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Do you have an SA DStv account? You can watch all SuperSport channels for free this weekend

South Africans are starting the weekend early as it’s Heritage day tomorrow so today is the last day they are going to work. There is also a bit of cheer for them and those Zimbabweans who “illegally” have DStv South African accounts-you can watch all SuperSport channels for free no matter what your package is […]

DStv to broadcast certain sports events for free?

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is reviewing regulations around the broadcasting of sports. There is an expectation that the review could lead to some changes for DStv. The review by ICASA is meant to regulate broadcasting of sporting events “in the public interest” and to promote wider reach of such events. The […]

DStv announces new channel and overhauls coming to existing Supersport channels

SuperSport has announced that from the 1st of September, Supersport channels are getting new names. Out with the confusing numbers at long last. SuperSport says this was done to make for a better navigation and viewing; This thinking has driven SuperSport’s decision to drop the numbering system it has used for its channels for more […]

DStv brings back NBA & more American sports with new ESPN deal

SuperSport has announced a partnership between MultiChoice Group and The Walt Disney Company which will result in the airing of a host of American sporting content and two new channels on DStv. The two new ESPN (ESPN & ESPN2) channels which will start airing on the 29th of July will offer the following content; National […]

YouTube Clarifies Position On Partnership With SuperSport: No Plans To Live Stream SuperSport Content

After reports made the rounds that YouTube would be partnering with SuperSport to bring content to South African viewers on their online video platform, the statement was retracted and up until now there was no official position issued out. Finally, word is out and it seems YouTube will not be streaming La La-Liga games and […]

[Updated] YouTube To Start Live Streaming Some Of Supersports’ Content

It’s being reported that YouTube will begin live streaming some of the sporting events from Supersports catalogue live on their platform. YouTube’s Dayo Olopade spoke on the partnership and confirmed that other content holders such as NBA Africa, will also be involved in the deal: Africa is a sport-loving continent, so it makes perfect sense […]

DStv Brings Back Italian Serie A To Supersport

In news that will probably delight DStv subsrcibers who love football whilst equally frustrating Kwese subscribers, Supersport has clinched the rights to broadcast the Italian Serie A for the 2018-19 season which will be kicking off on the 19th of next month. Unlike some sporting content which has been exclusively aired in South Africa, Italy’s […]

DStv To No Longer Broadcast Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League…

In terms of entertainment in Zimbabwe, DStv is (or was) quite big, chiefly because we have/had very little options. ZBC tv did that to us. Not only do we have one national channel, but the national channel is terrible! Repeats, propaganda, poor quality and it goes on and on. So eventually, people had enough and […]

DStv will be shuffling SuperSport channels soon

DStv has recently announced that they will be shuffling the SuperSport channels on their service. The channel shuffle changes will take effect on 4 July 2017. The changes aim to make it easier for sports fans to navigate around the different sports channels and for them to find their favorite sport quickly. They will also […]

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 […]

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 takes Kwesé Free Sports to Rwanda, licenses free coverage of English football to over 10 African countries

Kwesé Free Sports, the zero-rated 24/7 sports channel from Econet Media has just gone live in Rwanda marking this as the fourth African country that now has access to the Free to Air (FTA) service.

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.

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.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe gives football fans another reason to hold onto DStv Compact with UEFA finals

MultiChoice Zimbabwe has announced that for tonight’s UEFA Europa League Final, football fans can catch the game on its DStv Compact bouquet.

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.

MultiChoice to take legal action against subscribers & operators involved in access of DStv South Africa

As part of this programme, MultiChoice Zimbabwe will be visiting unregistered DStv agents in the country who have been flagged for promoting the illegal provision of DStv South Africa accounts. MultiChoice has threatened to take legal action against any agents and subscribers found on the wrong side of the issue.

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’s Kwesé TV to launch by August 2016, set to square up against MultiChoice’s DStv

Kwesé TV, the internet TV service owned by Econet and targetted at Sub Saharan Africa will be going live before the start of the 2016-2017 English Premier League season which kicks off in August this year.

MultiChoice confirms that there’s no price increase or reduction for DStv this year

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.

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.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe responds to economy & illegal SA subscribers, brings EPL, Euro 2016 & La Liga to DStv Compact

It’s a significant step back for MultiChoice Zimbabwe. Last year, it migrated all major European Football coverage to its Premium bouquet which is priced at $82. Needless to say, the change, which coincided with the start of popular European Leagues in August, wasn’t welcomed by Zimbabwean subscribers who already complain about other unfair practices like regular price increases.

MultiChoice says it welcomes Netflix’s arrival – Here’s why it’s not worried

MultiChoice the Naspers-owned pay TV service and parent company of DStv has welcomed the arrival of VOD service Netflix in Africa because this offers subscribers more options. However there are other reasons why it isn’t worried by the new service.

Econet offers its subcribers free access to Spanish football

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.

My beef with DStv

We love DStv. It’s probably the most accessible Pay TV in Africa. However, there are reasons to be mad at it. The re’s the complication around pricing that isn’t favourable to users of US dollars against the declining South African Rand, and then there are issues to do with its content strategy.

Multichoice Zimbabwe starts terminating illegal DStv subscribers

It’s been exactly one year since we mentioned the struggle MultChoice was facing with Zimbabweans that subscribe to DStv South Africa instead of the Zimbabwean bouquets. This practice, although popular in a post-Free-To-Air-Decoder Zimbabwe, is illegal. Yesterday, it was reported by the Chronicle that MultiChoice Zimbabwe terminated the signal for some Zimbabweans viewing DStv South Africa […]

Multichoice Zimbabwe announces new bouquet prices for DStv

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 […]

What’s up with Twitter and its fascination with the Cricket World Cup?

  A shout out to the Zimbabwe Cricket team for their victory over the UAE at the Cricket World Cup. National pride is sweeter these days where one story is retold a million times on the internet. Like a lot of other unlucky cricket fans, I didn’t get a chance to watch the match and […]

Facebook’s makes its way to Tanzania

A little over a few months ago, the Facebook owned, non-profit organisation, debuted a service in Zambia via an app that allowed locals to access a curated list of services on the web for free. Part of the promise included the expansion to other countries across Africa and standing true to their promise, that […]