Kwese TV is a Zimbabwean, satellite and broadcasting network owned by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, under Econet Media that is soon to be launched . It is set to be launched in mid August 2016.
In December 2015, Strive Masiwa announced on his blog that Econet Global was about to launch a Pay TV service known as Kwesé TV. According to Masiwa the TV would only focus on sports and entertainment programming to African markets.
Acquiring Broadcasting Rights
In March 2016, Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Group, secured the rights to screen the English Premier Soccer League for three seasons (2016/17 up to 2018/19). Under the arrangement Econet will be able to flight one Saturday afternoon Premier League match live on its Kwese Sports platform, on a free-to-air basis each weekend of the season. The rights also came with the weekly preview and review shows and are going to be available in 50 countries across the region.
In April 2016, Kwese signed a multi-year content deal with the United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA). Under this partnership, the NBA will show live games and other NBA programs on Econet’s pay TV service Kwesé TV as well as on the Internet and its mobile platforms. As a result Kwese 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. The arrangement between the NBA and Econet also marked the end of NBA’s relationship with SuperSport which is part of Naspers’ MultiChoice.
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- Nigel Gambanga, Econet secures English Premier League rights for its Kwesé Sports TV service, TechZim, published: March 17, 2016, retrieved: July 4, 2016
- Nigel Gambanga, Econet Media replaces SuperSport to become NBA’s official broadcast partner in Africa, TechZim, published: April 21, 2016, retrieved: July 4, 2016