Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Showmax is the best VOD service in Africa right now, and here’s why

Despite these circumstances, it’s still possible to identify the one VOD service that has emerged as the best-placed VOD content provider for Africa. Right now that spot belongs to Showmax.

Ericsson clarifies position on the launch of a VOD service in Zimbabwe

Ericsson has since communicated their position regarding this relationship, emphasising that it hasn’t signed any contract with Econet. The mobile operator is only a potential partner just like other mobile network operators in the region.

MTN launches TV service as telecoms operators explore converged service opportunities

The investment case for converged services has been explored by different operators across Africa as the case for revenue diversification in telecommunications becomes increasingly compelling.

Zimbabwean startup SSN introduces live coverage of schools sports to the internet

Thankfully SSN hasn’t been limiting its focus to news before and after the game. In addition to its existing live commentary feature it has started livestreaming sports events via YouTube.

Bustop TV launches web based satirical news show, responds to need for content variety

A show like Dear Africa, much like another online show like Zambezi News, has a more deliberate approach to these topics. However, it also represents an opportunity being explored by Bustop TV to offer a different flavour of comedy which will help ensure relevance through content variety.

SA publication The Mail and Guardian adapts to realities of new media, activates subscription for online news

South African weekly publication The Mail and Guardian (M&G) recently announced some major changes to its digital news service. Together with the launch of a redesigned website M&G has activated subscriptions for its online content.

South African TV service OpenView HD experiences explosive growth aided by Zimbabwean signups

The impressive OpenView numbers aren’t just from South African signups, though. Despite licensing regulations that make OpenView a South Africa option only, the service has emerged as a popular alternative for Zimbabweans who are able to access its content.

Zimbabwean IPTV startup PrimeviewTv throws hat into pay TV ring, squares up against tough competition

PrimeviewTV has to figure all of these issues out while going up against well-heeled existing competition like Netflix and Showmax as well as yet to launch live TV providers like Kwese TV.

Competition in live mobile broadcast heats up as Facebook adds live interactive map

Live broadcast has attracted a lot of attention because of the way it is primed to disrupt the traditional model of live video delivery by giving every smartphone user an easily accessible tool for real-time sharing that just happens to offer amazing opportunities for getting feedback.

Financial Times starts delivering news through WhatsApp

Earlier this week UK-based publisher and media company the Financial Times (FT), announced the introduction of a WhatsApp broadcast service which will be used to distribute its content to readers.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe gives football fans another reason to hold onto DStv Compact with UEFA finals

MultiChoice Zimbabwe has announced that for tonight’s UEFA Europa League Final, football fans can catch the game on its DStv Compact bouquet.

UEFA Champions League Final to be streamed on YouTube as online live sports gain momentum

The UEFA Champions League’s access over the internet is a major endorsement for the growing trend of streaming alternatives for live sports. Earlier this year the United States’ NFL inked a streaming deal with Twitter while SnapChat also entered into an arrangement to share clips from the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Netflix rival Showmax launches in Zimbabwe as battle for VOD supremacy intensifies

Showmax recently opened up to 36 new African countries including Zimbabwe. The service can be accessed on or through the Showmax mobile application available for iOS and Android.

Zim reality TV cooking show, Battle of the Chefs, raises US $150,000

Zimbabwean reality TV cooking show, Battle of the Chefs, has raised US $150,000 from private equity investors enabling it to create what is certainly one of Zimbabwe best TV productions in a very long time.

Roundup Video: Zim’s Bond Notes, illegal DStv, Netflix data efficiency, M-vendr…

Bond Notes, Zimbabwean founded startups processing 3 mln transactions a month, Zim implements mobile telecoms quality of service regulations, Multichoice and illegal DStv installations, Netflix efficiency on Mobile and our Beneath the Surface month

It’s 3hrs of Netflix for 1 GB as VOD service introduces cellular data controls

According to Netflix, an adjustment to the default setting will enable the streaming of 3 hours of content for 1GB of data. Locally that amount of data is currently available for an average of $2 through the various promotions being run by the three mobile operators.

OpenView HD emerges as another popular but illegal TV alternative for Zimbabweans

Thanks to the easy setup option and all the benefits that it provides subscribers who are keen on signing up for an affordable yet diverse entertainment option (low-cost setup, 20+ diverse channels, no subscriptions required), OpenView HD has become a widely promoted alternative from satellite TV service providers in Zimbabwe.

263chat to Zimpapers – Here’s how much Zimbabwean media is using internet video

Our checks first of all shows that apart from 263chat no other internet-only publisher has taken video seriously enough to post something every week. Of the traditional media companies, only Zimpapers and Alpha media

MultiChoice to take legal action against subscribers & operators involved in access of DStv South Africa

As part of this programme, MultiChoice Zimbabwe will be visiting unregistered DStv agents in the country who have been flagged for promoting the illegal provision of DStv South Africa accounts. MultiChoice has threatened to take legal action against any agents and subscribers found on the wrong side of the issue.

Netflix open to offline viewing as it responds to realities of broadband outside US

Netflix, the American VOD (Video On Demand) service that has made its mark as global internet TV option is “keeping an open mind” to the possibility of introducing offline access for its content.

Econet Media replaces SuperSport to become NBA’s official broadcast partner in Africa

As such Econet becomes the NBA’s sub-Saharan Africa official broadcaster. It will be able to offer viewers over 500 games which will also include the WNBA games, the NBA playoffs, and the finals.

Facebook adds new tool for video revenue protection with new Rights Manager feature

However, for internet video creators who have moulded their revenue models around views, there is a serious problem that lies in the unsolicited distribution of their content from Facebook pages that are not entitled to those views.

Here are the 7 most successful Internet video outfits in Zimbabwe

These Zimbabwean outfits are tapping into the power of internet video to build brands, grow a following and even make some money.

Digital migration inches forward as city of Mutare sets up first digital signal

Zimbabwe’s national digital migration project has inched closer to completion after the first digital signal was recently registered through a site in the eastern border city of Mutare.

Local artists’ failure to understand YouTube exposes them to online content theft

Household names and local superstars like Killer T, Oliver Mtukudzi, as well as the horde of yesteryear superstars like Leonard Dembo, John Chibadura, the Bhundu Boys and Plaxedes Wenyika have content that has appeared on scattered YouTube channels with different users generating views that could be converted into revenue by the creators themselves.

Beneath the Surface: The Internet Video Economy in Zimbabwe

A quick one on our focus this month of April (the background here). We’ll be working to understand The Internet Video Economy in Zimbabwe and sharing our discoveries as we. Specifically, we’ll explore the following: The size of the internet video market right now. We would like to quantify this as much as possible even in dollars The players, […]

Out with the old ways… The future is beneath the surface

Here’s how our blogging has worked here at Techzim: we pick up news (we discover, are tipped, or our interest grows in some issue we think should be discussed) and we blog it. The news and our opinion of course. Usually these are quick on the surface updates. Every once in awhile we do in-depth, both in us understanding an […]

Econet’s Kwesé TV to launch by August 2016, set to square up against MultiChoice’s DStv

Kwesé TV, the internet TV service owned by Econet and targetted at Sub Saharan Africa will be going live before the start of the 2016-2017 English Premier League season which kicks off in August this year.

Econet group hires former SABC, Multichoice & MTG media exec to head Kwese TV

Econet Wireless International has hired top African television media executive, Joseph Hundah, to head its newly formed Kwese TV across the continent.

Yet-to-launch operator Viva Mobile introduces new VOD service, fights for visibility with diverse content & free access

In the meantime, Viva Mobile has introduced its subscription-based video on demand TV service known as Uhuru TV (stylised as uHuru TV) with a pre-launch campaign that is offering early signups a free 7-day trial.