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Kwese Play Down In Several Countries, Error Message Says “Econet No Longer Offers Kwese Play”

Kwese Play users in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ugandan woke up today finding the streaming service down. Kwesé Play, which was launched last year, is Econet’s Roku powered streaming platform that uses the internet to deliver entertainment. Econet hasn’t yet issued a statement on whether they are experiencing technical issues or the service is gone […]

Netflix Picks Up Zambian Animated Film

Netflix is taking a serious look at licensing content from the motherland. Earlier this year, a Zimbabwean creator secured a deal for his animated musical on the platform. The media company has announced yet another African film will be added to their roster. Mama K’s Team 4 is an animated show created by Zambian writer […]

Having Trouble Creating A Kwese Account? You Are Not Alone.

On Monday morning ZOL delivered on its promise and started handing out it’s Roku Powered Kwese Play box for free to qualifying customers. The box is supposed to also come with 12 months of free Kwese iFlix. Creating a Kwese account might be an issue As soon as you boot the box for the first […]

ZOL Now Giving Their Roku Box For Free

When ZOL hiked their internet prices they also mentioned the fact that they would be giving out their Roku Powered Kwese Play Box to qualifying customers for free together with 12 months iFlix. Well today is 1 April, and no this is not one of those cliche April Fools jokes. Starting today if you are […]

Kwese Goes Local With Wedding Diaries

Today Econet subscribers received a message telling them to buy iFlix bundles so they can watch a show called Wedding Diaries. This appears to be a new local show sponsored by Kwese which is available on their streaming platform: iFlix. Local is lekker! Catch the Zim show, Wedding Diaries on Kwese iflix where couples share […]

Kwese iflix Introducing New Lifestyle Network To Its Content Roster

It’s been a quiet few months for Kwese iflix but they have now got their 2019 up and running with the launch of their lifestyle Network Scoop. Reading through the press release sent by Kwese iflix, it seems Scoop will be pretty similar to E-News and the whole bunch of channels associated but with a […]

5 More Things You Didn’t Know You Can Do With A VPN

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) has recently been a remarkably useful tool in Zimbabwe, owing to the shutting down and throttling of internet by the government amid the #ShutdownZimbabwe protests. Many Zimbos now know that a VPN can encrypt their internet connection and allow them to ‘virtually’ locate their phones and computers in different locations […]

Podcast On Zimbabwe’s Year In Tech In 2018

Podcast recapping 3 things in tech that happened and were interesting in Zimbabwe. We take a look at bots in Zimbabwe like Batsi, Shandu, Chipo; video on demand services like Kwese iFlix, TelOne DEOD; and hackathons that were hosted in the year 2018. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount […]

Kwese(iflix) Finally Walk The Talk Of Promoting Local Content By Collaborating With Bustop TV

Kwese-iflix has partnered media company, BusTop TV in coming up with a comedy series, Comic Tick, on the Kwe-iflix platform. Bustop TV has already aired the first season. with 10 episodes, of the comedy series Comic Tick without Kwese-iflix’s patronage.  But now Kwese-iflix is chipping in by funding the production of the second season. Bustop TV […]

#Black Friday Deal: You Can Get The ZOL Kwese Play Box For $59

Yesterday we talked about how Econet and ZOL seem to be doubling down on the VOD front. Well it seems they are continuing with their aggressive approach and as part of their Black Friday deals you can now buy the Kwese Play Box for $59 instead of the usual $89. How to take advantage of […]

The Econet Group Were The Biggest Winners At The AfricaCom Awards

Below is the press release from AfricaCom: Announcing the 2018 AfricaCom Awards winners London, 15 November 2018 –The AfricaCom Awards show, supported by Founding Awards Sponsor, PCCW Global, was a colourful and festive Mardi Gras themed event last night.  Held in Cape Town during AfricaCom, guests celebrated and acknowledged those trailblazers who are leading digital […]

Podcast On The Death Of Kwesé TV And The Future Of Video On Demand

On the 1st of November Kwesé pulled a shocker announcing the immediate termination of their satellite television service. We were all left wondering what now? In response Kwesé pointed out that you can still enjoy their Video On Demand services were their focus is from now. This is their Kwesé iFlix and KweséPlay. But how […]

NetOne To Compete With Kwese iflix And TelOne’s DEOD As They Apply For Broadcasting Licence

Better late than never right? NetOne has become the latest of many players rushing to get in on the Video-on-Demand craze that’s currently gripped the nation. Kwese is in on it, TelOne is in on it and a bunch of other players are rushing to this field. AMH already applied for a licence (and got […]

TelOne DEOD vs Kwese (Play & iflix) Round 2: Pricing

Having looked at the content being offered on TelOne’s new DEOD streaming platform it might be best to now turn our attention to pricing. We are going to compare DEOD to Kwese Play once again as that’s the most similar service. We’ll also look at DEOD’s other packages along with Kwese’s revised pricing for the […]

Finally, TelOne Launching Broadcasting Service Today, DStv And Kwese Watch Out

So TelOne is finally launching their VoD (think Netflix) service. Back in June last year they had announced that they were ready for lift-off but at the last minute they scrapped those plans and went silent. After that disappearing act, it seems TelOne have finally got their house in order and they are ready for […]

Kwese-iflix Now Has Over A Million Active Customers Just Less Than 4 Months After Its Introduction

Barely 4 months since its introduction, Kwese-iflix is now one of the largest television platform in Zimbabwe with over 1.2 active account holders according to Econet Wireless CEO Douglas Mboweni. Kwese-iflix mobile allows Econet Wireless mobile subscribers the choice to access a wide array of on-demand content, as well as live broadcast content. The TV […]

DStv Now’s Use Surges In June, 5 Times More Than Usual

The use of DStv Now skyrocketed 5 times higher (5x) than June 2017. DSTV Now is a value-added service to DStv subscribers that allows them to watch their DStv subscription on the go. This 5x jump is attributed to the recently ended World Cup. Multichoice said that since the beginning of the tournament, on the 14th of […]

What’s The Difference Between Kwese TV, Kwese TV App, Kwese iflix And Kwese PLAY?

A week ago Kwese announced that the public could now reap the fruits of their partnership with iflix. They have also made Kwese PLAY available in Zimbabwe (previously only available in SA). The introduction of these two may cause some confusion as people had become accustomed to Kwese TV, which is Kwese’s satellite TV offering […]