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3 Apps To Download To Legally Stream All 2018 FIFA World Cup Matches

This article may be late but as they say, better late than never, right? Ever since the first match of the 2018 World Cup, I have relied on my smartphone to watch over 50% of the matches

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By Kaluka Wanjala

This article may be late but as they say, better late than never, right? Ever since the first match of the 2018 World Cup, I have relied on my smartphone to watch over 50% of the matches. And no, I am not talking about illegally streaming the matches using some shady website or using one of those apps that you download and hope it works all the time and does not bombard you with pop ads left, right and centre.

The reason why I have watched most of the 2018 World Cup matches on my phone has to do with the fact that I am not always at home when they start. With most of the afternoon matches, I am always out and about or just not near my TV and not having my phone would mean that I miss most of these matches. If you are like me, you probably are in school or at work by the time the first match kicks off and need ways to watch all the matches you want on the go.

Kwese-Iflix App

This is the app I have been using for the last couple of weeks. I am meant to understand that Kwese and Iflix joined forces recently as previously they were independent companies. I have known about both Kwese and Iflix for sometime but I have never subscribed to any of these services before.

The DStv Now App

If you are a DStv subscriber, you do not have to rush home everyday just to watch the live matches. You can do so on the go through the DStv Now app. I personally did not know DStv offered such an option until two weeks ago. The app is available on both Android and iOS and once you get it, go to LiveTV > Sport and stream the matches on the relevant SuperSport channel.

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The StarTimes App

I have never been a fan of StarTimes and I would be the first to admit that I do not know the channels it offers. Even with that said, they got into my radar recently as they were among the first pay TV providers who announced that they would be streaming all 64 world Cup matches this year. We already knew DStv was going to stream all matches but we have already established that the MultiChoice-owned company is very expensive. This is why the announcement by StarTimes got my attention, Yes I know, I like cheap things.

Conclusion

I am a big fan of companies that create products specifically for smartphone users. Not everyone is willing or able to watch live sports on their TV and having an option to do that on your phone is necessary. The ability to stream live sports on your phone legally will definitely introduce new products to consumers and introduce new subscribers to the Pay Tv services. Not everyone is willing to spend thousands of shillings every month on a Pay Tv service yet they only want the live sports action. Still on this, not everyone is willing to spend a ton of cash on data so as to watch their favourite team play. This is why this partnership between these three service providers and Safaricom makes sense, the service providers benefit, Safaricom benefits and most importantly, the users of these services benefit.

I hope this is the start of a new era and we should be seeing additional products from Telcos such as Safaricom and Pay Tv or Video On demand service providers.

The apps listed above are just the ones that got my attention and have local payment options. There are a ton of other international apps that you can get but why should you when you have these?

Fun Fact about this world cup: Every team I have supported have lost, I am beginning to think that I should support the teams I want to see eliminated for the sake of my sanity.

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Tigo partners with Selcom, Mastercard, to launch online digital payment solution in Tanzania

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Tanzania’s virtual payment platform, Tigo Tanzania, has entered into a strategic partnership with Selcom and Mastercard to launch an online digital payment solution system in the country.

The three industry leaders, according to the terms of the partnership, will see them revolutionize the digital payment ecosystem in the eastern African country by enabling convenient online payments globally through the Tigo Mastercard virtual service via the Selcom’s card-as-a-service (CaaS) platform.

The virtual card allows for Tigo consumers to easily make payments at any online purchase point where Mastercard is accepted without the need for a bank account or credit card.

Tigo’s Chief Officer for Mobile Financial Services (MFS) Angelica Pesha, who made the announcement on Friday, said the launch of the virtual card will ensure Tigo’s ability to provide its customers access to products and services previously a preserve of physical credit card holders while diversifying its mobile money portfolio.

”As the leading digital lifestyle company in Tanzania, we are always on the look out for such partnerships as our customers will now be able to complete online transactions that requires Mastercard credentials, while using funds from their Tigo Pesa wallets,” she said.

“It also means that this service will allow customers to quickly and conveniently pay for goods and services in the international market.”

“Additionally, the partnership will result in a wide range of cutting-edge digital payment solutions being introduced in Tanzania and connect Tigo customers in Tanzania to a global online market place across multiple digital payment use cases and provide access to Mastercard’s global network of merchants,” Pesha said.

Selcom’s Executive Director, Sameer Hirji, who also expressed his enthusiasm for what he calls a groundbreaking collaboration, said:

“At Selcom, we take pride in our unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence in the payment industry. We are thrilled to join forces with esteemed partners like Tigo Pesa and Mastercard to unveil our state-of-the-art mobile money wallet-linked virtual card.”

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Kenyan insurtech startup, Turaco, partners Airtel Money to launch low-cost hospital insurance product in Uganda

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Kenyan insurtech startup,
Turaco, has entered into a partnership with Airtel Mobile Money and Prudential Assurance Uganda, to launch a low-cost hospital cash insurance product.

Known as “Hospital Sente,” the product, according to Airtel Mobile Commerce Managing Director, Japheth Aritho, is aimed at “increasing access to insurance for underserved communities, and low-income individuals and families.”

Hospital Sente offers beneficiaries a cash pay-out if they are hospitalized as it is designed to provide affordable coverage for unserved individuals and families conveniently through Airtel’s Mobile money platform,” Aritho said in a statement on Thursday.

“We are excited to partner with Prudential Uganda to offer this innovative and affordable insurance product to our customers.”

“We believe that this partnership will help increase access to insurance for low-income households and help protect families against unexpected events,” Aritho said.

General Manager of Turaco,
Hamza Mutebi, in his statement, said:

“Most Ugandans today remain unreached by mainstream insurance, all while being the most vulnerable to financial shocks caused by illness, accidents and death.

“Strategic partnerships like these remain critical to enabling underserved Ugandans access to affordable insurance that provides a safety net in their times of need and ultimately peace of mind.”

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