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Nollywood Studio ROK Gets Acquired By Canal+

If you’re familiar with Video on Demand technology, you may have heard of IROKOtv -one if the biggest continental players in the VoD space. One of their content studios ROK has been acquired by Canal+ who are looking “to strengthen its content production reach in Nigeria and across Africa.” ROK studio created to make original […]

TelOne Adds 12 Free Channels To DEOD

TelOne’s DEOD content offering continues to expand. A few months ago, they added Zollywood (local content) and now they’ve added 12 new free-to-air channels. A total of 12 News, Entertainment and Inspiration-themed channels are now available on the service entirely for FREE to customers, with 8 new Entertainment channels being added to the Pay TV […]

African VOD service & DStv affiliate ShowMax expands footprint, enters Europe with Poland launch

This extends ShowMax’s reach to a totally new region (it launched in 36 new countries, including Zimbabwe, in 2016) and also positions it as a multi-continental VOD service which is betting heavily on the prospect of increased coverage through geographic expansion.

African VOD service ShowMax partners Vodacom SA, launches low-cost bouquet with local content focus

ShowMax, the Video on Demand (VOD) service that’s owned by DStv’s parent company Naspers, has launched a new lower-priced service available exclusively to subscribers on South African mobile network Vodacom. It’s called ShowMax Select and it offers subscribers unlimited access to a catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries more (than 10,000 TV show […]

Strive Masiyiwa gives Kwesé TV update – flexible bouquet payments, 18 country roll-out, 60+channels

Strive Masiyiwa, the founder and Chairman of the Econet Group recently gave an update on the product development and roll-out plans of Kwesé TV. This is the pay-TV service owned by Econet Media, the entertainment subsidiary of the telecommunications group. In a post providing some entrepreneurial insights on Kwesé TV that were shared on his Facebook page, […]

Naspers looks for partnerships with African mobile networks, braces for competition with Netflix

Naspers’ statements come at a time when the African VOD space has attracted a scramble from a number of services which include Netflix, Amazon and Econet’s Kwese TV. These have emerged as serious contenders as demonstrated by their major investments in content.

ShowMax partners SEACOM for faster content delivery & less buffering, readies East Africa rollout

The result is that ShowMax subscribers who want to access any of its movies, series and shows will have faster access to the content and it will be delivered with reduced buffering.

Amazon launches its TV service, Prime Video, in over 200 countries including Zimbabwe – dangles $2.99/month offer

Amazon has just launched Prime Video, its Video On Demand (VOD) pay TV service in over 200 countries around the world (Zimbabwe included) effectively becoming the biggest competitor to internet TV poster child Netflix in providing internet TV to a global audience.

Netflix is introducing offline viewing by the end of 2016. Here is why it’s a big deal for Africa

Netflix is introducing offline viewing by the end of 2016. Here is why it’s a big deal for African pay TV services and how we access premium content.

African VOD service Showmax maintains growth targets, doubles active users in first part of 2016

In the first four months of 2016 Showmax also managed to double the number of its active users, a key indicator considering the slew of pay TV alternatives that viewers can migrate to.

TelOne eyes 100,000 new ADSL subscribers as it expands its network

Fixed telecoms provider TelOne expects to add on 100,000 ADSL subscribers as it activates the $98 million loan it secured through its primary shareholder the government.

Econet introduces zero-rated Kwesé TV bundles, plays to its strengths in aggressive African VOD space

Though Econet Media declined to comment on any developments related to Kwesé TV, the option for $0 daily, weekly and monthly Kwesé bundles suggests that the internet used to access the service will be zero rated for Econet subscribers.

It’s not just DStv, here are some of the other major African pay TV services

The market might be dominated by MultiChoice but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. In fact, as the market leader has lost some subscribers in the past year, that change also suggests that subscribers have alternatives.

Naspers loses subscribers as DStv annual price increases negatively impact the media giant

Under its video entertainment segment which covers services like DStv and GOtv Naspers registered a loss of 228,000 subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Another content deal for Econet Media as it secures Viceland for Africa through Kwesé TV

The latest is a partnership with VICE Media, the North American digital media and broadcasting company. Econet Media’s Kwesé TV will open Viceland, VICE Media’s TV channel, to 17 African countries by the end of 2017.

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.

Zim’s ridesharing app SmartGo,the WhatsApp Wiki Bot & Liquid Telecom Partnering Netflix – Podcast

In this first part of the weekly podcast, we discuss the Zimbabwean ride-sharing startup called SmartGo, the potential behind WhatsApp bots, and the peering arrangement between Liquid Telecom and Netflix.

Weekly Podcast Pt 2 – Netflix in Zim & everywhere, ipidi in Zambia & VOD Services in Africa

In the second part of the weekly podcast, we discuss the changes in the African VOD services space that have taken place in the first week of 2016. ipidi was launched in Zambia and Netflix is now available to a host of new countries across the world including Zimbabwe. How will this affect the VoD […]

Liquid Telecom’s VOD service ipidi tv launches in Zambia

According to its website, people using Hai Zambia Fibre internet can access ipidi tv and a promotion has been launched offering free ipidi TV until 30 April 2016 for every Hai customer who signs up for ipidi by 31 January 2016.

Econet offers its subcribers free access to Spanish football

Under this promotion, Econet will be offering free access to all content on this website which includes the Copa Del Rey, a Spanish football tournament. Econet has pointed out that it has secured exclusive rights to Copa Del Rey, meaning that when Kwesé TV does launch sometime next year, it will be the only platform providing access to the tournament.

More details of Liquid Telecom’s VOD service ipidi emerge as it nears launch

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.

MTN’s $5,2 billion problem, City of Harare Online, iROKO Global, Liquid in VOD

We discuss the MTN $5,2 billion penalty in this episode of the podcast, while also touching on other highlights in tech this week like iROKO Global’s launch, the City of Harare doing business online and Liquid Telecom buying a stake in a VOD company.