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[Update] Comexposed Hosting Collaborative Event For Digital Artists & Poets On 14 February

Comexposed is partnering with the British Council along with Page Poetry Alive to coordinate the production of an interesting set of digital poems at the launch of DigiPoems. The cross-cultural initiative allows poets, animators and visual artists from different countries to showcase their unique piece of art in some kind of disciplinary collaborations. At the […]

Standalone DStv Streaming Service Will Have Similar Price With Netflix

Analysts have predicted that DStv’s standalone streaming service will have pricing similar to that of Netflix. With plans in place to start offering DStv Now as a stand-alone service, some of the questions many of us have had is what the pricing will look like when it’s launched. The lower cost compared to DStv packages […]

Digital Lab Africa Opens Applications For Its Accelerator For Content Creators

4th edition of Digital Lab Africa: DLA is calling all African creatives to submit their projects in animation, video game, digital art, immersive realities and music. On January 13th, 2020, Digital Lab Africa (DLA) – the reference platform for next-gen content in Africa – launched its call for applications #4. Any creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from […]

Opera Mini Users Now Enjoy Free Music Streaming

Opera has been carving out as the jack of all trades in the browser world. From offering crypto wallets to file sharing, the browser has been diversifying and offering much more than the ability to open pages. The most recent addition to Opera’s suite of services is the integration of music streaming in the Opera […]

Video On-Demand Services Revenue In Africa To Reach US1.06 Billion In 5 Years

Revenues from Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVoD) services are expected to make US$1.06 billion by 2025, six times the 2019 total of US$183 million according to a forecast report by Digital TV Research. The research firm also estimates that there will be 9.72 million SVoD subscribers on the continent, up from the current 2.68 million. South Africa […]

Showmax’s 10 Most Streamed Shows Of 2019

2019 was a pretty eventful year for Showmax. The company made some considerable leaps in the world of streaming with one of the highlights being the trial of sports content. With 2019 having just ended Showmax released a list of the most popular shows on the streaming service internationally and in South Africa. 10 most-streamed […]

Local Streaming Service Buddie Beatz Had Already Signed Up 280 000 Customers By August 2019

Econet’s results for the half-year ending on 31 August recently came out and whilst there’s always a number of interesting points to take away – one of which was the fact that Buddie Beatz had 280 000 by the half-year point. Buddie Beatz is Econet’s streaming service and the platform is taking aim at the […]

SoundNation Is A Local Chatbot That Allows You To Download Music On WhatsApp

We’ve claimed that WhatsApp is the internet in Zimbabwe a number of times – here and here to be more specific. Whilst that’s far from ideal, the next best alternative is people creating services for WhatsApp and SoundNation is one such example of building products/services where the people are. SoundNation at its core is a […]

Retrenched Kwese Staff Haven’t Received Packages As Promised

Econet Media was put into administration a few months ago after the company hedged its bets on the wrong horse (figuratively, of course) which left the company staring a US$130 million debt in the face. A tip from a former worker alleges that the Media company’s problems don’t end there as they are allegedly yet […]

ZIMA Explains How Most Downloaded Song Award Will Work

When ZIMA announced that they would be adding a new “Most Downloaded Song” Award Category to their award Ceremony from 2020 going forward we were pretty stoked since we like all things to do with the internet. As we indicated at the time of the announcement, ZIMA didn’t share any information regarding how they will […]

Zimpapers Says “Digital First” Approach Finally Bearing Fruit

Zimpapers has released its trading update for the 3rd Quarter ending 30 September and whilst their profits and revenues have grown considerably compared to September 2018 the most interesting tidbits (for us and our obsession with the opportunity of the internet) was their performance in the digital space. The company’s digital first strategy is starting […]

How Has Disney+ Fared In Its First Month Of Streaming

Disney+ launched back on 12 November to a lot of fanfare and excitement – with many believing that the streaming service to give Netflix a run for its money had finally been unveiled. It’s been exactly a month since its launch and AppTopia – an analytics company – has produced a report on how Disney+ […]

IROKOtv CEO Announces 2 New Services The Video Streaming Company Is Introducing

In one of his ever-detailed blog posts, IROKOtv CEO Jason Njoku announced 3 new services that the SVoD (Streaming Video on Demand) company will be introducing starting today. IROKOtv is important because it is one of the only African media companies who have been able to establish a sustainable model to offer a streaming service […]

ZBC’s 24-Hour News Channel To Launch At The End Of November

Remember the draft of new channels ZBC announced a few months ago? Whilst they are yet to materialise there are One of those channels will be a 24-hour news channel and according to the Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa, that channel recently completed its DStv assessment: This project seeks to facilitate the launch free to […]

DStv Adds 4 New Channels

Back in November DStv was going to remove 3 channels but the satellite TV offering ended up removing one channel – Crime + Investigation with the History and Lifetime channels surviving the cut thanks in part to a petition by subscribers. Not only did those channels survive the cut but 4 new channels have been […]

MultiChoice Says DStv Has Lowest Repeat Rate In The World But Africans Watch More TV

If there’s one thing DStv subscribers complain about is the number of repeats they are constantly served. Not only did Multichoice denounce their customers claim they went one step further and said DStv has the lowest repeat rate in the world: We actually have the lowest repeat rate in the world, there’s just no question […]

DStv’s Festive Promotion Sees Subscribers Get A Free Package Upgrade

DStv has announced a new festive promotion that will allow subscribers of certain bouquets to get a free upgrade if they pay for their next subscription between the 20th of November to the 24th of December. Subscribing to the following bouquets will grant you the following upgrade: DStv Access subscribers will be upgraded to DStv […]

[Interview] We Chat With Vodacom Tanzania’s Head Of Terminals Sylvester Moyo About Smart Feature Phones

We had chat with Vodacom Tanzania’s Head of Terminals, Sylvester Moyo and Azumi’s Head of Africa Tayshira Santamaria at AfricaCom2019 about their latest smart feature phone called Smart Kitochi. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your […]

Government Not Paying Its Broadcasting Services Bills, Owes $16 Million

As the country’s sole broadcaster, ZBC has been largely used by the state and Zanu PF to showcase their events. Whilst individuals households are known to be notorious in not paying dues to ZBC, it turns out that the government itself owes US $16 million to the state broadcaster. This was revealed by the Chairperson […]

ZIMA 2020 To Feature Most Downloaded Song Award & New Judging System

For the first time in the Zimbabwe Music Award’s (rough) history, the 2020 awards will feature an award that represents artists impact on the internet. The most downloaded award will be part of the ZIMA’s return early next year. The Award ceremony last held in 2016, is expected to make a comeback early next year […]

Playfre Streaming Service Now Available In Zim – Is It Worth A Look?

We received a pretty interesting email a few days ago. The music streaming service (I knew nothing about) was expanding to Zimbabwe and 12 other African countries. Apparently, it had previously been available in only 5 countries on the continent. I checked out their website and it promised “unlimited free music streaming for Africans.” What […]

Here’s Where You Can Watch Zimbabwe Robotics Team Matches Live

The Zimbabwe Robotics Team departed for The Global Alliance Robotics Challenge earlier this week and for those wondering how you can follow the progress of our team, we finally found the site. First Global’s website will live stream all the matches in the competition at no cost, meaning you can follow Zimbabwe’s progress at the […]

SABC Plans To Introduce Internet Streaming In The Medium Term

The SABC’s group CEO has said offering all their content on an online video platform is something they’re looking into implementing. While we know we are behind on the technology side, the SABC does not intend to leave streaming TV services to our competitors. The SABC has developed an integrated OTT (“over-the-top”) strategy with the […]

Netflix’s Mobile-Only Plan In India Was A Hit

A few months ago, Netflix was in crisis mode – or at least that’s what media had us believe. With the threat of new streaming competition on the horizon, losing subscribers it all felt like it was time to hit the panic button. Netflix decided to roll-out a mobile-only plan in India. The mobile plan […]

22% Of Photos Taken By Android Phones Are Poor Quality – Study

Avast recently conducted a survey which examined 3 billion photos across 45 countries to find out the quality of photos people have in their phones. The survey revealed that the average person stores 952 photos in their phone of which 22 % or approximately 1 in 5 photos taken by Android devices are of poor […]

17 Year Old Tapiwa Gambura Wins Top Prize At Jozi Film Festival

Congratulations to 17 year old Zimbabwean young lady, Tapiwa Gambura on winning the top prize at the just ended Jozi Film Festival. We shared about Tapiwa’s participation in one of Africas’s biggest events for independent film makers. Tapiwa made a short film about a woman bus conductor in Zimbabwe. Here’s the film: It’s a very […]

Government Speaks On Eddie Cross’s New Zim Currency Statement

Secretary for Information, Nick Mangwana issued a statement concerning remarks by former legislator and Economist, Eddie Cross about the introduction of a new currency next month. In the statement, government only said that Eddie Cross is not the mouthpiece of the Government nor RBZ (so we shouldn’t listen to him) but surprisingly it didn’t deny […]

Zimnat Responds To Circulating Reports About Their Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan

Zimnat has spoken out about circulating media reports of it’s Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan (DFCP) product. DFCP is a long-term funeral cover that is delivered to the Diaspora via various online channels. Of late, there’s been some allegations making the rounds which seek to discredit what really DCFP is all about. That’s why, Zimnat has […]

Old Mutual & DStv Partner To Produce Locally Relevant Talent Show

Old Mutual is debuting a new talent search show on DStv this coming January and Zimbabwe will be among the 4 participating countries over the show’s 13-week run. Old Mutual Amazing Voices will feature will focus on “musical groups” from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya. The musical genres that will be focused on are […]

Illegally Streaming Live Sports? You Might Have Some Problems Down The Line

The EPL is back along with the Champions League and the Rugby World Cup. For sports fans who can’t afford to subscribe for DStv, a simple alternative is turning to illegal streams of whatever sport you like. It’s less expensive and at times the quality rivals that of DStv (without the convenience of course). These […]