Johannesburg, 14 August 2017 – Kwesé TV has continued to add diversity and rich children’s entertainment content with the addition of BBC Worldwide’s award winning pre-school channel CBeebies to its programming line-up. This means Kwesé households across the continent can look to enjoy British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) winning shows such as Hey Duggee and global hit Go Jetters, 24 hours a day on channel 520 on the Kwesé TV bouquet.
CBeebies is a critically acclaimed, multi-platform brand for pre-schoolers aged six years and under, which encourages children to learn through play. The channel offers a mixture of new and landmark, high-quality programming to educate and entertain Kwesé’s youngest audiences. It is already giving children from two to six, together with their parents entertaining, interactive and educational programming in over 100 territories globally.
CBeebies is the most watched children’s channel in the UK and now offers its audiences across the globe interactive access to its hugely popular programmes. It has a successful website, several branded apps and a YouTube page which has nearly 300,000 subscribers and nearly 400 million views for all of its captivating and educating videos. It is a brand which prides itself in offering families a safe environment for young children to learn and have fun either independently or collectively.
“As the eighth kids channel to join Kwesé’s programming line-up, the addition of CBeebies is a key milestone for our business as it completes our kids’ entertainment offering and strengthens our family viewing line-up. We know families across the continent will love the diverse adventure filled and wholesome shows this channel has to offer not only for toddlers but for the whole family,” explained President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media, Joseph Hundah.
Since launch Kwesé TV has curated an exceptional line-up of family friendly programmes which audiences can enjoy through the broadcaster’s extensive multi-screen viewing options which include satellite TV and a mobile app.
Joel Churcher, General Manager and VP for BBC Worldwide Africa said, “CBeebies has established itself as a much loved channel for pre-schoolers and their parents across the globe thanks to its fantastic programmes and educational values. We have seen strong success with the CBeebies channel here in Africa so far and we’re thrilled to be extending its reach and resonance to new audiences. The continent has one of the youngest populations globally and we’re excited to be able to partner with Econet Media and showcase such popular kids’ programmes on Kwesé TV.”
Families looking for educational, fun and engaging content for their littles ones need look no further thanks to Kwesé TV, as CBeebies introduces the following key titles:
Go Jetters is a BBC Worldwide and CBeebies co-commission that follows the adventures of four plucky heroes, Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz, as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn, a funky disco-grooving unicorn. A comedy, action adventure for four- six year olds, Go Jetters combines music, cool gadgets and disco-dancing to introduce the audience to geography and culture. Filled with comedy, teamwork, awesome sights, and funky facts, each episode offers older pre-schoolers a fun-filled and action packed exploration of their wider world.
Hey Duggee: BAFTA and International Emmy® Award-winning Hey Duggee, a Studio AKA production with BBC Worldwide is one of the happiest, most fun places on kids TV! Loved by both children and parents, Hey Duggee inspires children to be energetic, explore and problem solve to earn the much desired badge. Bringing smiles, laughter and hugs along the way, The Squirrels enjoy every moment on their amazing adventures in the care of huggable Duggee who has A-woof for every occasion.
Sarah and Duck: The BAFTA award-winning, 2D animated, pre-school series, shown in over 90 territories, follows the curious adventures of seven year old Sarah and her loud, quacky friend Duck, as they explore the world around them in unexpected ways. From trying to reach a rainbow, pretending to be a penguin, or helping an umbrella to stay dry, the pair are helped along by The Narrator, who joins in the adventures, offering helpful suggestions and making sure they don’t go too far astray.
To find out how to subscribe to Kwesé TV visit www.kwese.com for more information. Viewers outside these markets can access selected programming from Kwesé through Kwesé’s mobile app.
WHAT: Wondering where to catch the upcoming NBA Africa Game, where the likes of Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and Thabo Sefolosha from the Utar Jazz amongst other household names will set the court alight with unparalleled skills as part of the star studded NBA Africa Game? Fear no more! Kwesé Sports will be bringing the live action to basketball fanatics across the African continent on multiple screens and devices.
Kwesé Sports will be broadcasting the second NBA Africa Game LIVE across Africa. Catch Team Africa and Team World going head to head for ultimate glory; representing their heritage on the African soil for the second time in history on Kwesé’s multiplatforms. The game will be streamed on Facebook live via Kwesé Sports’ Facebook page. Fans can also conveniently watch the game on the new Kwesé Free Sports app at no cost as well as on the official Kwesé app accessible on any smart device.
WHEN: Saturday, 5 August 2017, 17hr00 CAT
WHO: Team Africa Africa vs Team World
- Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
- Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets
- Thabo Sefolosha (Utah Jazz)
- Luol Deng (LA Lakers)
WHERE: Kwesé Free Sports (KFS), Kwesé Sports 1 (KS1), Kwesé Free Sports app, the official Kwesé app and Kwesé Sports Facebook live
For more information on territories and channels visit: http://video.kwesesports.com/nba/article/african-viewers-in-for-a-treat
About Kwesé Sports
Kwesé Sports is Econet Media’s exclusive sports content platform available on the Kwesé TV network. Through Econet Media’s pan-African presence, Kwesé Sports is accessible in a growing number of countries across Sub-Saharan Africa offering the very best in international and African sports. Kwesé Sports is the home of premium sports programming bringing the world’s leading sporting formats and leagues to the continent. Kwesé Sports holds rights to some of the most popular sporting leagues such as the NBA, various FIFA tournaments and leagues, NFL, Copa del Rey and so much more. Kwesé is also the exclusive home of ESPN offering a 24 hours of comprehensive sports coverage.
Through Kwesé TV’s multiplatform offering Kwesé Sports fans can access up to the minute sports news, updates and analysis on the go on Kwesé and ESPN’s collaborative digital and mobile platforms KweseESPN.com and the KweseESPN app
For more information on Kwesé Sports Visit www.kwese.espn.com.
Johannesburg, South Africa 2 August 2017: iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, and Econet Media’s Pan-African media company Kwesé, today announced the establishment of their partnership to bring the very best in streaming entertainment services to sub-Saharan Africa.
The collaboration will leverage off the region’s rapid increase in smartphone penetration and growing consumer demand for premium quality entertainment. iflix Africa and Econet Media have committed extensive resources with local and international expertise in mobile entertainment to capitalize on the opportunity to serve Africa’s diverse markets. The companies share a mutual passion for innovation, along with a deep understanding of the culture and evolution of digital businesses.
At launch, iflix Africa will offer consumers throughout the region unlimited access to an extensive range of TV shows, movies and more, including many first-run exclusives and award-winning programs. The service will include the best of Hollywood, Nollywood, regional and local programs, over 2,000 episodes of children’s content, as well as an extensive collection of highly acclaimed locally commissioned African series and movies exclusive to iflix Africa.
Multi-platform broadcaster Kwesé has already demonstrated its commitment to investing in the future of media and technology in Africa through its pay-tv, Free-to-Air, mobile and digital services. The company plans to drive innovation across its pan-African network to create the world’s best entertainment and online experiences for consumers across the continent.
The strategic collaboration will benefit from and leverage off Econet Media’s established market expertise in conjunction with the learnings iflix acquired in consolidating its dominance throughout Asia and MENA. As part of the partnership with Econet Group, iflix Africa will soon make its world-class video-on-demand service available in Zimbabwe to Econet Wireless mobile subscribers.
Regional Head of iflix Africa, Andre de Wet said: “This collaboration represents an incredibly momentous step in iflix’s growth story as we launch in Africa with a partner who shares our vision and commitment to deliver an outstanding service and unrivaled experience for our customers. We are very excited about the deal and what it means for our customers and shareholders in the future.”
Econet Media President and group CEO, Joseph Hundah remarked: “As a next-generation African media company our aim is to play a central role in the evolution of the media industry on the continent. Critical to this is partnering with best-of-breed companies to bring cutting-edge content and services to Africa. This is a significant addition to our multi-platform content distribution model which delivers the very best content to African viewers.”
Kwesé’s multi-platform offering is currently accessible throughout the continent across a number of touch-points, these include: pay-tv service Kwese TV, Africa’s largest free-to-air channel Kwese Free Sports, and its digital platforms i.e. KweseESPN.com and mobile TV through the Kwese App.
Currently available to over one billion consumers in 18 markets across Asia and MENA, iflix will soon launch its world class service across sub-Saharan Africa with initial launches in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Each subscription will allow users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing whenever, wherever.
iflix is the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows and movies from all over the world. With a huge selection of your favorite comedies, drama, Korean drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies and more from Hollywood, The UK, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. iflix places the entertainment you want at your fingertips. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet, TV… wherever, whenever.
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, 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 has invested intensively to build its own operational assets.
For more info www.kwese.com
For media enquiries, please contact:
Head of Public Relations & Communications | Econet Media,
(t) +27 11 996 5500
Regional PR & Communications Manager | iflix
(t) +27 711382253
Global Director - PR & Communications | iflix
(t) +60 12 217 8345