Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Android Users, Netflix Might Be Draining Your Battery

Your favourite streaming application might be the root of all your battery woes. Mobile Enerlytics (a tech firm) recently discovered that Netflix running in the background was causing some significant battery problems on older Android phones. Here’s what they discovered: …we recently downloaded the Netflix app and started consuming video content on a Nexus 6 […]

Elevate Hosting Youth Content Creators Competition

Elevate’s intiative’s have always been targeted at the youths. From gaming competitions to products like Yo Mix, there’s always been a youthful element. Thus it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when Elevate announces a competition and it’s aimed at the same demographic. Elevate Vidz Content Creators Club is looking for 10 content creators […]

Game of Thrones Season 8 Ep 3 Becomes Most-Tweeted TV Episode In History

The third episode of Game of Thrones made a lot of waves in the early hours and the rest of Monday. So much so that the episode became the most tweeted about scripted TV episode in history. I can only imagine how frustrating being on Twitter was if you a) don’t watch the show b) […]

ZBC Says Digitisation Will Be Complete By Year End. We’ve Heard This Before…

*sighs* Digitisation and ZBC… It’s a seemingly never-ending story and every year since 2014, ZBC has been promising that they are close to digitising. The most recent update from the national broadcaster claims that the job will be completed by the end of this year. So what’s changed? It’s not entirely clear if the deadline […]

Buddie Beatz Is Econet’s Spotify, But For Local Jams

If you were downloading local artists jams without paying for anything all along because you didn’t have a place to buy the music, your excuse is no longer valid…. Whilst touring some exhibitors stands at ZITF this afternoon, we passed by Econet’s stand and I personally bumped into Buddie Beatz for the first time. Apparently, […]

Netflix Picks Up Zambian Animated Film

Netflix is taking a serious look at licensing content from the motherland. Earlier this year, a Zimbabwean creator secured a deal for his animated musical on the platform. The media company has announced yet another African film will be added to their roster. Mama K’s Team 4 is an animated show created by Zambian writer […]

How To Block Game Of Throne Spoilers (And Other Shows)

Game of Thrones Season 6 8 is here and if you’re not up for waking up at 4am to watch it because you have a life. You have work, school or whatever other responsibilities that life throws your way. The risk, however, of not waking up and watching when the show is being aired is […]

Thinking Of (illegally) Downloading Game Of Thrones? You Will Probably Regret it

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us, which means that winter is finally coming. That also means an invasion of malware. As people, who don’t have access to HBO (those who live outside the US) or don’t have money to subscribe DStv, turn to illegally download Game of Thrones, […]

WWE’s Wrestling YouTube Channel The Second Most Viewed Channel In The World

That headline may come as a surprise to many of you as it did to me. I used to watch a lot of wrestling but I just eventually grew disinterested as many of us do. The side of the story which is rarely explored however is the fact that regardless of how many of us […]

Video: Watch New Teaser Of Game Of Thrones Season 8

The official trailer of the much anticipated season 8 of Game thrones is already out. But HBO has decided to raise the ante of people’s expectations by realising a second teaser of the series’ season finale which premieres on the 14th of April. Here’s the teaser: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to […]

DStv Increasing Subscription Prices In SA Again

MultiChoice South Africa is reportedly at it again with their yearly price hike being announced on April Fool’s Day but apparently this is no joke. Yearly price hikes have become mandatory for South African subscribers and the 2019 hikes have been announced: The hikes are not too unreasonable and compared to previous price structures it […]

{Press Release} DStv To Air Michael Jackson’s Controversial Documentary On M-Net City

The much-debated two-part documentary Leaving Neverland is a global hot topic at the moment, and DStv customers across Africa don’t have to wait long to see why this Channel 4 and HBO co-production has taken the world by storm. Just a few weeks after its controversial premiere in the US at the recent Sundance Film […]

Apple Announces New Video Streaming Service

Last night, Apple announced their streaming service Apple TV+. Similar to Netflix it’s a subscription service but unlike Netflix you’ll only be able to watch original (exclusive) Apple content. Yuhp, no existing shows and movies will be on the service. Where will this service be available? The service will be accessible through the Apple TV […]

TelOne Revises DEOD Pricing

TelOne has announced that they will be shifting prices for access to their Video On Demand service DEOD. Like ZOL, the price increment is being labelled an allignment in response to the Monetary Policy Statement and the new pricing structure for TelOne’s DEOD will look like this: The interesting thing about the price increase for […]

Multichoice Zimbabwe Promoting The Payment Of Zim DSTV Accounts In South Africa

Zimbabwe’s currency crisis does not seem to be going away any time soon. That means paying for DSTV, the popular Pay TV service is still a hustle. Multichoice Zimbabwe does not directly receive payments. Payments are done through partners mostly banks. The partners are only accepting payment in USD because Multichoice South Africa can only […]

One of Zim’s Biggest YouTube Channels Shut Down Over A Copyright Wrangle, Over 1000 Content Pieces No Longer Accessible

Two days ago I wrote an article in the Newsday focusing on how Youtube is changing and shaping showbiz and entertainment in Zimbabwe. The riveting yet revealing piece touched on the silent but raging storm and battles amongst artists, managers, content creators, and Youtube bloggers. I made reference to an ensuing tiff between a leading […]

How YouTube Now Shapes Zimbabwe’s Musical Landscape

A decade ago radio and television were the main platforms pushing music and artists to stardom, but it is no longer the case as we witnessed a bloodless musical coup with the emergence of the internet that now owns and controls the power matrix in Zimbabwe and the world over. The Google-owned American video-sharing website […]

{Press Release} Multichoice Launches Portal For Film Professionals To Interact

An online portal has been launched as part of the ongoing rollout of activities of the MultiChoice Talent Factory, an initiative that aims at increasing the skills base in Africa’s film and television production industry. Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, said the MTF Portal was the latest touch point in […]

DStv Response To Fake Letter About Shutting Down South African DStv Accounts In Zimbabwe

DStv has now officially dismissed a letter that is circulating on social media about shutting down DStv South African accounts being used in Zimbabwe. Here is the letter:     Also read: Here’s What’s REALLY Happening With South African DStv Accounts In Zimbabwe Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash […]

Here’s Whats REALLY Happening With South African DStv Accounts In Zimbabwe

First of all, we would like to APOLOGIZE for publishing an article earlier on which said that DStv was banning South African-registered Accounts (SRA) of customers who are in Zimbabwe. DSTV never said what was written in that document. In fact, DSTV (be it Multichoice or DSTV South Africa) hasn’t said anything at all of that […]

UPDATED: Multichoice NOT Shutting Down South African DSTV Accounts Being Used In Zimbabwe

When we first published this article, we wrote that DSTV was switching off customers who were accessing South African accounts from Zimbabwe. This is not true however. We profusely apologise for carrying that story. The truth is a bit more complicated and we will publish on that very soon explaining exactly what’s going on. Yes, […]

Watch: Trailer Of Zimbabwe’s Latest Movie, The Letter

In January we wrote about a local movie, The Letter, that made the giant and unprecedented step of being exclusively distributed online. Well, I’m sure you would want to pay to watch it if you are somewhat certain if it’s worth your hard-earned money. So that’s why you should check out its trailer. The Letter […]

The Ministry Of Information And Publicity Is Embarking On A Digitisation Exercise

When it comes to adopting emerging technologies governments are not known for taking the lead. It has been decades ever since the digital age blessed us with its presence and at least one of the government’s departments in the person of the Ministry of Information and Publicity has decided to go digital. The Ministry of […]

ZBC Announced The Launch Of Their App And Social Media Reacted

When ZBC announced the launch of their app, I felt quite happy for the national broadcaster which is edging closer and closer to their goals of “digitalising”. Or is it digitization? Anyway, let’s just call it digital migration. So here I was expecting a good response for the national broadcasters’ efforts in adopting tech but […]

First Ever Zim-China Produced Film Premieres In Zimbabwe- The Film Was Entirely Shot In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s friendship with China has transcended the political arena into the cinema with the premiere of a movie called When Africa Meets You. When Africa Meets You is a film which went into production two years ago as part of the cultural exchange between Zimbabwe and its ‘all-weather-friend’, China. About the film The film was […]

ZOL Connect Nominated For Best Online Media Award @ NAMAs

[Image credit: ZOL] When National Arts Council of Zimbabwe announces the nominees for the NAMA (National Arts Merit Awards) awards we rarely have tech stalwarts on that list but ZOL’s marketing crew has made sure that in 2019 they are in the running for the Best Online Media award to be handed out on the […]

Adverts Everywhere! MTN To Roll Out Mobile Ads Across 21 African Countries, Econet Could Do The Same For Zimbabwe

MTN has just awarded a tender to Austrian advertising company, Out There Media (OTM) to bring ads to millions of mobile phones in 21 African countries where MTN has presence. What’s that? Out There Media owns an advert serving technology platform called MoBucks. This is a platform that allows mobile operators to make extra revenue […]

Please Watch Black Mirror, You Will Love It. But It Shows The ‘Scary’ Future Of Tech

I have just finished watching one of my best TV series called Black Mirror.  The series examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone and usually set in the relatively near future. The series paints a very grim picture of the ‘questionable course’ that technology will take […]

MISA Zimbabwe Condemns Attack Against Rights Of Content Creators

After the arrest of online content creators Samantha Kureya (Gonyeti) and Sharon Chideu (Maggie) by CID officers, MISA Zimbabwe has released a statement defending the online content creators and called out the government for using such tactics for censorship purposes. The two content creators were charged with criminal nuisance for disturbing public peace by wearing […]

Multichoice Finally Listed On The JSE

A few months ago Naspers announced that they would be listing Multichoice separately on the JSE. For many of us, this seemed like a sign of doom and gloom as our gut feeling was that this move was meant to ditch Multichoice and their satellite TV business model which looks to be on the verge […]