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TWZ, Battle of Chefs, Zim Dancehall & the dozen shows on my Zambezi Magic to-watch list

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.

How to capture supernatural photos using an iPad: A guide by Prophet Bushiri

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 […]

Showmax to enable Game of Thrones downloads for African market

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.

Zimbabweans miss another opportunity as game developers cash in on Cecil The Lion

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.

YouTube introduces offline videos for select African markets

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’ ShowMax to offer Mobile VOD

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.

Naspers, parent company of MultiChoice set to launch a Netflix competitor

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.

Sports publication SSN starts crowdfunding campaign to livestream local matches

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.

Latest on Zimbabwe’s digital migration – we are 400,000 decoders closer

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.

Death of Wabona gives glimpse of jungle called the African VOD market

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.

MultiChoice makes call for Zimbabwean Music videos

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

Introducing Sponsored Articles. Our editorial responsibility stays intact

You probably noticed that, since last week, on the left sidebar of this website is a new section called Sponsored Articles. This articles are clearly labelled “Sponsored” so that you’re very clear that this is not regular Techzim content. To ensure there’s no confusion, such stories will not appear in our regular news feed which is reserved for our traditional content.

African VOD service Wabona shutting down

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.

Econet now has its own USSD News service

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.

Zimpapers’ gamble on digital news looks set to pay back millions

Zimpapers CEO Pikirayi Dekete reports in an Zimpapers AGM sideline interview that digital content is generating 3% of their annual revenue and they have at least 300,000 subscribers on their SMS and MMS mobile news and classifieds platforms.

New local show, Tonight With Zororo, embraces digital with YouTube launch

Tonight With Zororo, a local talk show has been launched today. using the internet, specifically YouTube, as its main distribution channel, it joins other producers defying the status quo on content distribution.

Zimbabwe Independent Website Hacked

The Zimbabwe Independent website was attacked and penetrated by hackers earlier this week. Though this is hardly something new for local publisher websites, this attack was the first in quite a while. According to the team at the Independent, the newspaper has been back online and precautions have been taken to guard against something like this.

Want to cash in on digitisation? Here are 7 business ideas you can try

All this fuss about Digital Migration often overlooks the fact that the whole exercise comes with a wide range of opportunities for all stakeholders, unemployed youths included. Here are a few business ideas that can work in a digital television setup.

Zambezi Magic is DStv’s new channel for local productions

A couple of months ago MultiChoice Zimbabwe made a call for quality local productions that would be flighted on its M-Net Africa channels. Now it has announced a new channel, Zambezi Magic, on which Southern African productions will be flighted.

No surprises as Zim misses digitisation deadline. What does it mean for you though?

Nine years down the line Zimbabwe has missed the ITU digital migration deadline for a host of reasons that include delayed funds release, lack of skill and low prioritisation. What does this mean for you and me? Well, it’s business as usual with your first, permanent and only choice in local broadcasting.

See that ZW on YouTube? It means you can now make money from your video

The ZW locale identifier that you probably noticed on the YouTube logo every time you visit the video platform means that you can now enable monetization of the content you upload there. This development means a new revenue stream for content creators who choose to monetize their videos, provided they put up stuff that can generate enough interest.

Google Only Sees 2% Of The Internet: An Intro To The Deep Web

When most us use the internet to search for something we naturally use Google’s search engine. What if Google doesn’t give us what we want ? The amount of information Google can provide is surely immense but it’s not everything out there.It is estimated that people only use about 2 % of the internet. This […]

My beef with DStv

We love DStv. It’s probably the most accessible Pay TV in Africa. However, there are reasons to be mad at it. The re’s the complication around pricing that isn’t favourable to users of US dollars against the declining South African Rand, and then there are issues to do with its content strategy.

Death by subscription: Are you willing to pay $3 a month for ZTV?

The Digital Migration deadline is around the corner and there are changes that this change will bring, including the transformation of ZTV into a pay TV service. This looks like the final nail in the broadcaster’s coffin.

Changing Techzim: Here’s our new look and the future

What you’re seeing now is the new Techzim design. If you’re mobile you probably love it. And if you’re on desktop, you’re probably wishing that we bring back the old design. Think of this as the first iteration of the future of Techzim. We will continuously adjust aspects of it to make it easier to see the content you care about!

Is Zimpapers ready to become the next Naspers?

Local print media company, Zimpapers, has appointed a new CEO and Chairman. With changes like this, and the way tech is rattling the news and media industry, this could be the start of a new season for Zimpapers. Will the leadership be agile enough to catch the wave and turn the company into more than just a print media house? How achievable is it to become just like the giant Naspers?

Go offline and pump up the volume, the radio is still king

It has been just over 20 years since Zimbabwe joined the internet. It was back in 1994 when serial entrepreneur, inventor and geek Robert Nursten and his son Clint founded Zimbabwe’s first Internet Service Provider ISP called Data Control Systems which they later sold to Econet. The company was later renamed Ecoweb and became part of […]

What did you just say about paying for content? “It’s not my policy…”

  I am a thief. I have been for a while. In fact, when I stop to think of it, I fear that my children might inherit the inclination to engage in this nefarious activity of mine. Looking back in my internal memory I can’t seem to pinpoint any ONE event or activity that led […]

Dear Mr. Carter… An open letter to Jay Z regarding the Tidal music service

REF: I HOPE YOUR TIDAL WAVE PROJECT FAILS At the end of last month you, Mr. Carter/Jay Z and your cabal of musicians launched your music streaming service which you dubbed Tidal, no doubt an allegorical reference to the Waves that you thought it would make in the music world when you launched it. In […]

(April Fools) DStv reduces bouquet prices as MultiChoice buckles under pressure

If you make the right amount of noise your cries just might be heard. Well, that’s the lesson from MultiChoice anyway. The media giant has reduced the prices of its DStv bouquets across all African markets. With effect from the 1st of May 2015, the prices of all DStv packages will be drastically reduced. Some packages […]