Tag: Pay TV
Earlier this month, Multichoice Zim announced that subscribers would have to pay more for all DStv packages due to VAT adjustment. For many people there was confusion since Value-Added-Tax actually fell from 15% to 14.5%. If VAT paid is actually lower why are you paying more? Well, Multichoice has explained this saying before 2020 the […]
Econet Media CEO Joseph Hundah has said the company going into administration and has already appointed Ernst & Young accountants to take them through this process. Speaking to Business Day, Mr Hundah is said to have claimed that Kwese’s free-to-air business was too small to sustain its operations, but one has to wonder just how […]
In January the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) called for interested parties to submit licence applications for; Video On Demand Services (VoD), Webcasting Services and Content Distribution Services. It seems Zimpapers (yes you read that right) are very much interested in entering this field as they have applied for the Content Distribution Services licence. According […]
Kwese is now offering a package that is specifically tailored for civil servants. The new deal is a 2-year contract offering and over the next 24 months, civil servants will pay a monthly fee of $20.30. This 20 bucks will get you: Free Decoder Free Standard installation Kwese full bouquet of 77 channels for the […]
Barely a day after Econet Wireless Zimbabwe announced that customers can now subscribe to the new Kwese TV service, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has released a statement saying that Kwese TV is not yet licensed to operate in the country. BAZ has also said that the licence Kwese TV has used to launch its […]
Kwese TV now available at Econet shops in Zimbabwe. $49 for installation, decoder & first month subs (Update)
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 […]
Africa’s newest pay-TV player, Econet Media, plans to spend about US $1.19 billion on content acquisition for its Kwese TV platform in the next 5 years, Techzim can exclusively reveal. The information was contained in a document the company submitted to the Lesotho Communications Authority in an application for a TV license in that country. The spend […]
Last week, a local company called StarSat told us that they were representing StarTimes in Zimbabwe and that they had secured a license to broadcast via satellite in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, we made the wrong assumption that their claims were genuine as we didn’t believe they’d have any reason to lie. And sadly, we ran with […]
Econet Media, the company behind Kwesé TV announced the addition of VICELAND to the Kwesé TV lineup. VICELAND is a youth and lifestyle channel owned by VICE Media, a young, North American digital media and broadcasting company. Econet Media signed a deal with VICE Media in mid-2016 as one of its several tie-ups with content partners […]
The festive season is in full swing and by now everyone is in holiday mode. An essential part of this season is some great entertainment that can fill in all those extra hours you have and help pass the time. That’s where TV comes in. Usually, this means subscribing for a Dstv bouquet, setting up […]
Amazon launches its TV service, Prime Video, in over 200 countries including Zimbabwe – dangles $2.99/month offer
Amazon has just launched Prime Video, its Video On Demand (VOD) pay TV service in over 200 countries around the world (Zimbabwe included) effectively becoming the biggest competitor to internet TV poster child Netflix in providing internet TV to a global audience.
Kwesé TV, the pay-TV service and DStv competitor from the telecoms company Econet is now available in Zimbabwe.
Econet introduces zero-rated Kwesé TV bundles, plays to its strengths in aggressive African VOD space
Though Econet Media declined to comment on any developments related to Kwesé TV, the option for $0 daily, weekly and monthly Kwesé bundles suggests that the internet used to access the service will be zero rated for Econet subscribers.
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.
But that’s asking for too much. With a near monopoly, MultiChoice doesn’t need to do any of this, not yet anyway. The competition hasn’t matured yet, so suspended price increases and bouquet improvements like English Soccer on a $32 package are what we’ll have to accept.
The sharp price increase has been blamed on a weakening South African rand which has placed MultiChoice in an uncomfortable position as it acquires content from the global market where stronger currencies like the British pound and the United States dollar are used.
Under this promotion, Econet will be offering free access to all content on this website which includes the Copa Del Rey, a Spanish football tournament. Econet has pointed out that it has secured exclusive rights to Copa Del Rey, meaning that when Kwesé TV does launch sometime next year, it will be the only platform providing access to the tournament.
Nine years down the line Zimbabwe has missed the ITU digital migration deadline for a host of reasons that include delayed funds release, lack of skill and low prioritisation. What does this mean for you and me? Well, it’s business as usual with your first, permanent and only choice in local broadcasting.
So apparently the DStv price increases – those annual increases they announced two weeks ago – have attracted quite a backlash. “I love sport but will not pander to thieving” said one commenter to the story we posted here. Nigerians and Zambians are taking it even further – petitions to boycott the service! Here’s a petition a Nigerian is running […]
For The Latest DSTV Prices As Of November 2016 Go Here Just two days ago it was confirmed that Multichoice, the Naspers owned Pay TV service would be effecting a price increase on its DStv bouquets. It has become the norm actually (they have tagged it as an “Annual Price Increase”), with DStv Zimbabwe, like every […]
Today, a group that seems to be Sub-saharan Africa’s largest triple play (internet, TV, and voice) service provider, Wananchi, announced that it has raised $130 million to expand its operations in countries in the region that include Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and its home, Kenya. This probably means that in countries like Zambia where Wananchi’s brands had limited market visibility, we will […]
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 […]
MultiChoice’s DStv is probably the most popular pay TV service in sub-Saharan Africa but subscription payment is not as convenient as most people would like. In Zimbabwe, it used to be that to make payment you had to do it at one specific bank; one called Interfin. Then, later, MultiChoice added more banks to their DStv […]