Kwese Tv Decoder

In May this year, Kwese TV launched in Uganda and being a digital TV, with it came the necessary evil of buying one of their decoders in order to enjoy the content. Here are the most frequently asked questions in regards to the Kwese TV decoder.

The Kwesé TV Decoder is a Dolby Digital compatible, high definition (HD) viewing decoder with remote. The user interface is easy to use and makes it very simple for you to navigate through our bouquet of channels. You can set reminders for your favourite shows and monitor what your kids watch with a parental control feature.

The Kwesé TV Decoder comes with a USB port which allows you to plug in an external hard drive to gain access to the PVR functionality, with this feature you can set recordings and receive hours of Catch Up content. With this package, the TV Decoder will be delivered to the specified address

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Product Features

The Kwesé TV Decoder features include:

  • Dimensions: 155mm(W) x 110mm(D) x 38.5mm(H)
  • Mains Voltage: Standard Input Voltage : 100Vac ~ 240Vac Input Voltage Range :
  • 90Vac ~ 270Vac.
  • Watt: 6W stand alone, 11w max with HDD
  • HD capable
  • Dolby Digital compatible
  • PVR capable (own hard drive required)
  • Parental control
  • TV Guide
  • Remote control included

Installation and Subscription cost

Installation is included in the Kwesé starter package at a launch cost of the local currency equivalent of USD49. The starter package includes the Kwesé decoder, satellite dish, installation and 30 days free access to all Kwesé channels. When it comes to subscriptions, Kwese TV has a monthly, weekly and 3 day plan and they will charge UGX 105,240, UGX 31,570 and UGX 16,840 respectively.

How to setup a Kwese decoder

Your decoder should be set up by an accredited installer, sent to your house when you buy the Kwesé Starter Pack. The pack includes the Kwesé decoder, satellite dish, installation and 30-days free access to all Kwesé channels. Click here for a list of dealers you can buy your Kwesé Starter Pack online here. After you buy your starter pack, an installer will be in touch to schedule installation and he/she will activate your account once your decoder and dish have been installed.

Can one watch Kwesé TV on another pay-TV provider’s decoder?

No, you can only watch Kwesé TV using the Kwesé decoder, the Kwesé App.

Can I watch Kwesé TV using another pay-TV provider’s satellite dish?

The Kwesé TV satellite signal is sent from Eutelsat 7B. If your pay-TV provider also sends their signal from Eutelsat 7B, then you simply need to plug in a Kwesé decoder. You may also be able to move your existing satellite dish to face our satellite. However, to give you the best possible signal the company recommends you to use a 90 cm diameter dish, which is larger than several other pay-TV providers. Using a smaller dish from another operator may result in a weak signal. Therefore, they recommend installing a Kwesé dish as with our current special you will not be saving anything using an existing dish.

What is the USB port on your decoder for?

It allows you to connect a hard-drive to your decoder so you can record your favourite shows with PVR. You can also download CatchUp titles directly to your decoder. By allowing you to connect your own hard-drive, you get almost unlimited space to record shows. If you run out of space, simply add another hard-drive.

You can only watch these shows when the hard-drive is connected to the Kwesé decoder. You can’t watch shows off your hard-drive on a computer or other device.

Why you need an external hard-drive with your decoder.

The company’s vision is to make premium satellite television affordable for Africa. To keep decoder costs at a minimum, and promote customer choice, they did not include a hard-drive in the decoder. Instead, they designed the dedoder so that subscribers can plug in their own hard-drive. This way you have unlimited storage. Note: you must buy an external hard-drive to store content using the PVR function as the Kwesé decoder has zero storage capability.