OpenView adds Kwesé Free Sports to SA bouquet
Rebecca Hawkes
| 14 March 2018

Pan-African free-to-air channel Kwesé Free Sports is set to join OpenView’s programming line-up, which reaches more than a million satellite TV homes in South Africa.

OpenView, a subscription-free satellite TV service operated by Platco, passed its one million decoder activation mark in October 2017. As well as Kwesé Free Sports, it offers around 17 channels, including SABC channels, two 24-hour movie channels and an entertainment channel from sister company

From 16 March, the Econet-owned channel will offer OpenView viewers premium African and international sports content, including Major League Baseball, Formula E and WTA Miami Masters from the NBA.

“Sport is one of the most talked about subjects in South Africa and giving our audiences a new experience on the platform is perfectly timed. We have had requests for a sports channel since the launch of OpenView and Kwesé Free Sports is the perfect choice for quality sport from around the world that our viewers will love,” said Ziyanda Mngomezulu, head of channel acquisitions, OpenView.

Econet Media president and group CEO Joseph Hundah added: “This is yet another significant milestone for us as we introduce another premium Kwesé platform to the South African market following the launch of Kwesé Play in 2017. This increases Kwesé Free Sports’ footprint to 27 markets.”

Kwesé TV offers a multiplatform network, and now broadcasts Kwesé Free Sports free-to-air and provides an over-the-top (OTT) video service Kwesé Play in South Africa. Elsewhere in sub Saharan Africa the operator also offers content through a mobile app and pay-TV service.