We Are Not Closing Down Due To Supreme Court Ruling – Kwese TV Dismisses Reports
Econet Media has refuted reports that it is closing down its satellite broadcasting services, Kwese TV, due to a Supreme Court ruling which upheld an appeal by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ).
BAZ initially ruled that Kwese could not operate in Zimbabwe because it did not have a licence and could not use the licence belonging to Dr Dish. The High Court overturned the decision leading BAZ to approach the Supreme Court. Last week Kwese announced that it will be shutting down its pay television services not only in Zimbabwe but across the African Continent. In a statement, Econet Media said
The article is referring to a recent Supreme Court judgement (Judgement No. SC62/18) in the case between The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe and Dr Dish (Pvt) Ltd in which the Court ruled that Dr Dish (Pvt) Ltd had failed to comply with the terms of a Content Distribution License issued to it by BAZ when it tried to distribute content from Econet Media (Mauritius).
Although Dr Dish had a Content Distribution Agreement with Econet Media Mauritius, Econet Media Zimbabwe terminated all and any agreements with Dr Dish when Dr Dish persisted with litigation against BAZ. At the time that Econet Media Zimbabwe ended the relationship Dr Dish, Econet Media Mauritius also terminated its Content Distribution Agreement with Dr Dish. Econet duly notified the Courts of its withdrawal from the agreement with Dr Dish.
Nothing could be further from the truth. On observing global changes being driven by the internet, technology and globalisation, and their impact on business models, consumer preference and behaviour patterns, we have taken the strategic decision to refocus the business based on market trends.
All we have done is to de-emphasise our satellite service and redirect our efforts and resources towards a future-proof business model, which recognises the global shift by consumers towards connected digital services,
As a matter of fact, Kwesé TV has not gone anywhere. We have streamlined our service to 15 Channels which include the popular Kwesé Free Sports channel, premium faith TV channels and news.
More importantly, we have, in line with the refocus and strategic shift to digital, extended a free 12-month Kwesé iflix subscription to each of our existing Kwesé TV subscribers, to enable them to enjoy an unlimited choice of videos and movies as well as linear channels available on Kwesé iflix. We are excited to be leading in this digital entertainment revolution.
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