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Netflix to bringing mobile-only packages to SA – Here’s why that’s a big deal

Netflix recently announced some BIG news! They are bringing their mobile only plans to Africa – South Africa to be exact. The two new plans are most probably meant to acquire new subscribers for the video streaming service. The cheapest Netflix plan (Netflix Mobile) will now cost R39 per month. This is less than the […]

Showmax’s 10 Most Streamed Shows Of 2019

2019 was a pretty eventful year for Showmax. The company made some considerable leaps in the world of streaming with one of the highlights being the trial of sports content. With 2019 having just ended Showmax released a list of the most popular shows on the streaming service internationally and in South Africa. 10 most-streamed […]

IROKOtv CEO Announces 2 New Services The Video Streaming Company Is Introducing

In one of his ever-detailed blog posts, IROKOtv CEO Jason Njoku announced 3 new services that the SVoD (Streaming Video on Demand) company will be introducing starting today. IROKOtv is important because it is one of the only African media companies who have been able to establish a sustainable model to offer a streaming service […]

Not feeling ZBC or DStv? – here’s how to watch “unlimited” TV for $11 this holiday season

The festive season is in full swing and by now everyone is in holiday mode. An essential part of this season is some great entertainment that can fill in all those extra hours you have and help pass the time. That’s where TV comes in. Usually, this means subscribing for a Dstv bouquet, setting up […]

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.

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.

Econet’s DStv competitor Kwesé TV now available in Zimbabwe

Kwesé TV, the pay-TV service and DStv competitor from the telecoms company Econet is now available in Zimbabwe.

Econet secures content creation & distribution deal for Kwesé TV with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Econet Media, the entertainment company and subsdiary of the Econet Group has entered into a content partnership with T.D. Jakes Enterprises International, the company that’s led by United States pastor, author and filmaker Bishop TD Jakes.

South African TV service OpenView HD experiences explosive growth aided by Zimbabwean signups

The impressive OpenView numbers aren’t just from South African signups, though. Despite licensing regulations that make OpenView a South Africa option only, the service has emerged as a popular alternative for Zimbabweans who are able to access its content.

Zimbabwean IPTV startup PrimeviewTv throws hat into pay TV ring, squares up against tough competition

PrimeviewTV has to figure all of these issues out while going up against well-heeled existing competition like Netflix and Showmax as well as yet to launch live TV providers like Kwese TV.

Netflix rival Showmax launches in Zimbabwe as battle for VOD supremacy intensifies

Showmax recently opened up to 36 new African countries including Zimbabwe. The service can be accessed on or through the Showmax mobile application available for iOS and Android.

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.

Yet-to-launch operator Viva Mobile introduces new VOD service, fights for visibility with diverse content & free access

In the meantime, Viva Mobile has introduced its subscription-based video on demand TV service known as Uhuru TV (stylised as uHuru TV) with a pre-launch campaign that is offering early signups a free 7-day trial.

Econet secures English Premier League rights for its Kwesé Sports TV service

The Econet Wireless Group has just scored one for its internet TV and Video On Demand (VOD) ambitions. Its subsidiary, Econet Media, has acquired the package of free-to-air broadcasting rights for the Barclays Premier League in sub-Saharan Africa.

New Zimbabwean network operator, Viva Mobile, to launch next month – promises affordable data, online TV

It’s not just the cheap voice and data bundles that Viva will be focusing on, though. Viva Mobile subscribers will also be able to access premium live, linear and catch-up TV on their mobile devices through a service called uhuruTV. The service is set at $9.99 a month with promises to offer access to more than 40 international channels.

Econet doubles daily bundles data every Sunday – offers 2GB for $2

Econet Wireless made another change to its broadband suite doubling the data offer on the Daily Bundles line up. Subscribers who buy any of the four Day Bundles (50 MB, 250MB, 1GB and 2 GB) on Sundays are receiving 100% free data. Perhaps these mega data promos are just another way to pacify subscribers? Or maybe they are just an experiment away from figuring out the right broadband package and price fit that will work when Econet officially laucnhes its IPTV service Kwese TV?

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.

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.

This $89 package from TelOne is your best bet for Netflix

if you are keen on making Netflix your leading entertainment choice but are working within a strict budget (trying to keep the damage under $100) or live in an area where fibre trenching hasn’t happened but phone lines are around, then this TelOne ADSL package is your best bet.

ZOL promises the best Netflix experience thanks to peering between the VOD service & Liquid Telecom

Local internet service provider ZOL has just released a statement announcing the peering arrangement between its parent company, Liquid Telecom, and Netflix the VOD service.

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.

Here’s why Econet has a chance at disrupting MultiChoice with Kwesé TV

Econet appears to have explored some very important aspects in becoming a strong Internet TV and VOD service operator. However, the question is whether or not it stands any chance against MultiChoice, the market leader in the African subscription market.

Telkom offers free data access for streaming service, Showmax

Telkom, the South African fixed and wireless telecoms company has entered into a partnership with ShowMax, the Naspers-owned video streaming service. Telekom subscribers will have zero-rated data access for streaming ShowMax content.

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.

YouTube Offline offers Zimbabweans another workaround for expensive internet

YouTube recently followed this up by opening up this YouTube Offline experience to all devices in selected African markets – South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The good news is that the service is now also available in Zimbabwe.

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.

Liquid Telecom eyes listing on a European Stock Exchange in 2016

Liquid Telecom, the pan-African telecoms infrastructure carrier which is part of the Econet Wireless Group, is eyeing a listing on a European Stock Exchange in 2016.

TelOne & Huawei deals, MTN & zero-rated VOD, Footballzone, Telecel promos: Podcast

Here’s the latest episode of the podcast which touches on TelOne and its deal with Huawei, FrontRow, the VOD service for MTN which is now being offered through zero-rated data, the latest Telecel promo and the Footballzone Magazine App.