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Kwesé Free Sports app will be zero-rated tonight by Econet for Harare boxing explosion event

Earlier this month, the Kwesé Free Sports App was announced by Econet for Zimbabweans to use. When the app came, it was zero rated for an NBA match that was happening that day. Today, Econet has announced that the app will be zero rated again tonight on their network for Harare Boxing Explosion which will […]

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 […]

SuperSport secures exclusive English Premier League rights for Pay TV until 2022

Naspers owned pay TV broadcaster, Supersport, has secured exclusive rights to screen the main English Premier League for another three seasons starting 2019. Supersports has had the exclusive rights to broadcast the games since the EPL’s inaugural season in 1992, with the current deal expiring in 2019. The new deal covers the 2019-2022 seasons and is […]

Kwese and DStv share rights to FIFA World Cup 2018 games

FIFA today announced the winners of the broadcasting right to the 2017-2018 FIFA games. These include the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.  Strive Masiyiwa’s Kwese Sports is one of the 5 media companies that have secured rights to screen the games. The others are Multichoice’s SuperSport, SABC, StarTimes and CANAL+. […]

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 bets on nascent eSports market, signs Kwesé Sports content deal with ESL

Through the Econet /ESL deal, Kwesé Sports will have rights to use and distribute ESL content and host events across Africa. This will mean the broadcasting of some of ESL’s tournaments that have registered significant following.

Econet signs deal with Formula 1 to broadcast championship racing in Africa through Kwesé Free Sports

Under the arrangement, Econet’s Free to Air sports channel will have exclusive free-to-air English language rights to the F1 championship for the Sub-Saharan Africa region, except South Africa.

ZBC content deal with Econet Media collapses ending Olympics & English Premier League coverage on local TV

The content deal that was recently concluded between the local broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and Econet Media has collapsed.

Want to access Kwese Sports on ZBC? – These are the 5 things you need to know about this local content deal

If you want to access Kwese Sports on ZBC these are the 5 things you need to know about this local content deal and how to enjoy it.

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 brings NFL & Superbowl coverage to Sub Saharan Africa – signs content deal for Kwesé TV

The company has entered into an agreement with the National Football League (NFL) to become the exclusive linear TV broadcaster for the NFL in 19 countries (Zimbabwe’s included) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Econet Media makes another bet on sports, acquires rights to live stream formula E racing on Kwesé TV

Under the arrangement, Kwesé TV will be able to flight all Formula E sessions that include practice, qualifying and the races themselves to 20 Sub-Saharan countries that include Zimbabwe.

Another content deal for Econet Media as it secures Viceland for Africa through Kwesé TV

The latest is a partnership with VICE Media, the North American digital media and broadcasting company. Econet Media’s Kwesé TV will open Viceland, VICE Media’s TV channel, to 17 African countries by the end of 2017.

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.

UEFA Champions League Final to be streamed on YouTube as online live sports gain momentum

The UEFA Champions League’s access over the internet is a major endorsement for the growing trend of streaming alternatives for live sports. Earlier this year the United States’ NFL inked a streaming deal with Twitter while SnapChat also entered into an arrangement to share clips from the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.