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Kodi Is Perfectly Legal But …

If you own an Android TV Box then you have probably heard of Kodi. Just in case you haven’t, Kodi is an open source media player formerly known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center). It is maintained and developed by the XBMC foundation. The player is primarily written in Python and C++ and it is pretty […]

YouTube launches US$35 per month live TV service called YouTube TV, furthers disruption of broadcasting

Simply called YouTube TV, the live TV service will be available first in the United States. Subscriptions have been set at US$35 per month which will get you (up to six users per account by the way) 44 channels including access to YouTube Red – the $10 per month ad-free YouTube service that already has some of its own movies.

Strive Masiyiwa gives Kwesé TV update – flexible bouquet payments, 18 country roll-out, 60+channels

Strive Masiyiwa, the founder and Chairman of the Econet Group recently gave an update on the product development and roll-out plans of Kwesé TV. This is the pay-TV service owned by Econet Media, the entertainment subsidiary of the telecommunications group. In a post providing some entrepreneurial insights on Kwesé TV that were shared on his Facebook page, […]

Naspers looks for partnerships with African mobile networks, braces for competition with Netflix

Naspers’ statements come at a time when the African VOD space has attracted a scramble from a number of services which include Netflix, Amazon and Econet’s Kwese TV. These have emerged as serious contenders as demonstrated by their major investments in content.

ShowMax partners SEACOM for faster content delivery & less buffering, readies East Africa rollout

The result is that ShowMax subscribers who want to access any of its movies, series and shows will have faster access to the content and it will be delivered with reduced buffering.

DStv responds to customer complaints, promises fewer repeats & over 100 movies in 2017

DStv, the most prominent pay TV service in Africa which is owned by MulitChoice (a subsidiary of corporate giant Naspers) ran a customer earlier this year and based on feedback has promised to show fewer repeats and offer fresher content. This is a followup to promises made in September this year that announced potential changes in […]

Econet’s Kwesé TV secures an exclusive 19-country content deal with ESPN

Econet Media, the Econet Group’s entertainment subsidiary has announced a new partnership between its TV service Kwesé and sports entertainment brand, ESPN. Under the partnership, which comes into effect in early 2017, there will be an ESPN channel launched exclusively through Kwesé Sports in 19 African countries.  ESPN is also expected to produce its daily SportsCenter updates […]

Econet’s DStv competitor Kwesé TV now available in Zimbabwe

Kwesé TV, the pay-TV service and DStv competitor from the telecoms company Econet is now available in Zimbabwe.

Econet’s Kwesé TV now live in Kenya with Kwesé Free Sports, adopts direct to TV model for FTA decoders

Econet Media, the broadcasting arm of the Econet Wireless Group has finally launched Kwesé TV with a few exceptions from what has been anticipated all these months.

Econet secures content creation & distribution deal for Kwesé TV with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Econet Media, the entertainment company and subsdiary of the Econet Group has entered into a content partnership with T.D. Jakes Enterprises International, the company that’s led by United States pastor, author and filmaker Bishop TD Jakes.

Econet signs another sports content deal, positions Kwesé TV as SuperSport’s biggest competitor

Even though Kwesé TV is set to be a distributor of various categories of content, Econet Media has clearly focused a lot of its content acquisition efforts on sports content with other types of content hardly receiving any mention.

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe bets on pay TV service Kwesé TV for future growth

What’s a bit off, though, is that Kwesé TV is now being placed at the centre of Econet Zimbabwe’s strategy yet in the past, it has always been identified as part of Econet Media which is an Econet Wireless Group investment.

Zimbabwean IPTV startup PrimeviewTv throws hat into pay TV ring, squares up against tough competition

PrimeviewTV has to figure all of these issues out while going up against well-heeled existing competition like Netflix and Showmax as well as yet to launch live TV providers like Kwese TV.

Econet Media replaces SuperSport to become NBA’s official broadcast partner in Africa

As such Econet becomes the NBA’s sub-Saharan Africa official broadcaster. It will be able to offer viewers over 500 games which will also include the WNBA games, the NBA playoffs, and the finals.

Econet secures English Premier League rights for its Kwesé Sports TV service

The Econet Wireless Group has just scored one for its internet TV and Video On Demand (VOD) ambitions. Its subsidiary, Econet Media, has acquired the package of free-to-air broadcasting rights for the Barclays Premier League in sub-Saharan Africa.

Zimbabwe’s changing internet service delivery landscape: a perspective from ZOL

The landscape around internet service delivery is changing rapidly, something that has resulted in ISPs like ZOL exploring the possibilities of extending services into the provision of entertainment services (IPTV) and VoIP calling, something that has been offered by other IAPs for a while now. The exciting new terrain is obviously IPTV, something that ZOL Zimbabwe […]

Econet near to launching pay TV service called ipidi

Econet Wireless, it is emerging, will be launching  a new subscription and “pay as you go” TV service called ipidi in the coming weeks to few months. A job advert for a marketing director that the company posted to its website last week Wednesday shows the company is looking to fill the position, in their words, “as soon […]

Ke Nako TV: Is this Zimbabwe’s first Internet TV license application

So, this is the first time we’ve actually seen an application by a local company for an internet TV license. The name of the company is Ke Nako Media. You will probably remember the company from their court battle for the magazine name “Parade” from yesteryear. Here’s a newspaper cutout of the notice of their […]

The Google Tax: is it justified?

The internet has been described as a global system of interconnected computer networks that makes use a suite of protocols to serve billions of users worldwide.