NOT less than 24 000 Zimbabweans had already subscribed to Kwese TV within the few hours it had officially announced its presence in Zimbabwe, TechnoMag has learnt.
According to a court application filed by Dr Dish private ltd contesting its license dismissal, a total of 24,145 customers had already been connected to the platform by the time the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe announced its (Dr Dish) license’s nullification.
The Applicant had no notice or warning of the evil did, namely the day its license was cancelled without notice or warning.
“If the matter is not heard urgently, 1,635 jobs will be put at risk and, 24, 145 subscribers who acquired Applicant’s service in good faith will be inconvenienced, and the Applicant will be faced with financial ruin,” said Dr Dish.
Meanwhile, Dr Dish and their partners are believed to have invested millions of dollars into the license and they also cleared the license fee arrears, and the current fees in total amount to US$434,400,00 as of August 18, 2017.
The BAZ publicly declared that they did not recognise Dr Dish’s license mid last week amid mixed reactions from members of the general public and political divide with the majority concluding that BAZ’s decision was irrational and uncalled for.
Dr Dish however still maintains that they are a valid holder of a Content Distribution Service license which will however expire in the year 2022.
The company has been a major player in bringing various affordable entertainment packages through its fomer MyTv Africa channels around 2011 before it temporarily shelved operations.
Should Kwese and Dr Dish be allowed to operate in Zimbabwe, Multichoice which is the biggest competitor and distributor of pre-paid viewing, will be affected the most owing to the affordability of Kwese’s bouquets.