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MTN launches TV service as telecoms operators explore converged service opportunities

The investment case for converged services has been explored by different operators across Africa as the case for revenue diversification in telecommunications becomes increasingly compelling.

Liquid Telecom launches ipidi TV in Kenya, faces strong challenge from market leader, Zuku

At the beginning of the year, Liquid Telecom launched ipidi TV, its Video On Demand service in Zambia. This was its first entry into the market after more than 2 years of development. Now, the pay TV service has been launched in Kenya, marking Liquid Telecom’s entry into the triple play race for the East African market.

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 […]

MultiChoice says it welcomes Netflix’s arrival – Here’s why it’s not worried

MultiChoice the Naspers-owned pay TV service and parent company of DStv has welcomed the arrival of VOD service Netflix in Africa because this offers subscribers more options. However there are other reasons why it isn’t worried by the new service.

Netflix launches in Zimbabwe

One of the announcements that have come out of CES 2016 is that Netflix the Video On Demand (VOD) Service is now active in 130 countries worldwide with Zimbabwe included in that bunch.

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 to hire over 200 people for new service, Kwesé TV

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 announces Kwesé TV, Econet’s DStv rival

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.

Opportunities for internet providers as Naspers eyes bigger VOD market

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.

A look at Telco’s Velocity Stream, a package optimised for gaming & HD streaming

Telco, a local Internet Access Provider which has also been providing a fairly competitive fibre option has its mind on ensuring that fibre users that want the essentials of fibre and more importantly the best in streaming capabilities get just that. The team there has tried to capture this in their new service, Velocity Stream.

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.

Liquid Telecom invests in South African VOD and free-to-air TV startup

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.

Safaricom now has an LTE decoder- Is this what we should expect from NetOne?

I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s not fully convinced that our country has this digital migration issue under control. Even though NetOne paid for this whole project, I’m proudly wearing the skeptics’ cap until I see something really convincing and I know there’s a huge number of Zimbabweans who feel the same way. The […]

Podcast: #MWC15, Virtual Reality, MTN, 5G, EcoSure signups, DStv & Orange

In this week’s edition of the podcast, we discuss the highlights from the Mobile World Congress that took place in Spain in the past few days. This included a discussion on virtual reality, 5G and Orange’s low-cost smartphone for Africa. We also touched on the MTN results, EcoSure and its strategy to involuntarily sign up EcoCash subscribers, […]

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom to try its hand at broadcasting

According to an article carried by IT News Africa today, Kenyan mobile network operator, Safaricom has applied for a digital broadcasting licence. This move comes as the MNO is setting out to harness the opportunities that have come from the digital migration which was carried out in Kenya. This is the same analogue to digital migration […]

Here’s a list of Africa’s Video on Demand & pay TV providers

Recently, we wanted to quickly refer to pay TV and Video on Demand (VOD) providers in Africa for an article we were working on, and found that we couldn’t find the information we needed in one place. So we just decided to start putting the information we’re coming across here in this article. The list is […]

Multichoice introduces BoxOffice to Zimbabwe

Last week Multichoice announced the introduction of its BoxOffice service to Zimbabwean DStv subscribers. The service allows subscribers with DStv Explora and HD PVR decoders to rent blockbuster movies for 48 hours. This is the first pay-per view service available for the local market, although it has been available in other Multichoice markets like South […]