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Broadcasting Authority Of Zimbabwe Inviting Applications For Licenses For Some Stuff We Didn’t Know Needed Licensing

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has published an invitation for those interested in being licensed for what they called ‘classes that do not require allocation or use of frequencies.’ They went on to define these classes as: Video on Demand Services (VOD) Webcasting services Content Distribution Services In fact, here’s the advert quoted below […]

President Mnangagwa Live On Facebook… Now!

Watch President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Facebook live in the first ever Town Hall meeting with the president in Zimbabwe. The forum, organised  by Global Shapers Harare comprises of a group of young people representing various youth groups across Zimbabwe. The meeting dubbed “A dialogue for youths in shaping Zimbabwe’s economic future” is in preparation for the World […]

Record Facebook Livestream Audience for ZBC News Online as Zimbabweans await Mugabe resignation which never came

This is probably the largest Facebook Livestream audience anyone in Zimbabwe has ever achieved. Just a few minutes after going live today, the state broadcaster, ZBC,  had more than 12,000 live viewers on Facebook. The reason? Zimbabweans are awaiting an announcement from the President of the country, Robert Mugabe, who is expected to either resign […]

ZBC starts broadcasting news bulletins on Facebook Live

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is trialing the broadcasting of its content on Facebook Live. The government owned broadcaster started going live on Facebook with regular TV broadcast two days ago on 16 August. Yesterday, the 8PM news bulletin as well as some regular tv shows were broadcast live on Facebook for about 2 hours. The […]

Facebook live in Zimbabwe – Olinda was a gamechanger

Though I will say this grudgingly, but thank you Olinda for ‘introducing’ us to Facebook live. Despite facebook live having been introduced to Zimbabwe around August last year, most people didn’t really know about it or at least didn’t really consider it until … ummm Olinda. Not that no-one in Zim had ever used it before, […]

Prophet Walter Magaya’s PHD Ministries adopts Facebook Live as its latest broadcast channel

PHD Ministries, one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent churches most popularly know through the works of its founder Prophet Walter Magaya recently announced that it would be live streaming its services on Facebook Live. Facebook Live is the mobile broadcast video feature from the popular social media platform which allows users to livestream themselves to their friends and followers. […]

Steward Bank launches a Facebook Live “talk show”, joins Zimbabwe’s growing online broadcast trend

The issue, though, isn’t really the Steward Bank show or how big a marketing opportunity for its Square product the bank is eyeing here. What’s striking here is the way Facebook Live has become a thing.

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa launches online TV show, adopts internet as broadcasting platform

Zimbabwean media personality Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is set to launch her own TV show called Ruvheneko which will be broadcast exclusively via online platforms. The show which is expected to go live on the 2nd of February 2017 will focus on current affairs and will zero in on trending issues with interviews or chats with specific […]

Ruvheneko interviews Stunner on Facebook Live, highlights traditional media disruption

The Stunner and Olinda drama that grabbed the attention of every Zimbabwean on social media recently isn’t over yet and while it has just shone some light on the opportunity for content creation it’s also exposed another avenue for media. Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, the journalist and radio/TV personality will interview Stunner live on social media. Her platform […]

Facebook Live introduces option to schedule & promote a live stream, enhances appeal of mobile broadcasting

To fix this Facebook has introduced the option for Verified Pages to schedule live broadcasts. Publishers using this feature can schedule live broadcasts up to one week in advance.

Facebook Live now available to all Zimbabweans, opens up opportunities of citizen broadcasting

Anyone can now live stream from their account, literally accessing broadcast services (which used to be privileged) to everyone with a smartphone, a Facebook account and an internet connection that’s good enough to go live.

Mobile internet use in Zimbabwe increases by over 100% in just a year

However, the most pronounced increase is evident in the year on year comparison of mobile data consumption. In the first quarter of 2015, mobile data use stood at 750.154 million megabytes. That number has since jumped by 101.3% to the 1.510 billion megabytes total recorded for March 2016.

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.

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.