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Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 1:53pm On Sep 09, 2017
This is a live thread about Kwese TV and all it offers in Africa.

Kwesé TV is the redefinition of broadcasting in Africa, taking audiences Beyond TV.

Kwesé is a distinctly African entertainment company, disrupting the industry by breaking through the confines of traditional approaches to broadcasting. We aim to meet the needs of an increasingly dynamic and globally connected African viewer by providing affordable, premium content to audiences across the continent.

Kwese is a brand of Econet Media Limited, the media arm of Econet, one of Africa’s leading Telecoms, Media & Technology groups.

In addition to great content and its multi-platform, Kwesé offers a ‘pay-as-you-watch’ service that enables viewers to purchase three or seven day passes to its full programming bouquet so they never have to miss out on trending sports or entertainment programming. (See picture below for pricing in Nigeria).

To know more visit the website: www.kwese.com

You can also download the App to watch live sports and some Kwese stations for free. Hurry now amd go to Playstore and App store to get the Kwese App.

You can find a dealer around you from the link below:

Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 1:55pm On Sep 09, 2017
Pause: Kwesé update

__Our journey to bring you the stars!

My youngest daughter is only 14 years old. She watches a lot of television, but never on a TV set. She watches everything on her computer. Africa has about 60m TVs, but already there are more than 200m smartphones and tablets on the continent. I hope you now understand why I was inspired to call our new venture, Kwesé… which means "everywhere!"

It’s now been almost a year since we launched Kwesé TV, so as promised, here’s my latest update on our progress. We’re entering an exciting phase where we’ll now begin to launch our services.

One of the first things I shared with you about this venture was the importance of doing proper research to make sure you fully understand the business you’re going into. We researched this venture for more than three years before deciding to go into it.

One of the first lessons we learnt is that “content” is THE most important thing in the television business. A TV network operator must first buy high quality content that people are prepared to pay for.

When a broadcaster acquires content for you to watch on TV, it’s called buying "rights." Before Kwesé can air live sport events or a movie, for instance, we must own the "rights" to do so. Those rights can be very expensive, particularly when they’re "exclusive" and can’t be shown by another network. Can you guess what are some of the most expensive broadcasting rights to acquire?

We've spent the last 12 months fighting for such rights. My team and I have travelled all over the world, and met suppliers of content, including major international studios and sports organizations.

This has really been a journey to bring you the stars, and we can't wait to share with you...

# Kwesé (via Econet Media) has now acquired rights to broadcast some of the most important content in the world of sports and entertainment!

# Some of our rights have never been aired in Africa before.

# We have also commissioned African film producers to develop our own programming.

We aren't simply copying what others have done. That wouldn’t be very smart. We have our own strategy. You, too, must always have your own strategy.

By now you will have noticed that we’re not building a “normal” TV business. Our work is still underway so I won't share too much just yet, but I’m happy to tell you (a little):

1. Kwesé Free Sports

We started with just one sports channel, Kwesé Free Sports, which we first launched in Kenya. It's now growing throughout the continent. So far the response has been remarkable! That channel and its content, is now available in 16 countries, and growing. It will be a fully 24 hour free sports channel in most African countries within three years.

To learn more about Kwese Free Sports (including the countries where you can find it now) go to Kwesesports.com or our Facebook page.

2. KweseSports.com

As I’ve told you before, any modern business must have a website. In our case, we did more than that. Our website is "a business within a business," and we’re working together with the world’s largest TV sports broadcaster, ESPN, to make KweseSports.com the HOME OF GLOBAL SPORT IN AFRICA!

Africans and people of African descent are some of the world's greatest sportsmen and women. KweseSports.com is the place to follow them!

3. Kwesé App

If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer, by simply downloading the Kwesé App you can already watch some of the rights and TV channels we’ve acquired.

I suggest you download the App, and follow its progression over the next few weeks. You will see that it is not all about sport, eventually. Access to the content is free, until we have populated the site with all the content. Kwesé Free Sports is always free!

For all of you young entrepreneurs, Kwesé will soon have a wonderful surprise for you, too..."Shhh!" (Wait for it).

To be continued. . .

Dr Strive Masiyiwa
CEO Econet
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 3:30pm On Sep 09, 2017
You can watch the live match via the App. All you need to do is download the app and follow thses quick and easy steps:

1. Sign up on the app (see pictures below).
2. Once you are in, you can now watch free entertainment and sports channels!

Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 3:11pm On Sep 10, 2017
Kwese Update:
We are launching service in 7x countries additional countries this month (September):

#Zimbabwe (NOW available through Econet Shops, and approved dealers);

# South Africa (available from Thursday next week, as Kwese Play only);

#Kenya (in two weeks through Safaricom, Airtel, and e-dealers);

#Nigeria (in two weeks through MTN and Airtel Shops, and e-dealers).

#Botswana (ALREADY UP, through dealers, big retail outlets, and MNOs);

#Swaziland (end of the month, through dealers, and MTN);

#Malawi (end of the month, through dealers and Airtel).

...October will see more countries, including Uganda and Tanzania.

Thanks for the support.
Please enjoy!

God bless.

Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 4:44pm On Sep 12, 2017

There is palpable excitement in the sport television market following the announcement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup media rights for Sub-Saharan Africa last week. Alongside the usual suspects SuperSport, newcomers Kwese TV and StarTimes have acquired various rights to screen the 2017 Confederations Cup, the junior men’s tournaments as well as the women’s tournaments.

While SuperSport has held the African pay television market by the scruff of the neck for several years, new players Kwese and StarTimes are flexing their muscles and challenging the monopoly of the South African behemoth.

StarTimes has been puffing for a while now and saw an increase in sales of digital decoders and antennas when it won rights to the 2015 Fifa tournaments (Women’s World Cup and men’s U17 & U20) for sub-Saharan Africa. Like many eager football fans, I acquired my StarTimes decoder during that period. 2015 was a good year for the Chinese company as they bit into the SuperSport market share and also took over the German Bundesliga rights. But as soon as the tournaments were over, it was difficult to sustain interest in their other offerings. So I abandoned my set top box.

The most exciting entrant into the market is Kwese Sports owned by Econet Media. Apart from the pay TV rights to the World Cup, Kwese Sports got the free-to-air package for the whole of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa. This means that the ambitious company can enter into alliances with domestic broadcasters across the continent like the NTA, AIT and others, to broadcast the World Cup. This will bring them brand leverage that could be turned into a massive market for their pay TV roll out.

On the surface it all seems like the higher the competition for media rights, the better it is for customers. In truth, customers get to pay more on the long run in acquiring different decoders and paying subscriptions across several platforms in order to access their many different offerings. But it is FIFA that has actually made more profit in this bidding round.

Despite the recent corruption problems faced by FIFA, the organization seems to have weathered it very well and its most important product, the World Cup, continues to be a big draw. It is an extremely coveted property that every broadcaster wants to have.

According to Callum McCarthy of Sport Business, FIFA’s profits went up almost 95 per cent this year from all the jostling for media rights for sub-Saharan Africa. SuperSport paid around $11million for the 2014 rights (exclusive pay TV across Africa), they slightly increased their payment this year to $14m (non-exclusive pay TV rights) while Kwese Sports acquired their free-to-air and pay-TV rights for almost $34m. Let us assume that StarTimes got their deal for around $10-12m. This round of rights sales has put a decent $56-58m in FIFA’s pockets from sub-Saharan Africa.

Sport has always been a major incentive for the purchase of cable TV subscription. In the United States, ESPN continues to be the most expensive channel to watch. Unlike movies and other programing, sport is unpredictable so it draws large audiences. And because live sport is consumed as it is produced, it has a higher premium than any other kind of TV content. The 2014 World Cup had a cumulative audience of 3.2billion with 98,087 hours of broadcast (FIFA TV Audience Report).

Nigerians love live sport and regularly pack viewing centres and bars in order to watch European football. As the NTA (with average viewership of 16.7m for Brazil 2014) and other national broadcasters have become unable to compete for global sports rights, SuperSport has been the benefactor of the crave for global sport.

While StarTimes’ offering has not been up to the same quality one has come to expect of cable TV, Kwese Free Sports seems to have an ace up its sleeve. It has introduced one free English Premier League game via its mobile app every weekend and is set to expand its reach across the continent through the Confederations Cup and World Cup. From a marketing perspective, it has an opportunity to grow its brand to become an important voice in the African media market.

While SuperSport has established itself as a leader in the industry, the new kids on the block have an opportunity to create product differentiation by producing memorable programming around the World Cup in order to gain considerable audience share. Will they be able to offer behind the scenes, road to Russia and exclusive African national teams’ footage that would be memorable?

For advertisers, it is most likely SuperSport would remain the first option with StarTimes and Kwese Sports hoping to take a significant bite of that money. Still, the World Cup advertising market in Nigeria depends very much on the Super Eagles qualifying for Russia 2018. If they do, there would be a windfall like Brazil 2014 where brands fell over themselves to run campaigns in the frenzy of the tournament. With more broadcast rights owners, would top brands spread the money around or remain with their trusted ally?

Kwese Sports’ survival will depend on how much they are able to commercialize their new property. The next several months would confirm if our new found excitement about changes in the sport television market has been worth it.

Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by austinereds(m): 9:37am On Sep 13, 2017
are they showing premier league and champions league?
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 5:33pm On Sep 13, 2017
are they showing premier league and champions league?

Hi Austinereds, yes for English Premier League. The rights to air Champions League will be acquired soon.
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 5:34pm On Sep 14, 2017
Breaking News: Another amazing new service from Kwesé TV
__Your time, your content, your choice... #BeyondTV !

I've written here before about identifying a human need and then working to solve it with your own entrepreneurship and innovation. Sometimes you may also identify a "human want," for example, to have more choice, convenience, speed, better prices, and a greater selection of inspiring, interesting and educational ways to spend your time...

# Have you always wanted to access the best global content for both you and your children, without struggling to find an international credit card to pay for it?

# Have you always wanted to build your own TV bouquet, and only pay for what you watch?

# Are you tired of repeats, and want so much content at your fingertips that you are always spoilt for choice?

My team thought about all the things you need, and the answer is our new service, Kwesé Play... which we launched today in partnership with Netflix, the giant US Internet streaming entertainment company.

Custom-built and powered by our partner Roku®, the Kwesé Play "streaming box" has more entertainment content than any broadcaster in Africa and is the first set-top box in Africa to officially include Netflix service.

This is a #GameChanger!

Here's how it works: Traditional subscription service (or Pay TV) relies on a decoder connected to a satellite dish. The challenge of satellite technology is that it's inflexible and rigid, limiting the things you can do. It's actually quite an old technology.
Kwesé Play uses the most advanced decoder in the world (an Internet "streaming box"wink connected by fibre optic cable. The high speed fibre (internet) connection allows us to provide the most intelligent TV service possible.

# Our "streaming box" is the one used mostly in the US. It's a called Roku®, and is only available in Africa from Kwesé Play and its distributors! (This Roku-powered™ streaming box was custom-built for and in partnership with Kwesé).

# Netflix is provided through what we call an Internet "streaming app" which allows you to open and search for thousands of movies. This "video on demand" service means you can access the content as and when you wish to watch!

# Kwesé Play customers in South Africa get an exclusive, three-month FREE gift subscription to Netflix. (This is a launch special.)

Our partnership with Netflix covers the whole of sub Saharan Africa. When the service rolls out to your country in the next several months, you will not need a credit card and foreign exchange. You can pay your Netflix subscription with your country's own currency!

# Kwesé TV's own "TV Everywhere App," which we have just launched, is also on the platform so you can just open it and watch all our channels, including, of course, Kwesé Inc!

# Netflix is not the only "streaming app" on Kwesé Play. There are already 100 apps and we will increase them as we progress. Many Netflix originals will be released in Africa at the same time as everywhere in the world, including new seasons of global hits such as Stranger Things, Narcos, Luke Cage and The Crown, stand-up comedies like Trevor Noah, Afraid of the Dark, and Netflix.

# Netflix members in Africa will also be able to see some shows that are not available to Netflix members in the US, such as hit series Designated Survivor and the new Star Trek: Discovery series.

# In addition to Netflix and Kwesé TV, our launch Kwesé Play launch package includes TED, RedBull TV, iflix, Revolt, YouTube and HappyKids2.

There is more!!!

There are 100x streaming channel apps, but you can build your own bouquet. You choose the channels you like and build your own TV network. You pay ONLY for those channels you want.

There is more!!!

70% of the streaming apps are FREE! You pay for Netflix and Kwesé Play, and a few others... the rest are free!

There is more!!!

You have free access to the Kwesé TV "Everywhere App" for use on your phone, once you subscribe to Kwesé Play. This app has 75+ channels by end October.

Kwesé Play works with a normal TV or a laptop. It takes a few minutes to install if you have fibre in your house. You don't need a technician and you don't have to remove any other Pay TV service in your house.

#Beyond TV... Choose when, where and what you like!

Image credit: Netflix co-founder, Mr Reed Hasting and I in Barcelona earlier this year.


Dr Strive Masiyiwa
CEO Econet

Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 4:05pm On Sep 22, 2017
Check out amazing reviews of Kwese TV: Beyond TV


Mods kindly get this info to front page to enlighten people of other options in pay TV. cc @UjSizzle @prof800 @lalasticlala
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 4:22pm On Sep 22, 2017
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Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by allighieri(m): 6:23pm On Sep 22, 2017
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Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 6:56pm On Sep 25, 2017
Guys Kwese is officially launching this week. Hurry now!!!! Head Office is at #5 Adeola Odeku Str, VI, Lagos State.

Kwese Update:

Even as I was in New York working on my philanthropy initiatives, the team at Kwese were keeping up their hectic schedule of launching a new country almost every week.

The launch in South Africa was followed up by the formal launch of Kenya, as planned.

This week it is Nigeria!

Next week we have slated Malawi and Uganda.
As an entrepreneur you should be watching closely to understand the “Ps”.

-- Dr Strive Masiyiwa
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 8:43pm On Oct 21, 2017
#Breaking News on Kwese:

1. KTN News of Kenya now continental on Kwese. This is great news for Kenyans who are outside Kenya. You can use your decoder or the Kwese App.

2. Our new family entertainment channel:
Kwese Family will go on air on 31st October. This is one of our really big channels that has been under development for two years.

3. 4x Fox channels [including Nat Geo], Ezekiel TV, God TV, E!, HIT TV, DayStar Tv, are just some of the great channels coming on air in a matter of two weeks.
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 7:55pm On Oct 22, 2017
Carlos Takam has replaced Kubrat Pulev as the fighter facing Anthony Joshua on the 28th October for the WBA Super and IBF championship. Catch the fight LIVE and EXCLUSIVE only on Kwesé Free Sports at 19:00 http://kwese.espn.com/ #BeyondTV #WeGotThis

Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 6:16pm On Dec 07, 2017
Kwese and MTN Partnership in Lagos Nigeria.

Source: Strive Masiyiwa Facebook

Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by maeshal(m): 8:01pm On Dec 08, 2017
So kwese you guys could not win this recent UCL rights for 2019 to 2021 and you want us to be paying 6k+ every month sigh
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 11:22am On Dec 09, 2017
So kwese you guys could not win this recent UCL rights for 2019 to 2021 and you want us to be paying 6k+ every month sigh

Maeshal, yes the UEFACL '19 and '21 rights have been won by SuperSports. However, I am sure Kwese Team is working on securing other football rights. Nevertheless, there are other premium entertaining channels to get you thrilled and ensure you get full value for money. Download the app to see the list of channels and their TV shows. Go with KWESE, you won't regret it.
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by segzytola: 7:01am On Jan 12
You said kwese is pay per view assuming there is power outage can I pause the subscription.
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by greenhulk: 9:53am On Jan 12
So kwese you guys could not win this recent UCL rights for 2019 to 2021 and you want us to be paying 6k+ every month sigh

This is where too many competition for paytv is bad for consumers. If Kwese gets EPL, DSTV gets UCL, Startimes get La Liga, and maybe TSTV gets Fa cup, carabao cup and copa dey rey... at the end of the day any consumer that wishes to watch all will have to buy all 4 decoders, 4 subscriptions. dsts: 10k, kwese, 6k plus, and whatever startimes and TSTV wishes to charge.. we are looking at over 20k plus getting the whole house littered with different decoders. Unless each company can share their services, it would be very bad for consumers.


Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by zinosleek(m): 12:08pm On Jan 12
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by maeshal(m): 10:55pm On Jan 12
Ok so today i made up my mind to buy kwese decoder, i checked on their website to locate a dealer close to me but to my greatest surprise there is no dealer in olodi apapa and ajegunle sigh well i tried shopping online, the thing i saw sent shivers down my spin. Shipping to my house cost 9k lol are these guys for real? Is the shipping from abroad?
Re: Kwese TV: Latest "Pay-per-view" Satellite TV by DonDraper: 4:16pm On May 24
Kwese Sports, BON Reach Agreement To Broadcast World Cup Live
Channels Television
Updated May 21, 2018

Millions of football fans in Nigeria are now guaranteed free and breathtaking action of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on terrestrial television.

This is thanks to an agreement the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) reached with the rights holders Kwese Sports.

Based on the agreement, matches involving African teams as well as the opening and closing ceremony of the World Cup.

In all, terrestrial television viewers will get to see 32 matches at the month-long event hosted by Russia.

At a press conference, held in the Boardroom of Channels Television in Lagos, BON Chairman, Mr John Momoh, explained the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Mr Momoh said, “We are focused on providing the best services to our audience and clients. And by combining the wide and national coverage of our members with Kwese’s offering, we can ensure that all Nigerians have the opportunity to watch the matches and cheer our great Super Eagles to victory during the FIFA World Cup when watching free to air television regardless of wherever you are in Nigeria.

“To this end, BON and Kwese have dedicated endless resources to ensure a top-class sporting coverage that will remain indelible in our minds for a long time to come.”

On its part, Kwese Sports said it was keen to get as many Nigerians as possible get to watch the World Cup.

“What is really important for us is to make sure that all Nigerians, to the extent possible, are able to have access to the World Cup,” the Chief Executive Officer of Kwese Sports Nigeria, Zakary Wasara, said.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is scheduled to start on June 14 and end on July 15. Hosts Russia would get the tournament started by taking on Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles would get into action two days later when they face Croatia. The Super Eagles were drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia.


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