Kwesé TV doubles down on SVoD mobile delivery with iFlix acquisition

ECONET Media’s Pay TV firm, Kwese TV has acquired significant stake in Malaysia-based subscription video on demand (SVoD) company, iFlix. In addition to equity, the deal also includes video content distribution partnership between the two companies. Kwese TV’s iFlix acquisition will see the latter become the former’s vehicle to deliver mobile content to millions of viewers in Africa.

“We are thrilled to deepen our operating partnership with iflix to lead the transformation of media in Africa. Mobility in content consumption has grown exponentially in Africa and by partnering with iflix Africa we are ensuring that we are not only taking part in the evolution, but are leading the movement.” said an official statement by Econet Group founder and executive chairman, Strive Masiyiwa.

Kwese iFlix acquisition

Kwese TV is a pan-African media company present in 13 countries and has a large free-to-air broadcast network showcasing Kwesé Free Sport in over 25 countries.

About iFlix

iFlix operates in emerging markets and has commercial service in 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Its Africa territories include Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa.

It offers a library of content that includes Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern TV shows and movies. iFlox works similar to how competing services like Netflix, Showmax and iROKOtv work. Each iFlix subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing at their convenience.

With this acquisition, kwese is no doubt gunning against Netflix’s foray into Africa and has its eyes on the big league. In that league are competing services like Multichoice/DStv and ShowMax, both of which are owned by Naspers.

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5 thoughts on “Kwesé TV doubles down on SVoD mobile delivery with iFlix acquisition

  • February 22, 2018 at 8:14 am
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    Can these be viewed down here in Nigeria since it airs in over 25 countries?

  • February 22, 2018 at 8:15 am
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    Following you as Tina Teenna on Facebook instagram and @teenna28 on twitter

  • February 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm
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    I can see what kwese is going for. It’s a market still emerging in this part of the world. They will face challenges but who knows….

  • February 22, 2018 at 2:53 pm
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    Kwesé TV is still new and promising. While we wait for tstv to finally release their decoders for public acquisition, i believe kwese is a good alternative now.

  • February 23, 2018 at 7:18 am
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    Let’s see what Kwese will bring to the party cos I feel iFlix is still way behind compared to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime video.

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