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King Kandoro shares more about Mukoma Bruce, Zimbabwe’s Batman or the ghetto caped crusader

Zimbabwean comedian and online content creator King Kandoro recently dropped a trailer for a Mukoma Bruce, a local adaptation of what it would be like if Batman was Zimbabwean. I’m a DC fanboy and this piqued my interest. Batman is, after all, one of the most popular comic book characters even though he comes off […]

Netflix, Amazon & ESPN+ fighting for F1 rights. Great and all but EPL is life…

It was just a matter of time wasn’t it until Netflix went for live sports. According to a report by Business Insider, the world’s biggest streaming service is looking to add the Formula 1 Championship to its slate of programming. Netflix isn’t the only media company that has thrown its hat in the ring, Disney-owned […]

Local startup puts TVs on people’s satchels, literally taking ads to the streets

They say there are many ways to skin a cat. I don’t know why you would ever have to skin a cat but apparently there’s more than one way to do it. One startup has a new and interesting way to skin the cat that is advertising.  VisionStrike is a startup looking to provide ‘exceptional […]

ZBC CEO “rules with an iron fist” as employees reject new job evaluation system

There was drama at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) as CEO Adelaide Chikunguru was said to have stormed out of a meeting with employees according to a report by New Zimbabwe. The issue stems from the introduction of the Paterson Job Evaluating System which essentially places job decision-making into six groups or bands which are […]

Holding OpenView decoders makes you liable to arrest. Why do Zimbabweans still do it?

I think in some crazy way, entertainment is a human right. Whilst I have the superhero skill of being able to sit in the dark, doing nothing and thinking about even less happily, I still appreciate a good book, an intense thriller or an experimental album.  Once you have watched a series like Yellowstone and […]

Young, Famous and African a hit for Netflix. Good to see the competition rage even if its reality TV

I am going to be honest with you, I don’t really watch reality TV. Don’t know why I said ‘really’, I don’t watch reality TV at all. I’d rather stare at the sun but to each their own. The stuff that I watch would probably bore the life out of most though. So, this is […]

Multichoice (DStv) changes mind, won’t close Joina City branch after all

It was only a few weeks ago that Multichoice (DStv) announced that they would be closing their Joina City branch. We are only three days from the date that they were supposed to shut their doors. Alas, the branch won’t be closed after all. The original closure announcement: MultiChoice Zimbabwe will be closing its Harare […]

The control of information flow by American tech companies during Russia-Ukraine war is scary

We are living in the Information Age. When I first heard that term, I thought it was cute and did not think much about its implications. The past few years, and the first two and half months of 2022 especially, have revealed what the information age really entails.  The information age started in the mid […]

Netflix says don’t share your password, instead pay only $2.99 for an extra member

Just last month there was an outcry when Multichoice (DStv) cracked down on password sharing. Such is the challenge that streaming services face. People want to be able to stream on more than one device.  Streaming services therefore allow users to stream on different devices using the same account. The rationale being that when at […]

Local music streaming service wins promoter of the year at the NAMAs

Zimbabwean Pay-Per-View platform Gateway Stream Music was named the Promoter of the Year 2022 at the prestigious National Arts Merits Awards (NAMA) held last week. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, for whatever reason, Gateway Stream was the platform that got the exclusive rights to debut Jah Prayzah’s 2021 album “Gwara”. “Promoter of the […]

Why is Multichoice (DStv) closing its Joina City branch?

You heard the news, Multichoice Zimbabwe will be closing its Joina City customer care centre on the 21st of March 2022.  The notice: MultiChoice Zimbabwe will be closing its Harare city centre office in Joina City on the 21st of March 2022. The customer care centre in Avondale will continue to provide a full range […]

Content creators! Solution Centre is running a DaVinci Resolve Video Editing Bootcamp

Solution Centre Zimbabwe is running The Beginner’s Guide to DaVinci Resolve 17, the official Blackmagic Design Training and Certification course that teaches editors, artists and students how to edit, composite, colour correct, and mix audio in DaVinci Resolve. All you need is a Mac or  Windows computer capable of running the software, the free download version […]

DStv to restrict users to streaming on one device at a time

Multichoice has a convoluted streaming strategy. You really have to comb through all their offerings to decide on the best streaming package for you. For some of us who are football lovers, Showmax Pro is a good option even though it lacks Champions League football. However, if you also love Formula 1 like I do, […]

New project aimed at supporting young Zimbabwean creatives launched

Kay Media Africa and UK-based Reprezent Radio are collaborating to deliver Scripts and Bars, a digital content creation project that brings together 100 creatives from Zimbabwe and UK to collaborate across the Music and Literature sectors. The project is supported by British Council in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This […]

How I installed Azam TV; a breeze if still have a Kwese dish

Me being me I thought it was a bright idea to save a couple of bucks and do the Azam TV installation myself. I mean I have done about five successful Dstv installations in the five or so places I have moved to, so simple stuff… Or so I thought. I am going to preface […]

Dstv package prices are going in up SA, are we next?

Multichoice has announced that DStv package prices are going up in South Africa. The price “adjustment” is a 2.7% uptick across all packages starting from April 1st 2022 and here are the new prices… “We realise that customers remain under pressure two years into the Covid-19 pandemic. These adjustments will help us to ensure that […]

MISA writes letter to ZBC urging fair coverage during elections

The Media Institute for Southern Africa Zimbabwe (MISA) has written a letter to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) urging the state broadcaster to provide equal coverage during the elections. MISA’s letter to the ZBC on elections reads as follows. Ms Adelaide ChikunguruThe Chief Executive OfficerZimbabwe Broadcasting CorporationHG44 HighlandsHarareZimbabwe Dear Madam, Ref: Request for implementation plan […]

US$5 for 100 channels, will AzamTV dethrone DStv in Zimbabwe?

AzamTV has launched in Zimbabwe and is coming in with some really interesting deals. Chief among them is the basement bargain of US$5 for 100 channels which is cheaper than DSTv’s lowest package (Lite) which goes for US$8.00 for 25 plus channels. Here are all of the packages and the channels on offer Package Price […]

You can now download Pindula’s data free news app via WhatsApp

Our friends over at Pindula have been hearing from their readers that they don’t have access to the Play Store or that downloading an app from there is difficult. The biggest reason is that many Zimbabweans are locked in WhatsApp bundles so getting any application requires a general data bundle or Wi-Fi which are both […]

DStv’s Showmax has a 10% discount if you pay using a Mastercard

Multichoice has been trying its very best in the streaming wars. Over the years it has had a number of promotions aimed at enticing people to consider signing up for the service. The pick of the bunch was the “pay for one month for the price of three” promotion that ran last year during the […]

Aspiring Filmmakers! Apply for Netflix’s US$1 mil scholarship

Netflix, the world’s biggest streaming service, has pledged US$1 million to film and television students in Sub Saharan Africa. The endowment is being done through Netflix’s Creative Equity Scholarship Fund which was launched last year. “Netflix is excited by the potential of the next generation of storytellers and we’re committed to investing in the future […]

Content creators! Apply for Comexposed & British Council’s Scripts and Bars project

Comexposed supported by Kay Media Africa, British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation invites digital content creators and storytellers (writers, animators, illustrators, videographers, music producers, app and web developers) to apply to participate in an exciting project called Scripts and Bars, a Music and Literature Digital Content Creation Project. The first phase […]

Diaspora, Shurugwi, content creation & more with King Kandoro

I was joined Uk-based comedian Mukudzei “King” Kandoro Majoni to talk about his recently concluded stand up tour the Prodigal Son. We also talked about, the rigours of life in Zimbabwe, how his diaspora experience is going, stealing twenty-five dollars that were meant for school fees and more. You can listen to or download the […]

Soccer bundle, an affordable way to consume soccer news and results on the internet

Soccer 24, Zimbabwe’s largest dedicated football/soccer publication has introduced an affordable way for fans to access information about the game they love so much. Currently, the Soccer Bundle is available for Econet subscribers only. Subscribers who buy this bundle get access to the website which is a data free version of Soccer 24. How […]

King Kandoro Prodigal Son Review: e-passports, Nick Mangwana & more

UK-based Zimbabwean comedian Mukudzei Kandoro Majoni aka King Kandoro returned home for his Prodigal Son Tour which concluded in Harare on Christmas Eve. This was my first time attending stand up comedy locally and I can’t say I was disappointed. The opening act, Munya was pretty funny, I particularly liked the bucket bathing jokes and […]

ZBC’s new channels: Great for local content but DStv & OpenView have a sizable gap

Last week we reported on the six new channels that were operational in the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) digital television migration. This, for whatever reason, was something the ZBC was oddly quiet about. One would assume that a landmark moment like this, which was long overdue, was something that the national broadcasting authority would shout […]

Magamba launches The Hustle Fund to support media startups and creatives

Magamba Network has announced that it is launching The Hustle Fund, a way to fund content creators and media startups. This development follows the Content Creators Startup Week which was hosted by Magamba Network, Open Parly and Moto Republik. Below is the statement put out by Magamba Network on The Hustle Fund: This year we […]

Check out Afrotopia, a Harare-based co-working space for creatives

Enthuse Afrika is a collective of digital communications collective that has a slew of services from video production all the way to web designing. The group comprises young writers, journalists, videographers and content creators who use the internet to tell stories about African experiences, brands and people through publications, digital skills training, consultancy and collaborations. […]

So… ZBC was serious about digital TV channels, six are already on the air

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has for the longest time promised a digital television migration, stretching back to the days when Supa Mandiwanzira was Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services. Digital TV was not a Zimbabwean ambition alone, many other countries in SADC and across the globe made the pledge to move from […]

Gateway Stream launches a fantastic way for influencers to make money on the platform

Local super app Gateway Stream has continued its artist/creator focus model by offering influencers a way of monetising their brands by earning commissions on the platform. As I am sure you are all aware, Zimbabwe has influencers who have reached the 1 million views/followers mark and beyond. However, there is still a gap in terms […]