The founder of Econet Media and Kwesé TV, Strive Masiyiwa, announced that the company will be offering five free channels without subscription. The free channels are Kwesé FREE Sport (KFS), Kwesé FREE Entertainment (KFE), African News, Local FREE-To-Air channels and Flow TV.
Only the decoder needs to be bought and installed and viewers will be able to enjoy the free channels even without a subscription. In Zimbabwe, while getting subscribed to Kwesé TV, subscribers receive 30 days’ free subscription. This announcement fell right after subscribers faced two weeks of service disruptions when Kwese TV was temporarily shut down because of the legal proceedings.
Kwesé FREE Sport will show one free live English Premier League game and NBA games for sports fans to keep up to date with what’s going on in their favourite sports. Kwesé FREE Entertainment is a new general entertainment channel which will be going live in January will show the latest premium shows including kids, movies, series and African entertainment.
African News will broadcast news from around Africa. Local FREE-To-Air channels will include every national broadcaster channel available. Flow TV is a Christian channel, with a range of shows that explore various aspects of being a Christian.
This move is beneficial to the company as their direct competitor in Zimbabwe, DStv, only offers two free channels.