Econet appears to have explored some very important aspects in becoming a strong Internet TV and VOD service operator. However, the question is whether or not it stands any chance against MultiChoice, the market leader in the African subscription market.
iROKOtv, the Nigerian subscription Video on Demand (sVOD) service that only recently launched a global content distribution arm, has announced that is has entered into a multi-million Euro deal with the CANAL + GROUP, the largest French pay TV provider which has a leading focus on Francophone Africa.
According to a statement released by Econet, the hiring process is still in progress and more than 200 people are expected to join the company over the next six months for the pay tv service. Kwesé TV will be operated out of offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Dubai.
Strive Masiyiwa, the founder and Chairman of Econet Wireless has announced a new pay TV service called Kwese TV. Through a post on his Facebook page, Mr Masiyiwa highlighted how Econet had been working on the service for three years.
As the proprietor of the largest pay TV service in Sub-Saharan Africa through Multichoice, this huge focus on VOD is reflective of what the future holds and how the company needs to adapt to the next wave of video entertainment. Naspers is out to ensure that it doesn’t lose its firm hold on the market by betting on the next big thing through Showmax.
YouTube recently followed this up by opening up this YouTube Offline experience to all devices in selected African markets – South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The good news is that the service is now also available in Zimbabwe.
According to an updated ipidi website, the VOD service will come with two options – ipidi flix and ipidi boxoffice. The ipidi flix alternative offers monthly access to TV shows and movies and ipidi has made claims of a growing library with “thousands of hours” of content.
Now, in its latest announcement, Eutelsat has mentioned that it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for capacity in Ku-band on the EUTELSAT 3B satellite.
Effectively, them pirating content from online publications would mean the government is stealing from the young businesses it should instead be helping protect
In a sense, that is what content curators chasing the iROKO model might have to consider as well. The real revenues that warrant praise for a growing demand for African content are yet to be realised from a subscription based model in our environment.
The latest in Liquid Telecom’s quest for a share of the African TV market is an investment in a South African VOD and linear free-to-air startup called Hola Media that the company has made.
When Zimpapers, Zimbabwe’s largest media company, announced its half year results two months ago, it reported a US $20,000 loss. Shortly after, the company apparently uncovered an error in its tax accounting for the period and had to adjust the accounts, effectively pulling itself out of the loss all the way up to a US $1.9 million profit. The company […]
Local soccer teams like Dynamos and CAPS United are now extending their brand visibility through the distribution of DVDs. However, there’s more to explore digitally.
In an interview with the Sunday Mail, Charamba mentioned that a distributor for the 400,000 set top boxes necessary for digital migration had been identified and an order had been placed, with the transaction set to cost $18 million.
As much as a strategy used by ONTAPtv has been earmarked for the South African market, it has a fit in the rest of Africa. In Zimbabwe, that sort of approach could work, assuming that the VOD provider is willing to identify and craft the right sort of partnerships with public WiFI service providers.
It was recently reported that MTN South Africa, the mobile network operator, zero-rated data for MTN FrontRow. This is the operator’s Video On Demand (VOD) service. This has implications on what might work for VOD services in Africa aligned to broadband providers.
Since it went live on the 1st of July this year, Zambezi Magic has been filling in gaps with a lot of South African content. The good news is that Zimbabwean productions are going to be flighted on Zambezi Magic. Shows like Battle of the Chefs, Tonight With Zororo are set to be flighted there.
The audience is awed as self-proclaimed man of God, Bushiri captures “super natural” photos. Not so long ago there was a lot of controversy here over the story of Saith Technologies. A good number in the audience, myself included, were unconvinced by this talk of “micro-sonic devices” and inventions that “defy the laws of physics”. I […]
A report from Bloomberg cites a source who shared plans by Showmax to enable downloading of its content which includes movies and highly popular series like Game of Thrones. This is supposed to be a way of addressing the challenges the African market has with the high cost of internet and the sparse distribution of fixed internet solutions.
Well after Cecil The Lion became an American Dentist’s victim and just when we thought we’d moved past it, it turns out in the world of tech, specifically mobile gaming, others are keen on making something out of the Lion.
Google has activated YouTube offline video viewing via a download button available on the app during video play. It seems, however, it is only available in countries where the Android One project has been launched.
Naspers is in negotiations with Vodacom to offer Mobile based VOD services via its new vehicle ShowMax. This move may consolidate Naspers market share in the face of NetFlix expansion.
It seems like the guys behind MultiChoice, Naspers, are preparing for the arrival of Netflix with a new service. An article has cited sources that have said that an event being organised by Naspers and pencilled for the 19th of August is the launch of a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service that Naspers has been working on for a while.
School Sports Network (SSN) launched a crowdfunding campaign meant to mobilise resources that will be used to set up a live stream service for Zimbabwean school sports. The target is $1,700 and SSN is offering unlimited access to live streamed sports for everyone who contributes.
According to the latest information released on Digital Migration, George Charamba from the Ministry of Information and Media told people that Zimbabwe has ordered 400,000 set top boxes from Huawei in China. According to Charamba, this is four times the penetration rate of TV sets in this country.
The news that Wabona, an African content Video On Demand service shut down was a low moment for African tech and media startups. a number of aspects related to their model have stood out as weaknesses for a while now. Theirs represent most of the challenges in setting up a Pan-African VOD service. However, in the lessons, there are some opportunities that could also emerge for Wabona or other VOD services.
Zambezi Magic, the MNet Channel launched recently to act as the go-to spot for Southern African content, is looking for Zimbabwean music videos. This is the latest invitation for Zimbabwean content that started some months ago with calls for Zimbabwean shows and movies. MultiChoice, through channels like Zambezi Magic, wants to tap into the talent pools of countries like Zimbabwe that haven’t had a huge representation on DStv
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One of Africa’s video on demand (VOD) services, Wabona, has just announced that it is shutting down. In a statement that has been circulated to its stakeholders and shared on Facebook, the team behind Wabona has pointed out how they will be closing shop in the next few days.
It could be mere coincidence that as Econet introduces a content account disrupting the Zimpapers mobile news service, a new USSD based news platform is launched. However, some would speculate that Econet in fact benefited from the confusion by bringing in their own, or a new player in the SMS News VAS.