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Kwese TV: The Full Dr Dish letter to BAZ demanding reversal of license cancellation

25 August 2017 The Chief Executive Officer Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe 27 Boscobel West Drive Highlands HARARE Dear Sir Re: Invalid Notice of cancellation of License No. CD0004 held by Dr Dish (Pvt) Ltd Introduction We act for Dr Dish (Pvt) Ltd. We have been instructed to respond to your letter of 22 August 2017 […]

Econet starts refunding people who bought Kwese TV decoders & subscriptions

A tip sent to Techzim by a reader says Econet has started to refund Kwese TV customers in Zimbabwe. The move follows the suspension of the service by Econet after the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe declared Kwese tv operations illegal. The money is being paid to subscribers’ EcoCash mobile money accounts. Says the message from […]

Dr Dish brings Kwese TV to Zimbabwe (Press Release)

Dr Dish (Private) Limited wishes to announce that it has struck a ground breaking Content Distribution deal with Econet Media Limited, a Pan African Broadcasting Network, to bring Kwese TV into Zimbabwe. Dr Dish is a duly Licensed Broadcasting Service provider with a valid Content Distribution Service License number CD0004 which was issued by the […]

With 50 million potential viewers, Kwese now biggest FTA TV player in Africa, says Econet

In a CNN interview this week, Econet Global Limited CEO, Hardy Pemhiwa, said that Kwese TV is now the biggest FTA TV network in Africa. Asked how many subscribers the relatively new media company now has, Pemhiwa avoided speaking about ‘subscribers’ but spoke about ‘eyeballs’ Kwese has access to instead: We now have access to 50 million eyeballs […]

Kwese signs content deal with Namibian Broadcasting Corporation

Econet Media owned Kwese announced this week a new deal with Namibian Broadcasting Corporation to have Kwese Free Sports content on the national broadcasters channels. According to a report on The Namibian, Namibia makes 24 the countries with Kwese Sports now. Kwese has done a number of these sub-licensing deals with incumbent broadcasters in African countries. This enables […]

Reality Check: Myths about the digital broadcasting regulation in Zimbabwe

After the highly informative and enlightening discussions and presentations that I witnessed at the Digital Future Conference I am still in shock at the reality on the ground. The reality being that our “Digital Guru’s” are generally not aware of the legal issues relating to broadcasting in Zimbabwe. It was interesting to note that there […]

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom to try its hand at broadcasting

According to an article carried by IT News Africa today, Kenyan mobile network operator, Safaricom has applied for a digital broadcasting licence. This move comes as the MNO is setting out to harness the opportunities that have come from the digital migration which was carried out in Kenya. This is the same analogue to digital migration […]

Zimbabwe needs US $173 million for television digitisation by June 2015

The Minister of of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services, Jonathan Moyo, said today that the government needs US $173 million to complete the broadcasting digitisation migration. The $173 million, said the minister, will go to migrating existing transmitters, buying new digital transmitters, migrating the studios at Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), migrating monitoring equipment for the regulator and […]

How will tech change the World Cup experience this time?

The greatest football show on earth, THE FIFA World Cup, is a little over a month away and Zimbabwe, just like every other country is joining up in the build up to the excitement that comes once every four years. Tech is set to make a big difference on how we are going to experience […]

Where to find Zimbabwe 1st TV on the internet: Streaming, YouTube, Facebook

Zimbabwe 1st TV went live yesterday as promised. But they are not just beaming to free-to-air satellite TV decoders, the channel is available for online viewing. The channel can be viewed as streaming service you Ustream, viewed as recorded shows on YouTube, and followed on Facebook