Archive - August 2016

 

Press Release: Johannesburg, 26 August – Econet Media has added Formula 1® racing to its already impressive portfolio. The African broadcaster has successfully concluded an impressive three and a half year deal with Formula One World Championship Limited which gives its Free-to-Air (FTA) platform Kwesé Free Sports, exclusive free-to-air, English language rights across Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. The deal means that Kwesé Free Sports will now broadcast same-day delayed coverage of Formula 1® racing to African viewers in a number of countries.

Coverage starts with the broadcast of the 2016 FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX from the world famous Spa-Francorchamps on the 28th August. This will include all the race action from practice and qualifying rounds on the 26-27th August as well as the race itself on the 28 August 2016.

This is the latest in a series of exciting announcements from Econet Media, which through Kwesé Free Sports and its live-streaming platform Kwesesports.com is already bringing premium sporting content to viewers across Africa. Leveraging the exclusive multi-platform rights already held by Econet Media across a number of premium sporting codes including the Premier League, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC), the National Football League (NFL) and Brazil Football among others, the company will now be bringing Formula 1® racing to viewers across the continent who would not otherwise have access to this exciting sporting code.

Econet Media CEO Joseph Hundah, said: “Econet Media, through our Kwesé portfolio, remains committed to bringing premium sporting content to viewers by becoming a hub for the very best in global and local sports content. We are thrilled to bring African FTA viewers the latest from the Formula One circuits.”

For more information on Kwesé Sports as well scheduling times, visit www.kwesesports.com and like Facebook.com/KweseSports

Notes to Editor

About Econet Media

A subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options. Focussed on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing choices, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products.  In addition, Econet Media have invested intensively to build its own operational assets. www.kwese.com.

About Formula 1®

Formula 1®, which began in 1950, is the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition and is the world’s most popular annual sporting series. In 2015 it was watched by over 400 million unique television viewers from over 200 territories. The 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to November and spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of the Formula One group, founded by CEO Bernie Ecclestone, and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™. For more information on Formula 1® visit www.formula1.com.

F1, FORMULA 1, FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, GRAND PRIX and related marks are trademarks of Formula One Licensing BV, a Formula One group company. All rights reserved.

Media Contacts

Reatile Tekateka | Econet Media,

(m) +27 83 374 2601 (Primary contact, South Africa)

(m) +254 704 854 829 (Kenya),

Email: reatile@econetmedia.com  

(Image Credit: Globoesporte.com Marcos Ribolli)

Comprehensive 3-season deal inked between Econet Media and Brazilian TV Globo 

JOHANNESBURG, 15 August 2016 – Econet Media today announced that it has negotiated an impressive 3-season agreement with leading South American TV company, the Brazilian Globo. The deal will offer Econet Media rights to broadcast live games from Brazil’s top soccer competition, with English commentary on its Kwesé branded platforms. 

Starting in 2016 and running until 2018, Kwesé will be the exclusive broadcaster of the Brazilian League in the following territories – Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.

The deal encompasses the rights to screen 110 games of the Brazilian League running from May to December each year until 2018 and 43 games from São Paulo State League (February to May annually). Both tournaments will be available on Kwesé platforms. In addition, Kwesé will screen weekly two shows that amplify the relevance of the championship: “FootBrazil” and “FootBrazil Highlights”.

As part of the recently concluded contract, Econet Media also holds sub-licensing rights.

Commenting on the latest news, Econet Media CEO Joseph Hundah says, “Brazil is a global soccer powerhouse whose world-famous superstars have included the likes of Pelé, Zico, Roberto Carlos, Kaká, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Neymar, among countless other legends of the game. The outstanding skills of their top players have thrilled soccer fans for decades and we are delighted that we have acquired the rights for Kwesé Sports to showcase a new generation of soccer icons in the making. Our www.kwesesports.com website continues to grow and this deal with Globo is indicative of our commitment to give African sports fans access to the best in premium sports content.”

“We are pleased to work with Econet Media. It’s an important deal that will deliver the best of Brazilian soccer to more fans around the world,” says Raphael Corrêa Netto, Globo’s head of international sales. “We believe that Brazilian soccer has a truly global appeal and we are sure Kwesé viewers will enjoy following the thrilling action from these two famous leagues.”

ABOUT ECONET MEDIA

A subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options. Focused on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing choices, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products.  In addition, Econet Media have invested intensively to build its own operational assets. www.kwese.com.

ABOUT GLOBO 

To be one of world’s leading communications company is just possible with a lot of creativity, professionalism and investment on quality and innovation. Globo produces close to 3,000 annual hours of telenovelas and programs, as well as over 3,000 hours of telejournalism. Programs, series and interviews with a high standard of quality that every year, receive nominations in the International Emmy Awards. Presently, the network covers 98.6% of Brazil's territory, reaching 99.5% of the population with the greatest network of affiliated broadcasting stations of 124 spread over the states. More than 90% of the network's programming is produced in-house, which makes Globo the country's largest job provider for artists, authors, journalists and producers. Globo is also responsible for the licensing of some Brazilian soccer rights for the international market. Currently, its content is distributed for more than 100 countries in cross-platform. The soccer championships Brazilian League and State Leagues, available in HD, are highlights of its portfolio. Globo as well produces and distributes Brazilian sports magazines made especially for the foreign market, named FootBrazil and FootBrazil Highlights.

For more information: www.redeglobo.com.br.

Media Contact:

Reatile Tekateka, Econet Media

Email: reatile@econetmedia.com 

Tel: +27 83 374 2601

(Image caption from left to right: Ben Amadasun, CEO Kweza Free Sport and Joe Hundah CEO Econet Media)

Press Release: Nairobi, 11 August – Emerging African broadcaster Econet Media today announced the latest innovation within its Kwesé branded portfolio with the launch of its free-to-air channel Kwesé Free Sports. Offering the very best in both local and exclusive international content, Kwesé Free Sports is here to change the face of ‘free-to-air’ (FTA) in Africa.

Leveraging Econet Media’s portfolio of exclusive premium sports rights, viewers can look forward to the very best in sports content from across the globe. Having previously announced exclusive rights deals across a number of premium sporting codes including the Premier League, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) and most recently the National Football League (NFL) among others, the company will now be bringing to DTT and DTH viewers across Kenya and indeed the continent access to premium content for free.

The Kwesé Free Sports channel, which begins broadcasting on the 11th August 2016 is available on any FTA set-top box (STB) or digital TV with a built-in set-top box. This is the latest development in the evolution of Econet Media’s Kwesé portfolio which continues to bring African viewers access to premium content in the most accessible way possible.

The first major sporting event which will be aired on Kwesé Free Sports is the Premier League. Soccer fans across Kenya can look forward to watching the Everton vs Tottenham game live and for free on Saturday the 13th August at 17:00 Kenyan time. The channel has exclusive FTA rights to air one live ‘Game of the Week’ every Saturday, giving live access to Premier League matches to more Kenyans than ever before, for free.

Kwesé Free Sports recognises that viewers are increasingly looking for new and exciting content.  With a focus on providing Kenyan viewers with a diversity of content in the FTA space which has traditionally focussed on general entertainment programming; viewers can look forward to the best in competitive sports and sports related entertainment content including Xtreme Outdoor Africa (100% proudly Kenyan), Ball N’Africa (Kenyan production) Sports Stars Uncovered, The Secret Lives of Sport, Football Stars, Sports Confidential, The Fast Lane and Sporting Greats on the channel.

 “We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone. Our goal is to bring African viewers the very best viewing experience and we are able to provide this for free in a way that is accessible for our viewers,” Ben Amadasun, CEO Kwesé Free Sports.

Kwesé Free Sports will also showcase the best in local productions giving Kenyans a platform to share their stories on this truly African broadcast platform. “Not only will we air local content but we will also commission the production of original work by local production companies, as part of our commitment to developing the local industry”, concludes Monicah Ndungu General Manager: Kwesé Free Sports, Kenya. The diversity of content will give local producers an exciting platform on which to develop fresh and dynamic content.

Don’t forget to tune-in and catch the English Premier League kick-off live on Saturday the 13th August at 17:00 Kenyan Time.

ENDS…/

Notes to Editors

About Kwesé Free Sports
Kwesé Free Sports is a newly launched TV channel offering premium sport viewing to sports fanatics in Kenya absolutely for free. Watch on your any Free-To Air Set Top Box (STB) or digital TV with no subscription fee. Viewers can also live stream the channel on the Kwesé Now app or on kwesesports.com/free wherever you are, whenever you want. Don’t miss the English Premier League live, NBA, NFL, FIA Formula E Championship, AVIVA Premiership Rugby as well as sport themed magazine shows and movies only on Kwesé Free Sports.

About Econet Media

A subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options. Focussed on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing choices, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products.  In addition, Econet Media have invested intensively to build its own operational assets. www.kwese.com.

Media Contacts

Reatile Tekateka | Econet Media,

(m) +27 83 374 2601 (Primary contact, South Africa)

(m) +254 704 854 829 (Kenya),

Email: reatile@econetmedia.com  

 

 

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