Econet Media has signed a deal with the English Premier League to show premier league matches for free, giving DSTV a run for its money.
On Wednesday, the Premier League announced that Econet Media, owned by Strive Masiyiwa, a Zimbabwean tycoon, struck a deal valid for the 2016/17 and 2018/19 seasons.
“The Premier League is pleased to announce that Econet Media has acquired the package of free-to-air broadcasting rights that it makes available in sub-Saharan Africa,” Premier League said in a statement.
“The agreement is for the three seasons 2016/17–2018/19 and Econet, through its Kwese Sports platform, will make available one Saturday afternoon Premier League match live on a free-to-air basis each weekend of the season.
“The matches, along with weekly preview and review shows, will be available in 50 countries across the region.”
Speaking on Kwese and the Econet media deal, Masiyiwa, who is also Zimbabwe’s richest man, said: “Kwesé TV is our new soon-to-be-launched satellite and broadcasting network, wholly owned by Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Group.”