Category Archives: Free to Air

SES signed 16 new FTA channels in Benin

The Republic of Benin and SES signed a new agreement, which will be providing 16 new FTA channels to viewers. Part of the deal, a number of HD channels will be aired in Benin, which will a first in HD channels, available over Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) across Africa. According to Darius Quenum, Chairman of [...]

Formula One on FTA in MENA for Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula 1 will be back on free-to-air television in the Middle East for Bahrain Grand Prix. Sport’s promoters have guaranteed to stop all illegal streaming around the world, Qatar-based pay-TV BeIN has decided to opt out and to stop paying for legal rights once its 5-year deal is expired by the end of 2018. But [...]

Kwesé Free TV gets terrestrial license in SA

South African people will be able to enjoy a new free-to-air terrestrial television service offering five free channels to viewers, comprising of a dedicated 24-hour sports channel.  Kwesé Free TV, which is 20% own by Econet Group (the parent of Liquid Telecom), is the first free-to-air terrestrial broadcaster to be licensed since e.tv received its [...]

Magical Kenya Open will stream live on Kenya Television Network (KTN News)

The Standard Group PLC has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights as the lucrative European Challenge Tour event official media partner. Part of the deal, KTN News will retransmit the signal via free to air channel across East and Central Africa. KTN News will be the only local television station with express authority to air the tournament. [...]

Kwese Free Sports launched new programmes for 2019

Kwesé Free Sports, the free-to-air channel is offering viewers across the continent a variety of sports programmes including football, sports entertainment, basketball, tennis, and boxing among others has rolled out new TV programmes in Ghana. Some exciting shows to look forward to on the KFS channel include Arena, Head Start, Home Run, Final Whistle, Kwese [...]

Icasa holds hearings for new free-to-air TV licence

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is set to start public hearings on the process of awarding a commercial free-to-air television licence on Thursday. The regulator said it would be looking into applications from Kwese Free TV, Tshwaranang Media, Infinity Media Networks and Free To Air TV. The process follows an unsuccessful round [...]

Kwesé satellite TV closes in Zimbabwe

In a communiqué, Kwesés parent company, Econet Media declared the development had been required by a review of its business strategy and service offerings to align them to changes in the global digital and satellite broadcasting sector, and growth in access to mobile and fixed broadband on the continent. The strategy review will put forward [...]

AfricaXP partners with SES to roll out new FTA bouquet in Nigeria

AfricaXP is a digital content distributor and themed linear channel creator that facilitates synergies between content rights owners and media platform operators, has rolled out Premium.Free, a bouquet of 13 channels that are being offered using SES satellites at 28.2 degrees East. The new bouquet of FTA channels comprises of diverse range of contents from sports [...]

TCRA monitoring FTA local channels in Tanzania

Tanzania Communications regulatory Authority is currently collecting information from viewers regarding payments to have access to free to air local channels by MultiChoice Tanzania Limited (DStv), Azam Media Limited and Simbanet (Zuku) which is against the law. Following the direction of TCRA to inform decoder subscribers to remove free to air local channels which include [...]

SABC bags English Premier League deal

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has declared that it will now air English Premier League live matches, starting with this weekend’s London derby between Arsenal and West Ham United. The public broadcaster said it will increase its soccer offering on Saturday afternoons with SABC1 airing live matches from the local Premier Soccer League and [...]