KWESE Satelite TV has finally closed down after experiencing 18 months of a troublesome operation.

KWESE came in as a competitor to the popular DSTV. It has seen its best times as most people abandoned DSTV and embraced KWESE TV as it was considered to be cheaper. Those who had jumped over to KWESE TV woke up to a 3-channel TV. The rest of the channels had disappeared yesterday only KWESE free sports, KWESE iflix and KWESE play were left playing.

Econet has since published a press statement regarding this matter. The statement highlighted that the plan goes in line with Econet’s strategy of refocusing business towards a digital future. According to the statement, this is a way of adapting to changes in the global digital and satellite broadcasting sector. “ The strategy review will see Africa’s leading multiplatform broadcast network focusing on the three core services; Kwese Free Sports (KFS), Kwese iflix and Kwese Play,” read the statement.

The statement also highlighted that those who had already paid their subscriptions for the month of November, or in advance, will receive a full refund.

Group president and chief executive office of Econet Media, Joe Hundah highlighted that these changes are necessary. “We believe these changes will safeguard the future success of our business as we continue to make an impact on Africa’s media industry,” said Hundah. He added that it is also a strategic move which aligns their business to OTT and video-on-demand trends which present significant growth opportunities. This is a plan they are using to try and provide their customers with upgraded digital services.

“Additionally, through the development of the Kwese Studios content hub, Econet Media will now have a legitimate claim to being the home of African content. According to Econet, they are trying to facilitate a platform where Africans can create, tell their own stories and shape their own narrative.