they should jump ship or not.
Kwese has come up with a number of interesting spins on their service to separate themselves from their competitor, DStv. They (Kwese) are offering things like one bouquet, 5 devices on one package, users able to pay using any local payment methods.
For those that are still stuck in the “valley of indecision” here’s some feedback from a recent Kwese TV customer, who shares what they have gone through in the last three weeks while using the service.
I have been with Kwese for about three weeks now. Honestly as it stands, DSTV Compact package is way above Kwese. Kwese needs to improve on these aspects:
Zimbabweans, and I believe, Africans have been fed on a Euro (Anglo)-American entertainment diet for time since TV reached the African continent. Yes, we need to appreciate other cultures but it seems to me that Asian (read Chinese/ Indian/Korean/Japanese) movies do not just have the same appeal as British or American movies to us. Kwese has far much more Asian than Western movies in their movie channels. To add on, the information about the movie when you press the i button on the remote control often leaves out important detail about the movie, e.g. year of production.
African Movies shown on Kwese channels are almost all Nigerian movies leaving one wondering whether African means Nigerian. I know for sure that South Africa has a significant film industry and produces way better quality films in terms of picture and sound quality as well as accent of the actors. For many of the so called African movies on Kwese the picture and sound quality leaves a lot to desire. It would even help to have English subtitles for many of us to really get the gist of what the Nigerian actors will be saying.
Thumbs up to Kwese for Discovery Science, IDx, Odisseia etc, but I would like Kwese to include Discovery Channel, Discovery History Channel, BBC Earth Channel and National Geographic as well as National Geographic Wild Channels.
3. Kids Programmes and International News
For Kids Programmes and International News Kwese does a good job. However, Kwese needs to include a local/Zimbabwean News Channel, NOT ZBCTV.
This is where I think Kwese currently is no match for DStv. Only one English Premiership live match per weekend is just not good enough. Kwese do have club TV channels for Liverpool, Arsenal, Totenham and Man City at least but none of these club channels seem to allow Kwese to broadcast their matches live. Liverpool TV will only show you live video of supporters on the terraces and the live match is broadcast only as audio. I can’t be sitting on a couch for two hours listening to the radio on TV.
Australian Soccer League, Brazilian Serie A or even the Argentine Super Liga should actually be selling points for Kwese but not the main soccer leagues for an African Audience. We need Spanish La Liga, The Premier League, Italian Serie A not Serie B, League 1 and Bundesliga not B leagues of these European countries.
European Champions League and Europa League are a must for any TV network broadcasting in Africa. Kwese has nothing of it. The Morrocan, Nigerian, South African Premier Leagues would also add value to Kwese Sports. A twenty four hour exclusive sports News channel would also give busy viewers a quick update of each days major events.
Oh and thank you Tendai Samukange for the comment 😉
So, have you signed up for Kwese? If so what has been your experience?? If not, you still can join in the conversation by telling us what your ‘Kwese expectations’ are.
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