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Kwesé TV abandons satellite pay TV to focus on streaming


Kwesé TV abandons satellite pay TV to focus on streaming

African pay TV provider Kwesé TV is to abandon satellite-delivered pay TV and concentrate on its streaming activities.

Kwesé said that it had seen a “noticeable shift” in consumer viewing habits driven by mobile video consumption and that it would focus on premium streaming offerings Kwesé Iflix and Kwesé Play and a stripped down free-to-view satellite offering based on its Kwesé Free Sports service.

The pay TV outfit, which operates in a number of countries outside South Africa, where it is headquartered but does not operate, said that the new satellite bouquet would carry selected sports and general entertainment programming for a minimum fee.

The operator said it would reduce the number of third-party channels on the service, and remove its branded sports services excluding Kwesé Free Sports. The service will include free-to-air, religious and news channels.

Customers that have paid their subscriptions for November will receive a refund, it said.

The move to abandon satellite pay TV comes after a period in which Kwesé’s owned by Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless, launched pay TV services in 11 countries, with a free-to-air offering in a number of other territories. The pay TV unit acquired rights to a number of premium sports offerings including the World Cup and the forthcoming Euro 2020 competition.

Asuquo Eton founded, now one of the most visited TV, music, tech and features website, in 2011. He is also a social media analyst, media and entertainment consultant.

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