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Netflix is getting really serious about games

A few months ago Netflix made a rather startling revelation when it announced that it was going to diversify its business by venturing into the gaming market. They have since unveiled a couple of games in a few countries in Europe and initial results seem to suggest that they are not faring badly in the […]

eVOD no longer accepts Zimbabwe numbers, here is how you can still sign up

About two weeks ago eMedia, the guys behind eTV channels and OpenView HD launched their own streaming platform eVOD. The platform has both free and premium tiers. During the early days, all you needed was a South African IP address. You could sign up using your Zimbabwean phone number. This is no longer possible. Now […]

How to watch Amazon Prime Video shows in Zim the right way

Here is a little known fact, Amazon Prime has been available to Zimbabweans for years! Just like Showmax they even have a mobile-only plan that’s dirt cheap and sells for below $1.99, although that’s not available to Zimbabweans yet. They did however previously have a special US$2.99, 6 months trial which has since been discontinued. […]

Netflix set to launch US$3.99 mobile-only plan across Africa

Netflix is set to launch a mobile-only subscription plan across Sub-Saharan Africa according to a report by News24. This is after Netflix had tested the concept in Nigeria, and South Africa last year. The world biggest streaming service will now put itself in direct competition with DStv’s Showmax with regard to offering a mobile-only service. […]

Local comedian “Tha Slick Pastor” lands Netflix deal

Tha Slick Pastor who’s real name is Nigel Maritinyu has become the second Zimbabwean this month to land a deal with Netflix to feature in a movie according to a report by New Zimbabwe. The first was socialite Lorraine Guyo who announced that she will be starring in a Netflix Original Film called “The Bad […]

Get your own account to keep watching – Netflix

The password sharing days might be coming to an end

Zim govt to collect VAT from Netflix subscription fees

The Zimbabwean government will now be collecting Value Added Tax (VAT) on Netflix subscriptions starting March 5th 2021.

Netflix is offering free access to select tv shows & movies and you don’t need an account to watch

In what seems like an attempt at broader appeal Netflix is now offering non-paying subscribers free content. The series and movies Netflix is offering are as follows: Stranger Things Murder Mystery Elite The Boss Baby: Back in Business Bird Box When they See Us Love is Blind The Two Popes Our Planet Grace and Frankie […]

Zim Romantic Comedy Coming To Netflix

Local movie “Cook Off” has been announced as one of the new slate of titles coming to Netflix soon. The release date is yet to be revealed, but Cook Off becomes one of many African shows and movies coming to the streaming platform, with other African shows such as the critically acclaimed Queen Sono debuting […]

Netflix Celebrates Africa Month With Made In Africa Collection

Netflix today announced the introduction of a Made in Africa collection – a curated list of African series, films and documentaries – to celebrate Africa Month and demonstrate Netflix’s commitment to Africa and the African creative community. The collection is available globally at (or can be found on Netflix by searching ‘Made in Africa’ or ‘Africa Month’ or […]

Netflix & Chill Is Possible Even During The 21 Day Lockdown – Here’s How

If you read the title and thought to yourself, “Netflix and chill??? What’s that?”, then I am obliged to tell you that age is catching up with you… Unfortunately (just Google!), I can’t fully explain what Netflix and chill is on this blog but involves going to someone’s house and watching Netflix with them. As […]

ZBC Looks For An ICT Company To Run Its Livestreaming And Video-On-Demand Services

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is looking for an ICT company (media company) to run its live streaming service and Video-On-Demand services (VOD). Prospective partners are required to express their interest in partnering ZBC by 13 June 2018.  The move could be seen as an attempt by the state-owned broadcaster, ZBC to enlarge its audience by […]

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 finally “responds” to African VOD demands, introduces offline feature that let’s you download content

This means that users who only have access to the best type of internet in specific places like at home, the office or a WiFi hotspot can save shows and enjoy them when they are on the go or when they aren’t online.

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.

It’s 3hrs of Netflix for 1 GB as VOD service introduces cellular data controls

According to Netflix, an adjustment to the default setting will enable the streaming of 3 hours of content for 1GB of data. Locally that amount of data is currently available for an average of $2 through the various promotions being run by the three mobile operators.

Netflix open to offline viewing as it responds to realities of broadband outside US

Netflix, the American VOD (Video On Demand) service that has made its mark as global internet TV option is “keeping an open mind” to the possibility of introducing offline access for its content.

MultiChoice confirms that there’s no price increase or reduction for DStv this year

But that’s asking for too much. With a near monopoly, MultiChoice doesn’t need to do any of this, not yet anyway. The competition hasn’t matured yet, so suspended price increases and bouquet improvements like English Soccer on a $32 package are what we’ll have to accept.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe responds to economy & illegal SA subscribers, brings EPL, Euro 2016 & La Liga to DStv Compact

It’s a significant step back for MultiChoice Zimbabwe. Last year, it migrated all major European Football coverage to its Premium bouquet which is priced at $82. Needless to say, the change, which coincided with the start of popular European Leagues in August, wasn’t welcomed by Zimbabwean subscribers who already complain about other unfair practices like regular price increases.

Netflix to crack down on people who watch shows not meant for their territories

Netflix, the VOD service which was recently opened up to 130 new countries including Zimbabwe has said that it will be clamping down on subscribers who use proxy services or unblockers to access content that isn’t meant for their territories or regions.

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 […]

Here’s what you need to access Netflix in Zimbabwe

Here’s a run through some of the things you need to access Netflix in Zimbabwe.

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.

How to get all of Netflix’s content in Africa

If you signed up for Netflix when they went global yesterday becoming available from Angola to Zimbabwe, you were probably disappointed to find that all the shows you expected to find are not there. Shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad… all the good recent stuff. The reason is that […]

Netflix, where’s my House of Cards?

In fact, a lot of the recent shows that have been tucked under the Netflix banner in the USA aren’t accessible. Some of this content is geo-locked. The reason – Netflix cannot make this content accessible in markets where it doesn’t have distribution rights.

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.